It began with where I discovered through Matt Stephen’s bio. Grainedit was featuring the art of Kevin Dart, and it was on his website that I found the link to the Totoro Forest Project (TFP) and his contribution to it. Having seen the movie My Neighbour Totoro, I was curious. I loved the gallery featured on this website, which is the inspiration behind this post. I loved the contributing artists’ work and their own unique interpretations of the same subject, Totoro. This naturally inspired me to take part, although the TFP was no longer accepting submissions.

First, a brief summary of what the TFP is about:

WHAT IT IS/PROJECT OVERVIEW: A fundraising exhibition/auction to support the national trust Totoro Forest Foundation that Oscar winning film maker Hayao Miyazaki has been helping over the years, featuring...more than 200 pieces of original art especially created by internationally acclaimed artists in the fields of animation, comic books, illustration, and fine arts.

THE ASSIGNMENT: Totoro is a mysterious character, a spirit, monster or creature that is visible only to kids. We asked artists to pause and give some thought to the film. How did it inspire them? How did they feel after it? What does the Totoro from their own personal life look like? We wanted artwork that could convey that childhood’s sense of wonder and spiritual beauty of nature that the movie conveyed.

In answer to the question “What does the Totoro from their own personal life look like?”, here is my own interpretation:

I have my own Totoro whose resemblance to the original Totoro is not hard to see


1 comment

by Corey

Joanne this is a great entry, really enjoyed your version of Totoro.


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