Totoro Forest Project!!


So this is my contribution* to the Totoro Forest Project. It is a fund raising gallery event being organized by Dice Tsutsumi (check his site for the official announcement and to see the other work) and other artists from Pixar. It began as a way to raise money for the Sayama Forest in Japan, from which the movie "My Neighbor Totoro" was based upon. The forest is in risk of being destroyed so Hayao Miyazaki and Pixar are teaming up, along with other great artists from around the world to submit their work to a large gallery opening in San Diego with all the proceeds going to the preservation of the forest.

I created this piece with ink, gouache, and zip-a-tone dots. This is one of the first pieces I did not tweak at all in Photoshop. So I'm getting closer to getting my traditional work to look the same as my final .jpeg!!!

*I originally did an oil painting for this project. I'm definitely going to still submit it for the opening but I had a tough time with it, which is why I did this ink version as well. I think this version conveys the vision I had much more than the painting.

all the best,
-francis

9 comments:

LuisNCT said...

The drawing looks great... maybe you can post the oil version

Betsy Bauer said...

I love the energy of this. Really, really great work. I only wish I could see the exhibition in person.

Anonymous said...

Hey Francis! Excellent, Excellent, Excellent!!!!!! Put up the oil version also. Happy 4th!!!!! EMV

samacleod said...

Awesome. love this drawing.

Eli said...

Well done old man! This is some really nice work. I love the English method of drawing the figure as well. It's so intuitive really. Thanks for posting. Have a good time at Comicon. I'm still not sure if I'll make it down but if I do you'll be on the list to call. Cheers.

Francis Leonard said...

I like the cause you did this for, but honestly vallejo, you're better than this!! Anyway, it looks alright, and I commend you once again. Hows it been besides busy for you?

Skim said...

Amazing work..

Dominic Bugatto said...

Fantastic drawing , nicely done !

martin wittig said...

GREAT!!:)