Three Trees Make a Forest

Three Trees Make A Forest

In fall 2005, two story artists at Pixar—Ronnie del Carmen and Enrico Casarosa—joined forces with Japanese illustrator Tadahiro Uesugi to put on an exhibit of paintings and drawings. They called it “Three Trees Make a Forest.” Now, Gingko Press has released a beautiful book collecting the artwork from that show.

Unlike many art shows that take place nowadays, there wasn’t a specific theme or high-concept driving this show. It was simply an opportunity for three artists who respect and admire each other’s work to exhibit together. The results are unpretentious and lovely. Uesugi, Casarosa and del Carmen each have their own distinct stylistic approaches, but their work also shares a lot in common, from their fearless use of digital tools over traditional media to the contemplative serenity that surfaces in all their art.

Another trait shared by the three is the brilliant simplicity and directness of their work. One of my favorite pieces in the book is del Carmen’s “Nina Yellow on Blue,” a gouache that appears modest in execution yet offers so much in terms of composition, color and design. There are similar pieces throughout the book by all three participants; pieces displaying an effortless confidence that belies the years of hard work and artistic practice required to achieve such results.

Three Trees Make a Forest is available on Amazon for $16.50. Also, the fine folks at Gingko Press have given us two copies of the book to give away to readers. We’ll post a trivia question this Monday at 1pm (Pacific time); check back then for your chance to win a copy.

Nina Yellow on Blue


  • intergalactic

    Beautiful work and they’re nice guys to.

  • http://crisafullidoodles.blogspot.com/ Marc Crisafulli

    Saw this at the ’80s show.
    Perfect look and size.
    Very beautiful book.
    Too bad it’s not Freuh~!
    I’ll pick it up soon.

  • http://blackwingdiaries.blogspot.com Jenny Lerew

    What a superlative melange these men make. Thanks for reminding me I have to buy this book(and so does everyone else).

  • http://defaultfriends.blogspot.com Jeff

    I’m waiting for the question on monday!
    I love Tadahiro Uesugi’s work.

  • Daniel

    I’ve had this book for a good two weeks now. I highly highly recommend it. I especially like Uesugi’s work, as it, apart from the other two fine artists, focuses on beautiful environments, where the simplicty and directness that feeds the entire aesthetic of the
    book is used to create these engaging environments. Things such as the way late evening sunlight casts itself on buildings are rather breathtaking…

  • http://www.enricocasarosa.com/wordpress.1 enrico casarosa

    Ronnie and I have loved Tadahiro’s work for years now, it’s so exciting to finally see a good book featuring his illustrations … and we’re still pinching ourselves that our work happens to be side by side to our friend’s.

    Thanks for the kind words Amid.

  • http://www.animationguildblog.blogspot.com Kevin Koch

    I was a huge Uesugi fan for years (thanks to my pal Ken Kim), so I was over the moon when Ronnie and Enrico teamed up with the master to do their gallery shows.

    The book is fantastic, and even better, I think a few of the originals are still available at Nucleus Gallery in Alhambra.

  • Brian P. McEntee

    I interviewed Enrico and Ronnie about the book on LitPark recently.

    Here’s the link for anyone interested in the interview:

    LitPark-Three Trees Interview

  • http://mackaydesign.blogspot.com Craig Mackay

    Just picked up the book and I’m really pleased with it. Also, I saw that Stuart Ng is going to be carrying the Tokyo Art of Disney book soon.