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Catbus 2.0 by paperfetish Catbus 2.0 by paperfetish
The Catbus from My Neighbor Totoro. Done as a gift for Christmas. This piece is made from Canson, Canford and tissue papers. It measures approximately 4"x8".

This piece was a structural challenge as the Catbus's body curves in both the vertical and horizontal planes and I wanted to create a sense of space within the passenger section of the bus. It may not be fully clear in this image, but Catbus almost curls around Totro and Satsuki. There are also several levels in the trees as the Catbus's body is on one plane, its tail and head are in others and Totro and Satsuki are in another.

I made this piece before the Wonder Woman piece and is the first time I used tissue paper to represents clouds. I like the end result here as I feel it fits the image. I also used tissue paper to represent the light coming from the eyes of the mice.

I'm still haven't quite worked out how to get good photos of my pieces. I feel Satsuki gets a little lost on Totro's belly, despite being two different colors of paper.

I had a great experience making this piece. It presented some fun challenges and I had the pleasure of working with a great client.

The Catbus and My Neighbor Totoro belong to Hayao Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli/Disney.
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Orionnator Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AMAZING
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paperfetish Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015
Thank you!
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Orionnator Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeer welcome
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zippybluedwarf Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is really fabulous! I love the three-dimensionality, and all the little leaves! 
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paperfetish Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Sorry it has taken me so long to reply. 

I am really happy with how this piece came out. I also really appreciate your comment on the three-dimensionality.  I tried a few new techniques with this one and it paid off in person, but I'm not sure it would show up in the photo. 

The leaves were a bit tedious to make and place, but it was totally worth it.
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Masquerade-Foxx Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is spectacular! I can't imagine how long this must've taken.
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paperfetish Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Sorry for the delay in my response. 

Thank you very much.  I don't recall exactly how long it took, maybe around forty hours?  I worked on it each night for about two weeks. I think.
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Masquerade-Foxx Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
It's alright, I'm a tiny ARTist in a sea of other tiny ARTists. I'm just glad you replied. Anyway, I'm not at all surprised that it took that long, but it was certainly worth it! I'd love to have this hanging in my room, and I know so many others who would too. Keep up the amazing work!
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Dandric101 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't help but think the catbus is like the Cheshire cat
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paperfetish Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
It's the teeth.
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Dandric101 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
and the fact that it can turn invisible
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Asteromeda Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is gorgeous!
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megavaultboy Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist
I am in love with your style this is incredible!!! I would love to see the process of one of your creations as I am an avid papercrafter and sliceformer. How do you get the pieces curved and rounded so slightly without having bend marks (such as the ears and the little leaves and blossoms on the ground?). Seriously amazing work.
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paperfetish Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Thank you very much and sorry for the delay in my response. I use aluminum knitting needles to shape the paper in the palm of my hand. The smoothness of the needle is what helps avoid bend marks. I also use scoring to help define specific curve lines. I score first, shape with the needles and then "fold" on the score line. It helps to keep everything crisp.
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megavaultboy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist
Awesome I'm definitely going to use those pointers. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I'm going to have some time to start on an image I want to give to my girlfriend and some more for my family for christmas.
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JyotiRaut Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Professional Artist
Great work! It has a 3D effect.
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paperfetish Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Thank you very much. I am very happy with the way this turned out.
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LMonster2 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very cool. It is so detailed and complex. All those little pieces of paper and the colors you used are so perfect. XD
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paperfetish Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Sorry for the delay in my response. Thank you so much! I especially appreciate your comments on the colors.
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Retro-D64 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
so awesome D: i love it :)
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paperfetish Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
Thank you very much!
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Retro-D64 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Im jealous to how awesome it is :P
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ChrisIwanski Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well Done
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paperfetish Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Thank you very much!
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moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Great job!
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paperfetish Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Thanks!
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moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
YW!
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Giroro-Gochou-Girl Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
That is FANTASTIC for paper art! :heart:
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paperfetish Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Thanks!
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FishGlobe Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
This is an absolutely stunning piece! It's amazing how you've created the shadows using only paper! :iconlazycryplz:
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paperfetish Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Thank you!. The paper I use comes in a wide variety of colors that allows for that to happen and layering the parts of the piece allows for real shadows to happen.
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Mrs-Muffin Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing and pure magic *w*
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paperfetish Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Thanks!
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WaterLily-Gems Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student General Artist
I don't think I've ever been so impressed by a paper craft before!! Seriously, this piece is amazing!!!
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paperfetish Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Thank you! One of the things I hope to achieve with my work is to push the perceptions of what can be done with paper, so this is a great compliment to me.
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WaterLily-Gems Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Well, you certainly achieved that!
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Hollywoodie Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is gorgeous!
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paperfetish Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Thank you! I have to admit, this may be one of my favorite pieces.
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Hazardousthing Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Astounding work! This is just amazing!
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paperfetish Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Thank you very much!
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Hazardousthing Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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Cinoreo Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!!!
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endless-whispers Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
The amount of detail that went into creating the cel shades and the leaves in the grass is amazing! I wouldn't worry too much about your photography skills - Satsuki can be clearly seen to me, even in the thumbnail. You should be proud :)
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paperfetish Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Thank you very much. I really appreciate your feedback, both about the piece and the photo. A couple of people who have seen the pic (though not here on DA) have had trouble seeing Satsuki.

Overall, I am very happy with the end result.
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RandomRubberDucky18 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
This is amazing i love it hehe :3 :)
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paperfetish Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Thank you.
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RandomRubberDucky18 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
your welcome :D
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fan2assassin Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
I ment totoro...
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paperfetish Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
That's OK, I followed what you meant. Thank you.
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