Mickey and Minnie Disney Pins

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I am super excited for these WonderGround Mickey and Minnie pins! They will be available August 28th at both Disneyland and Disney World. This is a limited release. Read more about availability here.

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Summerland Movie Club

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I always enjoy doing pieces for the art shows put on by supahcute and Leanna Lin’s Wonderland. The Summerland Movie Club show was no exception. Here’s the piece I created for this really fun salute to our favorite summer movies. It will be available as a giclee print on archival paper. There will be one framed piece and two matted prints available at the show. All are signed. (Update 07/10/14 – there will be 4 additional matted prints available when the show opens)

The show is also a celebration of four fun years of Leanna Lin’s Wonderland and will feature new works by 100% Soft, Ann Shen, Cameron Garland, Crowded Teeth, Goreilla + Moemoe, Ian Glaubinger, Jerrod Maruyama, Kelley Frisby, Kevin Jay Stanton, Kristen Lau, Rhodora Jacob, Ryan Shaw, and Vanessa Ramirez.

Opening reception is on Saturday, July 12 from 6-10pm. Stay tuned for details! RSVP on the Facebook event page to receive event updates.

Leanna Lin’s Wonderland is located at 5024 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041 (323) 550-1332)

A Perfect Summer

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Had a great time kicking off summer at WonderGround Gallery this past weekend. Thank you to everyone who dropped by to say hello. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate those of you who come out to these gallery events. I am always humbled by your kind words about my work and so appreciative of your ongoing support.

Had the great pleasure of signing along side the super talented Whitney Pollett at this event. She was just lovely and her work is terrific. Hope to see her again at one of these events. Make sure to check out the delightful piece she created for WonderGround Gallery. We both missed Pascal Campion who was unable to make the event. His pieces for the gallery are really wonderful. If you are at all familiar with his work, you will no doubt love his tributes to Mulan, Donald Duck and Peter Pan.

As always, huge thanks to the fine folks at WonderGround Gallery. You make every event a pleasure and I thank you for your constant smiles and enthusiasm. I love coming to the gallery for these events and a big part of that is because you’re all so good at what you do.

And in case you missed it on my social media sites, the winners of the Summer Art Giveaway were Tracy Youdal on Facebook and OMGiri (@MicKyaraben) on Twitter. Your prints are on their way! Thank you to everyone who entered. Hope to do it again soon.

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

Summer Art Giveaway

SUmmerArtGiveawayI can’t think of a better way to kick off summer than with a visit to WonderGround Gallery! I’ll be at the gallery Saturday June 21st  from 11am – 1pm with “A Perfect Summer” – my latest Mickey and Minnie piece! I’ll be joining fellow artists Pascal Campion and Whitney Pollett for an artist showcase on the first day of summer.

I need your help to get the word out so I’m giving away signed deluxe prints to two lucky followers – one from Facebook and one from Twitter. This is for shipping within the U.S. only! Winners will be determined through a random drawing.  I will draw a name to see who gets first pick. The deluxe prints up for grabs are shown above – “A Perfect Summer”, “Castle Coffee Break” and “Happiest Hipster On Earth”. All will be signed and sent to the winner.

Here’s how to enter your name in the drawing.

FACEBOOK

  • Follow me on Facebook.
  • Find the post that mentions this giveaway -  “Summer Art Giveaway”
  • LIKE the post
  • SHARE it with your followers.
  • Leave a comment so I can see your name! (Make sure you do this!)
  • I will randomly select a  name from those who follow ALL the steps! Make sure to “share” the existing post. Creating a new post will not show up on my timeline and I can not track the activity.

TWITTER

  • Follow me on twitter (@jmaruyama).
  • Find the tweet that mentions this contest (there may be more than one but it will have “Summer Art Giveaway” in the tweet.
  • FAVORITE* the tweet (Make sure you do this).
  • Retweet to your followers.
  • I will randomly select a few names from those who follow all the steps. Please make sure “@jmaruyama” is in the tweet or I will not be able to track it.
  • This is for shipping within the US only.
  • You can enter on both Twitter and Facebook.
  • Contest closes at midnight on Thursday June 19th.
  • Winners will be announced on Friday, June 20th. I will contact you for your shipping information.

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

Summer Comes To WonderGround

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I’ll be returning to WonderGround Gallery on Saturday June 21st from 11 AM – 1PM to debut my latest Mickey and Minnie piece “A Perfect Summer”. I’ll be there along with two other fantastic artists – Pascal Campion and Whitney Pollett. Summer is always a busy time at the parks so if you happen to be at the resort that weekend, come by and say hello. There will be a lot of new art and merchandise available.

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

Inside Pixar

CreativityIncI find myself driving from Sacramento to Anaheim quite often. I’m always looking for great podcasts and audiobooks to listen to during my six hour journey to the Happiest Place on Earth. On my most recent trip, I finally had the opportunity to listen to Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in The Way of True Inspiration. The book, by Ed Catmull who is currently serving as President for both Pixar and Disney Animation studios, is not a memoir per se, but rather a glimpse at the inner-workings and philosophy of Pixar Animation studios. While it is usually John Lasseter, with his brightly colored shirts and boundless enthusiasm, that serves as the face of Pixar Animation Studios, it is co-founder Ed Catmull that has truly been with the company from the very beginning – before Pixar was Pixar, you could say. Hearing his version of Pixar’s birth and development is intriguing to say the least. Parts of the studio’s story we’ve heard before. But hearing it from Catmull offers a very different perspective and insight.

I must admit, I approached this book as a Pixar fan. And while I’m always curious about the company’s philosophy and approach to making films, it is the behind-the-scenes anecdotes and personal accounts that I was most interested in reading. I had to keep reminding myself that this isn’t a memoir. Catmull writes with great earnestness – never delving into prolonged navel-gazing or gossip. The whole point of the book is about respecting others in the work place. So, to ‘dish’ about specific situations and people would be against the very philosophy that the book promotes. But once Catmull starts a story about some of the more trying times the studio has faced on different projects over the years, the more curious you become to hear more. The stories, which were all great, tend to get wrapped up a little too quickly and left me wanting more. I think the book is at its best when discussing the merger with Disney and any mention of Steve Jobs. In hindsight, Creativity, Inc. would have benefited from a delay of just a few months. There is only a slight mention of the wild success of Disney’s Frozen and no mention at all of the changes on The Good Dinosaur.

I’m not a manager and I don’t work for a large company. I can’t really speak to how effective this book is as a model for managing creatives and creative projects. I like what Catmull had to say and how he said it. He seems likeable, level headed and his words feel sincere. As a casual reader/listener, I would highly recommend the book/audiobook to fans of the studio and animation in general. I think his stories resonate more with folks familiar with the studio’s history and body of work. My only hope is that Catmull gets the chance to write a full-blown memoir of his time with Pixar and Disney.

 

 

May The 4th Be With You

MayThe4th_2014Happy Star Wars Day! Every year I try to commemorate Star Wars day with a fun image. You can see 2013 and 2012 entries in my flickr feed! It’s a great time to be a Star Wars fan. December 2015 and Episode 7 is just around the corner. And try as I might to manage expectations for these new films, it’s hard not to get fan-boy excited over new Star Wars material. Let’s hope director J.J. Abrams is the new hope we’ve been waiting for.

Hipsters In Wonderland

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Minnie Mouse is back in the latest Hipster Mickey piece! “Hipsters In Wonderland” celebrates the wonderful world of Alice in Wonderland at the Disneyland® Resort. This latest release will be available Saturday May 17th, 2014. I’ll be at the gallery that day from 2-4 to meet guests and sign my work. There will be all sorts of new merchandise featuring this image including the usual canvas giclees and deluxe prints.

Also at the gallery, “Life Lessons From Princesses” is now available as a deluxe print.

I always enjoy my visits to WonderGround and look forward to debuting my latest work. Hope to see you there.

Read about the event on Disney’s blog!

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