Introducing: The ArtInsights Heroes Initiative

By Leslie Combemale | April 14, 2020

Heroes have generally meant one thing in comics, cartoons, and film. They are the people from other worlds with superhuman strength like Superman, or tortured souls with dark pasts who choose to keep crime-ridden streets safe like Luke Cage and Batman, gods and goddesses like Thor and Wonder Woman, or people thrown into the role …

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The Art of Blade Runner by John Alvin

By Leslie Combemale | September 7, 2019

When a future sci-fi classic and an sci-fi-loving art geek collided ArtInsights Gallery just got the last two original paintings representing Blade Runner created by the campaign artist who designed and painted the official movie poster in 1982. John Alvin is the illustrator for the iconic image used to promote what would become one of …

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Peanuts’ Woodstock & the Woodstock Festival

By Leslie Combemale | August 15, 2019

Snoopy’s best friend, Woodstock, the Peanuts character, was named after the Woodstock Music Festival. In celebration of the 50th anniversary, Sopwith Productions is releasing original art used in the making of the Peanuts cartoons! Read all about it here, and see the rare, great Woodstock production cels and drawings on offer!

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Jim Lee Batman art! ArtInsights has Batman: Hush and Batman Detective 1000 fine art exclusives

By Leslie Combemale | June 15, 2019

We are thrilled to announce Warner Brothers has offered us Hush and Detective 1000, two exclusive limited editions based on the art of Jim Lee, the nicest man in comics, and the co-publisher of DC Comics. Can you believe one of them is a worldwide art exclusive coming out right when they are releasing a …

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Avengers: Invincible by Alex Ross celebrates Marvel heroic mythology

By Leslie Combemale | May 15, 2019

We all saw the colossal success of Avengers: Endgame coming, didn’t we? Maybe how fast it has succeeded took us by surprise, but we all knew a huge blockbuster was coming..so imagine our glee when we scored the exclusive international premiere of Avengers: Invincible, the only official and licensed Avengers: Endgame Marvel art release! Alex …

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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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Vintage Disney Art from the Vault at ArtInsights

By Leslie Combemale | February 27, 2019

Premiering live on March 2nd at Mindy Johnson’s Ink and Paint: The Women at Walt Disney’s Animation is a collection of vintage Disney concept and character drawings that will fascinate and excite fans and collectors of Disney art! ArtInsights already has them on-hand, but will be unveiling them at the event, which is from 2-5pm. …

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Mindy Johnson: 5 Things You’ll find Surprising from INK & PAINT: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation

By Leslie Combemale | February 19, 2019

When Mindy Johnson started out writing her book Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation, her plan was to make a compact little tome that celebrated what many thought must have been a very small percentage of those in the Disney’s workforce responsible for the experimentation and advancements for which the animation studio …

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Exciting Changes at ArtInsights and in Reston Town Center

By Leslie Combemale | February 1, 2019

So many changes in Reston Town Center, and this time they are for the better! For one thing, we are excited to hear the award-winning restaurant chain True Food is coming to the center, as is Peet’s Coffee! It will be a while, but we’re excited there’s new blood coming, and it’s fresh, hot, and …

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One Legend Paints Another: Carol Channing, John Alvin, and the play Lorelei

By Leslie Combemale | January 15, 2019

We were saddened by the passing today of a Broadway, film legend, and certified character Carol Channing, who died at 97. Known for her raspy singing voice, her huge smile, she is most remembered for her role as Dolly Levi in the musical Hello Dolly, but she was nominated for a Best Supporting Oscar when …

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Mary Poppins Returns Is Inspired by Oscar-winning Matte Painter Peter Ellenshaw

By Leslie Combemale | December 18, 2018

From the first moments of Mary Poppins Returns, there is reference to the genius artistry that was a part of creating the original. The opening titles, which are fanciful paintings which one assumes are concept work used to build the magical nanny’s London, are a mix of art by Oscar-winning concept artist Peter Ellenshaw created …

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Movie Lovers Gift Guide 2018 from ArtInsights Gallery of Film and Contemporary Art

By Leslie Combemale | November 21, 2018

Movie Lovers Gift Guide from Film Art Gallery ArtInsights Offers Film Fans Art Celebrating Cinematic Anniversaries and Releases All By Official Studio Artists Reston, VA -You’ve seen “alternative posters” and “minimalist posters”, but what about art by the folks who actually helped you fall in love with the movies in the first place? Somebody has …

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For Mickey’s 90th Birthday, ArtInsights Celebrates Mickey Mouse Through the Years with Art

By Leslie Combemale | November 18, 2018

It’s the anniversary of the first appearance of Mickey Mouse, which happened in November of 1928.  I have always been a fan of Mickey Mouse as a rat, in particular.  Ub Iwerks made the awesome black and white Steamboat Willie.  He had designed the character after having designed Oswald, a character for which Disney lost …

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The Peanuts Art of Dean Spille: animation history made watercolor

By Leslie Combemale | August 26, 2018

We are always looking for extremely rare art to offer our clients, but hand-in-hand with that, we are always trying to find ways to promote and expand awareness about the importance of artists.  There are so many important figures in the history of animation that fans and enthusiasts know little about, and we want to …

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Limited Editions from Peanuts TV Specials Make Us Want To Do a Snoopy Happy Dance!

By Leslie Combemale | February 1, 2018

We just discovered we have a few super rare and hard-to-find Peanuts limited editions created for the anniversaries of the Charlie Brown Christmas and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown TV specials. Given how much we at ArtInsights love all things Snoopy and Charlie Brown, it’s like we got an early Valentine’s Day gift! What …

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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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