Thursday, March 31, 2011

ONE , ひとつ - Dan McHale

Dan McHale created an awesome homage piece.

Title: Tiger and Moon (after Hokusai)
Dimensions 11" x 14"
Acrylic on board

Dan McHale is an animator at Maverix Studios

ONE , ひとつ, Enrico Casarosa

This tale tell beautiful piece is titled: 金魚-Kingyo
and is in pencil and watercolor

Size: 11"x14"

 " Kingyo : I love to draw japanese streets with strange characters in them, this is taken from a photo I took in Gyon, Kyoto. A fox, a badger and a kappa are mourning over a little dead goldfish."- Enrico

Enrico Casarosa was born and raised in Genoa, Italy in the early 70s. After a couple of years at the University of Engineering spent mostly doodling during classes, Enrico found his calling and moved to Milan to attend Illustration courses at the European Institute of Design. In 1994 he moved to the US to pursue studies in animation and illustration. He studied in New York at the School of Visual Arts and at the Fashion Institute of Technology. He, somewhat proudly, never finished a major at any of the colleges he attended.
Enrico started his career in animation in New York City working for several TV Animation studios and projects in different capacities. He then landed a position at Blue Sky Studios, storyboarding for 20th Century Fox’s ICE AGE.
Enrico moved to San Francisco in 2001 where he’s been since working at Pixar Animation Studios as a story artist on movies like Ratatouille, Up and Cars2. In his free time he has drawn comics, made art books and started an international drawing Marathon event: SketchCrawl.

Visit his site for more information

ONE , ひとつ - Yoriko Ito

The title for this beautiful piece is  " Prayer for the hope"

Size 11.5x 15
Medium Water color, and gouache, silver flake, ink on watercolor paper

-"Thinking the girl, I read the article who lost her parents for the Tsunami, 10 years old girl is survived  with her grandma. Her mother was 9 month pregnant.The article said she met the body of her parents and after their funeral she never show her tears again told by her grandma."- Yoriko

Yoriko Ito is originally from Japan. 
She lives in California and has been working in the animated  feature film industry over the past 15 years in companies such as Dreamworks , PDI &  is currently working as a visual development artist at CinderBiter.  
She has also published 5 children's books in US.

ONE , ひとつ - Mari Inukai

Mari Inukai contributed this charming flight of fancy!


Mari Inukai was born in Nagoya, Japan. In 1995, Mari came to the US to pursue her studies in art. She first attended Santa Monica Community College (Mentor program), then Associates in Art, Sherman Oaks, CA and finally California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, where she recieved her BFA in Character Animation in 2004. Her professional works include Nickelodeon, New York, Nylon Motion Inc., LA, Oishii Productions, LA, and NGTV, LA. Her short animated film, Blue and Orange, has been an official selection at numerous national and international film festivalss including the Sundance Film Festival 2003, and was the Japanese Grand Prix winner at the Short Shorts Film Festival EXPO 2005. Besides her animation works, Mari regularly exhibits her paintings and drawings, designs clothes, ceramic toy figurines, and other fun products. She lives in Los Angeles with her daughter, Sena.

ONE , ひとつ Jamie Baker

This fun and awesome Colour Pencil on Canson Paper piece is titled "Jet-Kid Hola-Gato"
and measures 9x12 (16x20 in Frame)

-" In trying to do a piece for a show that honours Japan, I started out by thinking of all my favourite Japanese cartoon characters, which is where my love of Japanese culture began (Cartoons is where my love of America began too, incidentally). After a few days of doodling I ended up with this image; MY version of two Japanese Cartoon icons, at the beginning of a beautiful relationship." - James Baker

JAMES BAKER was raised in Australia but now lives in San Francisco, where he is a Freelance Storyboard artist working in Animation (clients include Pixar, LAIKA, SONY and ILM).

ONE , ひとつ Jackson Dryden

Title: Floating Blossom
Size: 12.5"x12.5"
Medium: Ink and gouache

Jackson is currently working at CinderBiter as a junior illustrator. 

ONE , ひとつ Soosa Kim


Medium: Oil
Size: 14”x14”


walk, smile, touch
sun still high.
we go together."-

Soosa Kim is this crazy Japanese artist friend of mine.
He works for Namco as a concept/CG artist.
He’s the man with stories. Anyone who knows him would know what I mean.
Next time you go out with him, ask him about his Yakuza experience and the stories from his male host days. I heard his stories  many times but I still laugh my head off when I hear them.

The poetic story attached to his work , reflecting his fun and interesting personality  will suck you in to his world!

ONE , ひとつ Ronnie Del Carmen

This amazing  -very touching -Story master Ronnie del Carmen piece is approx

8"x 10"
(11" x 14" framed ) 

Medium: Gouache
Title: "Tearful Alice in waves"

-"I attended the grand Mary Blair show in Japan last year. It was a pilgrimage of the faithful.

I was enraptured all over again. But even better it was curated and collected in Japan.
Japan is a very special place for me personally.
In that same trip we also went to Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Seas. Spectacular.  And yet throughout that trip all I wanted to do was to be on the streets of Tokyo and meet the people, visit friends and see the neighborhoods again.
Japan is my Disneyland. I wish for all to be well and a swift recovery." -Ronnie

Ronnie del Carmen is currently working for Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville.  Prior to that he's worked at Dreamworks and Warner Bros.

He self-publishes his own comic book, Paper Biscuit.
He is maintained by his wife and kids and is not allowed too much peanut butter.

ONE , ひとつ Noah Klocek

Noah Klocek, is currently working as Art Director at Pixar animation studios
This cheerful & beautiful piece is titled "Jumping Frog of Calaveras and i County"

6"x6" in Pastel

The piece was inspired by Mark Twains short story, and is titled

"The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County."

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

ONE , ひとつ video

"One" / Artists Help Japan Event Promotional Video from Curio on Vimeo.

JOIN US FOR THE UPCOMING SILENT AUCTION PARTY for the rare chance to bring home original art from celebrated artists in the animation & film industry.

SuperFrog Gallery, 1746 Post Street, New People building, top floor
San Francisco, CA 94115

APRIL 2, 2011
Gallery doors open at noon | Bidding + Party starts 7pm
silent auction bidding ends at 9:30pm

ONE , ひとつ - Miya Ando

Title:  'Kuni' [Oinori 1]  
'Country' [Prayer 1]
Size: 12" x 12"
Medium: steel
date 2011

This stunning piece comes from New York based Japanese and Russian artist Miya Ando.
Miya is a descendant of Bizen swordmaker Ando Yoshiro Masakatsu and was raised between two worlds: among sword smiths-turned Buddhist priests in a Buddhist temple in Okayama, Japan and Santa Cruz, California 

In her work, Miya creates quiet, abstract & meditative environments with metal. 
Miya is  interested in the study of subtraction to the point of purity, simplicity and refinement.

ONE , ひとつ - Alexandra Boiger

Title: Dreaming Sausage
Medium: Watercolor
Size: 10.5 x 11
with frame: 13 x 16

Alexandra Boiger has illustrated several award-winning picture and
chapter books. She started her career in feature animation, where she
worked for such studios as Warner Bros. UK and Dreamworks Animation.
Originally from Munich, Germany she now lives in California with her
husband and daughter.

ONE , ひとつ - Andrea Blasich

A wonderful sculpture by Andrea Blasich will be up for auction at the benefit.

ONE , ひとつ - Mark Sperber

Art piece by Mark Sperber, title “Band Aid” pencil-watercolor-gouache
Art piece approx’ size 7 1/2 x 9 1/2’’
Framed in 11 3/4 x 15 3/4’’

Mark says:
"I graduated from Sheridan College with a BAA in Animation. Worked freelance for a bit and pursued my career in animation out west in LA. Worked at Renegade Animation Studio (Freelance) and at Six Point Harness Studio and now am working at Nickelodeon."

ONE , ひとつ - Jennifer C. Chang

An adorable and serene work of art from Jennifer C. Chang.

"It was Quiet"
Watercolor & Pencil

Jennifer is a Concept Artist at Pixar Animation Studios. Take a look at more of her lovely work:

ONE , ひとつ - Kent Williams

This piece comes from powerhouse artist Kent Williams and a pleasure to have it as part of the greater effort to help Japan.

"Standing Female (left)"

mixed media on paper


Kent Williams
has built up a formidable reputation as a powerful contemporary figurative painter. His is a bold realism with combined attributes of abstraction and neo-expressionistic sensibilities. His work is characterized by strong gestural forms combined with areas of arresting detail, rendered with rich dynamic brushwork.

Williams’ approach to his subjects is often subjective and intense. Whether through multi-figured compositional complexity and suggestive narrative, or with the straight-forward lone human form, there is often autobiographical narrative at play. Favorite models, friends, and the artist himself all play a role in the human story of his paintings.

ONE , ひとつ, Nathan Stanton

Nathan Stanton has contributed to the cause and it is much appreciated. A nicely composed pen and ink with prismacolor pencil.


Nathan is Head of Story at Pixar. Story Boarding credits include: A BUGS LIFE, TOY STORY 2, MONSTERS, INC. , FINDING NEMO, RATATOUILLE , WALL-E , BRAVE (releasing in spring 2012) , currently Head of Story on CARS 2 (releasing on June 24, 2011).

ONE , ひとつ, Dice Tsutsumi

Dice Tsutsumi's work is always inspiring and this is no exception. A truly uplifting scenario.

"One --- Artists Help Japan"


Oil On Board

Born and raised in Tokyo, Dice moved to NY in ‘93. After graduating from School of Visual Arts in 98, he started his career as a staff illustrator for Lucas Learning Ltd. in San Francico. Two years later, Dice moved back to NY to work for Blue Sky Studios as a visual development/color key artist on their film projects such as Ice Age, Robots and Horton Hears A Who. In 2007, after his long adventurous 7 year run at Blue Sky Studios, he has accepted the new challenge to join as an art director at Pixar Animation Studios. Dice was the color and lighting art director of Pixar’s latest feature Toy Story 3.

Dice has actively been pursuing his illustration career outside of animation as well. His first children’s book I can Hear was published in Japan 2009.

Dice also believes in fun charity project and was one of the organizers of Totoro Forest Project and Sketchtravel Project.

ONE , ひとつ - Tom Rubalcava

It seems that the theme of snow monkeys has a warm place in many hearts. Here's Tom Rubalcava's ink and marker piece - "Macaque is Warm".

8"X10" on bristol.

Tom has worked for two decades in television, advertising, and feature film animation. Tom was Character Sculptor and Effects Animator on the Warner Bros/Lorimar Gumby Adventures‚ TV series (1987-1988) and Gumby Movie‚ the stop-motion feature film (1991). In 1991 at Colossal Pictures, Tom’s Animation Direction debut Coca-Cola Watch‚ won a Clio Award. In 2000 he became Co-Partner at Way Out West Prods in San Francisco. Tom joined Maverix Studios in October of 2002 and is a dedicated principal member of the group.

ONE , ひとつ - Sergio Paez

Sergio Paez of has offered up this piece, a vividly rendered pastel. At size 13"X20" it will definitely attract a lot of attention!

Sergio Paez is a San Francisco artist specializing in storyboards, animation, and visual development for TV, feature film, and games. His animation credits in the United States and Europe include projects for Pixar, Lucasfilm, Sony, and Sega.

ONE , ひとつ Pre Registration

Hi all,

We are pre-registering all potential bidders for the Japan benefit auction this Saturday in order to cut down on the "waiting in line" time at the event.

If you plan to bid on some of the 50+ amazing pieces (, please send the following info to Xiaojing at PUREXJ@GMAIL.COM

First & last name
Billing address

Once you are registered, you will receive a BIDDER NUMBER to use for the auction. All information will remain CONFIDENTIAL.


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

ONE , ひとつ , Alex Puvilland

This beautiful 11x14.  ink on paper piece  is titled 'hot, cold'
The original  of this awesome piece will be sold  on april 2 @ the ONE , ひとつ
 Maverix Art Auction Benefit for Japan Relief 

Alexandre lives in San Francisco with his equally talented wife and son and has worked in many Dreamworks features

ONE , ひとつ , Joey chou

This pretty and fun piece Joey Chou is titled: New Blossoms
Media:  Acrylic on watercolor paper
Size: 11 inches by 14.75 inches

Joey is an  artist based in LA ,currently working at Nickelodeon.

The original  of this awesome piece will be sold  on april 2 @ the ONE , ひとつ
 Maverix Art Auction Benefit for Japan Relief 

Monday, March 28, 2011

ONE , ひとつ , Sei Nakashima

Another beautiful piece , this wonderful piece comes in from LA.

Sei san is currently art directing the next Chipmunks movie @ Rhythm & Hues studios

Title: " I will remember You"
Medium: Gouache on Paper       
Size: 19 x 24 inch

 The original  of this piece will be sold  on april 2 @ the ONE , ひとつ
 Maverix Art Auction Benefit for Japan Relief 

Sunday, March 27, 2011

ONE , ひとつ , Todd Uyeminami

This  dream like 6"x 8"  ,beautiful oil painting , is entitled "Wistful Warblers" and comes from
Todd Uyeminami

Todd is a visual development artist in the film and video game industries

Friday, March 25, 2011

ONE , ひとつ , Scott Morse

 This awesome piece is titled

Cell vinyl on clayboard

Scott is a storyteller, illustrator &  filmmaker.You can find more about Scott here :

ONE , ひとつ , Tooru Terada (From Saitama, Japan)

This beautiful piece is coming from Saitama in Japan .

Tooru is living the effects of the earthquake in Japan as he send us this his contribution and those words :

"It's difficult to put my feelings about this disaster in "words"
A lot of thoughts went through my head during this days.

Japan is in a very tragic moment , but
your prayers are reaching us  in Japan.

Thank you so much for your support"

in Japanese :

"Konkai no jishinn ni saishi, jibun no kimochi wo
kotoba de hyougen suruno ha totemo muzukashii desu.
Jishinn irai, watashi ha takusan kangaemashita.
Soshite kono e wo kakimashita.

Sorezore ni kanjite kudasai.
Nihon ha hukkou he mukai hajimemasu.

Sekai no hitobito no pray ha shikkari Japan ni todoite imasu.
Hontou ni arigatou."

Tooru Terada is a freelance illustrator, cartoonist, published in Japan and France 

The original  of this awesome piece will be sold  on april 2 @ the ONE , ひとつ
 Maverix Art Auction Benefit for Japan Relief 

ONE , ひとつ , Julia Lundman

The next up is this thoughtful  piece by Julia Lundman .
"Peace Pagoda",  Measures 11x16  , and is painted with pastels 

Julia is a Senior Illustrator at Zynga by day and painter of fairies and other spritely creatures by night.

In her words :

"I did this piece from life with some interpretation for the January World Wide Sketch Crawl It was a challenge, to be sure. I have always admired the structure; now that I've attempted to construct it, my appreciation of the architecture has deepened. All of those ellipses stacking up toward the heavens...I wonder if the artist meant to suggest that all of them together, stacking up in diminishing degrees, points toward a greater peace.

This plaza was filled with the hectic noise and bustle of the city. I edited out bus stops, street lamps, ugly steel fences and even edited out the large crowd. I felt the Peace Pagoda, deserved to be honored as a focal point. Although, I couldn't help myself - I took a few irresistible artistic liberties with the top, simplifying and exaggerating the shapes. They reminded me so much of the kind of thing the great Mary Blair would have designed. Fitting, I thought, as it really is a small world after all.

The original  of this wonderful piece will be sold  on april 2 @ the ONE , ひとつ
 Maverix Art Auction Benefit for Japan Relief 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

ONE , ひとつ , Alina Chau

Our next donation comes in from the talented Alina Chau. A 3d storyartist and traditional painter.

"There is no words that could adequately releave the Japanese people from all the lost and devastation from the recent earthquake.
However in a small way, our humble contribution could help bring hope and support to the people in need." -Alina

Alina currently works at LucasFilm as a 3d Storyartist on the Clone Wars tv series.

"Ice-Cream Monster Toon Cafe"

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

ONE , ひとつ , Derek Thompson

Here is our second piece , another meaningful piece by MonsterMaster , and Maverix member Derek Thompson.

Title: "GAMERA: Guardian Of The Universe:Friend Of The Children:Earth Protector"
Media: Graphite, Sharpie Marker, Prisma Pencil& Marker on Canson Paper
Size : Artwork:8.5"x11"Frame:17.5"x14.5"

Derek's works :

"I always loved GAMERA growing up...a daikaiju who represents hope and positivity..'Guardian of the Universe', 'Friend of the Children' and 'Earth Protector' . In this time of crisis in Japan, Gamera seemed to be a perfect icon for HOPE...and he's FUN to draw!"

Derek is a Story Artist @ Pixar Animation Studios / Creature Designer and Concept Artist for Feature Films / Comic Book Artist and Painter

This  fun  piece with our most beloved monster Gamera will be sold  on april 2 @ the ONE , ひとつ

 Maverix Art Auction Benefit for Japan Relief

ONE , ひとつ , Patrick Awa

The first pieces are coming , this beautiful piece by Patrick Awa  is called
"Anonymous hug " .

Size:  19x13(the painting by itself)  about 26x18(w/frame)
Media:  Watercolor, Acrylic and Gold ink on Rives Paper

This is what Patrick  says  about this piece :
"The basic idea was to draw miscellaneous figures with their hands holding each other as tight as they could at the moment of reunion, making a sphere-like shape together, which I also hoped to represent connection and compassion I have received from all over the world. And even though this might be a little "one" to start with in front of massive damage, hopefully together we can become "ONE" to make a difference. "

The original  of this meaningful piece will be sold  on april 2 @ the ONE , ひとつ
 Maverix Art Auction Benefit for Japan Relief

Limited number of prints of this wonderful piece is on sale here for a very short time :

All proceeds of the sales will be donated 100% to ArtistHelpJapan Fund

Patrick Awa is a Character Designer/Concept Artist in animated feature films.
He would like to be a good fencer with a couple of brushes one day...

Personally I think he is already amazing ;)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

ONE , ひとつ

Maverix Art Auction Benefit for Japan Relief
Together we can become "ONE" to make a difference

Saturday April 2nd
Gallery Doors open at noon
...Party + bidding war starts 7 pm
Silent Auction Bidding ends at 930 pm

Join us for the upcoming silent auction party , for the rare chance to
bring home original art from celebrated artists in the animation & film industry
(Pixar, LucasFilms, Dreamworks, Nickelodeon to name a few )

Dice Tsusumi, Robert Valley,
Ronnie Del Carmen, Enrico Casarosa,
Scott Morse, Bill Presing,Steve Purcell,
Lou Romano,Cam De Leon, Tooru Terada,
Daniel Simon, John Wayshak,Dan Mchale,
Patrick Awa,Joey Chou, Ed Bell,
Todd Ueminami, Marcos Mateu,
Mari Inukai ,Yoriko Ito, Jackie Huang,
Soosa Kim, Jamie Baker, Alina Chou, Oren Haskins,
Sei Nakashima, Julia Lundman, Le Tang,Mark Sperber,
Ted Mathot ,Tom Rubalcava, Derek Thompson,
Sho Murase, Sergio Paez, Vaughn Ross,Nate Stanton...

... also critically acclaimed fine artists such as Miya Ando ,Kent Williams....and many more !

SuperFrog , Maverix and ArtistsHelpJapan are donating 100% of all proceeds to Artists Help Japan Fund with Mercy Corps.

There will be appetizers and drinks , live DJ sets by
DJ Dedan(
and DJ Cecil(

ひとつ("HITOTSU") means "One" which is the first number of all but also mean "United" in Japanese.
Our action might be a little "one" to start with, but we can get together
and become "ONE" to make a difference.