August 08, 2008

The Totoro Forest Project

Recently I was invited to contribute to the Totoro Forest Project, an auction of artwork by international animation, comic and illustration artists in service of saving Sayama Forest outside of Tokyo--the one that inspired Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro.

The event will be held at Pixar on September 6th, and a selection of the artwork will be displayed at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco; a catalogue will also eventually be available. The whole thing is headed by some of my good friends at the studio, so a round of applause for Dice Tsutsumi, Enrico Casarosa, Ronnie Del Carmen and Yuniko Pang. It's a great honor and pleasure to be involved, and I hope we manage to raise a lot!

My piece, about a moment of person-plant communion, was kind of an homage to Helen Levitt and Marc Simont--and of course to New York city: a place with a lot of concrete and a lot of green. It's based on a little plant I saw bowing out of an apartment window in NY; a little cactus, I think. This one's for that cactus.


  1. Anonymous2:06 PM

    I love. It.

  2. Anonymous2:09 PM

    Very Peter McCarty. Very Helen Levitt. Very New York. Very lovely.

  3. There is such a poetic quality to everything you do, and this piece is no exception. Beautiful work.

  4. Fabulous gestures--and it's really fun to see your process, too. I can't wait for this book to come out!

  5. Yahaaaaaay for process shots, learned some good stuff.

  6. soooooo beautiful!!

  7. Very nice!
    I see some Sempe and Blake too.

    Great stuff!


  8. Wow, this is amazing. So beautiful.

  9. I love it. Wish I could have that on my wall.

  10. Wow, Wow, Wow, sooo beautiful.

    I just had an ahh haa! moment. I think i met you last week during a life drawing session.

    Yep! I'm pretty sure it was you.

    Thanks for the tips.

    You're awesome : )

  11. This is really lovely.
    It so nice to see the production process!!

    Best wishes,