Disney Art Academy

Nintendo_DisneyParents often ask me for advice when it comes to the budding art talents of their young children. They want to know how to foster and encourage their kid’s interest in drawing. I never know what to say exactly. I don’t have children of my own so all I can go by is my experience of once being a child who draws. And that was a long time ago. For the most part, I usually fall back on the obvious stuff – let them have fun exploring their creativity. Don’t be critical and don’t worry about a career path just yet. But now, thanks to Nintendo and Disney I can refer an actual product.

The kind folks at Nintendo were nice enough to send me a copy of Disney Art Academy for the Nintendo 3DS.It’s asmart little game that teaches kids of all ages how to draw Disney and Pixar characters. There are several tutorials that walk the player through the process of drawing on the little screen with the little stylus. You might, say, trace Mickey Mouse’s head in one lesson and color Snow White’s bow in another. While you are actually drawing in these early tutorials, the main goal is to familiarize the user with the tools. And it’s a surprisingly advanced set of tools that have been ingeniously streamlined for the novice. Brush options, layers and opacity are similar to what you would find in professional (and pricey) drawing programs such as Photoshop. There are lots of options to play with and discover. You might be tempted to skip some of the easier lessons but you risk missing out on an important tool.

IMG_6337What I really loved about this program is the basic skills it teaches. You can just play along for fun. But for the more serious young artist, it’s a fantastic introduction to the mindset of digital painting and illustration. Much will depend on the individual and their interest in learning how to draw in this manner. It can be a little frustrating at first and that’s to be expected. It really is trying to teach you a new way draw. The story format does provide some game-like context and structure but there isn’t a competitive element. Older kids might find this aspect a little silly but you can click through quickly. At first, I found the small screen and tiny stylus to be a bit of a challenge – even with the zoom feature. But for younger (and tech savy) kids, this shouldn’t be an issue. I adapted soon enough. And it’s the portable element that I like so much about it.

There is also a free paint mode which allows users to explore all the tools you learned about in the tutorials to make your own creations. This is one of the best features and really gives this program legs. Kids can return to the tutorials or move on to make and share their own drawings. Once they grow out of this game, they will be more than ready to tackle the endless options of Photoshop and other similar drawing programs.

Drawing and coloring on paper is something we all learn to do at an early age. Making the jump to a computer can be challenging. While there are similarities in the creative process, adjusting how you think about creating can be difficult- especially for kids who love to draw and do it often. Nothing can or should replace drawing on paper. That’s the most important skill above everything else and if your child grows up to be a professional artist, it’s a skill they will always need.

FullSizeRenderBut for the young artist ready to go to the next level, Disney Art Academy is a great and relatively inexpensive way to introduce them to digital art. Kids today are so much more comfortable with technology than I ever was. To use this program along side the drawing they do on paper can make the transition a lot easier when/if the time comes. I remember trying to draw using MacDraw – an infuriatingly simple vector graphics program for the early Macintosh. It was tedious and difficult and I loved it. So, when it cam time to use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, I was familiar with the basic concept of the tools. That made a huge difference as I adapted to this new approach to drawing. It’s also why Adobe Illustrator is my choice of programs today. But those programs and other like it can be expensive. So, before you invest in the Adobe Creative Suite for your unusually talented 8 year old, you might check out this great little “game”. You’ll probably enjoy playing around with it as much as they will.

And even if they lose interest, they still have an awesome Nintendo 3DS to play with.

NOTE: Product provided by Nintendo.

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Dark Side/Light Side Winners

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Thank you to everyone who entered! I appreciate your support and interest in my work. Not a day goes by that I am not grateful for your enthusiasm for what I do. Couldn’t do it without you.

The first place winner is Renee Mendoza Vorrises on Facebook. Please email me and let me know your prize pick! I’ll also need your shipping address. You can reach me at jerrod@jmaruyama.com.

The second place winner is Katie Ehlers (cupcake_cate) on Instagram. You will receive whatever prize is left after the first place winner has selected. Email me your shipping address. You can reach me at jerrod@jmaruyama.com

I’ll be at WonderGround Gallery this Saturday, May 7th from 3:00-5:00 pm. “Some Imagination” and “The Dark Side and The Light” will be available as deluxe prints and limited edition canvases.

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

The Dark Side or The Light?

PrintI’ll be returning to WonderGround Gallery on Saturday, May 7th with new Star Wars art and a tribute to everyone’s favorite nighttime spectacular, FANTASMIC! “The Dark Side and The Light” and “Some Imagination” will be available as a deluxe print and a limited edition (95) canvas. I’ll be at the gallery that day from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. Hope you’ll come by and say hello.

I need your help to get the word out about the release. Re-post the image above and you’ll be entered to win a signed deluxe print. If you want the Star Wars print, use the hashtag #TheDarkSide. If you want the Fantasmic! print, use the hashtag #TheLightSide. Make sure to follow all the rules and post the correct image to be eligible.

Here’s all you have to do to enter…

FACEBOOK – Find the exact image seen above on my Facebook page and re-post to your friends and followers. Make sure you add me as a friend so I can see your post. Also, make sure to tag me in your post so I am notified. Include the hashtag #TheDarkSide or #TheLightSide in your post to let me know you read this post and to let me know which print you want should you be the winner.

INSTAGRAM – Follow me (jmaruyama) on Instagram. Find the exact image above in my feed and re-post to your followers. Make sure you include #jmaruyama in your post so I see it. Also include the hashtag #TheDarkSide or #TheLightSide in your post. This will be my way of knowing you visited my site and read the post. It will also let me know which print you want should you be the lucky winner. No private accounts are eligible. Your account must be public in order to participate in the giveaway.

Make sure to post the correct image. If you post the incorrect image, you will not be entered in the drawing.

As an added bonus, I’ll pick two winners. In addition to the prints, I’ll be giving away a prize pack that includes a Little Oyster Tsum Tsum (See image below) all the way from Japan! I’ll also throw in a mug and some other random goodies. The first place winner will have first choice of prizes. Second Place winner will receive the remaining prize.

IMG_5816Contest closes at 11:59 pm on Tuesday, May 3rd. Winner will be announced on Wednesday, May the 4th, of course. Prizes ship to U.S. Addresses only.

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

‘Gourmet’ Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Sarah Moser on Facebook. You’re the winner of a “Gourmet Getaway” deluxe print. Send me an email with your shipping address and I’ll get that in the mail next week! You can reach me at jerrod@jmaruyama.com.

Thanks to everyone who entered. I’ll be at OFF THE PAGE in Hollywood Land this Saturday and Sunday for the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival. Catch me with fellow artists Daniel Killen and Britni Brault from 2-5pm both days. If you’re in the parks that day, come say hello!

WinnerOFF THE PAGE is located inside Disney California Adventure.

GIVING AWAY MORE ART

PrintI haven’t even unpacked from my trip to the Walt Disney World Resort and I’m rolling out another art giveaway! Happy to announce that I’ll be back at DISNEYLAND on April 2nd and 3rd to help kick off the FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL when it returns to Disney California Adventure.

I’ll have a new Mickey and Minnie piece available at the festival – “Gourmet Getaway”.

The Food and Wine Festival will feature different artists every weekend. I’ll be there the first weekend of the festival along with Britni Brault and Daniel Killen. The three of us will be available to meet guests at OFF THE PAGE located in Hollywoodland. I couldn’t be more excited to sit alongside these talented artists and inside my favorite Disney Park store as well!

I’m giving away one signed deluxe print of “Gourmet Getaway”. Here’s all you have to do to enter…

FACEBOOK – Find the image seen above on my Facebook page and re-post to your friends and followers. Make sure you add me as a friend so I can see your post. Make sure to tag me in your post so I am notified. Also add the hashtag #GourmetGetaway – this way I know you visited my site and read this post.

INSTAGRAM – Follow jmaruyama on Instagram. Find the image above in my feed and re-post to your followers. Make sure you include #jmaruyama in your post so I see it. Also include the hashtag #GourmetGetaway – This will be my way of knowing you visited my site and read this post.

Contest closes at Midnight on Wednesday, March 30th. Winner will be announced on Thursday, March 31st. Prizes ship to U.S. Addresses only.

OFF THE PAGE is located in Hollywoodland in Disney California Adventure. Park admission is required to attend this event. Visit the Disney website for more details.

And the winner is… Orlando Edition!

IMG_5022One lucky winner has been selected. As always, thank you to everyone who entered and helped spread the work. Hope to see many of you when I return to Disney World this weekend.

Congratulations to Jason Muñoz on Facebook. You’re the winner of a signed “Rags To Wishes” Deluxe print. Send me your shipping address and I’ll get that right out to you. You can email me at jerrod@jmaruyama.com. Thanks for playing!

Remember, I’ll be at WonderGround Gallery March 18-20th. Hope to see you there.

PrintWonderGround Gallery is located in the Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Spings in the Walt Disney World Resort – Orlando, FL.

Art Giveaway – Orlando Edition

PrintI’ll be heading back to the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL for an Artist Showcase at WonderGround Gallery located in the Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs. I’ll be at the gallery on Friday March 19th (5:00pm – 8:00pm), Saturday March 20th (5:00 – 8:00pm) and Sunday March 21st (12:00 noon – 3:00pm). Come check out my latest pieces featuring Mulan, Cinderella and Hipster Mickey.

To help get the word out for this appearance, I’m giving away one Cinderella “Rags To Wishes” deluxe print.

Here’s all you have to do to enter…

FACEBOOK – Find the image seen above on my Facebook page and re-post to your friends and followers. Make sure you add me as a friend so I can see your post. Make sure to tag me in your post so I am notified. Also add the hashtag #OrlandoBound – this way I know you visited my site and read this post.

INSTAGRAM – Follow jmaruyama on Instagram. Find the image above in my feed and re-post to your followers. Make sure you include #jmaruyama in your post so I see it. Also include the hashtag #OrlandoBound – This will be my way of knowing you visited my site and read this post.

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Contest closes at midnight on Tuesday, March 15th. Winner will be announced on Wednesday, March 16th. Prizes ship to U.S. addresses only.  

WonderGround Gallery is located in the Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs – Walt Disney World Resort – Orlando, Florida

Hipster Mickey Vinylmation

HipsterMickeyVinylmationI just wanted to thank everyone for their excitement, enthusiasm and generous support of this latest WonderGround Gallery release. The response to the ‪‎HipsterMickey Vinylmation has been overwhelming. So many talented people had a hand in the creation of this figure. Kudos to all involved in the process.

We sold out of the “Honorable Daughter” deluxe prints by late afternoon but don’t worry. More are on the way and canvases are still available.

Thanks to those who came out to the gallery and waited in line. I know it was sunny on that side of the building and I appreciate your patience! Such an honor to sign alongside the super talented Nidhi Chanani and Eunjung June Kim! As always, thank you to everyone at WonderGround Gallery for another wonderful event. I always have a blast!

Like I always say, it is because of your interest in my work that I am able to do what I do. I am eternally grateful for your support.

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

And the winner is…

WinnerThank you to everyone who entered the giveaway. The winner of the deluxe print is Kathleen Nguyen on Facebook.

Congratulations, Kathleen. Let me know which print you’d like – Honorable Daughter or Rags To Wishes. From your post, I’m assuming it’s the Mulan print but please confirm. Also, please email me your shipping address and I’ll get that out to you next week. You can email me at jerrod@jmaruyama.com.

If you didn’t win, you can pick up a print at WonderGround Gallery this weekend. I’ll be there Saturday (February 6th) from 11:00am – 1:00pm with fellow artists Nidhi Chanani and Eunjung June Kim. Come by and say hello!

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

ENTER TO WIN A FREE DELUXE PRINT

FEB2016_PromoI’ll be returning to WonderGround Gallery on Saturday, February 6th with lots of new art and something completely different. “Rags To Wishes” features Cinderella in her most iconic costumes. “Honorable Daughter” shows the many sides of Mulan. “Cafe Hipster” is the latest addition to the Hipster Mickey line with a new look to the art. And last but not least, I am excited to debut a Hipster Mickey Vinylmation! This 9″ figure features Hipster Mickey complete with his coffee and cell phone. So, come check out all the new art and merchandise. I’ll be signing along side fellow artists Nidhi Chanani and Eunjung June Kim from 11:00am – 1:00pm. Hope to see you there.

To celebrate this big release, I need you to help me get the word out. Share this blog post with your followers on Instagram and Facebook and you can win a deluxe print of either “Rags To Wishes” or “Honorable Daughter”. Here’s all you have to do.

FACEBOOK – Find the image seen above on my Facebook page and re-post to your friends and followers. Make sure you add me as a friend so I can see your post. Make sure to tag me in your post so I am notified. Also add the hashtag #CindyMulan – this way I know you visited my site and read this post.

INSTAGRAM – Follow jmaruyama on Instagram. Find the image above in my feed and re-post to your followers. Make sure you include #jmaruyama in your post so I see it. Also include the hashtag #CindyMulan – This will be my way of knowing you visited my site and read this post.

Contest closes at midnight on Tuesday, February 2nd. Winner will be announced on Wednesday, February 3rd. Prizes ship to U.S. addresses only.  Good Luck!

PS – If you’d like to win the “Cafe Hipster” deluxe print, head on over to the CLOUD CITY CAST Instagram page. Liam and Manoah will have that Hipster Mickey print up for grabs.

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