Designer Eric Tan

I really enjoy the work of Disney designer Eric Tan.  He has created artwork for The Incredibles, Indiana Jones, Wall-E, and recently completed work on the style guide for the new Disney/Pixar movie UP!  He has become well known for his wonderful posters that mix current movies with a retro style.  You can see samples of his work on his Blog or check out this interview on the sci-fi site io9.

As I am working to be a self-employed artist (it’s kinda tough, maybe I’ll add a “Donate” button to my blog 😀 ) I’m learning more and more about the way that licensing and art collecting works. The collectors want to have a high quality, archival, limited edition print.  Many collectors will buy the art as an investment as well as for a love of the property.  They know that the value of the work will hold true because it they have gone through a reputable dealership and the work is certified.  With all of those requirements comes a price tag because you’re going to get what you pay for.

One of the license holders to create this type of work in Acme Archives Direct.  The image to the right is Russell the Wilderness Explorer and is available from Acme HERE for $145.00.  The print is 13×19 and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.  There are only 150 of these available and they are hand signed and numbered by Eric Tan.  It is a Giclee print on acid-free archival paper (framing is extra).  Giclee (pronounced “zhee-clay”), is a process of making fine art prints from a digital source using ink-jet printing. The word  was coined in 1991 to represent any high quality ink-jet print and is often used in galleries and print shops to denote such prints.  These prints are much more expensive to produce on a “per print” basis than the traditional four color offset lithography process originally used to make such reproductions (a large format inkjet can cost more than $50 a print, not including scanning and color correction, as opposed to $5 a print for a four-color offset litho of the same image printed in a run of 1000).

So if you like the art, and really want to have it, but you’re not that concerned about it being a Limited Edition, Disney has worked out a deal with the on-demand publisher Zazzle.  Click HERE to see the disney gallery.   You start by choosing a character or movie.  Then you choose a product like a t-shirt, mug, stamps, mousepad, or poster.  The posters on Zazzle are $11.20.  Click on the link below to check out these Zazzle products.

Disney Pixar UP shirt
Disney Pixar UP by Disney
Many shirt designs available at

*Update:  It would appear that while I have been writing this blog the exact same posters that are on Acme and Zazzle are no longer available from Zazzle.  So the interesting thing about Zazzle is that they also offer the images from the poster as a poster.  

Disney Pixar UP print
Disney Pixar UP by Disney
See more posters at Zazzle


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