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!
To 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.
I’ll be at Star Wars Celebration on Saturday, April 18th with free buttons. If you see me, say hello and pick either Queen Amidala or Hera from Star Wars Rebels. How will you know it’s me? Just look for that totally nerdy/awesome Darth Vader hoodie shown in the pic above. I’ll also be wearing a t-shirt with my logo on it. Hope to see you there!
Here 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.
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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.
On 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.
PRIZES SHIP TO U.S. ADDRESSES ONLY.
WonderGround Gallery is located in the Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland® Resort