Animation Spotlight: Van Eaton Galleries

Van Eaton Galleries is a gallery out of Los Angeles that specializes in animation art work, both original animation inspired works as well as art work created for the production of the film or television show. Not only is it a great gallery but it's awesome to see somewhere preserving some of the thousands of drawings made for a film.

Van Eaton Galleries has available is always changing, lots of old shows and movies cels or underdrawings are rare and tough to come by so Van Eaton has a constantly evolving stock to choose from.

Not only is it a great gallery, but everything is up for sale if you can afford it. It can certainly get pricey, like this Fleischer Studios Coco the Clown for 3 grand, but prices usually range from around 100 to 300 dollars for most things.

I know that's expensive, but you have to remember for the most part these items only come into their collection because someone has taken then from the studio. When a studio makes a piece of work they usually don't go around selling all the frames, so most of Van Eaton's stock (especially the older work) comes directly from the artists who may have, uh, borrowed them permanently without asking.

What is most amazing about Van Eaton Galleries is the depth of their collection, they don't just have the big Disney hits, they have obscure animations as well as incredibly old stuff too. They even have 2 Gertie frames! If you can't imagine how amazing that is think about it this way, a cartoon someone made in 1914 with hundreds if not thousands of drawings in it that nobody really thought to keep around because who cared about it it's a cartoon, yeah they have two of them.

Holy moly.

I've bought a few things from Van Eaton Galleries, like a production drawing of a chair from the opening credits of Jonny Quest (I really like Jonny Quest) and their customer service is beyond belief. They have an email you can sign up for where you can tell them what films you are looking for work from and they will email you whenever any come into their stock.

Another great thing about Van Eaton Galleries is if you aren't interested in the collection aspect, it's a great resource to see how studios do their under drawings. When I was teaching my introduction to character animation class at Mass Art I would often go to Van Eaton's site to show students how loose and sketchy the artists working on their favorite films were.

When you're starting out in animation it's easy to get tight and lose the motion of the character within each drawing. Van Eaton offers a great place to head to and see how crazy some of the under drawings really push the boundaries of the character they're drawing. Some don't even look like the character they represent. It's all because the under drawings they are trying to find the motion, and worry about making it look like the characters when it comes time to pain the cels.

Van Eaton Galleries is a favorite site of mine not only as a place to collect animation art, and not just because it's a great learning tool, but it's a fun window into the history of animation. More than once I've been browsing the site and found a cel or underdrawing from a cartoon I saw years ago as a kid and had forgotten about. It's a pretty cool feeling to have all those memories come flooding back just because you see a pencil drawing.

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