Past Art: Animation Cel

While shuffling through old art, moving materials away from locations prone to flooding, I ran across this. An animation cel. It’s one of many I use to create strictly for fun; meaning they were never part of a sequence. Back then, somewhere in the early 90’s, I would purchase acetate from craft stores, cheap acrylic paints, and spend hours ‘n hours on a single cel. The technique is simple. Trace an illustration (“frame”) onto the acetate, flip over the acetate, begin painting the illustration on the reverse side. At least 3 coats were necessary. Drying time variety. Thirty minutes was usually plenty. Since the acetate bore everything it came in contact with (ie “dust, hair, eraser waste, oil from skin, etc.”) I typically wore latex gloves while inking or painting. Snacks while working were limited to whatever I could pick up with chopsticks since, obvious, the goal was to keep the gloves as clean as possible. Here’s the reverse side of the above…

…and here’s the pencil that was placed under the acetate for inking…

…so I really miss this stuff.

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