Daisuke «Dice » Tsutsumi



(USA – Japan)








Dice Tsutsumi, originally from Japan, is a filmmaker, painter and philanthropist. Dice’s paintings have exhibited around the world, and in 2009, his first children’s book I Can Hear was published in Japan.


A graduate from The School of Visual Arts in New York, Dice has worked as a visual development / color key artist at Blue Sky Studios on ‘Ice Age’, ‘Robots‘ and ‘Horton Hears a Who’. His credits at Pixar Animation include lighting Art Director for ‘Toy Story 3’ and ‘Monsters University’.

In 2014, Dice Tsutsumi left Pixar to start a new animation studio Tonko House. Dice is passionate about charity work and spearheaded both The Totoro Forest Project, Artists Help Japan and Sketchtravel.




Time Flies







The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that ‘The Dam Keeper’, along with 9 other short films, is eligible for an Oscar nomination.










A quick sketch on Moleskin from one of the morning painting sessions with the Dam Keeper painters.

I had to leave early for a meeting at work (I mean, real work) but even if it’s a quick study,

it’s amazing how much there is to learn doing this.




2012 Holiday Card













Photo of the new studio Dice started Tonko House




Dice Tsutsumi
Tonko House LLC.

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