Good Vs. Evil At The WonderGround Gallery

The powers of good and evil have taken over the WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney® District, Disneyland® Resort. I was so excited to return to the gallery on Saturday (Dec 15) for the opening of this brand new show. It’s always a blast to be a part of the festivities. It’s inspiring, humbling and exciting to meet the many Disney fans who come out to these event. They are always fun to talk to and so enthusiastic about the artwork.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate their kind words and generosity. My sincere thanks to everyone who came out to the show to say hello. And a special shout-out to the great folks who purchased my Pinocchio (or “Pokeynose”) giclee.

The other great part of these gatherings is the chance to mingle with some fantastic artists. I’ve admired many of these talents for some time and it’s so great to stand beside them for this show. It’s always inspiring to hear their stories and experiences. So great to see Noah, Michelle Romo, Martin Hsu and Sean Chao once again. Thrilled that I finally got to meet Miss Mindy, Stephanie Buscema, Kristin Tercek, Ming Ong and Jackie Huang.

As always, the great folks at Disney made this a day to remember. Thanks to everyone who makes these events and this Gallery possible. That includes the wonderful staff at the gallery. Your endless energy and excitement for the art is such a big part of the WonderGround experience and I thank you for your efforts. Also, a shout-out to the Disneyland Ambassadors who are just so fun to talk to. I am honored to be a part of this gallery and so thankful for the experience.

There are some really fantastic pieces and merchandise in this new show. If you’re in the area, please stop by and check it out.

The Chase – New WonderGround Art

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Do you love Disney’s Alice In Wonderland as much as I do? If so, you’ll love “The Chase” – a new print I did for the Good vs. Evil show at the WonderGround Gallery, Downtown Disney® District, Disneyland® Resort.  ‘Alice’ is one of my favorite Disney films and I wanted to include as many of the fantastic characters as I could in this fun piece.I couldn’t get them all in there but many of my favorites made the cut – including one of the adorable oyster babies and a mome-rath.

This image is currently available as a deluxe print and sold exclusively at WonderGround. Check it out the next time you’re at Disneyland!

 

A Girl In The Castle

A thumbnail from “A Girl In The Castle” By Jerrod Maruyama for WonderGround Gallery

I am so excited to be returning to the WonderGround Gallery on Saturday December 15th from 1-3 pm.  The Gallery, located in the Downtown Disney® District, Disneyland® Resort, will showcase a bunch of new art and artists for the Good vs. Evil exhibit.  Limited edition giclees, deluxe prints, unique merchandise and some pretty amazing Vinylmations will be available for purchase exclusively at this one-of-a-kind gallery.  I am thrilled to be appearing along side these talented folks: Stephanie Buscema, Martin Hsu, Jackie Huang, Ming Ong and Michelle Romo.

The image above is a small peek at my Beauty and the Best piece I did for this show. “A Girl In The Castle” features several favorite characters from the film and will be available as a limited edition, numbered and signed giclee.  I also have one more piece that has yet to be revealed. To see it and the rest of the Beauty and The Beast piece, come out to the gallery this weekend and say hello.

For more on the opening day festivities, check out the WonderGround Gallery site. There you will find a complete list of the participating artists and get a sample of some of the amazing art that will be available.

Good Vs. Evil – NEW WonderGround Show

 

“Java Break” By Jerrod Maruyama available exclusively at The WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney district (Anaheim, CA)

I am thrilled to announce that I will be returning to the WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney® District (Anaheim, CA). I’ll have a few new pieces in the brand new show featuring some of my all-time favorite Disney characters. I’ll also have a new Mickey Mouse piece. “Java Break” (right) features Mickey and Minnie relaxing in their hipster finest! I’ll be appearing at the gallery along with several other artists on Saturday December 15th from 1-3. Along with the new art pieces, there’s plenty of new Hipster Mickey and limited Holiday-themed products. Remember, all art and mechandise is available exclusively at The WonderGround Gallery. You can’t purchase them anywhere else. If you’re in the area, please stop by to say hello and check out all the great new work from such talented artists as Martin Hsu, Michelle Romo, Sean Chao, Stephanie Buscema, J. Scott Campbell, Noah and Joey Chou.

A small preview gallery is currently available online here. More images will be released as we get closer to the show. Stay tuned!

New Items At WonderGround

The WonderGround Gallery has added a few more products with my artwork to their inventory – and just in time for the holidays. Hipster Mickey and Warm Up Mickey are dressed up for the holidays on these adorable framed ornaments. Availability is limited so make sure to pick a few up if you’re in the area. Now you can be even more like Hipster Mickey with this handsome messenger bag. And of course the Hipster Mickey porcelain travel mug is currently available as well.

So if you’re in the Anaheim area, make sure to drop by the WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney district and pick up a few gifts for yourself. Keep checking back. You never know when new artwork might show up!

D23: Disney Studios and Archives Tour

Over the past weekend (November 5), I had the extreme pleasure of touring the Disney studios and visiting the archives. What a treat. Big thanks to D23 for offering such a wonderful and rare glimpse behind the scenes at the inner-workings and history of the studios. As a fan and student of Disney films and history, I have seen many of these landmarks and locations in the various bonus features and specials on the studio’s storied history. From the Dopey and Mickey street sign (actually just a prop leftover from The Reluctant Dragon shoot) to the famous animation building, it was exciting to visit and actually see these locations in person. The two and half-hour tour was a wonderful mix of legend and lore that both added to the myth of the studio while at the same time revealing the realities of a working studio. How sad to think the rich history of the animation building no longer houses the Disney animation team. While the building itself pays homage to Disney animation in its halls, the rooms are used for production offices.

The real treat came towards the end of our tour. Inside the Frank G. Wells building, we were able to visit the Disney archives hosted by none other than Disney historian and Archive founder Dave Smith himself. What a treat it was to see some historical Disney memorabilia as presented by Dave himself – including the first Disneyland ticket sold and the original script for Steamboat Willie. We even got to hold one of Walt’s Oscars!

Our tour came to an end in the Disney Legends Plaza just outside of the Team Disney Burbank building – the famous Eisner-era structure featuring the Seven Dwarfs. Here we saw the hand prints and plaques celebrating some of the most famous names in Disney history. There are also replicas of Blaine Gibson’s Partners and Sharing The Magic statues from the Disney parks. The only disappointment was not visiting the Feature Animation building located across the street under the huge Sorcerer’s hat.

The overall experience was extremely gratifying. To see and touch a little part of Disney history is something you don’t get to do everyday. I can’t thank the kind folks at D23 for offering such a wonderful experience to members lucky enough to get tickets. If you are a member, I would highly recommend getting tickets if you can. You won’t forget the experience. It’s special events like this that truly make D23 a worthwhile investment.

And after touring the happiest studio on earth, it was off to Disneyland the next day!

PixArt Knick Knacks

Yesterday over at The Pixar Times blog we launched our latest project in the PixArt section – Knick Knacks. We provide artists with a blank slate – a stylized outline of Buzz Lightyear – and let them go to town. The only rule – the design must have something to do with Pixar.

So far, the response has been great. Lots of people have been writing us asking to participate. That’s great. We wanted this to be a unique project that inspired our readers and artists.

Contact us if you are interested in submitting a design. We’ll send you the details and the templates!