Warner Bros Collectible Limited Edition Animation Art
Original animation cels are a great collectors item. Each cel is a frame from original animated art classics where each cartoon made up of thousands of slightly different images to give the illusion of movement in animation. While modern cartoons are done digitally, the art of the cel persists. There are many cels Warner Brothers produced over the decades that are available on the collectors market. Some are originals from the production of Looney Tunes, and more modern cels and lithographs are solely for sale. The art of the studio is kept alive through the production of limited edition artwork.
What are the Categories of Collectible Animation Art Available?
The animation process requires the production of multiple frames that were hand drawn and hand painted on transparent celluloid sheet, or cels for short. Original hand-ink celluloid sheets of Looney Tunes characters like Bugs Bunny, Tweety, Porky Pig, and Yosemite Sam are among the most valuable collectibles, but there are also other limited edition prints available.
- Cels - Original hand-inked drawing for animation and silk-screen printed cels that are specially for sale (serigraphs) are available as collector items. Serigraphs are reprints of original production cels. Be sure that you get one with the gallery certificate of authentication.
- Lithograph Prints - Lithograph prints are another way to reprint an original studio artwork. Instead of using a stencil like in a serigraph, lithographs involve a process where a drawing goes on a surface like a stone with a substance that will attract the ink. Then they apply the paper so that the image is transferred.
- Giclee Prints - Giclee Prints with archival ink and utilize a high quality inkjet printer, typically using 12 colors.
Who were some of the most famous artists at Warner Brothers?
While animation required hundreds of workers to hand tint every frame of celluloid, there are a few very famous artists who would do original drawing for the cartoons. These were the artists who shaped the characters as they are known today.
- Friz Freleng - Freleng had many rolls at Warner Brothers including animator, cartoonist, director, producer and composer. He worked on the Looney Tunes and Merri Melodies cartoon series. He directed the most cartoons (266) and won five Academy Awards and three Emmys.
- Tex Avery - Avery was an animator, directors, and cartoonist who played a crucial role in the evolution of famous animated characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and Elmer Fudd.
- Robert McKimson - McKimson was an animator, illustrator, and director best known for working on Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. He also defined the look for Bugs Bunny in 1943.
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