Cels - A cel (short for celluloid) is a blank clear plastic sheet
used by the studio artist to paint an animated character or object
based on the animators original pencil drawing. The cels are then
placed over a background and photographed in sequence to produce
an illusion of life in the completed film or cartoon short. Every
cel is different but this does not mean that every cel is unique.
Often multiple copies of a cel were created by the Inkers as color
models in order to advance their technique and skills in Animation
Edition Cels - A non production hand painted cel created for sale
to the collectors market. It is produced in fixed limited quantities
and are easily identified by a fraction (150/500) in the lower
right hand corner. They were not used in films or cartoon shorts,
and the original intent was to recreate the original production
cels. Nowadays many studios release new images not based on production
- A non production cel created by means of a printing process
similar to silk screening. No work is done by hand, therefore
no painting or inking is involved. They are often produced in
limited quantities of 5000, and they are marketed as a low cost
alternative to production and limited edition cels.
Drawings - A drawing on paper in pencil, sometimes colored which
is created by a studio artist of an animated character or object
for which the cels are later created.
- The French term "Giclée", literally meaning "spray of ink,"
is used to describe these prints. Four precision nozzles spray
up to a million microscopic droplets per second on to fine art
paper. Then, each piece of paper is individually hand-mounted.
Displaying a full color spectrum, the prints are lush and velvety,
capturing the subtle nuances of the original artwork.
Premier Animation 2013
Callis is the proprietor of Premier Animation, a respected Animation
Art Gallery in the UK. Pauls passion for Animation Art, has
helped collectors unable to source this fine medium, own pieces
of art they thought were impossible to locate, and allowing many
unknown to this specialized art form, gain great knowledge and
& Promotional Cel
Animation Drawing | Clean
Up Drawing | Storyboard
Drawing | Concept
Art | Inspirational
Sketch | Model
Sheet | Production
Background | Master
Background | Matching
Master Background / Keymaster Setup | Custom
or Handpainted Background | Reproduction
Background | Lithographs
Inking | Xerography