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Animation Art Terms
Production cels are the finished hand painted images on clear acetate or nitrate that were actually filmed when
making the cartoons.

Production drawings will be either roughs of characters - (loose construction drawings of the characters in motion),
or clean-up drawings - (precise finished pencil drawings ready to be transferred to cels.)

Color model drawings are like clean-ups in that they are precise finished images used as guides in the ink and paint
department to identify colors on the different parts of the character’s body or costume. Color Model Cels are the
finished painted images used as color guides by the inkers and painters.

Concept sketches are drawings in graphite or charcoal or pastels - these are the drawings used in planning the look
of the character and sometimes vary widely from the finished image.

Storyboard sketches are small drawings, pastels or charcoals used to plot the sequences and action in a film.

Pencil Model Sheets are a group of character sketches, either on one paper, or they are several images cut out and
mounted together on a larger sheet.

Ozalid and Lithograph Model Sheets were made in a very small number from the original pencil model sheets. These
were used as drawing guides by the animators and in between artists.
 

Background layouts
are sketches that will generally be in blue or gray pencil used to create the final watercolor
backgrounds.

Production Backgrounds are the actual watercolor paintings used to film with the cels. They are especially rare and
valuable.
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
cartoon, it is sometimes called a production
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.
ORIGINAL  LIMITED EDITION  
CEL  PAINTING

Limited Edition Cels are among the
most-collected forms of animation art. Each
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 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.