Friday, July 11, 2008

Totoro Forest Project

Allow me to introduce an extraordinary series of events I have the honour to participate in.
The "Totoro Forest Project" is organized by Dice Tsutsumi, Yukino Pang, Enrico Casarosa and Ronnie Del Carmen, but to name the core committee (although many more deserve credit here), and has a simple mission: to raise funds for the preservation of Sayama Forest, affectionately known as "Totoro Forest", as it is where filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki found inspiration for his 1988 classic film, "My neighbor Totoro".

This project of impressive scope aims to help the "Totoro no Furusato Forest Foundation" in a few ways, kicking off with a Benefit Auction, held at Pixar Animation Studios, on September 6th, 2008. A book of all participating artwork will also be available for sale at the event, and The Cartoon Art Museum, here in San Francisco, will exhibit a collection of selected pieces in Fall 2008 - Winter 2009.

I am inviting you to take a look at The Official Website, where you will find information about the events, galleries of inspired artwork and ways to contribute to this worthy cause from your corner of the world.

Enjoy, and help save the Totoro Forest!


Pencil and Gouache
6.5" x 10"

17 comments:

Bobby Chiu said...

Such a lovely piece! I love how you did the hands

the doodlers said...

I dunno, these two look like you and Nick S. as kids. There's a fine relaxed movement in this painting Daniela!(^-^)
Arna

Anonymous said...

That is lovely Dani. The Totoro Forest Project sounds incredible. How wonderful to be a part of it.
Smita

Leo Batic said...

Wonderful blog, beautiful image for Totoro´s project.

Congratulations!

J said...

Beautiful Dani!
The light through the hands really makes this.
You're an inspiration!

Dani said...

Thanks Bobby! Great job on your pieces, too! Can't wait to see the original pencil!!!

That's funny, Arna! The truth is I used to have thick glasses and a funny bowl haircut, which would occasionally get long enough to be put in two tiny ponytails. The bigger kid here is my sister.

Thank you Smita, we're quite lucky to be here and to get a chance to participate!

Hi Leo, and thank you very much!

Thanks J!!!

the doodlers said...

Ooops! Yeah, now I see those pig tails...
Phzzt! (That's the SFX for the little spit-take I did when I read your note)

Yes, as others have already mentioned, the light thru your big sis's hands is remarkable.

Anonymous said...

Wow... That was what I was thinking. When I saw the painting, I thought it might be your sister and you. However, I was a bit confused because the little sister had thick glasses on.
I cannot imagine tiny little sister once you were, since you are so tall now. The painting is so beautiful... it just threw me back to my young days.-heej

amelia said...

Beautiful! I want this on my wall!!

gamusino Javi said...

yours is great man!!! congratulations !!
Amazing Blogs, ill be back

C.B. Canga said...

love this. really cool brush strokes and lighting.

Fabio Lai said...

Great Totoro homage, lovely piece.

Dani said...

Million thanks, guys!!!

Kim Gadbois said...

very vey pretty!!!!

agent ouchie said...

the nice bright red you chose in to use in the hand REALLY makes it look like light is shining through skin.

Dani said...

Thank you, Agent!

Malgorzata Arska said...

wow
awesome work :)
so beautiful image