Tonko House

     
 

In early 2012, art directors Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo found themselves searching for ways to expand upon their filmmaking experience in Pixar’s art department. They decided to write and direct an independent animated short film together. The film, The Dam Keeper, was an 18-minute short that garnered an Academy Award Nomination. Upon completing the film, they found the experience of building the team and film life-changing, and the two artists found themselves reinvestigating their current path. They began to pursue answers to the question, “why?” related to their ambitions and dreams. The search for an answer led the two away from the comfort of Pixar’s gates to challenge themselves with the unfamiliar, to continue on the path of learning. In July 2014, Dice and Robert founded Tonko House as a place to nurture growth while telling stories for the world.

 

 

Videos

Tonko School House #01:Robert Kondo Painting Demo

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Tonko School House #02:Robert Kondo's Painting Demo

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Speed Painting ...

Tonko School House #03: Dice Tsutsumi's Painting Demo

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Dice Tsutsumi's speed demo of his morning plain air painting....

Tonko School House #04: Dice Tsutsumi's Painting Demo

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Tonko School House #05 Robert Kondo's Painting Demo

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Tonko House founder Robert Kondo paints one of the Dam Keeper festival announcement illustrations....

Tonko School House #06 Robert Kondo's Painting Demo

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Robert Kondo's speed painting #4 to celebrate Tonko House's presence at CTN-X Animation Expo 2014. ...

Tonko School House #07 Dice Tsutsumi's Painting Demo

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Dice Tsutsumi whips a quick photoshop painting of The Dam Keeper Pig on the back of Baymax....

Tonko School House #08: Dice Tsutsumi Painting Demo

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Dice Tsutsumi demonstrate watercolor painting of Pig from the short film The Dam Keeper....

Tonko School House #09 Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo's Schoolism Feedback

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Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo giving out their feedback on their Schoolism students assignments....

Tonko School House #10 : Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo's Schoolism Feedback

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Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo giving out their feedback on their Schoolism students assignments....

Tonko School House #11: Free Direct Light 5 minute Painting Tutorial

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A quick demo of painting a digital still life in direct morning light at Tonko House. This painting is sped up with an explanation by artist, Robert Kondo....

Tonko School House #12: Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo talk about painting demo

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Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo talk about the demo Robert did....