Animation Art Glossary

'12 - Field Cel or Drawing

A standard animation cel or drawing measuring approximately 12" wide x 10" high

'16 - Field Cel or Drawing

A standard animation cel or drawing measuring approximately 16" wide x 12" high

Animation Drawing

These are the final drawings used in the final version of an animated film or TV series.

Giclée Prints – available as limited editions

Giclée is a fine art printing process used to produce limited edition reproductions onto paper or canvas.

Hand Painted Cels - available as limited editions

Hand-painted editions are painted in the traditional animator's form, capturing a moment from the original film or TV series. These editions represent the truest form to the original cels.

Key Master Setup

An animation cel(s) accompanied by their original matching background as they appeared at the same moment in the actual animation film or TV series.

Original Animation Production Cels

A production cel is created by using traditional ink or from a xerographic line of a drawing onto an acetate. The characters are then hand painted on the reverse side. The cel is generally accompanied by an original painted background or color reproduction. These original one-of-a-kind "cel set-ups" were used in the production of an animated film or TV series.

Posters (lithographs)

Posters can be created from conceptual or animation cel art.

Production Background

An original animation background painting used in the final version of an animated film or TV series.

Rough Drawing

These are the preliminary drawings created by the animator generally in blue pencil or graphite and are given to a clean-up artist where the line is refined and turned into the final animation drawing.

Sericels (silk-screened) - available as limited editions

Sericels are silk-screened cels that are a reproduction of animation art. They are created by screening or hand painting individual colors of an image onto the back of an acetate animation cel or the surface of fine art paper or canvas.

Overlay

A part of a scene, usually used as a foreground element, painted and applied to a cel.

Pan

A cel, background or set-up which is wider than standard and used for moving shots.

Punch

Peg holes located at the edge of production drawings, cels, and backgrounds, used to keep all elements in alignment.

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