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« on: October 19, 2009 12:32:15 PM »

Allo!
I made these three paintings for fellow craftster Nven's nursery (she's due any day now! woo!)
They're done in acrylics and sealed with a thick coat of resin. O Totoro is on a 1620″ canvas, Chu Totoro is on a 1010″ canvas and Chibi Totoro is on an 88″ canvas. Theyre super glossy and bright in person, but the gloss makes them pretty tricky to photograph and makes the colours look a little streaky in places.


This is probably the biggest painting project Ive taken on to date - O Totoro took me around 30 hours alone. O Totoro is much larger than Ive ever done too (dearest boy picked the canvases as his contribution to the project and would accept no compromise to his artistic vision!) It takes an unreasonable number of coats to get a good solid colour, and painting all the black line work my hands are rather shaky Smiley Oh and mixing the colours all in all it was quite the learning experience. The resin on O Totoro didn't come out well either after the first coat but luckily it came out perfect once I added a second thicker coat.

I love how they came out and am a little sad to see them gone. Here they are, hung on the nursery wall - hopefully the baby will think theyre cute and not scary Wink
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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2009 12:55:09 PM »

There amazing!!! There So perfect! I so want them! Id be super jealous if I saw them hanging in someones house...I dont think Id ever be able to give them away!! Very very VERY awesome job!!
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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2009 01:01:39 PM »

That lucky baby is going to grow up thinking that Miyazaki himself painted those!
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« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2009 01:22:04 PM »

AHHH these are beautiful! the colors are soooo good. love it. looks just like the movie!
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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2009 01:36:24 PM »

Those are perfect looking! I would think they were stills from the movie!
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« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2009 01:56:00 PM »

aww thanks! it was tough finding good references for the little guys so in the end i found manga-style illustrations and then modified them to look more like the movie versions. O Totoro is a pretty classic image, but it's one of my favorites (love his expression!).

I'm very happy with the colours, but they were a challenge - I changed O Totoro's shade of blue twice, and Chu Totoro's flower and butterfly changed colours like 4 times before I was happy with it Smiley Chibi Totoro is the only painting that I knew exactly how I wanted to do it and it was the first of the three that I finished.
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« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2009 01:57:38 PM »

those look fantastic!

i bet they look even better in person!
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« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2009 02:15:15 PM »

My daughter would love these, My Neighbor Totoro is one of her favorite movies! These are very nice. Great Great Great job!!!!!
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« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2009 02:50:24 PM »

I love these! They're so cute! I'm only a recent Totoro convert but I think they're amazing - well done! I love the bright background colours and of course O Totoro's face is designed to just make you smile at the cuteness Wink
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« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2009 03:27:10 PM »

I love them.
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