The Thumb Cinema Characters : The story of Tanuki-San

Maybe you people have seen my Judo racoon illustration on my Etsy shop, but who is this character? What's his story?

Well, Tanuki-san was born for a College examn, where we were supposed to representate a sport through a short animation. At the very first moment I choosed Judo, because I love martial arts, and really the only interesting sports for me. So we had to do a lot of investigation of the sport to make the short film, along that I decided that my film should had a japanese traditional style. But who or what should be the main character? I really don't like animating humans very much, so I needed an animal. I choosed a racoon because it's a traditional japanese animal and it's the main character of many japanese folk tales, incluiding for they mischievous acts like robbing food.
I also think that one of the stereotypes of japan was the typicall Godzilla-like monster that terrorized the town, and I HAD to add something like that xD that's why Tanuki-san is a Giant Judo Racoon hahaha.

Here's the character Sheet for Tanuki-san, it explains several things about his personality :) Click to see it:

And the result of all this was this short, it's subbed in spanish but maybe you could understand it anyway. A giant judo raccon terrorizes a small japanese traditional town. He easts and drinks everything that crosses his way, and it's having a great time. The town people are very scared and call the town's protectors, who are a Sumo wrestler, a Karate-kid and a Samurai. With the power of Judo, tanuki-san defeats them all very easily until a small Judoka like himself challeges him. In the end, size or power didn't matter, because the little judoka knew how to use his opponent force in his favor. Tanuki-san leaves town defeated, but not wothout robbing the last montain of food he could!

Etsy Shop: Zaraillustrates


Zara Picken is a talented English illustrator that sells prints of her wonderfull artwork at her Etsy Shop. I really loved all her minimalistic animal illustrations, that have a very special choice of colour and textures. Here are some of her items that you can find at her shop:

Cat Print:
"Original illustration of a cute and colourful cat,
perfect for cheering up any wall"

Nes Controller Print:
"Original illustration of a video game control,
spelling the words "game on""

Pipe Man Print:
"Original illustration of a thoughtful-looking pipe smoker,
perfect for adding a touch of old time sophistication any wall"

Polar Bear Print:
"Original illustration of a cute and colourful bear,
perfect for cheering up any wall."

You can see more of Zara Picken's work on her website, which can be found at, or her blog at

Etsy Forum Picks 1

Since the blog it's re-opening I decided to accept submissions from fellow Etsy artists to feature here :) I will be doing this periodically, just ask if you think your style and items suit the blog and want to be featured. Here are some items I liked on my first submission request:

The Stapelia Company's art:
This beautifull vampire original Sketchboard artwork was made through a very time consuming and meticulous process utilizing etching tools to scrape away an india ink surface coating to reveal the white board underneath.

Stacey Alberta's Eclectic studio:

She's just opened her Etsy shop recently
and sells her original abstract art.

Studiomme's Illustration Prints:
Who's afraid of a wolf? Beautifull and high quality print of
and original Red Riding Hood illustration.

Choumie7's beautifull pocket mirrors:
These are little pocket mirrors with exclusive illustrations
by Choumie. Very beautifull and practical!

LaughingFridge's Magnets:
Fat Cat's magnets! A really cute adition for
anyone's fridge. She has quite a lot of
variety of cats incluiding vampires and pirates.

The Thumb Cinema is Back!

Hello everyone! I've just opened my Etsy shop again after months of inactivity. I have a new category now: Illustration prints! I decided to start making these because apart from being an animator I also wish to be a children illustrator someday so I tough to start now :) Also flipbooks take a lot of time to make (the animations) so I tough this way I can update often. Here are some of the new illustration line, some are available as 4x6, 5x7 and 6x8.
Tanuki-San, the Judo Racoon:
He's the giant Judo raccon that terrorizes a small japanese town.
Loves food, sake, and Judo. He only wants to have fun :)

Little King of the Jungle:
This little lion walks around the jungle very proudly like
he own all the place, maybe one day he will.
Stylish Little girl:
Very elegant walking around town with her new
French-like style outfit

Fats cats:
This is what happen when you overfeed your cats,
they still love you though! In fact they're happier than ever!
Under the leaves:
This little girl found herself surrounded by tall
and strange trees, it's probably a dream.
Little Cow and Milk:
She's very proud she's making the
best and most delicious milk around!