San Fran and Totoro!





This weekend went by in a flash! I flew to San Franciso/Emeryville Friday night and flew out Sunday morning. But it was worth it. The main event was the Totoro Forest Project's auction at Pixar studio Saturday evening. I had to check off a life's goal when I walked into the Pixar lobby. That place is magical to say the least. I met a ton of my heroes and tried my best not to make a dummy of myself in front of them. Congrats to Dice, Enrico, Ronnie, and Yukino! All the pieces sold, fulfilling the ultimate goal of the project....and raising a pretty penny for the Sayama Forest.

I did the sketches above in between lay-overs and on my spare time. San Fran is great, I hope to stay a little longer next time. I also put up a pic of the beatutiful book that was created for the event. Great job Leslie and Xiaoqing, the book is to notch! You can pick it up at the site very soon!

best,
-francis

25 comments:

Nicholas said...

how the school year so far, I know it's only been two weeks but it's already a little crazy over here on my end... and I don't have the illest on my shoulders...if you need any help let me know ,yo.

Kendra Melton said...

How awesome! I was wondering if you were going to get to fly out there for the auction. I can't wait for the book to be available on-line. Keep up the amazing work!

Niki López said...

real proud of you, mr!

Mike Dutton said...

Aw man, I didn't see your nametag in the crowd or I would have walked up and said hello! At least I got to enjoy seeing both versions of your piece in the show. :)

Alex said...

francis,

awesome artwork. I think I told you before, but I wanted to make sure, yuo know that I appreciate it. and I love your inspiration links. very nice artists I didnt know before or lost sight of. thanks for that as well!

greetz from berlin
alex

RAWLS said...

Great job Francis!!! I heard that it was a great event. Glad you had a good time! I gotta nab me one of those books. Great sketches my friend!!

IRene said...

I am so sad that I couldn't be there! but I will definitely go get the book!! :)

Gerald said...

Many congrats on the Totoro show! Did they fly out all the artist to the auction? Well, either way, glad you had a good trip. The structure ot he book looks really good. Your lay over sketches are great! What inspired you to draw Spike Lee and LL? YOu gotta hang out in SF again during one of the sketchcrawls.

Shawn Escott said...

WOW! I've been seeing a ton of people posting about the Totoro auction. That must have been the coolest!

Eliza Frye said...

Kick ass drawings!

Eric Braddock said...

congrats on your spot in the Totoro Project, man. cool sketches, sounds like you had an awesome weekend despite how hectic it must've been

Raul Dominguez said...

Awesome sketches and illustrations!

Peter Hong Chan said...

hey man, saw ur piece on the auction online! awesome work dude!

Congrats!

Will Ralston said...

Hey whats up man? congrats on Totoro bro. Hey, the Illest is the 10 of Oct. right? I'll definitely see you there bro. Hope things are well.

M said...

great contribution!

SalamunicArt said...

duuude...siiiiiick....really missed out on the academy this Summer...Jeff Love told me how much ass you kicked....nice to see you worked w/some of my students. keep crankin' my friend...truly major inspirado!
-Tin

louis Thomas said...

amazing sketches and painting!!keep posting...

steve hui said...

beautiful sketches!

Francis Vallejo said...

thanks for the kind words folks!! I have a major update soon, but the paint is drying...haha.

Dustin dArnault said...

Naw its cool man I understand, get your shit done. I was calling to see how Dolor was looking. I am almost done, I figured you are busy working on your "music" assignment, which would require all your attention. Tell the Ringling fam hi for me.
pz

get downnnnn!!!

Nathan Fowkes said...

Great sketches!

martin wittig said...

Really nice sketches!!

DRO said...

Yo wassup homie. Thanks for getting back to me on that e-mail. The sketches look great and it must be a great feeling to have your work published.

Vincent Hui said...

i love these sketch book pages a lot!
make me want to draw so bad.
congrats on the book as well!

Anna said...

hey; i found you trhough that totoroforestproject website and i really liked your contributions, and i see that your other work is really pleasant to the eye too, so i'll recommend your stuff :)