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Preservation and Conservation

Articles about the suggested supplies, storage methods, and handling practices for original animation artwork.

Links and Resources

Information about and links to websites, pages, and communities that may be of interest to animation art collectors.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about this wiki and animation art collecting in general.

Animation Art Terminology

A mini dictionary to explain common terms you will hear on the road of your cel/animation art collecting journey.

Related Artwork and Collectibles

This section of the wiki is dedicated to art and other collectibles that are not animation art, but are closely related. Examples include: original artwork by animators (shikishi), original artwork used in printed material, original comic/manga art, etc.

!!Stuff to Read First!!

If you're new to the wiki, check this section out first.

Production Cel Types

Animation Art Terminology

A further breakdown of the types of cels you will run into and what people are generally talking about when they are talking about them.

Sellers of Ill Repute

Links and Resources

This is a list of animation art sellers (and resellers) who have sales practices that (especially new) collectors should be aware of. A seller may appear on this list because they price gouge (purchasing items from one marketplace and then immediately relistin...

Inside the Studios

Links and Resources

A collection of videos showing the animation process in action

Non-Production Cels

Animation Art Terminology

Cels that were not created in the regular production of Anime creation

Removing Adhesive Tape From Sketches Using Eucalyptus Oil

Preservation and Conservation

The bulk of this topic has been copied directly from a post on anime-beta created by Sensei. The original can be found here. Given that anime-beta can go through occasional periods of down-time, it may be prudent to duplicate some of the valuable knowledge sto...

Communities

Links and Resources

This is a list of communities that may or may not focus exclusively on animation art collecting, but will hold at least some interest or relevant information for those who do.   Anime Cel Collectors: A private facebook group for art collectors to learn fro...

Storage and Display

Links and Resources

This is a list of resources that may be helpful to collectors who are looking for the best ways to store or display their animation art. Please also visit our "Preservation and Conservation" page for even more detailed info: https://wiki.cartoonedin.com/books/...

Marketplaces

Links and Resources

This is a list of resources that may be helpful to collectors who are looking for marketplaces to buy, sell, trade, and post want lists.   Anime Cel Collectors - Sales Group: A private facebook group focused on collectors posting sales and wantlists. Ani...

Collector's Pages

Links and Resources

This is a partial list of various art collectors galleries spanning the globe!  If your gallery is not listed please add it to share with others. acetateaddiction's gallery: anime jewell's gallery: backwardpaint's gallery: bakainu's gallery: betama...

Concept Art

Animation Art Terminology

This type of art is created and used during the pre-production phase of a project; often when the production committee is deciding whether to give it the green light.  This may include: proposals, cels, sketches, and painted art.  Disney has been known to use ...

Settei Sets/Model Sheets (設定)

Animation Art Terminology

Settei/Models (設定) are drawn by a character designer and define what a character should look like. Everyone involved in production (primary animators, "in-betweeners", directors, etc.) will reference settei/models to ensure that the characters look uniform. Wh...

Color Test/Model Cels

Animation Art Terminology Production Cel Types

Like settei/character models, model cels are references that help a film/series remain consistent. While character models define how a character should look, model cels define what color(s) they should be. These cels are often simple and may feature one or sev...

Storyboard (絵コンテ)

Animation Art Terminology

Like live action TV, animation production involves storyboards. In both cases, storyboards are used to show the flow of a scene, character positions, movement, camera angles, tone, etc. A storyboard may include notes about or lines from a scene. Additionally, ...

Layout (レイアウト)

Animation Art Terminology

Layout  drawings (レイアウト) are sketches of a scene. They will be more detailed than a storyboard, but still rougher than the final animation. Where a final animation drawing will be dedicated to a particular cel layer, a layout drawings will generally contain el...

Background (背景)

Animation Art Terminology

Backgrounds are usually drawn and painted with watercolor or gouache paint. Acrylic is not normally used for backgrounds because it has a nasty habit of sticking to itself and thus might stick to and damage the paint on cels. Backgrounds are a specialized fiel...

Rough Genga

Animation Art Terminology

Rough gengas are usually a precursor to the next step they can be detailed bet generally they are VERY rough and in some cases almost stick figures to help plan out the movement of the character (s)  in the sequence.  Most times these sketches are not numbered...

Genga (原画)

Animation Art Terminology

The genga (原画) step takes the rough movements and polishes them into more detailed sketches these are drawn and redrawn again and again as needed, at this step the Key animator will work closely with the animation director to get the exact key points in the mo...

Shuusei/Correction

Animation Art Terminology

A Shuusei is another word for a correction, a shuusei is drawn by the Animation Director of the episode and sometimes if you are lucky you will find one done by the Chief Animation Director...  It depends on how hands on both directors are and how important th...

Douga (動画)

Animation Art Terminology

Douga (動画) roughly translates to moving image and is sometimes translated into "video". Douga are the cleaned up/polished versions of genga sketches.  During the animation process genga ( key frame drawings) are made and then in the next step are sent to the d...

In-Betweens

Animation Art Terminology

The cleaned dougas are then sent to the in-betweeners to animate the weird in between pieces that are between key cels/sketches.  Some are great looking others can just be awkward because they were never meant to be seen!  The way to identify an in-between is ...

Cel (セル画)

Animation Art Terminology

Cels (celga/セル画) are the finished product of the animation process.  A cel is made from transferring dougas (finished pencil drawings) onto a clear sheet of acetate by various methods such as xerox or more rarely they may be hand painted. They are then painted...

How to Spot a Fake

FAQs

[This page is a work in progress] To help demonstrate how to check if a cel or sketch is fake we will examine a few examples of fake animation artwork in detail below. Exhibit 1: A fake Nausicaä sketch Here is douga which claims to be from Nausicaä of the V...

Vinegar Syndrome: What is it and why should I care?

FAQs

  Before and after images of a cel affected by Vinegar syndrome. This cel is from She-Ra: Princess of Power (1980s). Vinegar Syndrome is something every animation art collector should be aware of. It is a condition where the cellulose nitrate/aceta...

Framing, the right and wrong way to do it.

FAQs

[This resource is in progress . Consider visiting this link for general guidance: https://www.framersworkshop.com/Animationcels/index.html] General tips: DO NOT use tape directly on your animation art pieces. This will cause damage such as "burns" to your ar...