Ghibli 3: A Hayao Miyazaki Fan Art Show

A few years ago I bought the Studio Ghibli collector’s DVD set that had a lot of the animated films so that I could see what the fuss was all about, and started out with Grave of the Fireflies I believe.  And let’s just say it wasn’t long before I was telling myself that it WAS NOT a children’s cartoon!  It was a powerful and gut-wrenching story, though.  The art and animation style was nothing like I had seen before.  So after Grave of the Fireflies, I started Spirited Away.  It was a cute, imaginative story, and again, the art was great!  I began to see what so many people were inspired by it.  Eventually I watched My Neighbor, Totoro and instantly wished I had a Totoro of my own to cuddle and be friends with.    I’ve seen an handful of the other Studio Ghilbli films, but not all of the ones that came in the DVD set (it came with 17 after-all!)

Needless to say when I saw that Thumbprint Gallery had a Studio Ghibli/Hayao Miyazaki Fan Art show coming up, I had to make something!

Luckily I found a blank, loose Dudebox figure, which I believe are discontinued and originated in the UK, at DesignerCon.  I had been looking for one at a good price in the US for some time.  Granted, I wasn’t looking very hard, so it felt more like fate to have found it at the “garage sale” booth at my favorite convention.

I knew JUST what to do with it:  turn it into Totoro for the art show!  I’d even give it an umbrella and leaf hat.

The painting was pretty easy.  The umbrella, in my head, was easy, but when it came to forming the shell of the umbrella, things weren’t going as planned.  Plans A (foam and wire) and B (sheet of plastic heated over wire) did not work, and for some reason it took me too long to remember that I had a 3D printer!  And low and behold someone on Thingiverse had the perfect model!  I just needed to modify the handle, no big deal.  Once I got that done, things were going well.  The only problem I ran into was that when I moved Totoro’s arm to hold the umbrella, the paint around his armpits would scrape.  So I had to do a few touch-ups once I got it into the right position.

Here are the process pictures:

Here he is at the show:

And guess what?  He sold!

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