In this step-by-step photo tutorial, I’ll show you how to draw and color Totoro from the anime My Neighbor Totoro with crayons in just 6 steps.
First, we draw the body of Totoro in the form of an uneven oval. Then we draw a muzzle consisting of two round eyes, nose, mouth and antennae. We finish the stomach, paws, tail, and ears. We draw the branch on which Totoro sits. Erase unnecessary lines. We begin to circle the outline with a black pen, and some places (belly, paws, etc.) need to be circled slightly unevenly to depict the coat. Erase the pencil with an eraser.
We begin to paint. Paint the coat gray, the stomach yellow, and the branch brown. We do not press hard on the pencil. We shade the body of Totoro in black, and the abdomen is dark yellow. We put a signature. The Totoro drawing is ready! All success in the drawing!
In this lesson, we will draw Totoro flying on balls. You will need a black (preferably capillary) pen, a simple pencil, and colored pencils: green, blue, blue, yellow and purple. Good luck !!
We draw the head and one paw of Totoro. We finish the body. We draw a muzzle and a belly of Totoro. We finish the mustache and triangles on Totoro’s belly. We draw next to Totoro his little friend. Draw on his face, legs, and tail. Next, draw the strings in Totoro’s paw and many, many balls. draw them so that they intersect with each other.
We draw on one of the balls another friend Totoro and Chernushka around the balls. We proceed to the coloring. We circle Totoro with an especially uneven line (just do not overdo it!), Because he has wool. Colorize it.
We also circle Totoro’s friend unevenly and colorize him. We circle the balls, a little friend and with the same pen we paint Chernushek (do not forget about the eyes) We color the balls, mixing colors at the intersection. The drawing is ready!
On April 16, 1988, the twin premiere of “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Graves of Fireflies” took place – the animation studio “Ghibli” believed that this way their work would have a better chance of fighting off at the box office.
The children’s fairy tale of Hayao Miyazaki did not initially hit the jackpot, but more than made up for it when the sale of plush toys of the title character Totoro started. Shows in schools and on television strengthened the cult status of the cartoon, while Japan became obsessed with Totoro, the attributes of which are ubiquitous to this day. Buro 24/7 tells how and why “My Totoro Neighbor” has become a unique cultural phenomenon.
The brilliant fantasy of Hayao Miyazaki has generated many amazing creatures, but Totoro is the crown of his creation. No wonder the profile of the charming beast adorns the Ghibli logo at the beginning of each studio film.
Guillermo del Toro admitted that “My Neighbor Totoro” had changed his life. Akira Kurosawa also signed in love for him.
Pixar CEO John Lasseter, always looking for inspiration in Miyazaki’s masterpieces, included Totoro in Toy Story: The Great Escape. The good-natured creation is generally a frequent guest in the anime and American animated series (in particular, in the “South Park” he flashes in the trilogy about Imagination and is parodied in episodes about Cthulhu).
In the coming years, a special park should be opened in Japan that reproduces the scenery of the cartoon. In honor of Totoro, an asteroid was named, as well as a type of velvet worm from Vietnam (because it has paws like Cotobus) – also some kind of achievement.
In the story, the father and his two daughters move to the countryside to be closer to the mother being treated at the local hospital. Girls begin to explore the marvelous world of nature around and get acquainted with the forest spirit, which is napping in the roots of the camphor tree. The younger sister gives him the name “Totoro” – a distorted “troll” because the girls are just reading a Norwegian fairy tale about three kids.
Nevertheless, the character is in no way connected with the Scandinavian giants living under the bridges, nor does he have direct analogs in Japanese folklore. Outwardly, Totoro resembles a cross between a cat, an owl, and a raccoon dog. and its essence is mysterious. The cartoon is replete with Buddhist and Shinto iconography, and Totoro himself lives near the altar, where his father and girls thank him.
Miyazaki himself believes that his brainchild is not a ghost and not a god, but just a little animal cracking acorns. Despite the magical properties of Totoro, there is no contradiction for the eastern mentality. In Shintoism, the traditional religion of Japan based on animism, it is believed that a supernatural spirit is in every creature and physical object. The other world and the world of nature are two sides of one essence, which are embodied in Totoro.