When I grow up want to be like spanish artist Manuel Arenas. His work is stunning, subtle and beautifully watercolored. Where we doodle and sketch in notebooks he seems to fill his Moleskines with fully accomplished, wonderful pages of comics. Really amazing. His blog has been a huge inspiration for more than a couple of years. Manuel is also been really generous whenever we’ve had one of these little art auction benefit, this is not the first piece of art he sends us to raise money for a non-profit, but while it’s not the first one it sure is the most astounding! Look at that composition and those tree branches spanning the panels!!!
“This is like some family call, without “Don” Miyazaki, my artistic and professional life would be for sure different and I’m sure that it’s the same for many of the project fellow contributors. So yes, it was normal for me to answer this call, normal and easy… When I imagine Miyazaki San walking thru “his” Sarayama forest; I often think of the Kurosawa´s good man Derzu Uzala… not everything in this world is about money or have to be sacrified to speculators, it is a duty to preserve sanctuaries.
From the beginning on, it was clear for me that Totoro is all about chihdood. In my culture, the fauns are characters who symbolize the perfect link of the Humanity with the Wild, so I simply chosen to portray some of my own memories but personified by my son, 3 years old and already Totoro fan. Because the magic of the childhood is everlasting across generations.” — Manuel Arenas