Hearts With No H8: Andrea Alvin Paints Valentine Treats for Tolerance

By Leslie Combemale | February 1, 2019

Andrea Alvin, is known for capturing a moment, a piece of nostalgia, or a remembrance. Her work evokes the feelings that “I remember having that,” or “that was my favorite”…Now she is blending her love of nostalgia and her passion for tolerance with a new series called “Hearts With No H8”. Her recent designs based …

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Collecting Vintage Photostat Disney Model Sheets: Fake vs Real

By Leslie Combemale | March 3, 2019

In the 30+ years I’ve been selling vintage Disney art, I’ve largely avoided photostat model sheets. I mean, they are copies. They are copies created 50 years or more ago and used by character animators as a roadmap for the artists working under them of how to draw some of the most iconic characters in …

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Mindy Johnson at ArtInsights for Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney Animation signing and lecture

By Leslie Combemale | February 8, 2019

ArtInsights is celebrating Women’s History Month with a signing of the book Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney Animation and a lecture from the author, leading historian on women in animation and film, Mindy Johnson. Accompanying the event, which is from 2 to 5pm, will be the premiere of a collection of vintage …

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Spotlight on Studio Art: Buying Original and Limited Edition Animation Model Sheets

By Leslie Combemale | December 17, 2017

I thought today I’d talk about my very favorite kind of animation art, model sheets.  The explanation of animation model sheets, according to wikipedia: “In animation, a model sheet, also known as a character board, character sheet, character study or simply a study, is a document used to help standardize the appearance, poses, and gestures of an animated character. Model sheets are required …

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Spotlight on Studio Art: IN HONOR OF THE LAST JEDI, a look at STAR WARS ART (and a review of the great new film!)

By Leslie Combemale | December 13, 2017

Many of you know I’m also a film critic.  I got to see the great new Star Wars release on Monday, and there’s a review on our sister site, Cinema Siren.  But for all you fans who want to read it who DON’T go on there regularly, it’s at the bottom of this article. *it’s …

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Spotlight on Studio Art: The Queen Transforms Disney Publishing Original Disney Storybook Art Illustration

By Leslie Combemale | December 10, 2017

I wanted to tell collectors about one of the rare times we could buy Disney storybook art directly from Disney. Quite a few years ago, around the time Disney was deciding whether to keep having an art program or not, someone who had been working in and around Disney for many years contacted me about …

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Spotlight on Studio Art: The Art of Alex Ross at ArtInsights and on Video

By Leslie Combemale | December 9, 2017

Alex Ross has become the #1 collected artist in comics.  His style changed the world of comic book art, and he brought an illustrative, more Norman Rockwell style, with realistic, hyper-realistic depictions of superheroes as real-life humans, albeit with way more muscles.  As a gallery that specializes in pop culture, we have carried the work …

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Spotlight on Studio Art: On Pearl Harbor Day, The Evocative Band of Brothers Art by John Alvin

By Leslie Combemale | December 7, 2017

John Alvin did art for the campaign to promote the wonderful, timeless HBO mini-series Band of Brothers, which won 6 Emmys.  I thought on the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, I’d examine the story behind John Alvin creating Band of Brothers campaign art and find out more about the process, and the general fascination with …

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Spotlight on Studio Art: The Harry Potter Concept Art by Production Designer Stuart Craig

By Leslie Combemale | December 6, 2017

Production Designer Stuart Craig has quite a CV. Beyond being the BAFTA award-winning designer for the entire Harry Potter film series, he has also won three Oscars, for The English Patient, Dangerous Liaisons, and Gandhi.  He has worked on over three dozen films, including as art director on classics A Bridge Too Far (1977) and …

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Artist Insights: Andrea Alvin talks about her new work “Samuel’s Candy Canes”

By Leslie Combemale | December 3, 2017

I have enormous respect for contemporary artist and former partner in Alvin and Associates with famed cinema artist John Alvin, Andrea Alvin, and so I spoke to her about her great new piece, Samuel’s Candy Canes. She has been actively working as both a commercial and contemporary artist since the 70s. With her partner John, …

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Spotlight on Studio Art: Star Wars Visions Deluxe book and limited editions

By Leslie Combemale | December 3, 2017

Star Wars: Visions was released on its own, and in a deluxe edition with five hand-signed giclees.  They include art by Alex Ross, Moebius, Donato Giancola, Daniel Greene, and Jamie Wyeth. The deluxe book also includes 40 extra pages focusing on the artists’ processes, complete with sketches.  There were only 500 created. It sold out …

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Spotlight on Studio Art: FOUND! Gremlins Teaser Trailer Storyboards by John Alvin

By Leslie Combemale | November 29, 2017

We just unearthed this set of Gremlins Teaser Trailer Storyboards by John Alvin!  A fan asked us about availability of art from Gremlins, so we started researching the archives of the Estate of John Alvin, and lo and behold: a full set of storyboards for a finished advanced movie trailer! Each one of the 17 images, …

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Spotlight on Studio Art: Concept Art for Disneyland by Walt Peregoy

By Leslie Combemale | November 29, 2017

We were so excited when we gained access to images created by Walt Peregoy.  It was when he was alive, and we got to speak to him and meet him on several occasions.  He was truly a consummate artist, just like so many artists who were integral to the creation and development of Disneyland. Finding …

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ArtInsights Celebrates Aladdin Turning 25 with John Alvin, John Rowe, and Rodel Art

By Leslie Combemale | November 25, 2017

Today, on November 25th, the Disney classic of the new Golden Age of Animation Aladdin turns 25.  Who doesn’t love and remember Robin Williams as the Genie? This “Magic at Your Fingertips” Walt Disney Classics Collection sculpture by Ruben Procopio captures him perfectly.  So many artists worked on the film that got and deserved credit…we …

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ArtInsights Has Gifts for all your Disney, Marvel, Warner Bros., Star Wars, and DC fans!

By Leslie Combemale | November 23, 2017

It’s the holidays. Gifts are needed, stat! Not only does ArtInsights have a brand-new, easy to navigate, purchase-friendly site, we also have a lot of great images in stock, ready to ship, or ready to be wrapped and carried out.  Why is this an awesome thing?  There comes a time when we all need new, …

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New Art Outsiders Limited Editions Released! Prince, Grace Jones, Albert Einstein, Alan Turing

By Leslie Combemale | November 23, 2017

We are pleased to announce new Art Outsiders limited editions! Available now at the gallery just in time for the holidays, are images by Tennessee Loveless from the Art Outsiders, including titles: Prince / High Priest of Pop Alan Turing / Codebreaker Billie Holiday / Lady Day Grace Jones / Love to the Rhythm Albert …

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Tennessee Loveless Appears on “Drag Friday” and Small Business Saturday at ArtInsights!

By Leslie Combemale | November 17, 2017

Famed Drag & Contemporary Artist TENNESSEE LOVELESS appearing in person to sign book and release new art for “DRAG FRIDAY”  and “SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY” at ArtInsights Gallery!  Meet ‘10SC’ on November 24 & 25 from 2 – 6 pm  Reston, VA – In conjunction with ‘Black Friday’ holiday events at Reston Town Center and Small Business Saturday, ArtInsights welcomes …

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ArtInsights Holiday Gift Guide for Film, Animation, and Contemporary Art: We have that special art for your loved one!

By Leslie Combemale | November 1, 2017

The truth is, it’s very hard to get something surprising, special, and unusual enough to be remembered far beyond the holidays.  We’ve always been so happy that ArtInsights, and film, animation, and contemporary art, is one way to make the season brighter.  It isn’t just about buying something, is it? If you’re going to offer …

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John Alvin’s Blade Runner Movie Art from 1982 at ArtInsights

By Leslie Combemale | October 4, 2017

Blade Runner by John Alvin.  Everyone knows what that poster looks like….John Alvin is known for a number of images, although sometimes not by name.  The prolific and genius movie poster artist called it “the promise of a great experience”, when he created the key art for over 200 movies.  If you remember, when recalling …

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