I really enjoy the work of Disney designer Eric Tan. Â He has created artwork for The Incredibles,Â Indiana Jones, Wall-E, and recently completed work on the style guide for the new Disney/Pixar movie UP!Â Â He has become well known for his wonderful posters that mix current movies with a retro style. Â You can see samples of his work on hisÂ BlogÂ or check out this interview on the sci-fi siteÂ 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 😀 )Â 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. Â Many collectors will buy the art as an investment as well as for a love of the property. Â 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. Â 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. Â The image to the right is Russell the Wilderness Explorer and is available from AcmeÂ HEREÂ for $145.00. Â The print is 13×19 and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. Â There are only 150 of these available and they are hand signed and numbered by Eric Tan. Â It is a Giclee print on acid-free archival paper (framing is extra). Â GicleeÂ (pronounced “zhee-clay”), is a process of making fine art prints from a digital source using ink-jet printing. The word Â 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. Â TheseÂ prints are much more expensive to produce on a â€œper printâ€ basis than the traditionalÂ four color offset lithographyÂ 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. Â ClickÂ HEREÂ to see the disney gallery. Â You start by choosing a character or movie. Â Then you choose a product like a t-shirt, mug, stamps, mousepad, or poster. Â The posters on Zazzle are $11.20. Â Click on the link below to check out these Zazzle products.
*Update: Â 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. Â So the interesting thing about Zazzle is that they also offer the images from the poster as a poster. Â
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