Whether she's sketching, slinging ink or painting up a storm (digitally or with watercolors or Gouache), it's clear that artist Natalie Hall works hard to get to the heart of her subjects. Just a glance at her Totoro, Princess Merida of Pixar's upcoming Brave, the Rocketeer, Batman, Sherlock Holmes and Watson, Ash from Pokémon or her numerous original creations reveal a strong animation influence that imbues her character illustrations with liveliness. Take a peek at a few of our favorite pieces by Hall after the jump.

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