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,