Hipsters Forever















Excited to announce that I will be returning to WonderGround Gallery in June! Hipster Mickey and Minnie join in on the 60th Anniversary Celebration at the Happiest Place on Earth in the latest addition to the Hipster Mickey line “Hipsters Forever”. Even this cool couple can’t resist a new fireworks show in front of Disneyland’s iconic Sleeping Beauty castle.

“Hipsters Forever” will be available as a limited edition canvas and deluxe print. It will debut at the gallery on Saturday, June 13th. I’ll be there from 11:00am – 1:00pm. Come by and say hello!

Stay tuned for another art giveaway. Details will be announced soon!

WonderGround Gallery is located in the Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, CA.

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Box Of Emotions

SydneyMy good friend Tamie Day has three children, two of them are on the autism spectrum. Being the supportive friend that she is, she purchased the Box of Mixed Emotions book set in kind support of my work. While sharing the little books with her kids, she found them to be a great tool to teach emotions. Her seven year old daughter Sydney (pictured above), has taken a particular interest in them.

“The books are so cute! My kids and I have been giggling over them all afternoon. We’re ALWAYS working on emotions and these books are an excellent addition to our materials. There are separate books for Anger, Fear, Disgust, Sadness, and Joy. They are going to get a lot of use. It just got Sydney out of a meltdown! She was crying and we read Joy which got her to start smiling. Then she saw the last page and said, ‘now we need to read Sadness!’ They love the “emotion in control today” cut out in the box. Sydney has been asking every therapist what theirs is and then puts the correct book in the window. Then she talks to them about why they feel that way and a whole discussion is prompted. She and her nine year old sister, Natalie, have enjoyed reading the books together and sharing a laugh. Honestly there is so much therapeutic benefit in such a small box.”

I found this fascinating. I don’t know much about autism and the associated therapy. Much of what I do know, I learned from Tamie. I was curious as to why teaching emotions was important for children with autism. She explained it to me this way.

11109173_10205073484051162_5969064675167586536_n“Emotions tend to be extremely difficult for people on the spectrum to understand and identify.  My kids have done hundreds of hours of programming in therapy to identify facial expressions and label the emotion that goes with it, and to label their own emotional state.  Jacob, at age 11,  still can only tell me he is happy, sad, or angry.  Then they have to learn what makes people feel certain emotions, which is part of Sydney’s current programming.  The boy fell down, how does that make him feel?  Her mommy said she can’t have a puppy, how does she feel?  THEN they have to learn what to do about emotions.  Right now Sydney is learning to identify different things she can do if someone is angry. Her usual response is to laugh, which is not the most appropriate choice.  If they are feeling frustrated, what can they do about it?  This goes into self advocacy and self regulation.  If they can identify how they or someone else feels, then they can take action.  Once they can do that, they usually have fewer behaviors and can connect better with the people around them.  Not only that, but academically it is crucial for reading comprehension. The beauty of the Inside Out books is how fun and engaging they are.  Working on emotions can be very difficult and frustrating and it’s not something my kids have wanted to do without a lot of reinforcement.  But these books are reinforcing in themselves. Also I love how the different expressions are categorized by book.  So, all the expressions in the Anger book relate to that emotion. I can totally see kids remembering them as “oh that was in the red book, that person must be angry because he said ‘don’t have a cow!’ The Anger book is Sydney’s favorite.”

That’s pretty amazing. This was such a fun project to work on. The character designs are fantastic and the text by Brittany Candau is silly fun – a real dream for an illustrator. But to see them used in this way is a delightful and unexpected surprise. I am so touched to see Sydney connect with these books. As artists, we all hope our work makes an impact in some way, however small. To get feedback like this is beyond my expectations and truly rewarding. My thanks to Tamie for not only supporting my work but for sharing this story with me.

Box Books


May The 4th Be With You

Happy Star Wars Day 2015! It’s a great time to be a Star Wars fan. With a new season of Rebels out in June, Episode VII: The Force Awakens due in December and Rogue One planned for 2016, there’s much to be excited about. This year, I chose to pay tribute to Rey and her weird, ice cream bar-shaped speeder. Can’t wait to find out more about who she is. Skywalker? Solo? Time will tell.

May the force be with you… always!

Inside Out – Box of Mixed Emotions













Last year, I was asked to illustrate this fantastic set of books for Pixar’s upcoming summer release Inside Out (June 19). The set features five little books – one for each emotion: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear. It will be released on May 5th and is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com.

This was a dream project to work on and I am so thrilled with the results.  The back of the box has a die-cut window so you can feature the emotion you are currently experiencing. Such a fun project and I got to work with some incredible people.

Hope you will pick up a copy!


Best Weekend Ever

Collage_BlogTo say this was an exciting weekend is an understatement of epic proportions. There was so much going on and I loved every minute of it.

On Friday, I was at Disney’s WonderGround Gallery to launch two new Star Wars themed pieces. I had a signing that evening and was lucky enough to share the event with Joey Chou. I am a big fan of Joey’s work. If you aren’t familiar with his art, check him out. You’ve probably seen his work at some point. His “It’s A Small World” book is not to be missed. My sincere thanks to everyone who came out to the event that evening. Thank you for waiting in line and taking time out of your busy lives to come say hello. Your support and enthusiasm for my work is a constant inspiration. As always, a special thanks to everyone at WonderGround Gallery. You make every event a special one and I appreciate all the things you do. You treat us artists like rock stars and I can’t thank you enough for your efforts. The birthday wishes were a wonderful surprise – especially the glittery birthday button! If you couldn’t make it to the gallery this weekend, you can always order the art and merchandise by phone through Disney at 877-560-6477.

Saturday was Nerd-Vana as I spent the entire day at Star Wars Celebration. Big crowds and long lines were to be expected, but it was still a great time. The event kicked off with the debut of the second trailer for The Force Awakens and that really seemed to set the mood for the weekend. There was a giddy buzz about the place. There’s something great about a convention where everyone is joined by a shared love of Star Wars and its many worlds and incarnations. It’s not as vast as Comic Con (thankfully) and that definitely works in its favor. While I was there, I had the opportunity to finally meet Christopher Lee (The Beast Is Back) who had a wealth of merchandise at the Star Wars Celebration Store. I’ve been a fan of this guy for a while now and it was nice to talk to him in person. I thoroughly enjoyed my first Star Wars Celebration experience and I have the best photo ever as a memento. Thanks to everyone who found me to claim their buttons – and apologies to those who didn’t. It was a little crazy and I’m sorry I didn’t get to meet up with more of you. Even I couldn’t get to Jeff Delgado to claim one of his awesome prints!

On Sunday I had the chance to meet former Disney animator Will Finn. What a treat. He’s been an animation hero of mine since Beauty and The Beast was released in 1991. He served as supervising animator on Cogsworth – one of my favorite characters from that film. WIll has worked on so many Disney classics as well as those from other studios including Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame to name a few. For Don Bluth he worked on The Secret of NIMH, Dragon Slayer and Space Ace. The list goes on and on. It was such a pleasure to talk to him about his amazing career and hear little stories of what it was like to work in the business during this exciting time. Will and so many of his contemporaries are my generation’s “Nine Old Men” (though there are certainly more than nine). And in this 3D/digital/CG world we live in, we can’t forget the influence of these guys and their incredible work that inspired so many of us to go into the creative arts field. They’re all still working in the industry but I crave to hear more from these artists and see their contemporary work. Who wouldn’t want to see and hear more from Will, Glen Keane, Mark Henn, James Baxter and Andreas Dejas to name just a few. These guys are animation superstars and I would love to see them at D23 Expo and other Disney events – wouldn’t you? I’d wait in line for an autograph!

It was a fantastic weekend. The stars all seemed to align for my birthday weekend and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate.

The Star Wars Art Giveaway Strikes Back – The Winners

PrintHere are the winners of the second Star Wars Art Giveaway. All winners will receive both buttons. Second Place Prize packs will have some other little Star Wars goodies in them. You’ll have to wait and see.

Courtney Makishima (Facebook) – “Galaxy of Cute” Deluxe Print

Scott Gamon (@CloneIntel on Twitter) – “It’s A Small Galaxy After All” Deluxe Print

Rick Escueta (@squadawada on Instagram) – Star Wars Prize Pack

Howard (@Disneylandkid on Twitter) – Star Wars Prize Pack

Erica Facer (@ericafacer on Twitter) – Star Wars prize pack

Congratulations to the winners. Please email me your shipping address as soon as possible and I will get your prizes in the mail next week.

My email is jerrod@jmaruyama.com

My sincere thanks to everyone who entered. Like I always say, it is your interest in my work that allows me to do what I love. Thank you.

The new art debuts at WonderGround Gallery this Friday (April 17th). I’ll be there from 7-9pm with Joey Chou. You can also find me walking around Star Wars Celebration on Saturday. Make sure to say hi and get your free button.

WonderGround Gallery is located in the Downtown Disney® District at The Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, CA.

The Star Wars Art Giveaway Strikes Back

PrintOn Friday, April 17th, WonderGround Gallery will release two new pieces of my original Star Wars art. “A Galaxy of Cute” and “It’s A Small Galaxy After All” will be available as limited edition (95) canvases as well as deluxe prints. I’ll be at the gallery that night from 7:00 – 9:00 PM for the debut. I’ll be joined by the amazingly talented and fellow connoisseur of cute, Joey Chou. This is Star Wars Celebration Weekend! So make sure to stop by after all the Convention festivities.

To celebrate these new prints, I will be giving away one of each as well as some other Star Wars goodies. Winners will receive a deluxe print of their choice and a few buttons that I created especially for the convention. See pics of the buttons below.

I’ll also pick a random number of second place prize winners who will receive just the buttons.

Here’s how to enter…

To Enter Via Twitter

  • Follow me on Twitter.
  • Tweet a link to this blog post to your followers.
  • Mention which print you would like if you win!
  • Make sure to include @jmaruyama in your tweet.
  • Include #WonderGroundGallery in your tweet.

To Enter Via Facebook

  • Follow me on Facebook
  • Share this article with your Friends and Followers on Facebook.
  • Tag me (Jerrod Maruyama) in your post. (You must tag me otherwise I won’t see your post and you won’t be entered in the drawing.)
  • In your post, mention which print you would choose should you win!
  • Include #WonderGroundGallery in your post.

To Enter via Instagram

  • Follow me on Instagram.
  • Find the image above in my Instagram feed and re-post on your Instagram account.
  • Make sure to include @jmaruyama and/or #jmaruyama in your post other wise I won’t see it. If your account is set to private, I won’t be able to see your post. I have to be able to see your post for you to be entered in the drawing.
  • Mention in your post which print you would choose should you win!
  • Also include #WonderGroundGallery in your post.

You must follow the steps above to be entered in the contest. Skipping any of the steps may prevent me from seeing your post. You can enter once on every platform mentioned above. Contact me if you have any questions about entering.

Contest closes at midnight on Tuesday, April 14th. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, April 15th. You must tell me which print you want as your prize ASAP.


WonderGround Gallery is located in the Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland® Resort


New WonderGround Gallery Location in Orlando, FL

IMG_5563Last weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL for the grand opening of the new WonderGround Gallery location. Nestled in the Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney, the new space represents a more permanent presence for the gallery in Florida. I joined fellow artists Jasmine Becket-Griffith, Robert Jimenez and Michael Lewis Glover for the big day and two signing events over the weekend. It was a great time meeting so many really fantastic Disney fans – some which came quite a distance to be there for the opening. My thanks to everyone who came out in support of the gallery. I appreciate your interest in what I do! Thank you for taking the time to visit and talk all things Disney!

IMG_5561My latest Mickey and Minnie piece “Spring Has Sprung” debuted at the gallery and was also available as part of the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival. What a treat to be able to visit the park during this wonderful celebration. The topiaries of Disney characters were gorgeous and the event food stands were not to be missed. I highly recommend the Dole Whip with the Macadamia nut rum and the macaron in the France pavilion.

I am so pleased to have more of my work represented at Disney World. In addition to the new WonderGround Gallery, lots of my art and merchandise are still available at the D-Street location in Orlando.

It was a quick trip but I had a great time and hope to be back soon. My thanks to all the great folks at Disney who made it all possible. I enjoyed my stay and all the events and can’t thank you enough for all the great Disney hospitality.

“Spring Has Sprung” will also be available at the WonderGround Gallery at the Disneyland® Resort beginning today!