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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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Dandric101 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't help but think the catbus is like the Cheshire cat
paperfetish Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
It's the teeth.
Dandric101 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
and the fact that it can turn invisible
Asteromeda Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is gorgeous!
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.
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.
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.
JyotiRaut Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Professional Artist
Great work! It has a 3D effect.
paperfetish Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Thank you very much. I am very happy with the way this turned out.
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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