Saturday, April 24, 2010

Ariel

This drawing just sold a few minutes ago for $435 US. So far the most expensive drawing I've seen since I've started following this about 2 months ago. Original on the right.



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5 comments:

  1. Wow, I have to admit, I'm strangely facinated by these fakes. I imagine they're probably all traced, but I've seen far worse traces before so these people must have some artistic talent, and yet they're choosing to use it to make forgeries? Kind of sad, especially since they're swindling honest fans (And probably more than a few aspiring animators) out of their money.

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  2. Just to let you know, as someone who does animation art authentication professionally, I don't think these are forgeries. I would have to see the drawings in person and check the paper, but my educated guess is that these are study drawings done by a junior animator. Just because a drawing isn't an "under the camera" piece, it doesn't mean it wasn't a part of the production. Packs of xeroxes of drawings by lead animators would be circulated among the junior animators and assistants to study and copy to learn to draw the characters. These probably fall into that category.

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  3. P.S. Feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions. I can fill you in on what I know about these pieces. sworth@animationarchive.org

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  4. Well, I can see why you put all the work into debunking these, but Mr Worth's explanation makes a lot of sense. I hope if you agree with his comments that you'll see sense to remove the posts. Or put up a disclaimer. Regardless, I enjoyed the controversy until now.

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