Holiday Giveaway

promogiveaway-01I’ll be returning to Disney’s WonderGround Gallery located in the Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland® Resort on Saturday, December 17th. I’ll be debuting a brand new Hipster Mickey and Minnie piece plus my first Pixar piece since the very first WonderGround Gallery show way back in 2012. Both images will be available as a deluxe print and a limited edition canvas. I’ll be at the gallery that day from 11:00 am-1:00 pm along with artists Jackie Huang, Joe Corroney and Mark Brickey of Hero Handmade Goods. Come by and say hello.

To help get the word out about the release and gallery event, I’m doing another giveaway. Re-post the image above and you’ll be entered to win a signed deluxe print. If you want the Hipster Mickey print, use the hashtag #SmallWorldSelfies. If you want the World of Pixar print, use the hashtag #Luxo. Make sure to follow all the rules listed below 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, tag me in your post so I am notified. Include the hashtag #SmallWorldSelfies or #Luxo in your post depending on which print you want should you be the lucky 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 #SmallWorldSelfies or #Luxo 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.

Contest closes at 11:59 pm on Tuesday, December 13th. Winner will be announced on Wednesday, December 14th, of course. Prizes ship to U.S. Addresses only.

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

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Designer Con 2016 – The Best of The Rest

Everyone loves leftovers after Thanksgiving!

I had a blast at Designer Con 2016. Thank you to everyone who came by to say hello. Can’t wait to head back in 2017. Hope to step it up a bit next year after being so inspired by the many talented folks at this year’s event.

Sold a lot of art at the show but I didn’t sell everything. Many of you expressed an interest in some of the items I had available this year but were unable to attend the Con. There’s not a lot but what is left I wanted to make available to everyone. Since supplies are limited, I will have to take orders on a first come, first serve basis.

Short of doing a random drawing for items, I have come up with an imperfect system for distributing the goods to those who are interested.  Below is an outline of the steps to order the available art. Please read the directions carefully and follow all the steps listed.

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UPDATE: SOLD OUT – 11/30/16 1:52pm

The Spirit World print will be available on Wednesday, November 30th at 11:00am Pacific Time. The print is $40 plus shipping. All prints come signed and numbered.

  • If you are interested in this print, send me an email with THE SPIRIT WORLD in the subject line on November 30th.
  • The email must be time stamped no earlier than 11:00am Pacific Time on November 30th. Anything time stamped before 11:00 AM PST will not be eligible.
  •  Include your shipping address in the body of the email.
  • Send your email to jerrod@jmaruyama.com
  • I will take the requests in the order they appear in my inbox. One print per customer.

Once I receive the emails, I will contact each person to provide a total with shipping fees that can be paid via Paypal. I will only accept payments via PayPal. No personal checks or cash accepted. I will only ship to addresses within the continental United States. No International Shipping will be available for these items. All prints ship flat and can not be rolled for shipping tubes.

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4:54pm PST UPDATE: Spooky Cereal, Willy W, and Mochi have sold out.

Mini-Prints will be available on Thursday, December 1 at 11:00am Pacific Time. All mini-prints are $20 each plus shipping. All mini-prints come signed and matted in bags. Extremely limited quantities of these prints are available.

  • If you are interested in any of the mini-prints, send me an email with MINI PRINT included in the subject line on Dec 1st on or adter 11:00am Pacific Time.
  • The email must be time stamped no earlier than 11:00am Pacific Time on Dec 1st. Anything time stamped before 11:00 AM PST will not be eligible.
  • List which mini-prints you are interested in.
  • Include your shipping address in the body of the email.
  • My email address is jerrod@jmaruyama.com
  • I will take the requests in the order they appear in my inbox.

Once I receive the emails, I will contact each person to provide a total with shipping fees that can be paid via Paypal. I will only accept payments via PayPal. No personal checks or cash accepted. I will only ship to addresses within the continental United States. No International Shipping will be available for these items. All prints ship flat and can not be rolled for shipping tubes.

I know this is an imperfect approach but it’s slightly better than doing a random drawing.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at jerrod@jmaruyama.com. Due to the extremely limited quantities available, I will be unable to satisfy any requests that do not follow the steps outlined above. I will do my best to post an update once all the stock has been depleted. I hope to come up with a better solution for future sales, but for now this will have to do.

Thank you for your interest in my work. Good luck!

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Bugs and Friends

bugsfriends-final-std_zpspczlekxuLike so many people my age, I grew up watching Looney Tunes on television. They were a staple of my childhood. Local stations would consistently play a line up every day in the afternoon hours leading up to dinner time. In the days before everything was readily available on You Tube or DVDs, I would watch and hope for a favorite or even possibly one I had never saw before (rare). I loved them all -  Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam, Tweety Bird, Sylvester. I loved the one-off shorts like One Froggy Evening or Rocket-Bye Baby. So much of the humor was beyond me – the clever word play, the historical references, celebrity caricatures all went over my head back then. I enjoyed the slapstick action and the over the top personalities. My love for these cartoons never went away and I grew to appreciate them more the older I got. It was thrilling to see these shorts I knew so well in a different light and on a different level. I think this constant rediscovering is what made these brilliant shorts endure after all these years.

This lead to my passion for animation. Warner Bros. shorts made me love the medium while Disney animation would make me pursue it as a career. I went on to study it in school and even worked at the Warner Bros. Studio Store when it opened at a local mall (I might have worked at the Disney Store if those sweaters weren’t so terrible). These characters were part of my childhood as well as my early adult years and I just loved them. I have such great respect for the animators that created them. Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng are heroes of mine. I remember meeting Chuck Jones ever so briefly during one of his appearances at the store. I was so star struck all I could mutter was “thank you”.

Fast forward to today and I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to create this image featuring Bugs Bunny and some of his famous on-screen co-stars. I was very nervous going into this project. Because I felt such a deep connection to these shorts and characters, I was terrified of messing it up. It’s been a while since I’ve drawn them and I did a lot of research to try and get everything just right. I don’t know if I succeeded but I thoroughly enjoyed the process. It was great to be back with these characters – re-watching the shorts and revisiting the old model sheets.

maruyama_photoMy thanks to the great folks at Dark Hall Mansion for inviting me to create this for them. A big thank you to Warner Bros. for their time and patience. It has been a wonderful experience. Like I said, I love these characters and I tried to put some of that love into this image. I sincerely hope you like it.

For more info on what will be available, visit the Dark Hall Mansion blog.

If you’d like to purchase a print, please visit the DARK HALL MANSION store website on Tuesday, November 15th – 12:30pm PST.

That’s all folks!

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Podcasts And The Torture of Hearing Your Own Voice

podcastsI love podcasts. As someone who works from home and spends endless hours standing at my desk, I find podcasts the best way to get through the day. You can only listen to your iTunes playlists so many time before you start going a little crazy. I’ve been fortunate enough to also appear on a few podcasts. I’m never comfortable talking about myself and hearing my own voice is just about the worst thing in the world. But these kind folks were so generous and enthusiastic about my work that it put me at ease.

Podcasting is a tough job. It is almost always a passion project and requires a lot of work and time without any pay or profit. I salute these dedicated individuals for following their passion to create these shows out of pure love of the process and/or subject matter. To stay focused and produce a show (or more) every week is really a monumental task.

Below is a list of some of the recent podcasts I’ve had the pleasure of being featured on. My heart-felt thanks to each and every one of them.

Creative South Podcast with Jason Frostholm  My thanks to Jason for having me on the show to talk about my work. This is a really wonderful design podcasts that accompanies the popular conference of the same name. Check it out if you are interested in the world of design. (See Episode 37)

Cloud City Cast with Liam DiCosimo, Brittany DiCosimo, Manoah Crane and Leanne Crane –   I’ve enjoyed this podcast since the beginning. In the build up to The Force Awakens, I was listening to all things Star Wars and Cloud City was one of my favorites. Always fun, always positive – if you love the expanded Disney Universe (Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars) you will dig this show.  (See Episode 4, Episode 22 and Episode 99)

Master of One Podcast with Andrew Sale, Patrick and Luke Gaul – These guys are great. This is my go-to podcast for all things creative. Art/Design, Television/Film and Toys/Games serve as a lose guideline to the twice weekly show but it’s so much more than that. It’s a fun, good-spirited show that I’ve been fortunate enough to be interviewed on as well as sitting in as guest host on occasion. The guest list is mostly centered around Design and Illustration. And if you’re a MONDO fan, you should already be listening.  See episodes 33.2 (Guest host for the Illustrators Panel), 22.2 (Guest Host with Tom Bancroft) and 19.2 (interview).

Living Your Journey with Christopher Swan – Christopher is such a kind soul and a generous interviewer. I was so flattered that he had researched my work and previous interviews. He had some great questions for me and I totally enjoyed the experience. We had a great time talking and appreciate his interest in what I do.

Talk About The Magic  I love talking Disney so it was a pleasure to be a guest on this show. I had a great time discussing my work and my love of Disney. My thanks to Joseph for having me on the show. (Episode #79)

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.

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.