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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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)

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

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

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

HOLIDAY PHONE CASES NOW AVAILABLE

HipsterMickey_XmasD-Tech On Demand has just added two new design to their catalog. Holiday Hipster Mickey and Holiday Warm Up Mickey are now available through the print-on-demand service. These latest two designs join the three other WonderGround Gallery themed cases available. World of Cute, World of Evil and Kingdom of Cute are currently available in a variety of smart phone sizes.

The D-Tech on Demand service is currently available at the D-Street location in the Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland® Resort. From what I’ve been told, these designs are only available at this location.

And keep an eye out for holiday greeting cards featuring these two images at WonderGround Gallery.

WonderGround Artist Showcase

I will be returning to WonderGround Gallery on Saturday, September 19th to debut some brand new art – including the latest Hipster Mickey piece. I’ll be appearing along side fellow artists Kristen Tercek and John Coulter from 3:00pm – 5:00pm.

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“Monorail Mouse” captures Hipster Mickey near the Submarine lagoon trying to catch a selfie with the iconic Monorail speeding by in the background. “Courting Minnie” is a romantic piece with Mickey and Minnie all decked out for a night at the parks. For those of you who couldn’t make it the D23 Expo this year, “Kingdom of Cute” is now available at WonderGround Gallery.

Hope to see you at this special event.

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

 

Hipsters Forever

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Excited to announce that I will be returning to WonderGround Gallery in June! Hipster Mickey and Minnie join in on the 60th Anniversary Celebration at the Happiest Place on Earth in the latest addition to the Hipster Mickey line “Hipsters Forever”. Even this cool couple can’t resist a new fireworks show in front of Disneyland’s iconic Sleeping Beauty castle.

“Hipsters Forever” will be available as a limited edition canvas and deluxe print. It will debut at the gallery on Saturday, June 13th. I’ll be there from 11:00am – 1:00pm. Come by and say hello!

Stay tuned for another art giveaway. Details will be announced soon!

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

May The 4th Be With You

Happy Star Wars Day 2015! It’s a great time to be a Star Wars fan. With a new season of Rebels out in June, Episode VII: The Force Awakens due in December and Rogue One planned for 2016, there’s much to be excited about. This year, I chose to pay tribute to Rey and her weird, ice cream bar-shaped speeder. Can’t wait to find out more about who she is. Skywalker? Solo? Time will tell.

May the force be with you… always!

The Oscars – 2015

PrintBest of luck to Disney’s Big Hero 6 and Feast at the Oscars on Sunday night. Big Hero 6 has been nominated for Best Animated Feature along with How To Train Your Dragon 2, Song of The Sea, The Boxtrolls and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. An impressive list of nominees and a rare year without a Pixar film in the mix. Feast has been nominated in the best Animated Short category along side The Dam Keeper, Me and My Moulton, A Single Life and The Bigger Picture.

The Academy Awards air live this Sunday on ABC.