I had the chance to go to Mikata no Mori the Ghibli Museum near Tokyo. And there is a room where every piece of wall is covered by Miyazaki, sketches, design work and watercolors. I think I spent two hours in this one room. I could recognize some of the original watercolors we see in the art books. Gosh every Miyazaki fans should visit this place once.
So I was happy to see the actually work in progress in the video!
I'm jealous that you've already seen Tales from Earthsea. Hopefully, this summer I'll be able to get my hands on the DVD release for the UK.
I was lucky to be in Japan when the movie was still in theater. I didnt miss that chance!! ^__^ However, I'm really anxious to get a hand on the DVD realese too! There are some important parts of the plot I didnt' understand (like in the very first scene, the reason why the 2 dragons where fighting). I'll need at least a second listening to get everything right I guess.
It's gonna be in summer? I though we couldnt get it until 2009 because of some distribution rights or stuff... ^^ That's a great news!