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ORIGINAL STUDIO CONCEPT ART

This is a one of a kind animation concept art is an early production
design created during the making of an animated film.

The animation studio creates a number of reference and design
studies as the characters and scenes are planned for a film.  The
character studies can be pencil sketches, watercolors, pastels, or pen
and ink style designs.

Storyboards are scene sketches created to plan the plot of a film.  

Scene concepts are detailed studies combining character and
background elements to show the atmosphere in a scene.

Color models are pencil designs or painted cels depicting characters
in different costumes or lighting poses.
ORIGINAL  PENCIL  ANIMATION   
DRAWING

This animation sketch is an original
one-of-a-kind drawing
not a print or reproduction. Because it has
actually been used in a studio to create a
drawing.

To create animation, the artist or animator
first draws the character on paper. This
pencil drawing is later transferred to the
front of a sheet of acetate known as a cel.

After the transfer, highly skilled cel painters
known as opaquers paint in the outlined
characters on the back of the cel so that,
viewed from the front, the colors appear
brilliant, uniform and free of texture.

Later, cels are laid upon a background
painting and filmed, one after the other,
creating the illusion of the cartoon
characters in motion.
LIMITED EDITION  CEL  PAINTING

most-collected forms of animation art. Each
Limited Edition Cels are among the cel is hand
painted, serially numbered and often signed by
the animator. Each bears the studio Seal of
Authenticity and full documentation.

Editions are small and strictly limited to the
Edition Number, generally from 100 to 500
cels. Once these are released, there are no
others and no others will ever again be made.

The artist or animator first creates an original
drawing of the character on paper. This pencil
outline is then transferred to the front of a
sheet of acetate known as a cel.

After the transfer, highly skilled cel painters
known as opaquers paint in the outlined
characters on the back of the cel so that,
viewed from the front, the colors appear
brilliant, uniform and free of texture.

Some Limited Edition Cels are displayed
against a printed or photo background.
VINTAGE ANIMATION MODEL SHEET

This animation model sheet is a design reference created from a
group of original pencil sketches. It was created during the making of
this film as a guide for animators and background artists.

Vintage animation model sheets are either ozalid or lithographic high
quality prints made in a very limited quantity.  They are not copy
machine prints or “Xerox” reproductions.

To create a vintage model sheet, the design artist first drew a group
of character poses in pencil. These drawings were trimmed and
mounted on animation paper. The pencil model sheet was then
transferred to heavy paper using either a lithographic print process or
an ozalid photographic process.  These expensive model sheets were
produced in very small quantities.

Vintage animation model sheets had several uses in the making of a
film.
Concept model sheets detailed background ideas and
atmospheric moods for the story planners.
Character model sheets
were used by animators to standardize the look of a character for
consistency.
Prop model sheets were used as guides to detail the look of
background elements and character props.
ORIGINAL   ANIMATION  CEL        
PAINTING

This animation cel is an original
one-of-a-kind painting,
not a print or reproduction. Because it has
actually been filmed in a studio and has
appeared in a cartoon, it is sometimes called
a production cel.

To create animation, the artist or animator
first draws the character on paper. This
pencil drawing is later transferred to the
front of a sheet of acetate known as a cel.

After the transfer, highly skilled cel painters
known as opaquers paint in the outlined
characters on the back of the cel so that,
viewed from the front, the colors appear
brilliant, uniform and free of texture.

Later, cels are laid upon a background
painting and filmed, one after the other,
creating the illusion of the cartoon
characters in motion.
FINE ART SERICEL

Sericels are among the most popular forms
of animation art. These classic scenes and
characters are recreations on acetate for
fine art collectors. Using modern printing
techniques, they have the look of a hand
painted production cel. Each bears the
studio Seal of Authenticity and full
documentation.

An original serigraph on cel was created by
using the original artwork and the film’s
master print.

To give this sericel the same hand crafted
quality of a hand painted cel, the serigrapher
uses one of several fine art techniques:
serigraphy, lithography or fine art giclee
printing.

Sericel editions are strictly limited to the
Edition Number, generally from 1000 to
5000. Once these are released, there are no
others and no others will ever again be
made.
ART DEFINITIONS
First Animation Art
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Mickey and Donald Duck animator's  lithographic model sheet used to
standardize the characters in a late 1930s cartoon. Ask about price & availability.
Original charcoal scene concept drawing of Flower used in the
making of "Bambi" (1942)  Drawn by Legendary Disney
Animation Director Marc Davis.   Ask for price & availability.
The Three Bears  Hand painted limited
edition cel with print background based
on a scene from Disney's  "
Song of the
South
" (1946)  Edition 500, 1994
Ask about price and availability.