What is a Hand Painted Cel?
A cel, or celluloid, is a transparent sheet of plastic that was a cartoon artist’s canvas. Cartoon artists used to hand paint characters on each and every cel of every cartoon and overlay them on static backgrounds. The characters would move but the background would stay the same. This is what lent motion and life to Yogi (and countless other characters) as he walked across the screen on Saturday Morning. An animated feature could require more the 100,000 cels!
This treasured artistic process was handed down through generations of animators until computer animation replaced artists. Our artists are some of the best ever and some of the very last to practice this dying artform and we’re proud to share this piece of animation history with you. To have a cel on your wall is to have a treasured piece of history.
Rare cels have been known to fetch in excess of $50,000 at auction, and now proudly hang in homes, museums, and offices.
What is a lithograph?
Lithography is a specialized printing technique, dating to the 18th century, which, of the different printing techniques, like etching, or linoleum carving, most closely resembles painting. The first step to make the print involves the artist drawing the image directly onto a transfer plate using specialized lithography crayons. After a long process of treatment, scraping, inking, pressing, voila, out comes a lithograph.
Our lithographs are proudly Made in the USA with the highest quality inks and fine art paper. They are made to last a lifetime and then be handed down.
What is a Certificate of Authenticity and what does it mean?
Each purchase of a Lithographs or Cel includes a Certificate of Authenticity. This certifies the provenance and legitimacy of the art. The Certificate also tells the story of the featured character or image as well as how many cels or lithographs are in this series, and the exact number of this artwork in that series.
What does Limited Edition mean?
Each lithograph or cel is part of a series that is limited to no more than 100 pieces. Certain cels and lithographs are limited to even smaller editions. Once we sell through an edition, we will never reproduce them again.
Who signed my cel or lithograph?
Each cel and lithograph is personally signed by Andy Heyward. Some are even personally signed by Warren Buffett or Stan Lee.
How long will it take for my order to arrive?
Orders are shipped within one business day of receipt. Please call or email with special requests.
Andy Heyward began his career in 1977 working at Hanna Barbera as a writer and protégé of the legendary Joe Barbera. He wrote for shows like Yogi’s All Star Laff a Lympics, Scooby Doo, Yogi Bear, Huckelberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw, Snagglepuss, among others.
In 1981, Andy bought a then small independent studio, DIC, and over the next 25 years, he created and produced over 5,000 half hour episodes of animated television. Those include household names such as Inspector Gadget, Strawberry Shortcake, Hello Kitty, Real Ghostbusters, Dennis the Menace, Heathcliff, Care Bears, Rainbow Brite, M.A.S.K, G.I. JOE, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The New Archies, Teddy Ruxpin, Madeline, The Wacky World of Tex Avery, Where on Earth is Carmen San Diego, Where’s Waldo, Captain Planet, Super Mario Brothers and many, many more.
Andy has won numerous Emmy Awards and other industry awards and recognition. Today he is the Chairman & CEO of Genius Brands International, which creates content-with-a-purpose for kids, including Rainbow Rangers, Llama Llama, and Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaire’s Club.
Iraj Paran is an Emmy Award winning animation artist who created beloved animated characters and shows at Hanna-Barbera for over thirty years, where he was Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera’s “right hand” and Art Director. Iraj has joined Andy Heyward Animation Art to lend his talent as Art Director once again.
Iraj’s credits range from The Jetsons to Johnny Quest, from The Smurfs to Dexter’s Laboratory. Iraj, like Andy, is cartoon royalty.
Joe is the co-founder and President of Andy Heyward Animation Art. Art and animation aficionado, Joe’s vision brought Andy and Iraj together again, to share their creative genius again with their fans.