Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Cels: Drugs would be cheaper

I am a collector of these beautiful pieces of animation art called "cels" which is short for celluloid. These are small (well not all the time, I have one measuring in at 21inches long!) pieces of acetate (think of it as a transparency like they used in the older days of schools). that have painted images on them. Each one of these images is a frame of animation, it takes an average of 18-24 frames (fps or frames per second) to create a second of animation! Some cels are more coveted then others, such as the start of a sequence, the end of a sequence, and cels called A1End which means it is the only one in the sequence. I own an assortment of all of these that I've been fortunate enough to amass in about 2 years time. I remember I started collecting back in High School, when my job was just a waitress at Pizza Hut and spending 50$ was expensive. Oh how I'd love to go back to those days! Now I easily top 275$ average per piece! With my most expensive piece being 1k! I can't even fathom how it got to be this crazy! To spend 1,000$ on a sheet of plastic, a moment of animation. It's just surreal sometimes. I thank alot of my acquisitions to payment plans, though back when I started these payment arrangements I was well off. Now I'm struggling every month to pay off what is not a necessity (but do I really want to lose and not be refunded the 600$ I've funneled into it so that another person can come and take my holy grail? I think not!). Though I know in the end when that beautiful piece of art comes in it will awe me and be worth every penny I spent, and all the hardship. For now though, I'm laying off (or trying) until I can pay off this biggie and stabilize back to the 200$ range.

Ah. For those of you who want to know just what I'm blowing my money on you can view my gallery here: (no www...otherwise it messes up, and no "s" on midnite like I have here) anyways, hope you enjoy visiting my humble little gallery :)


  1. awesome blog, I cant wait to learn more! you should put up some pics of the ones you have or the ones your looking for so your followers can keep an eye out for you!

    Following and paying my respects!

  2. Hi Kitty! Just dropping by to show my respect and support for a fellow blogger ;)