Off to Japan one more time..

Posted on Monday 7 June 2010

Hi everyone.
Our opening night was a HUUUGE success! Hundreds of people came by the little Gallery 1988!
The show is up until 6/12. Stop by and check it out if you haven’t already!

I’m off to another trip to Japan tomorrow. This would be the third in a few month but unlike the last two which were for family duty, I’m going to help promote TS3 in Japan. I’ll be visiting Tokyo, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Osaka in a week! (gulp..) I know I won’t have much time to breath but I’ll still make sure I eat good food every where I go! :0

And more importantly (secretly), I’m taking Sketchtravel sketchbook back to the U.S.!

The art of Toy Story 3 came out a week ago or so! Check it out. The book actually turned out to be really nice! And it’s a very good read thanks to Charles Solomon!

Robert Kondo and I did a special signing at Pixar last week

22 Comments for 'Off to Japan one more time..'

    June 7, 2010 | 12:59 pm

    Have a nice trip!! and congratulations for all you do it well, Felicidades y suerte!!

    June 7, 2010 | 10:28 pm

    Have a safe trip. The book for TS3 looks wonderful. Cheers!

    June 8, 2010 | 10:01 am

    Hey Dice the TS3 book looks fantastic! I can’t wait to see the film. Enjoy your trip!

    June 8, 2010 | 1:32 pm

    Hello Dice!!, I do not know exactly how I arrived here, but I must say that I loved your website, and I’ve loved all your work!.
    I hope I can see toy story 3 soon in spanish cinemas
    A greeting from Spain:)

    June 8, 2010 | 4:13 pm

    That trip sounds absolutly amazing!! Have a great time!! And the book looks awesome!! 🙂

    Dennis Pena
    June 9, 2010 | 12:04 am

    Wish I could’ve been there! Great work and congrats on the finishing the film!

    June 9, 2010 | 4:35 pm

    Hey Dice!

    The book was absolutely stunning, your work was amazing as usual.

    Thank you for sharing! every piece was beautifully executed.

    June 14, 2010 | 4:52 pm

    Dice san! Itterassha-i! I hope you have a wonderful time in Japan!
    I got the book and everything looks so awesome!

    June 15, 2010 | 6:03 am

    Bonjour Dice !
    Man, seems like ages since the last time we talked. I apologies: I should stop here more often. Good to read so many good news, glad to see so many good art !
    Like always with you.

    June 15, 2010 | 6:25 am

    BRILLIANT! very inspiring… Thanks for sharing.

    June 16, 2010 | 3:23 pm

    Are they Terry Ludwig pastels I spy in the top image? I’d like to get some, but they’re quite pricey especially with the shipping costs from the US. I’d be interested to know whether you’d recommend them over other brands like Sennelier.

    Book looks great, it’ll be joining my bookshelf very soon!
    Hope you had a good trip!

    June 17, 2010 | 7:53 am

    Hi Dice,
    Have a nice trip around Japan,
    must be a very inspiring journey.


    June 19, 2010 | 10:25 am

    Just saw the movie last night, and I must say, you’re sequence color keys translated beautifully into the film. A stunning film, with exceptional talent behind it. Beautiful work as always.

    June 19, 2010 | 9:55 pm

    I Just got home from seeing the picture and I was deeply moved. I will most definitely be purchasing a copy of your book. Absolutely wonderful work.

    June 20, 2010 | 4:40 pm

    I’m a huge fan! Your artwork is both amazing and inspiring, Please come visit Toronto too.

    June 21, 2010 | 1:29 pm

    Hi Dice,

    I saw Toy Story 3 over the weekend. Congrats. Great movie. BTW, I can see some of your designs in the movie. You can see the influences based on “Toy Thief” (moonlight illlumination/window) as well as “Bully” (natural light illumination).



    June 26, 2010 | 10:53 am

    Muchas Gracias!

    Thanks Eli.
    I promise, we should have lunch soon!

    Thanks Rob! Great to hear from you!

    Gracias Rosa. Su debujos son buenos tambien! Muy Japones!

    Thank you! I had a great time in Japan.(though exhausting)

    Is this Dennis from Disney Boot Camp? Great to hear from you! Hope you are well!

    Oh man. I just spent good half hour looking at your beautiful work on your blog.
    Are you an Art Center student? I feel like I’ve seen your work when I came visit last year. Amazing work. I love your nightmare before xmas work in particular


    thanks Julien. How are you doing these days? sounds like yuo are keeping yourself busy? Thanks for stopping by!

    Thank you so much! Coll stuff on your blog!

    Yeah, I got them when I took Bill Cone’s pastel class. It’s definitely my favorite. Love the square edges to be able to use different angles to create different application. Much like using flat brushes when I paint in oil!

    Hey Manu! Great to hear!
    I am bummed out that we couldn’t pull you over to Pixar. You are one of the best in everyone’s mind. I wish we get to work together someday!

    wow. Again, i was inspired by a new blog! Beautiful work you are doing Mike!
    Lots of cool work I wanna learn from! Thank you so much for stopping by!

    Thank you! I hope to visit Toronto someday! Always wanted to!!

    thanks again! And you are right! I have done some of my favorite lighting styling in toy story 3. I feel lucky!

    July 10, 2010 | 10:21 pm

    I saw you on the Japanese TV show. I love the way you use the color, impressive. gotta get your book now! Your art make my heart warm.

    July 12, 2010 | 12:03 pm

    I haven’t seen this on your blog, so just in case, here’s your interview on

    July 24, 2010 | 5:16 am

    Yes, that’s what appealed to me about them too! That’s useful to know that you do find the flat edges advantageous. Thanks for that.

    Congratulations on the TS3 book too. It’s barely made it onto my bookshelf as I keep looking at it! Lovely work, good job!

    SungHyup Cho
    August 7, 2010 | 12:28 pm

    Hi, Dice, I’m currently studying animation, and I’ve read the Art of Toy Story 3! and… I just couldn’t resist to search your name on google!! Love your work, love your style and love your lightings!!! Thanks for the awesome artworks!! very inspirational!!

    January 10, 2014 | 12:14 am

    I have a theory that the Japanese (and perhaps East Asians) are by virtue of the cultural psychology particularly good at making images, manga, anime, and also perhaps by extension things that are corporeal, such as cars.

    This might be plausible since very few visible image-things are imported from the USA to Japan. But there is a bit and important exception: Pixar, which the Japanese love.

    I am pleased to see that the Artistic Director of Pixar is Japanese. I wonder how many other members of your staff are Japanese or East Asian. I see there are the Japanese names, Robert Kondo, Shion Takeuchi and Chris Sasaki. And with Chinese names Jennifer Chang and Terry Song, Mike Wu and Alex Woo. That is eight East Asian names including yourself, among the 70 or 11$ of the artists mentioned here which is an over representation considering that only 1.5% Japanese and Chinese Americans. I wonder if there are artists at Pixar with Japanese or Chinese connections. E.g. Bill Cone (古根?!!) and whether you had any thoughts on this matter.

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