Here are the next series of hi-res Ponyo photos. I don't know which ones to pick up, so I'll just grab them at random and we'll see what I get. As always, be sure to click on the photos to see them in their full size, and you can appreciate all the amazing detail and color.
The illustrated storybook style of this movie is remarkable. The backgrounds are absolutely stunning, and look as though they were drawn entirely by watercolor pencils. You can easily see brushstrokes in the textures.
As a compelling contrast, the characters are simpler and more iconic than in past Ghibli films. Lighting and shadow are kept to a minimum; flat, solid color is emphasized here. There's also a jerky, hand-drawn element to the character designs, as you've seen from some of the Ponyo pics on earlier posts. It's highly reminiscent of Miyazaki's one-off comics that he draws on occasion.
I can't wait to see how everything comes together on the big screen. I also can't wait to get my hands on the art book, which should be spectacular.