Monday, December 18, 2017

Disney Cel Set Ups


About a couple of years ago auction house Bonham & Butterfields offered a number of beautiful Disney cel set ups. To see them lined up like this showcases again the studio's exquisite color palette for its animated films.
Disney background painters as well as color model artists (who came up with final colors for the characters) were experts from the beginning. Even the early Silly Symphonies displayed a refined sense for color that enhanced storytelling and character development.
One big challenge had always been to choose flat cel character colors that would fit in with the more rendered backgrounds. Not an easy thing to accomplish.

To me Disney's film images have always been a feast for the eyes and the senses. They make you feel something, you get emotionally involved.

Some of these backgrounds match the actual cel, others were specifically painted by studio artists for sale.