Original art from unforgettable Disney movies

If, like us, your go-to source of comfort is a Disney film, we've got the perfect collection for you. Featuring vintage animation art from behind the scenes of the world's best-loved Disney films created by hand by some of history's leading artists, our Disney Vintage collection includes model sheets, hand-painted cels and much more. 

For more groundbreaking artworks, get in touch. Many of these rare and collectable pieces are not yet listed online. 

Pinocchio (1940)

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Briar Rose (1959)

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Peter Pan (1953)

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Sericel

Sericels, or serigraphic cels, are a form of animation art, typically created as limited edition prints, which depict characters or a scene from a full-length feature or animation short.

These images are created as silkscreens, with artists creating a hand-inked, hand-painted colour model of animated characters which is then transferred to an acetate sheet by silkscreen printing.

Storyboard

A storyboard is a series of sketches which helps filmmakers to visualise a plot sequence by mapping out the story. Identifying inconsistencies or chances for further development, the method is a useful tool for previewing a film before the cameras start rolling.

The concept is credited to the animator Webb Smith, who developed the idea at the Walt Disney Studio in the early 1930s. Storyboarding is still used in production today for both animated and live-action feature films.

Production Cels

A clear sheet of either cellulose nitrate (cel) or acetate onto which the character or characters have been traced and then painted. The most common method is for an animator’s drawing to be inked or xeroxed onto the front of the cel and then painted with colour on the back. Each second of animated film is made up of 24 individual cels which, when combined, create the illusion of life.

All production cels are photographed on production backgrounds during the making of any animation. Production backgrounds are the most rare and valuable form of animation art due to the fact that only a few hundred of them are ever made for a feature-length animation. 

 

Model Sheet

Used to ensure continuity between the many artists who collaborated on an individual film, model sheets – also known as character boards – standardise the appearance and poses of characters.

As ‘blueprints’, they depict the character’s head and body at different angles, basic facial expressions and detailed guidelines for their hands and feet.

Animation Drawing

Animation drawings are accomplished in pencil on paper and are the first step in the final creation of characters. Each drawing will be traced onto the animation cel to form the black outline before it is filled with colour and photographed.

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