Congratulations to Joe Hisaishi

Posted on Friday 5 February 2010

Phew, I thought I would not be too busy at work anymore since my main duty on Toy Story 3 was over but in the past 3 weeks, I’m back on it full time to help some issues we’ve been having! Late nights and weekends back again… It’s almost there though..

Anyhow, I recently was asked by the family of Joe Hisaishi to do an illustration to celebrate his recent achievement in Japan. He was awarded with a Medal of Honour with purple ribbon by the Government of Japan for his life time achievement as one of the most respected composers in the history. This illustration will be used on several thank you gift packages his Family has put together.

For those who don’t know him, he is most famous for his amazing music he created for every film Hayao Miyazaki directed. He’s also done tons of other films including last year’s Oscar winning “Departures.

you don’t know how excited I was to get this job. Hisaishi is by far my favorite film music composer and I grew up with his music along with Miyazaki’s animations.

20 Comments for 'Congratulations to Joe Hisaishi'

    February 5, 2010 | 4:16 am

    wow!! that is really beautiful, Dice! and congrats! ๐Ÿ™‚

    All the best with Toy Story 3. really looking forward to it.

    February 5, 2010 | 8:32 am

    This is exciting Dice. Congratulations! This is certainly a momentous portrait for an equally momentous composer.

    February 5, 2010 | 9:01 am

    A tribute from a Genius to another genius. He has the sound, you have the light. I like the way you added movment. Great Job !

    February 5, 2010 | 9:35 am

    WOW. Joe Hisaishi is also my favorite composer. You did beautifully! How cool.

    February 5, 2010 | 11:07 am

    This is amazing Dice! I love the implied movement and the gentle portrait of Hisaishi. It is definitely something that you can be very proud of…. not that you don’t have enough of those! Congrats.


    February 5, 2010 | 1:26 pm

    Dice, that’ s awesome! I love it… ๐Ÿ™‚

    February 7, 2010 | 1:42 pm

    What an honor. It captures a feeling of his music quite well.

    Elisa T
    February 7, 2010 | 5:41 pm

    wow-! That’s wonderful DIce san ๐Ÿ™‚
    I absolutely love Joe Hisaishi’s music and I think you captured him amazingly. Love the slight rainbow color that looks like the reflection in the light.

    His music always makes me feel nostalgic…

    February 8, 2010 | 8:20 am

    Hi Dice! What a beautiful composition!! And the movement and the light are amazing… I’m just wondering which technique did you use?? anyway, it looks wonderful!!

    February 9, 2010 | 10:34 pm

    Really wonderful Dice. Bravo!

    February 13, 2010 | 2:28 am

    great painting my friend – and wow , what a project – joe Hisaishi is one of my faves too. man, you’re making new friends. =0)

    February 14, 2010 | 12:02 am


    You really captured his essence. I am imagining his music in my head by looking at your piece. The Miyazaki soundtracks like Laputa and Beat’s “Brother” soundtrack are my favorite.

    Hope to bump into you soon.


    February 16, 2010 | 1:07 am

    Dice, you are missing one VERY important thing in your blog~

    A drool guard.


    February 23, 2010 | 8:29 pm

    O…man.. this is sooo beautiful Mr. Dice… just wow! =O


    February 24, 2010 | 5:41 am

    This is so beautiful.

    February 26, 2010 | 5:23 pm


    February 27, 2010 | 3:26 am


    thank you Charles! TS3 is almost done. I think it’s coming together nicely although it’s hard to match the excellence of the first two!

    Thanks a lot.
    I’m glad you like his music!

    Merci! Is he famous in france too?

    Thanks! Wow, I’m glad everyone already knew Joe Hisaishi!

    Believe me. This one is a special one I can be proud of!

    Merci! Hope you are enjoying Blue Sky! Let me know if you wanna come to the west coast! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thanks Mike!

    Nostalgic.. yeah, I think his music always has that Japanese authenticity to it somehow though he always deals with European themes.

    Gracias! This is completely digital.
    I have used this watercolor texture to add some organic quality but it’s mainly on photoshop. I wish I had the time to do this traditionally!

    Thanks Eli and shoot, I have to get back to your email don’t i?
    You will hear from me soon

    Thanks man! I don’t know about “friends’ but it’s still nice to do work with someone you admire!

    Haven’t talked to you for a while!
    I knew you knew his music! You have a great taste!

    Thanks craig! always amazing to hear from such a fantastic painter like you.

    Thank you so much Hao!

    thank you!

    thank you so much for leaving comments on my blog!

    Marty Fuller
    March 2, 2010 | 10:34 am

    Great work, Dice. You can actually hear this painting.

    April 9, 2010 | 11:28 pm

    I haven’t checked out your web in few months.. and I missed so many things!
    This painting is just superb! Wow.
    I love Joe Hisaishi! My first favorite composer when I started to really listen to instrumentals for movie soundtrack.
    I agree with Gerald: “A tribute from a Genius to another genius.”

    jona rili harnisa
    September 25, 2010 | 7:22 am

    this is so beautiful ! I’m lovin’ it ..

    Great !!

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