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Totoro by akreon Totoro by akreon
Watercolor commission.

You can watch me painting this piece in a time lapse here --> [link] :D


Art © *akreon
My Neighbor Totoro © Hayao Miyazaki / Studio Ghibli
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:iconthetrumpeteer:
A well balanced composition, I like the blue trees at the back and the blue shade you gave to Totoro as well as the mushrooms, texture and detail given to the bark of the trees.

Of course, this is not super original since it is Totoro, and I'm not sure if the commissioner asked for this pose and and setting, but I feel there are more interesting things Totoro could be doing. For example flying in the air with an umbrella in the night sky would be more exciting, or doing that rain dance.

Or, if Totoro is supposed to be in a homey, relaxed setting, perhaps lounging at the very top of a tree, to give it a more mysterious spin.
However, I realize it may be your intention for just a typical simple, warm and friendly piece without all that mystery.
It's just that I've always viewed Totoro as sort of mysterious, mystical being. I would have also accentuated more on Totoro's size and made the other mini-Totoros (sorry I don't know what they're called) smaller, to emphasize that.

Overall, it's a nice cute and simple piece with bright colours and all together pretty visually appealing.
I was actually pretty surprise you'd request a critique on this, as I've said earlier, this just seemed like a simple piece, and not something you would dwell on for too long. I still like it, it's just not super special. (HOPE WE CAN STILL BE FRIENDS AFTER THIS)
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The composition of this piece is astounding when you take into consideration the time, effort and skill that went into this water colour painting.

While the subject matter is not your original design, the way in which you chose to depict Totoro in water colour paint is a stroke of genius. The balance and blending of colour suggest a deep understanding of colour theory and how to use water colour paints effectively. I enjoy the magical and bright feeling the colours you chose, suggest.

My only concern is with the size of Totoro in relation to the other forest spirits/mini totoro's. In the film he is depicted as being massive compared to the two young girls in the movie, and those mini totoro's are smaller then the two girls.

Overall the piece is stunning, and I loved that you recorded yourself painting it. Great Job, keep up the great work.
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AbagailAsta Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015
this is... amazing breath taking heck it needs its own word for how good it is
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infinityenergy Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  New member
Wowww
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catz537 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love how unique the style is. And the colors are so vibrant ...How did you do the fur and leaves textures with watercolors?! SO awesome
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kaaslave Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014
Aren' they awesome? :D

Can you imagine lying on King Totoro's belly, with a regular Totoro for a pillow and a Chibi Totoro for your teddy bear? :)
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maverickbna Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
Mind blown by the mere thought. :)
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TheSnowe Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
That would be too large of a level of awesomeness for the human mind to comprehend.
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kaaslave Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
Probably too much cuteness, too. :)
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lilnono Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I absolutely love this watercolor. the way you shape so well it makes me sort of jealous and your color blending.
just well done.
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vinsky2002 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
increadible artwork ... i am breathless ... :love:
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FunnyMaiMai Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Student Filmographer
the cutenes!!
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MimiHayameYokai-Chan Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist
OMG so cuute!! Totoro is so well done!! pretty pretty good! the lightening effects and the full collour is really nice ^^
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dragonballzpokemon Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I saw the youtube video of you speed drawing it and you should sell that for $300.00 :3
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shakaiolia Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing
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edenisawesome10 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
aww can i have it?

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Marulikeslamas Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
WOW! This is amazing!  YOU ARE AWSOME! 
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PhotoGeek321 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is great! I LOVE Totoro and I think you did a beautiful job. Keep up the FANTASTIC work!
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BlueBloodRyuu Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
I love that movie.
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ehs1013 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
I have the movie. I love this. Amazing work!!!
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Roaring-Flame-Cat Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the time laps of this. <3
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Neosun7 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Awe! So fluffy!
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JMBorne Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
A wonderful take on Totoro, great work!
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Talltreest Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
love it!
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Talltreest Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Love it!
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Nekochibi12 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist
very kawaiiii x3
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mcrmcr119 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
thats awesome!
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COla013 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
o.O zawstydzasz mnie.....
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XMisae-Bee94X Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazing saw the video and all that came out was wow!!!
I really do envy your watercolor skills :heart: Do you use rubbing alcohol,
as well as salt for the grass details and the fur?
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Anoranza Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Job well done! :)
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NeoKyoStudio Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Great style!
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nati11184 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I WANT HUG HIM. NOW. >w<
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FeEd-ME-cheese Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
this is amazing

if you did this with any other utencil then colored pencil and regular pencil it woud mess up but this is perfect!!!
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FleaSmeesha Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing!!!!!
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X-RAES Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist
TOTORO! <3
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SmilinJack Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012   Traditional Artist
Just watched the vid, wonderful!

It looks even better here
What type of scanner do you use?
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kawaiilandlover Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
this so so cute i love it
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hypotheticalman Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Totoro is the best neighbor u can imagine !
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lilanimegirl14 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Very Beautiful! I love it!
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Ill-Fated-Jedi Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
so cute
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HadokenAlex Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is possibly the most adorable thing i've ever seen. I don't even know how you'd use watercolours like this. amazing. :omfg:
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AcronymLoveSapphire Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I love this!
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Jasmin98 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Just saw this on Youtube... just woooowwwww!:heart:
Can I have your skills please?
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phlyt Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing piece! One can't help but smile when looking at it. I love the vibrant colors and all the detail.
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Selindrae Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, I love this. Everything about it is amazing. You're very talented!
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MichelleFord Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am in love with this. <3 I couldn't think of anything you could have done better.
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YamaArtMan Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
Saw you paint this on Youtube, great job :D
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fairytailhappy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
i love !!!m you are such a greAT ARTIST MASTER!!!
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fairytailhappy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
ilove you are such a great artist!
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justJayDanielle Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
This is absolutely beautiful!
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Sen-Nakamura Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG this is amazing you have such a wonderful concept of color all your art is inspired color wise if nothing else!
How did you get the fur fluff on the big cat's leg to look that way??? is this on a giant piece of paper or do you just have a tiny paint brush???
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FreckleLemonade Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
gosh, watching you paint is almost magical! you are very talented! <33
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