Daisuke Tsutsumi

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Daisuke Tsutsumi
Born (1974-11-06) November 6, 1974 (age 45)
Alma materSchool of Visual Arts
OccupationAnimator, illustrator
EmployerBlue Sky Studios (2000-2010)
Pixar Animation Studios (2010-2014)
Spouse(s)Mei Okuyamai

Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi (堤 大介, Tsutsumi Daisuke) (born November 6, 1974) is an animation artist and illustrator living in San Francisco, California. He is a former art director of Pixar.


Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Dice moved to New York in 1993 where he enrolled at the School of Visual Arts. After graduating in 1998, he began a two-year stint as a staff illustrator at Lucas Learning Ltd. In 2000, Dice was employed as a visual development/color key artist for Blue Sky Studios where he stayed until 2010 when he joined Pixar before leaving in 2014 to start Tonko House. He is married to Mei Okuyamai, the niece of acclaimed anime director Hayao Miyazaki.[1] He co-directed The Dam Keeper which was nominated for the Oscar for short animated film.[2]



Dice has appeared in both volumes of Blue Sky Studios Out of Picture anthology, contributing the stories "Noche Y Dia" in Volume 1[3] and "The Dream of Kyosuke" in Volume 2.[4]

The Dam Keeper has been developed volume graphic novel published by First Second Books:[5]

  • The Dam Keeper (2017)[6]
  • The Dam Keeper: World Without Darkness (2018)[7]
  • The Dam Keeper: Return from the Shadows (2019)[8]

Special projects[edit]

In 2008, Dice (along with Ronnie del Carmen. Enrico Casarosa and Yukino Pang) initiated the Totoro Forest Project, a fundraising exhibition/auction to support the non-profit Totoro Forest Foundation.[9] This initiative also produced a corresponding art book reprinting the various pieces contributed and included the likes of James Jean, Charles Vess, Iain McCaig and William Joyce among others.[10]

He is also overseeing Sketchtravel (with Gerald Guerlais) which purpose is passing a real sketchbook "from one artist's hand to another like an Olympic torch in an artistic relay through 12 countries over 4 and half years", and the end result auctioned off to benefit the various chosen charities that the participating artists choose.[11]


  1. ^ Loo, Egan (2011-10-18). "'Toy Story 3' Art Director Married to Hayao Miyazaki's Niece". Anime News Network.
  2. ^ Solomon, Charles (2015-01-29). "Embracing a Fantasy From Their Pixar Past: 'The Dam Keeper' Delivers Oscar Nomination for Studio Alumni". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Amidi, Amid (2006-07-17). "SDCC: Out of Picture". Cartoon Brew.
  4. ^ Wheeler, Andrew (2008-06-04). "Review: Out of Picture, Vol. 2". ComicMix.
  5. ^ Flores, Terry (2015-03-12). "Oscar-Nominated 'Dam Keeper' Filmmakers Set Graphic Novel Deal, Developing Feature". Variety.
  6. ^ Shiach, Kieran (2016-12-08). "First Second Unveils New Titles For Fall 2017 By Tillie Walden, Gene Luen Yang, Ben Hatke, Gigi D.G., Andy Hirsch And More". ComicsAlliance.
  7. ^ Clark, Noelene (2017-08-09). "First Look at First Second's Spring 2018 Graphic Novels". Entertainment Weekly.
  8. ^ "The Dam Keeper, Book 3 | Robert Kondo | Macmillan". US Macmillan. Retrieved 2019-04-04.
  9. ^ Gallo, Irene (2008-07-21). "Dice Tsutsumi on The Totoro Forest Project". Tor.com.
  10. ^ Parker, Charley (2008-09-06). "The Totoro Forest Project". Lines and Colors.
  11. ^ Sarto, Dan (2011-10-04). "Dice Tsutsumi's Sketchtravel Art Project is Auctioning a Masterpiece of Art History". Animation World Network.

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