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RESTON TOWN CENTER PARKING, ARTINSIGHTS HOLIDAY HOURS, GIFT WITH PURCHASE, AND GALLERY UPDATE!

RESTON TOWN CENTER  PARKING, ARTINSIGHTS HOLIDAY HOURS, GIFT WITH PURCHASE, AND GALLERY UPDATE!

As many of you know, with the changes in parking at Reston Town Center, we have had a number of clients avoid the center and only come on the weekends, so we’ve committed to being open on Sundays, and have seen a lot more of our clients on the weekends. For those of you who have avoided the center altogether…

Now Balducci’s is open across the street!  How does that help us apart from the traffic? 

Balducci’s offers 2 hours free parking without any apps or parking kiosks.  Now, we don’t advocate you parking there and walking out without supporting the place, but who among us won’t find something awesome there? They are all decked out for Christmas, with lots of hard-to-find items and specialty foods all in one place.

There is seriously anything and everything a gourmand would desire here. Just walking through makes a food lover feel the Christmas and holiday spirit!

I spoke to the head of produce there, and told him his produce was a might pricey.  He told me there’s a reason.  and it’s a good one!  He says they go through the fruits and vegetables multiple times a day to make sure it’s all fresh and perfect, and that he personally checks every box as it comes in off the truck.  So that means if you (or your loved one) wants something that isn’t going to go bad in a day or two, or you don’t find has mold on it the minute you get home, Balducci’s is the place!

I go there often for things I can’t find anywhere else, like tarragon mustard, imported chocolates, and swanky cheese. The holidays are the time to splurge on swanky cheese!

Anyway, you can park there and walk across the street any time! Also, of course the parking is free in all the garages Saturdays and Sundays. and if you just need to run in and pick something up or drop off framing, remember you can always park right out front, as it has 15 minutes grace period.  If any of our clients ever get a ticket for being there, we get it taken care of, so just pop back in and i’ll take it to the parking staff.

Reston Town Center is dressed for the holidays, and our tree will be lit at a ceremony the day after Thanksgiving.

HOLIDAY SPECIAL HOURS:

Black (Panther) Friday, we’ll be at the gallery starting at 8am!

We’ll have cider and snacks to fortify our friends and clients. We will have a few costumed pals out at the tree after the parade for pictures with the kiddos, and we’ll be open to 6pm.

The rest of the holidays, our hours are:

Monday through Friday 10 – 6pm

Saturday 10 – 6pm

Sunday 12 – 5pm

We’ll be open on Christmas eve, from 10-2pm, for last minute pick ups and late shoppers.

We’ll be closed from December 31st to the 2nd of January to celebrate the new year.

Reston Town Center is actually a wonderful place to do your Christmas shopping! Parking is always free in all the garages on the weekends, there are great places to eat, and not only is there not the crush and crowds you find at the traditional malls, it’s also beautifully decorated during the holidays. They’ve gone the extra step this year, as they’ve been doing the last few years, to make it lovely and charming, especially at night, so come visit us.

Remember if you need to plan for coming in outside regular hours, you just need to let us know and we’ll try to arrange it. We are here to help and make the holidays as easy and fun as we can for all.

GIFT WITH PURCHASE!

We are gathering fun and exciting items to give to those who make purchases during the holiday season, so from November 17th through December 31st, you’ll get a little something geeky and art-related with every purchase! What is it? You’ll have to come in to find out, but we know it will make your season a little brighter.

ArtInsights has a great collection of art right now, and we have lights and our Yoda topped tree to remind us all there is no try.

As those of you who saw our newsletter and our gift guide blog might have surmised, we have lots of new art, and the gallery is all decked out in holiday finery, so it’s definitely worth a trip.

GALLERY UPDATE:

What else is happening? We are about to get a door out to the front of the building.  After 26 years, we thought it was time! With all the permit headaches, it’s probably going to be finished at the coldest time of the year, but we’re still excited. We won’t be using it during the winter, but we’ll have lots more air and a great feeling of openness when it’s warmer out. We want to be able to be open when we want, including outside the hours that the building doors are locked.  We aren’t sure yet how this will effect our hours, but we’ll write again and let you know when we decide.  We are imagining Friday or Saturday night events with music and new art releases. We will have an event to celebrate our new door and other special changes to the space in the spring.

ARE YOU ON OUR NEWSLETTER LIST?

We have a newsletter we send out to our clients.  We don’t send them very often, but when we have new art, or events, or something cool is happening, we let you know.  So it might be bi-monthly? Why don’t you give it a try if you want to keep up with us, read about and see all the latest releases or gallery scoops? Just go to the front page of our website and the popup will show up where you can sign up.  Facebook and blogs can only do so much!

Happy Holidays to all,

Leslie and the ArtInsights elves

The ArtInsights 2018 Gift Guide Celebrates Film Anniversaries and New Releases

Are you looking for art for the loved one that loves film and art? Or just looking for something unique that will make you a superhero, a princess, a rock star to your family? We are ready for you!

Artinsights certainly has perfectly timed for what’s happening in pop culture this holiday season, all with art that is not only officially licensed, but created by studio artists.  Steamboat Willie has its 90th anniversary on November 18th, and Yellow Submarine turns 50 on November 13th.  Both Disney and Warner Bros. have highly-anticipated tentpole films releasing in December, with Mary Poppins Returns landing in theaters December 19th, and Aquaman swimming to screens on December 14th.  ArtInsights Gallery has art representing all these properties, making  holiday gift giving easy for the loved ones of fans who search in vain every year for something special and unusual to make the season bright.  Prices range from $150 to a king’s ransom, with several highlighted pieces in the lower range to keep budgets in mind. In fact, click below for the page with a selection of dozens of pieces below $250!

Fans of Mickey Mouse and the Beatles have been celebrating all year. Yellow Submarine returned to theaters this summer, and there’s a new graphic novel release of the story.  Disney is having what they’re calling the “world’s biggest mouse party”, and have a new exhibit in New York called “Mickey: The True Original Exhibition”.  ArtInsights is ready for those with friends and family who are fans, with official art by Alex Ross featuring the Beatles called “The Fab Four “ in a limited edition mini canvas for $150.  Mickey Mouse as Steamboat Willie reminds Disneyphiles where it all began.  For them, the gallery suggests one of two limited editions by highly-collectible Disney artist Tim Rogerson, one a giclee on canvas featuring Mickey through the years called “Mickey’s Creative Journey” priced at $150

the other a hand-signed giclee on paper capturing the character in a grey-toned piece called “Mickey at the Helm” for $350.

Mary Poppins, starring Emily Blunt, directed by Rob Marshall, promises to be a huge hit, especially with fans of the Oscar-winning 1964 classic.  The gallery has a limited edition signed by Tim Rogerson called “A Mary Tune”,  that shows Mary and her cohorts painted against the sheet music for Feed the Birds, written by the Sherman Brothers, who won an Oscar and Grammy for Mary Poppins. It is priced at $495. 

A Mary Tune by Tim Rogerson

Also offered, for the fans who have everything, is art by matte background painter Peter Ellenshaw, who, indeed won an Oscar for his work on the film. “Practically Perfect”, which is signed by Ellenshaw, who passed away in 2007, is $1100, and would be a highlight of any Disney film fan’s collection. Check out all the Mary Poppins by clicking on the picture!

For Aquaman, the gallery has an image created by famed DC and Justice League Unlimited animation director Bruce Timm, which includes not only Aquaman, but many of the members of the Justice League, including Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman, all of whom have been making news in live action studio news this year, called “Guardians of Justice”. Also suggested is a giclee on canvas by DC comic book cover artist Alex Ross that features Aquaman with the lead members of the Justice League called “JLA”.  Both retail for $150, but hey, see all the Aquaman art by clicking

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Liberty and Justice: JLA

What about the release of the new animated feature on December 14th called Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse? Yes, we have art for fans of your friendly neighborhood web spinner.

SO many options, so much web swinging to do this season. Click on the picture to see all the Spider-Man images for sale!

and of COURSE we have lots of great Marvel images for your superhero-loving loved ones:

Captain America and Thor, Captain Marvel and Luke Cage, and so much more at your fingertips! Click here!

There are a number of other pieces corresponding to film art news, including art from Pinocchio, which was recently announced as a property Guillermo Del Toro will reinterpret with a new stop-motion film. Whether purists stick with the original Harry Potter series or love the newest releases written by Rowling, art from the Harry Potter book and film series is alway popular, and coincides with  Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.  Many are created by Stuart Craig, the production designer for all the Harry Potter movies as well as the new Fantastic Beast series.

There are a number of images by Star Wars production artists, including the limited edition “The Cold of Hoth” by John Alvin, an exclusive giclee on paper for $150 from everyone’s favorite film in the saga.

We also have the latest official images of DC and Marvel characters. Of course, there is a veritable parade of Disney princesses represented in art, which is perfectly timed with the release of Ralph Breaks The Internet, in which there is a wonderful, hilarious scene featuring the classic princesses of Disney with their original voices.  

Looking for something truly special and rare? You know we are the official representative for the art of John Alvin, and we’ve added a lot of new art from his family’s collection.  Want some of the only original Batman art created for a Batman film? Concept art for Revenge of the Jedi? Blade Runner or E.T. art by the man who created the posters for those classic films?  Maybe art from Beauty and the Beast or Aladdin? Look no further. 

We also have a number of one-of-a-kind pieces that relate to new releases and anniversaries, like The Grinch, which (STARRING BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH!) releases early November. We have an original graphite from the 1966 Chuck Jones cartoon classic.

Also, November marks the 20th anniversary of the Powerpuff Girls. We have one amazing, awesome production cel with all three lead characters.

Are you a fan of the Fantastic Four?

and OH Hey, we have Warner Bros. and Hanna Barbera cartoon art directly from the studio, too! Below is one half of a two-piece set of Wile E and Road Runner.  

Click below to see all the art from both studios!

We have so much more.  Contact the gallery for all the special pieces we are getting in for the holidays to make your gift giving fun and easy!

Happy Holidays, everyone, from your pals at ArtInsights.

ANNOUNCING Exclusive art by Star Wars, Disney, and DreamWorks artist William Silvers

We are thrilled to announce the addition of original and limited edition art by the renowned concept and matte background artist William Silvers to our gallery!

All the art is from Bill’s personal collection, created in an official capacity as Disney and LucasFilm fine artist or was actually part of making a film.

We’re adding all the art as quickly as possible, but please contact us with requests or interest, as there are a number of originals we have not yet listed for sale, and some special images that will not be on our website.

CHECK OUT ALL HIS ART HERE.

As most of you know by now, we feature artists that actually work inside the industry, so it is a great pleasure to have his work at ArtInsights.  He is also a very nice man.  He is easy-going, has great integrity, and is committed to ever expanding his talent and skill. Here is Bill’s lengthy and impressive bio:

William Silvers is one of the preeminent concept artists working in the film industry today. Starting his career in New York as an illustrator for ad agencies, William continued to perfect his style and technique. His love of film and his passion for art led him on a path to filmmaking. He has worked with nearly every major studio, and is known for his use of diverse styles and techniques. Passionate and easy-going, William Silvers infuses his love of film and artistic expression in every piece. 

In 1995, his film career began at Walt Disney Feature Animation where he adapted his fine art painting skills to the world of filmmaking. He created unforgettable backgrounds for Disney classics such as Mulan, Tarzan,  Lilo & Stitch, and Brother Bear.

 Eager for new experiences William enjoyed a stint as Associate Art Director for EA Sports-Tiburon. While there he contributed to the development of the award-winning game NCAA Football.

William achieved a personal triumph when his long awaited book Painting Realistic Wildlife in Acrylic was published. The book was a compilation of his beloved Wildlife paintings and it included instructional techniques to teach and inspire young artists.

His collaboration with Disney had bolstered a deep-seated desire to create meaningful work and that drive earned him a coveted stint at Industrial Light & Magic, a division of Lucasfilm Ltd.  As a digital matte painter, William created some of the most stunning images for the feature films The Day after Tomorrow and Star Wars Episode III, The Revenge of the Sith.

With his reputation in the Industry growing, William accepted a position at DreamWorks Animation Studios. His work can be seen in How To Train Your Dragon 2, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, The Croods, Rise of the Guardians, Puss In Boots, Kung Fu Panda 2, Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special and Shrek Forever After.

 The artist recently concluded his Sony Pictures Imageworks contract as a digital matte painter for the animated comedy adventure film Storks produced by Warner Animation Group.  

William also creates new and exciting fine art pieces for Disney Galleries and Lucasfilm Ltd.  His art can be found throughout the Disney Theme Parks, and his long relationship with the Walt Disney Company continues to be a consistent theme in his career.

“What began as a foray into film making blossomed into a comprehensive career, the foundation for which was Disney Animation.”

Collectors from around the world have also embraced his personal art, which allows him to expand his artistic vocabulary and express the wide spectrum of styles that continue to bring him joy. 

We are also working on a contemporary art project with him, and we’ll bring you news of that as it takes shape.

WELCOME WILLIAM SILVERS, and may the force be with us!

Need Last Minute Gift Ideas? Give the Gift of Film Art! DISNEY ART, STAR WARS ART, AND MARVEL ART FOR $150 and under!

It’s getting down to the last minute for getting Christmas presents and holiday gifts! We thought we’d help the folks out there who are still struggling to find something wonderful, and suggest film art.  Disney art and Marvel superhero art, just to name two, make crowd pleasing, inventive gifts for family and friends who love movies.  Our experience in the gallery is it can be the sort of art people don’t buy themselves, but love and enjoy, and would be so happy to get as a gift! We have so many visitors who frequent our store and know all about the movies, and come by just to see what’s new.  They respect and look up to the artists that are represented here.  I’m also so excited when someone close to them comes in and gets them a piece.  It’s always so well received!

With that in mind, here are a few pieces that are ready to display and are $150 or under:

How many of my longterm clients know that the mice and birds in Cinderella are some of my all-time favorites?  I’m not alone.  John Rowe does a great composition of them and the star of the film, Cinderella’s castle…ummm, I mean, Cinderella.

The Life She Dreams Of by John Rowe Treasures on Canvas gift idea for $125
The Life She Dreams Of by John Rowe Treasures on Canvas for $125

Oh that haughty iris is such a great character.  There are so many minor characters that are memorable in Alice in Wonderland.  Here are just a few of them, created in a great Disney fine art piece by Michelle St. Laurent:

A Conversation with Flowers by Michelle St. Laurent Treasures on Canvas Disney Fine Art gift idea for $125
A Conversation with Flowers by Michelle St. Laurent Treasures on Canvas $125

What a wonderful piece this Dig A Little Deeper is! Heather Theurer has gotten lots of press for her live action reinterpretations of Disney princesses. Here is her version of the first African-American Disney princess:

Dig a Little Deeper by Heather Theurer Treasures on Canvas Disney Fine Art $125
Dig a Little Deeper by Heather Theurer Treasures on Canvas $125

Did you love Moana? Of course you did.  This is one of the best scenes in the whole movie, captured in Disney fine art by Rob Kaz.

Moana's New Friend Treasures on Canvas by Rob Kaz $125
Moana’s New Friend Treasures on Canvas by Rob Kaz $125

You’d be surprised at the number of adult fans this pixie dream girl has.  She should be the original “not bad, just drawn that way”, but regardless, many a fan would love to have this sometimes-sweet fairy.

Enchanting Encounter Tinker Bell Disney Sculpture from the retired Walt Disney Classics Collection gift idea for $150
Enchanting Encounter Tinker Bell from the retired Walt Disney Classics Collection $150

 

And what about Star Wars: The Last Jedi?  You loved it? You hated it?  Either way, you’re probably a fan of the saga, and so is that loved-one.  Here’s a sold-out Star Wars limited edition of BB8 the Astromech droid by Steve Thomas that no one will argue about.  The best of the new Star Wars characters captured in official Star Wars film art!

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BB8 Rolling Droid Star Wars limited edition by Steve Thomas $150

Maybe that hard-to-buy-for friend or family member is a fan of Marvel. If everyone didn’t love Thor and company before Ragnarok, they do now!  We have framed special-release posters from San Diego Comic-Con of both Ragnarok and Black Panther that will be a great gift and tickle their fancy.  We also have a sold out Captain America limited edition and a great New Avengers piece…

All New All Different Avengers Marvel Art by Alex Ross last minute gift idea $150
All New All Different Avengers Marvel Art by Alex Ross $150

OMG! You can get Thor, Cap, and Iron Man by Alex Ross for your Marvel-obsessed loved-one! Can there be a better gift? No.  The answer is no.

Avengers with Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor limited edition Marvel art by Alex Ross last minute gift idea $150
Avengers with Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor limited edition Marvel art by Alex Ross $150

Of course there are lots of other options on our “GIFTS IN-STOCK” page, which you can get to by clicking HERE. 

We’ll be here in the gallery Christmas eve until at 2pm, as well as…

Thursday 10-6pm, Friday 10-6pm, Saturday 10-6pm, Sunday 12-2pm, but check with us if you need to stop by outside these hours.  We are here to help!

so come and see us and let us solve the age-old problem of gift-giving…You’ll be grateful, and the receiver will be thrilled!

Best of the holidays to you all,

Leslie and Michael

ArtInsights

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

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?

Walt Disney Classics Collection sculpture of Aladdin’s 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 can look back and point to lead animators like Eric Goldberg, who was in charge of developing the genie, and the co-directors Ron Clements and John Musker, who had Robin Williams in mind and approached him with fingers crossed that he would do it.

The characters of Aladdin and Jasmine have continued to resonate far beyond the release of the film.  Aladdin had yet another animation superstar, Glen Keane as supervising animator, who also developed Ariel in The Little Mermaid and Beast from Beauty and the Beast.

Jasmine’s singing voice was provided by Broadway performer Lea Salonga (who was hired based on her work in Miss Saigon) and had female character specialist Mark Henn as lead animator.  His influences for her included his own sister and actress Jennifer Connelly.

We remember going to the Sotheby’s auction and the enthusiasm for the work of these animators.  Aladdin is one of the wonderful films in which we can really see these 2D animators do their best.

Also, for the Aladdin poster, our friend and consummate movie poster artist John Alvin was tapped to do the entire adult campaign.  We have some wonderful examples of his process in the gallery, and not only did John Alvin create the advance, but actually several images used around the world to promote the film.

Click on the art for all Aladdin art available from ArtInsights, including John Alvin’s art!

Disney wanted to see lots of images before they decided which ones to use, so John Alvin had various sizes of fully rendered art.  Here is one example:

We have a large image close to one of John Alvin’s finishes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Endless Diamond Sky by John Rowe
Endless Diamond Sky

Check out all our Aladdin art at ArtInsights.  Meanwhile, we congratulate all those involved with this classic film and are so glad to know only the animators who build the film, but also some great artists who have done official interpretive art, like John Rowe’s Endless Diamond Sky and Rodel Gonzalez’s Flight Over Agrabah.

Flight Over Agrabah by Rodel Gonzalez
Flight Over Agrabah

 

 

 

Go celebrate Robin Williams and traditional 2D animation today, on Aladdin’s 25th anniversary!

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

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 Tennessee Loveless for a book signing and an exhibit of original and limited edition art from the new retrospective book “The Art of Tennessee Loveless” and the worldwide exclusive premiere of new images from The Art Outsiders Project by Tennessee Loveless. The Art Outsiders is a portrait collection of important and influential creators who, through their struggle and determination, have changed the world with their unique genius. The Chicago-based, internationally known artist will be making a personal appearance 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 24 and Saturday, November 25 at ArtInsights Gallery, 11921 Freedom Drive, Reston, VA.  There is a display and sale of his original and limited edition art from the book “The Art of Tennessee Loveless: The Mickey Mouse TEN x TEN x TEN Contemporary Pop Art Series”, the first ever art retrospective on an openly gay artist in Disney’s history, and from his “Art Outsiders” series, including new limited editions of Prince, Grace Jones, Judy Garland, and Billie Holiday. As always, gallery admission is free. For more information, contact ArtInsights at 703-478-0778 and visit  HYPERLINK “http://www.artoutsiders.net” www.artoutsiders.net.   

The new book release is important because it marks the first time Disney publishing has released an art book representing an artist who is out and proud.  Tennessee is also known for several other projects, including the “Drag Landscapes”, where he creates portraits of drag artists, and similarly to Art Outsiders, tells the story of these performers, whom he travels the world to interview, inside the body of the portrait.  Tennessee’s career included and Award-winning stint working as Disney Consumer Products, so it’s a natural, as well as an honor, that Disney would choose him to represent this important first in their publishing portfolio.

His fine art representative and partner in The Art Outsiders project is ArtInsights owner Leslie Combemale. The gallery is excited to have the artist present to unveil new limited editions from the ever-expanding Art Outsiders series on the holiday weekend. From her perspective, the fact that Loveless is colorblind and limited in his ability to see color, is a fascinating after-thought in considering Loveless’ unique talent and artistic voice.  “Tennessee’s art comes from his entire being, and his life experience. It’s true he has had to choose colors based on psychology rather than a personal visual understanding, but that is only one aspect creating the unique depth of his images. The TEN x TEN x TEN series is a fascinating look at how a popular icon can be manipulated to inject cultural context.  The Art Outsiders project, for example, he is entirely immersing himself in the lives of the artists he is painting.  He is speaking to their struggle, importance, and relevance. I’m thrilled it’s being so well received. People either love or hate his art, and I think that’s a great sign! It’s true for all iconoclastic contemporary artists”.  

ABOUT TENNESSEE LOVELESS

Tennessee is inspired by his fascination with pop art, flamboyant fashion and film icons, and the underground drag culture. Although he attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, he began his career in earnest by painting drag queens in San Francisco. Simultaneously, while gaining recognition for that work, he became an product developer and artist at Disney, where he ultimately came to prominence with the 10x10x10 series, one hundred iconic silhouettes of Mickey Mouse’s face expressing a pop journey, exploring the history of the icon, while bringing global, societal, and personal context to the imagery. He has created art for an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, was honored with a Smithsonian Artist Residency Fellowship, has been the featured artist in Anthology Magazine, and made one of the “People of the Year” in Instinct Magazine. The darling of contemporary art collectors around the world, he has been an artist in residence in Berlin, Paris, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Chicago. He was the 2016 official Summer Olympics artist with designs created for Speedo representing Brazil and USA, created the logo for drag queen superstar Shea Coulee, and was the official artist for Chicago Pride 2017.  More information is available at  HYPERLINK “http://tennesseeloveless.com/” www.tennesseeloveless.com

Loveless comes by his love of drag through his own experience as an accomplished drag performer both in San Francisco and Seattle with Trannyshack, the drag performance group founded by Hecklina at the Stud bar in San Francisco in 1996. He is also the founder and programmer of the Internet music show Beautiful Noise Broadcast, which has since morphed into Gorgeous Sound Underground.  

ABOUT ARTINSIGHTS GALLERY

ArtInsights is a privately owned gallery located just outside Washington DC at 11921 Freedom Drive, Reston, Virginia, in Reston Town Center. The gallery focuses on official art from all the major studios, including Disney, DC, Marvel, and Warner Bros., as well as proprietary projects and artist representation relating to the history of animation and film, and the celebration and examination of popular culture. With artists like Tennessee Loveless, John Alvin, and Jim Salvati, the gallery builds collections of original and limited edition art for their growing worldwide collector base. Open since 1994, and co-owned by Combemale, ArtInsights is expanding to allow the display of the contemporary work of artists and art projects represented by Combemale Creative, her company for international art consulting and artistic representation. The gallery has Loveless’ Art Outsiders art as well as representative art from his entire career, including drag queens and 10x10x10. Visit ArtInsights at  HYPERLINK “http://www.artinsights.com/” www.artinsights.com. For more information about The Art Outsiders project and Tennessee Loveless, visit  HYPERLINK “http://artoutsiders.net/” artoutsiders.net.  

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Editor’s Note: Tennessee Loveless is available for phone and in-person interviews. Contact Leslie Combemale at ArtInsights Gallery, 703-478-0778,  HYPERLINK “mailto:artinsights@gmail.com” artinsights@gmail.com 

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

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 a gift, It’s knowing those you love well enough, spending the time, being inventive, and really expressing appreciation about them being in your life.  That’s what takes a holiday to an even more special place.  WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED!

The way people’s eyes light up when they see their favorite characters represented, or the passion they recognize in a portrait of, say, David Bowie, that corresponds with what Bowie’s music has meant to them.  Those are frequent occurrences here. There’s no better time than when we hear how a gift of art from our gallery is received.

With that in mind, here are some great options for those searching for that special piece.  We have a wide variety of prices and images, so we’ll just post links here, and you can click through and see whole collections.  Also, please bear in mind that we have lots of pieces in the gallery that are even less expensive that what we show here on our website, but as we ship internationally, we tend to just keep most pieces under $100 for those calling or stopping by to find that ‘little something’…

Let’s start with this page of things we have framed and in-stock, much of which is hard to get, sold out, or special…it’s by no means exhaustive, but there are some interesting, and beautiful art options HERE.

If you are a fan of Tennessee Loveless (and who isn’t, with the release of his new book on October 31st, 10x10x10, The Art of Tennessee Loveless?!) he will be here Thanksgiving weekend for Drag Friday (happening on Black Friday, obviously!) and we will have new limited editions from The Art Outsiders, of Prince, Grace Jones, and Billie Holiday, as well as new 10x10x10 images that appear in the book. You can see all his work HERE.  (you can buy the new book from us or from Amazon.)

 

THE ART OF DISNEY:

The best art for the holidays for gifting is often from the Treasures on Canvas collection, which can be found HERE:

(we loved this new Moana piece, and quickly got it for the gallery!)

 

THE ART OF MARVEL:

Alex Ross has done some great images for Marvel this year, and the price range starts at only $75!  We have a limited number of images for that price of Captain America and Doctor Strange, as well as a few other well-priced “under the table” images–Call us.   For other Marvel art, go HERE.

 

THE ART OF HARRY POTTER:

We just had a Harry Potter event over Halloween, and were able to get some wonderful, exclusive images to sell.  We also have original art used in the making of the films.  Of course, as always, all the art is created by artists who actually worked on the films or books.  You can find all our Harry Potter art HERE.

Two images have been double signed by Dan Radcliffe and concept artist Jim Salvati, and they can be bought together for $1500, or you can buy just the Golden Snitch image for $750.  Only ten exist from this exclusive duo-signed set, and only 2 are left for sale.

 

THE ART OF DC COMICS:

Timing, timing, timing.  If it isn’t the blockbuster hit Wonder Woman, that broke all the records for female directors, it’s The Justice League.  DC is all over 2017. Maybe this is the perfect time to get some Wonder Woman or Batman art?  Or something will the whole Justice League?  A link with lots of great DC art is HERE.

If you live within driving distance, we also have some great hard-to-find framed movie posters, including The Fly, Gremlins, Aliens, and The Black Hole.  There are production cels and original drawings here, too, including an original, signed original cel of all three of The Powerpuff Girls together. Between what is in the gallery and what is on our new, (not completely perfect, but getting better all the time) website, we hope shopping with us will be fun and solve the evergreen problem of “let’s get something super cool, but what?”

I’m sure we can find some art here that will make the end of 2017 a bit more memorable and joyful for you and yours!

Best of the holiday season to you all, and hope to hear from you or see you soon!

Leslie and Michael of ArtInsights.

ArtInsights Gallery is Building, Growing and Expanding!

We at ArtInsights are expanding, contracting, moving, shaking, and all good things. We are in the midst of adding some elements to our brick and mortar store, and at the same time making our website (hopefully) easier to navigate, as well as easier to maneuver when you want to buy!

As many of you know, even thought we are experts and have wonderful relationships with a lot of Disney and film artists, we have starting creating partnerships with contemporary artists that we are very excited about and fills us with pride. After being in business over 25 years, we wanted to add a component to ArtInsights that had social resonance

As I’m writing this, I’m considering what has happened in Las Vegas.  A friend lost someone there, and it reaffirmed the desire on my part, as art director, to only add art to the world that has a healing, or contemplative, or politically resonant component. We live in complicated times.  Times that require us to come together.  Some of us are related to, or connected to, people we don’t understand or agree with.  This is the time when, if nothing else, art will bridge that gap.

With that in mind, I want to let all our collectors and fans know we will have both studio art, meaning LucasFilm, Marvel, DC, Disney, and rogue film art like Blade Runner represented, and will be slowly adding our new projects under the heading of contemporary art. We are going to keep them separate, and there will be changes in the physical gallery coming up that will do that as well.  We hope you’ll come by and see what we have done when everything is all pulled together, and of course visit between now and then as well!

First thing on the agenda, after the sprucing of our new website, is to get a new door into our gallery to the front of the center, because there is a huge building being constructed across the street.  We’ll also have an awning to make us a bit more noticeable.  The interior of the gallery will be going through some changes as well, but those will be a bit slower in happening, since we want to construct a few cool elements that will take some design.

Check back often here on the site, and of course you can always give us a call at the gallery if you’re curious about some of the contemporary art projects we’re working on, or you are thinking of adding some contemporary art to any of your environments.  We have been are will be doing art consulting, both here and abroad in Europe and Asia.

Thanks so much and we look forward to exciting you with great new images of the best studio and contemporary art for collectors old and new!

Leslie and Michael

ArtInsights Gallery of Film and Contemporary Art

SO EXCITED ABOUT OUR SDCC 2017 San Diego Comic-Con panels!

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SO EXCITED ABOUT OUR SDCC 2017 San Diego Comic-Con panels!

We have the announcement for the dates, times, and panelists for our panels at San Diego Comic-Con 2017!  For those of you going, let us know and we’ll try to get you in to the panel of your choice.  For those of you hanging back at home or on your yearly vacation with your toes in the sand and your head in the clouds, we will be filming them as usual and posting them when we return!

We are thrilled and honored by those who have helped once again to make these panels happen, not least the folks at ASIFA: Hollywood, Women in Animation, and Women in Film: LA, as well as the Women Rocking Hollywood sponsor, Wattpad Studios.

if you want an idea of the crazy experiences and what I do, go over to Barb, for which I wrote a little something:

http://barbmagazine.com/2017/06/26/cinema-siren-says-its-time-for-comic-confidential-2017-edition/

Our three panels, that are are:

FRIDAY:

1:00-2:00 Women Rocking Hollywood: Women Directors Changing the Face of Film and Television Wonder Woman broke all records in Hollywood for a film helmed by a female directors.  Now What? While there’s still a long way to go to equal the number of women behind the camera with women, who make up 51% of the population, shows like Jessica Jones, Queen Sugar, and The Leftovers are making a huge difference by committing to the inclusion of female directors. This 2nd annual panel at SDCC focuses on the incredibly talented, successful women expanding opportunities for women in film who have made noise and winning awards with their work on both the big and small screens. Scheduled to appear: Kirsten Schaffer (exec director, Women in Film: LA) Tina Mabry (writer/producer/director: Queen of the South, director: Dear White People) Rosemary Rodriguez (writer/director: Silver Skies, director: Jessica Jones, The Walking Dead) Victoria Mahoney (director: Queen Sugar, Gypsy, American Crime) DeMane Davis (writer/director: Lift, director: Queen Sugar) Angela Robinson (writer/director: Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, True Blood) and Gina Prince-Bythewood (writer/director: Love & Basketball, Beyond the Lights), the first woman of color hired to helm a superhero film for the upcoming Silver & Black.. Moderated by Leslie Combemale (Cinema Siren). Room 23ABC

10:00 to 11:00 Cartoon Creatives: Woman Power in Animation In this 2nd annual panel at SDCC, we examine the history and trajectory of women working inside feature and TV animation, and talk to directors and show runners of animated shows and specials across networks and studios, as well as a historian bringing to light some great hidden figures in our past.  These inspiring women are show invention and creativity that is expanding the industry. They talk about the rich history of women in animation, their mentors, what’s happening industry-wide, and inside their own exciting shows.  Scheduled to appear are Marge Dean (co-president, WIA, supervising producer SuperMansion) Mindy Johnson (film historian, author of the upcoming “Ink & Paint-The Women of Disney Animation”) Victoria Ying (visual development, Wreck it Ralph, Frozen, Moana) Shadi Petosky (writer/producer Danger & Eggs, founder, Puny Studios) Julia Vickerman (writer, Powerpuff Girls, director, Rad Lands, Twelve Forever) Elaine Bogan (director, Trollhunters, Dragons: Race to the Edge) . Moderated by Leslie Combemale (CinemaSiren.com). Room 23ABC

SATURDAY:

1:00-2:00 Women Rocking Hollywood: Women Directors Changing the Face of Film and Television Wonder Woman broke all records in Hollywood for a film helmed by a female directors.  Now What? While there’s still a long way to go to equal the number of women behind the camera with women, who make up 51% of the population, shows like Jessica Jones, Queen Sugar, and The Leftovers are making a huge difference by committing to the inclusion of female directors. This 2nd annual panel at SDCC focuses on the incredibly talented, successful women expanding opportunities for women in film who have made noise and winning awards with their work on both the big and small screens. Scheduled to appear: Kirsten Schaffer (exec director, Women in Film: LA) Tina Mabry (writer/producer/director: Queen of the South, director: Dear White People) Rosemary Rodriguez (writer/director: Silver Skies, director: Jessica Jones, The Walking Dead) Victoria Mahoney (director: Queen Sugar, Gypsy, American Crime) Aurora Guerrero (writer/director: Mosquita y Mari, director: Queen Sugar) Angela Robinson (writer/director: Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, True Blood) and Gina Prince-Bythewood (writer/director: Love & Basketball, Beyond the Lights), the first woman of color hired to helm a superhero film for the upcoming Silver & Black.. Moderated by Leslie Combemale (Cinema Siren). Room 23ABC

meanwhile, you can find past panels here:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAv_TjmuqNPtn1UMPd6IMBXPEYvRCJqDL

Wish us luck!  We’ll have our wonderful new salesgirl and wonder woman, Holly, here for part of while we’ll be gone, and you can check on our message machine or give the gallery a call for our hours while we’re in SDCC.  There will also be some SDCC releases you might want to find out about, and we’ll be posting about them the first day we are able and allowed!

Live long and prosper, do or do not, allons-y, etc.,

Leslie, Michael, Holly, and Christine, the whole SDCC gang.

January at ARTINSIGHTS: What we are doing about parking in Reston Town Center

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About parking in Reston Town Center.  Those of you who know us know we don’t ask anyone to do anything we wouldn’t do.  While we don’t have a philosophical issue with paid parking in general and in Reston Town Center in specific, We aren’t pleased at all with the choices they’ve made putting it together and publicizing it.  A number of you don’t want to have to download the app, which requires saying yes to a number of permissions.  Beyond that, the technology utilized for parking involves taking a picture of your license plate.  On the Reston Town Center website, it says the system doesn’t keep the picture after you leave.  Some will be comfortable with that, others won’t.

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Art by KC Green

SO:

COME ON THE WEEKENDS WHEN IT’S FREE!!  Starting next weekend, our hours:

Monday through Friday 10-6, Saturdays 10-6, Sundays 12-5.   

Should you WANT to come during the week, we will validate your parking with any purchase.  Either way we’re happy to see you, and thrilled with your support. We want to continue to grow and be happy about being here, because for the most part the company that now owns the center has been great. If they see significant damage to their position in the marketplace, they might make some changes, but we don’t want our gallery or any of the small businesses in the center to bear the brunt of their mistakes!  so again:

VISIT US ON THE WEEKENDS!  That way you can still enjoy all the great aspects of Reston Town Center.

Meanwhile, do let us know positive suggestions and thoughts in the comments!

Best and warmest to you all,

Michael and Leslie and the whole Artinsights crew.

Happy New Year from ArtInsights! What’s in store for 2017?

What does 2017 bring for ArtInsights? What can our friends and fans expect? We’re very excited about our plans, and we’d love to tell you a bit about them!

2016, by all accounts, was a pretty iffy year.  We, like the rest of the art world, were challenged by the experiences, losses, and surprises we all faced.  In the US, many artistic people are concerned about the future in a Trump presidency, even as our right-leaning friends suggest there’s nothing to worry about.  We have many wonderful LGBTQ and immigrant clients, so yes, we worry.

With that in mind, we have an amazing new project we will be promoting with Tennessee Loveless.  We can’t talk about it, really, but it is spectacular and very exciting.  It is political in nature.  How does this fit in with a gallery that focuses on animation and film art, you ask?  Well….

We are going to split focus starting in 2017.  It has been in the works for some time now.  As many of you may know, I (Leslie) have been working directly with artists creating and building proprietary projects unique to ArtInsights.  Two examples are The Art Outsiders with Tennessee Loveless, and The Image Projects with Jim Salvati.  Both projects just seem to be getting better and better, and more known, and we couldn’t be happier about that.

Here is our favorite piece so far from the “Musician’s Image”, a collection of music legends created not from any single picture, but from studying many different pictures and extrapolating a unique image from the collection of them.

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Those of you who are artists know how impressive this is.  Very few artists can do this, but Jim Salvati excels at just that.  We have been slowly building our collection of these images and have some great announcements about the collection we’ll be making very soon.  Jim also started the “Sporting Image” with his instant classic representing Arnold Palmer.  We’ll be adding to that soon as well.  All these are part of a greater plan, and are going somewhere we can’t talk about at present, but those who are interested in commissioning their favorite musician or sports figure should contact me soon so they can get in on our plan, because it’s super cool (as are most things in which Jim takes part!) Of course Jim and I have to approve the image as part of our collection, but there are many very famous and wonderful musicians and athletes not yet spoken for…

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Tennessee Loveless continues to get hotter.  Not only does he spend much of his “free time” building his collection of interviews and portraits for his personal project “Drag Landscapes”, he also just gets better with each successive Art Outsider portrait.  That’s not so say the first few aren’t amazing, they still floor me when I see them.  He’s just always changing, always evolving.  The latest pieces are just beautiful, especially Marlene Dietrich and Kate Bush (someone who inspired us both in our youth through to today).

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He just charges forward, and he has more commissions already committed, as well as our new project that will be unveiled all at once, instead of one at a time.  Believe us, they will be more potent that way!  Follow us to see the art as it is released and announced, and of course if you are interested in a commission, let us know as soon as possible, especially as more is happening in his and our world together we can’t even talk about that will significantly influence his fame and, by extension, the prices of his originals!

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(Marlene Dietrich Art Outsiders by Tennessee Loveless: contact us if interested)

As to the splitting of focus, we will still be representing the best of interpretive and original film and animation art, it just won’t be front and center on our site or our brick and mortar store.  Maybe you noticed we changed our name.  We are now “ArtInsights Gallery of Film and Contemporary Art.  We will have a new website that reflects all the new and awesome work we’ll be offering… and it will be a BETTER, SEARCHABLE site!  (HURRAY!) We will also have a dedicated section of our site, and will be happy to build your collections using our 28 years of experience.  We just are finding ourselves more and more committed to contemporary art and the artists who are searching for a place to speak their vision.  We want to help them speak, and find their audience, in any way we can.  We have not only the aforementioned projects,

and are EVER committed to representing and promoting the work of the incomparable and amazing film artist JOHN ALVIN, (who, in 2016, broke all records for the highest price for a piece of film key art with the 396k sale at auction of the E.T. movie poster original!)

but we have new ones in the works we are building in 2017!

We also have a great artist new to ArtInsights we will be promoting in the U.S. who is very successful and popular in his home country of England, Mark Davies.  His work will just blow you away.

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(The Goonies)

Our show, which we are actively building as we speak, is a passion of mine and continues to excite me.  SO MANY IDEAS! Check out our new limited edition from his last show, all of which have remarques on them.

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If you find his work compelling, contact us soon, because his work is going to go up in price really fast!  Right now, originals are around $6000 to $7000, and he loves nearly any movie you can imagine.  If he doesn’t, i’ll let you know and talk you out of it…you know my favorite movies?  He’s creating art from a number of them.  How synergistic is that for me, a film critic/art gallery owner?  VERY.

Lastly, those who live nearby or come to visit on occasion may have heard Reston Town Center is siting to paid parking as of January of 2017.  We have taken proactive action on behalf of our clients and friends.  We will validate your parking during the week, but also, since parking is free on the weekends, we’ll be open on both Saturday and Sunday, so we suggest coming to visit us then, because we’ll be making ArtInsights so much fun on the weekends you’ll WANT to come by!

We continue to be honored and touched by the support and loyalty of the clients and friends of ArtInsights.  After over 22 years in business, we are so appreciative to those who keep showing up, seeing what’s new, and embracing exciting new art year after year.

We know you could go anywhere.  And yet, you show up again and again, take our advice on new artists, and celebrate inventive, creative art we show you, whatever its origin or subject matter.  That is beyond cool.  It’s why we keep doing what we do.  Happy New Year to you all, and thanks for all your support, from Michael and I.

Best in the new year,

 

Leslie and Michael

ArtInsights Gallery of Film and Contemporary Art

NYCC 2016! ArtInsights is partnering with Alex Ross Art at New York Comic-Con! We have exclusives and world premieres:

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We are really excited to be partnering with Alex Ross Art at New York Comic-Con! We’ll be there at booth 2328 from October 6th to Sunday the 9th.  If you have tickets, come see us.  If you don’t, they still have tickets for Thursday HERE.  The rest of the weekend is sold out.  We posted about our exclusives HERE.   We also have two new pieces being premiered there, which include the wonderful GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY image which you can read all about and order HERE.  …and there’s the exclusive premiere of CRISIS!

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An image fans have been begging for for years, and we’re happy to bring it to you at NYCC!!  The information on that is HERE  Watch this blog, the front page of our website, and our Facebook page for the big reveal!

It was very exciting to be part of the decision of what the pieces would be, given the fact that having an exclusive at New York Comic-Con is such a big deal, but the folks at Alex Ross Art really wanted us to be a part of it all.  The Guardians of the Galaxy art being premiered is representative of one of my very favorite Marvel movies, and is the first time a production artist and production art of that series is being recreated as a limited edition.  The Crisis image is a HUGE deal to DC fans, so we are psyched! I want it myself <3

We are offering up the two exclusives at only one hour past the release at NYCC, so those of you who can’t make it or hate crowds or live far away can take advantage of the release and get a great low number if you go online on Thursday at 11:00 Eastern Standard Time.  We’ll take the orders as they come in, so as soon as you buy, we set the lowest number aside 🙂

They also gave us #1 in almost every edition they have created to date, which is wonderful for fans who love to get that special number.  It is usually kept in the archives but they really wanted to make a big splash at this convention, so they pulled out all the stops.  So glad we will be there as part of the fun!

PERSONAL NOTES ON THE ART:

As to the exclusives, I’ll tell you why I was particularly pleased with being able to have the images we’ll have in particular.  The Captain America image is super dramatic and as friends of mine know, he and Thor are my favorite Marvel characters, and always have been.  The Batman piece is great because, as silly as this sounds,rossbatmanexclusive I love when Batman actually looks like a bat, because bats, along with hummingbirds, are my favorite creatures in all the world. 

The Doctor Strange, although it has the smallest edition size, is my favorite of the three exclusives, because i’m really excited for the new movie and love all the trippy aspects of his storyline and the continuing journey from dark to light and back his character takes….and Benedict Cumberbatch. 

Doctor-Strange-NYCC-2016-Exclusive-Alex-RossI had to do research about Stephen Strange as part of representing the art and WOAH.  He has a seriously dark past with lots of loss.  I’m very intrigued to see the movie!  The character is very different from any others up till now, and there’s a spiritual element along with the archetypal Joseph Campbell-type stuff in it that makes me such a Star Wars fan.

We’ll be gone while we’re in NYC and the gallery will be closed for those days, but you all can email me with questions or concerns, or to see if we’ll have any of the exclusives left.

Wish us luck, and the right kind of Con-craziness!

Best to you all (and stay STRANGE)

Leslie at ArtInsights

Floyd Norman: An Animated Life review-Living Animation History

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Playing for a week in four theaters across the country and available on blu-ray and on iTunes August 26th, FLOYD NORMAN: AN ANIMATED LIFE is a delightful and fascinating documentary about “Disney Legend” Norman, who is widely regarded as the first African-American animator, hired at Walt Disney Studios in 1956.  The tagline for this movie says “Animator. Storyman. Troublemaker.”, and whether you are one of Floyd’s many friends in the animation industry, or someone experiencing him for the first time through the documentary, there’s no question all three labels are equally true. The term “floydering” was coined in reference to this man, who continued to go to Disney every day after he retired, to draw, visit, and interact with other artists all day.  He is equal parts an easygoing, gregarious, friend-to-all, and a rabble-rouser who doesn’t suffer fools or bullying of those around him, regardless of the source.

It’s easy to find much to appreciate in the way Norman’s life is presented without too much interference by the filmmakers.  The kudos for that go to co-directors Erik Sharkey and Michael Fiore. It’s Norman himself and the people who know him best who do the narrating.  The audience is able to get a real sense of the man as the sum of his past experiences and how they have informed his current life.

The film begins with Norman’s wife Adrienne, also an artist and currently at Disney, as she describes what it’s like to go to work at Disney publishing with her retired husband only to find him hours later in the office he has adopted for his “post-retirement”.  What she jokingly calls squatting he reframes as a friendly face, visiting and giving helpful hints.  Since Norman has been working with Disney on and off as an animator and story artist since the 50s, it’s advice they should consider very carefully. He was let go and rehired repeatedly, and each time he departed, he went off to do something fascinating and noteworthy.  In the 60s, he started a production company that wound up capturing the riots in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles on film.  If you saw footage from that time, it was probably his company that filmed it.  His company was also responsible for creating the animated sequence in the opening of the famed dance show Soul Train. Even now, he’s a fixture at San Diego Comic-Con, a part of an extremely popular panel called  “Quick Draw” with his friend Sergio Aragones of Mad Magazine fame. He was also on my panel this year about diversity in the history of animation, and you can get to know him a bit here, and see why you might want to know all about his life and experiences:

As someone who knows Floyd, his family, and animator friends, it’s hard not to be biased towards the celebration of his life. In fact, when I know a filmmaker, I tend to be even more critical, just to make sure i’m not seeing through ‘rose-colored glasses’.  However, FLOYD NORMAN: AN ANIMATED LIFE has twists, surprises, and the sort of story arc that even the most objective viewer can appreciate.  These attributes are no less essential to a good documentary than to the best fictional releases, and they exist here without feeling forced or contrived.  The audience is treated to a wide variety of celebrities and artists talking about the man that is often labeled “The Forrest Gump of animation”. There is a balance of intimacy, when he, his close friends, and his family consider some of the more difficult times of his life, and humor, especially in the animated sequences by various artists that offer a nod to Norman’s own often satirical comic illustrations.

Incidentally, it’s those comic illustrations he’s been doing since the 50s that have propelled him into all sorts of new adventures.  They speak to his acerbic wit and willingness to fearlessly speak his mind, but as the best artists do,  through his art.  The most inspiring aspect of FLOYD NORMAN: AN ANIMATED LIFE is the fact that as straightforward and opinionated as he is and always has been, he has still succeeded and thrived as an artist.  One might even say those traits are some of his greatest gifts.  In this day of tiptoeing around the corporate world, and staying silent to stay safe, Floyd Norman proves there is a way to be kind, be true to yourself, and be honest, all at the same time, and live a long happy life by continuing to doing so.

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ARTINSIGHTS & CINEMA SIREN AT SDCC 2016: All the Panels!

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For those of you who frequent either my art gallery Artinsights or the website Cinema Siren, we are going to be at SDCC 2016 next week with three panels.  That means we won’t be in the gallery, but we WILL be creating amazing stories and memories.  Anyone who will be at Comic-Con International: San Diego, I hope you’ll come to whatever panels interest you we’ve put together!  And i’ll take this moment to thank all the amazing women and men who have supported, promoted, or are taking part in any way in these events.  One thing i’ve learned and will never forget is that there are genuine, enthusiastic, people in LA and working in Hollywood who still maintain their optimism and believe in making the world of film better!

You may not believe this, but there are actually nice, well-meaning agents and studio reps.  YES, YOU HEARD ME! 

Here are the three panels I’ve spent the better part of the last year putting together.  Do I believe in the subject matter? YES! There are lots of people spending hours outside their actual job trying to make change, and they deserve to be heard.  As long as I can and whatever way I can, i’ll shine a spotlight on anyone with vision and an open heart.  I invite you to do all you can to promote these people, and anyone who is working to make Hollywood more diverse and inclusive, while providing AWESOME entertainment!  Also let me send out a hearty thanks and express my gratitude to both Wattpad, the sponsor for our Women Rocking Hollywood panel, and Women In Animation, who sponsored our Cartoon Creatives panel. 

Thursday:

4:30 – 5:30 Cartoon Creatives: Women Power in AnimationWhile Women in Animation’s initiative strives to have a 50/50 workforce in the animation world by 2025, there are women leading the charge right now, creating, innovating, and guiding cartoons into a future filled with talent that goes beyond gender, and their fans are loving every minute of it. Scheduled to appear are Lauren Faust (creator, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic) Brooke Keesling (director of animation talent development at Disney TV Animation) Lauren Montgomery (co-executive producer, Voltron: Legendary Defender)  Stevie Wermers-Skelton (co-director, the upcoming Frozen Holiday Special) Gina Shay (producer, the upcoming Trolls) Katie Krentz (senior director of development: Cartoon Network, Steven Universe), Daron Nefcy (creator/executive producer, Star vs. the Forces of Evil) and Marge Dean (co-president, Women in Animation) to discuss their experiences and upcoming projects.  Moderated by Leslie Combemale of Animation Scoop.  Rm 24ABC

Friday:

1:30 – 2:30  Cartoon Legends Speak: Diversity in the History of AnimationA panel featuring great artists including Disney Legend, and first African-American animator hired at Walt Disney Studios, Floyd Norman (The Jungle Book, Monsters, Inc), first African-American animator to get a screen credit and award winning illustrator Ron Husband (The Rescuers, The Little Mermaid), Japanese-American and Inkpot winner Willie Ito (Lady & the Tramp, The Flintstones), Jane Baer (Sleeping Beauty, Roger Rabbit) discuss their careers, their futures, and how diversity has played a role in their artistic lives.  Moderated by Leslie Combemale of Animation Scoop. Room: 24ABC

Saturday:

2:00 – 3:00 Women Rocking HollywoodThis exciting new panel features powerful, talented women changing Hollywood from the inside.  As creatives, directors, and producers, they are breaking box office records and showing Hollywood altering the status-quo just makes for better movies. Scheduled to appear are Victoria Alonso (exec producer, Doctor Strange, Captain America: Civil War), Deborah Snyder (producer, Wonder Woman, Justice League) Angela Robinson (writer/director, D.E.B.S., True Blood, How to Get Away With Murder) Catherine Hardwicke (director, Twilight, upcoming Love Letters to the Dead) and Kirsten Schaffer (exec director, Women in Film: LA)  talking about positive changes in tinsel town, their work, and future projects. Marvel, DC, blockbusters, indies, and powerful women-This panel brings it all! Moderated by Leslie Combemale of Cinema Siren. Room: 25ABC

If you won’t be at SDCC, as many around the world, you can watch our panels on our YouTube Cinema Siren and ArtInsights channels, or you wait and see them when we post them on our websites.  As for ArtInsights, we’ll be back on Wednesday, July 27th.  Come visit, call, or chat online.  Meanwhile you can also read a bit more about my experience putting together the panels HERE on my column for Animation Scoop.

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Cartoon Creatives panel at Comic-Con International: San Diego Announced!

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So now that it’s on the official schedule on the comic-con website, I can officially announce my first panel in San Diego!  I am honored to have such an amazing collection of women taking part in this discussion. Marge Dean, of Women in Animation, who are sponsoring the panel, will be explaining the current state of the industry, and we will be chatting with some super creative people about their ideas, artistry, and inspiration!
HERE IS THE WRITE-UP:
4:30 Thursday, July 21st.
While Women in Animation’s initiative strives to have a 50/50 workforce in the animation world by 2025, there are women leading the charge right now, creating, innovating, and guiding cartoons into a future filled with talent that goes beyond gender, and their fans are loving every minute of it. Scheduled to appear are Lauren Faust (creator, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic), Brooke Keesling(director of animation talent development at Disney TV Animation), Lauren Montgomery (co-executive producer, Voltron Legendary Defenders), Stevie Wermers-Skelton (co-director, the upcoming Frozen Holiday Special), Gina Shay (producer, the upcoming Trolls), Katie Krentz (director of development: Cartoon Network, Steven Universe), Daron Nefcy (creator/executive producer, Star vs. the Forces of Evil) and Marge Dean (co-president, Women in Animation), talking about their experiences and upcoming projects. Moderated by Leslie Combemale of Animation Scoop. Room 24ABC.
If you are going to the con, go to the site and let us know you’re coming to our panel! We have some cool giveaways, and smart, talented women have created some of the best animation out there!
Here’s the link on the official SDCC website:

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The NEW Alex Ross Art Collection: How Alex Ross and his team created an art program with Marvel, DC, Beatles, and more!

Lots has been happening in the world of the superhero, and now is the perfect time to update fans of superhero art! Have you seen Captain America: Civil War yet? Well, surprisingly timely is the roll-out of the new Alex Ross art collection, and it’s just getting started.  We are happy to be part of their team of galleries, and one of only three with the first assortment actually physically in the gallery, so you can get your eyes on the art.

You may be wondering what all the fuss is about, since Alex Ross art has been available to fans since the days of the Warner Brothers stores.  Don’t worry, I’m here to explain it to you.

Those of you who have been following the career of Alex Ross, who of late has had exhibits in the likes of the Warhol and Rockwell museums, and has been placed in national museums around the world, know that Ross has been one of the very few comic book and pop culture illustrators to help break that art into the “real art” world.  This is actually a big deal, especially for those who believe the work by the creators of comic books deserve artistic recognition like me.

The story behind how Ross and his own team started a new art program is pretty innocuous.  Apparently he just wanted control of his own artistic destiny, and they figured now is the time. 

The company that first sold his art was Clampett Studio, which is run by people who basically made him famous through his exposure in the Warner Brothers stores.  In fact, Clampett Studio, and the artists they represent, should absolutely be on your radar and here’s why: Clampett Studio, which is run by Ruth Clampett, the daughter of famed Warner Brothers animator Bob Clampett, is the one company that sells art of the comic books, cartoons, and film that only sells art created by artists who actually work on the movies.  THEY ARE THE ONLY ONE.  and what’s more, they support the artists.  Once someone works with them, they never look back.  If you love the art of Alex Ross, you partially have Ruth Clampett and those who work with her to thank.

As i mentioned, she still has art by Alex Ross available, but those signed by him are selling out fast.  We can access and sell you anything on her website, and I urge you to support her artists and collections.  Jim Lee is still part of her assortment, for example, as is all the OFFICIAL art of Harry Potter.  You can dive into the Alex Ross works available HERE.

For all the assortments on Clampett Studio, go HERE.

So, back to this new Alex Ross collection….they decided to take the reigns back and start their own art program.  Normally, Warner Brothers wouldn’t let an artist make a decision like that, but this is Alex Ross.  Now that they’ve taken the art program in-house, and with a big splash in Los Vegas with a release of Beatles art, they are forging forward.

The person in charge of their art program is an old friend, and I am absolutely 100% behind her and the Alex Ross Art program, because she always knows how to build a great collection, limit releases, and consider the collector. She is a fan, and a fan who knows the business is the best person in the world to create a lasting collection of art.

Now might be a good time for full disclosure. I haven’t always loved all of Ross’s work.  I think some of it looks very frenetic, and too full of color.  Yet, somehow, the new work has a calmness, a grace to it, that rises above much of the art i’ve seen before.  For example, limiting the color palate in this collection of four images and making them a series that visually complements each other was brilliant.  Also, the painting of Wonder Woman is, to my mind, one of the best pieces he’s ever done.  The crazy thing is, it’s in an edition of only 50.  I assume it’s because they want their first pieces to blow through and succeed with a sell out.  YES!

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What does all this mean for you?  It means great art, well curated, considered, and controlled.  The first release was impressive onscreen, but when it came in, I was gobsmacked. ESPECIALLY the Wonder Woman and the Captain America v Iron Man.  If you’re in the area, come in and see the art.  Also, I forgot to mention there are several pieces that are only $150, and on canvas, representing both DC and Marvel.  I am sorely tempted to buy some of it myself!

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Lastly, although it’s likely you won’t have access, we WILL be getting some originals by Alex to sell.  While you can get art directly from his company, they will be releasing special production graphites that won’t be available through them that you can get from the galleries.  Not only is this a great sign they are committed to the galleries, it also means we can get wonderful original art for his fans!

I hope you’ll come by if you live in the area, but if you don’t, I still hope you’ll peruse the art on Clampett Studios, and on our own site created by Alex Ross and buy from us.  The museum exhibits coming up and the work he’s doing with both Marvel and DC speak to Ross’s expanding fame and success, and if you love comic books, his work is a great way to bring it into your home and celebrate your love of all things superhero! Also, he is one of the only artists who can create the art of the Beatles.  Here’s the piece that’s both a limited edition, and very inexpensive:

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Meanwhile, contact ArtInsights if you have any questions, or are looking for particular characters.  We’d also love to hear from you about what you thought of CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR.  To get you all the more excited, here’s Cinema Siren’s review, which includes interviews with both Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr.

AND if you want to see all the new Alex Ross art for sale at the gallery, go HERE!

Thanks and until next time, LET’S GO, CAP!

Leslie, for ArtInsights

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In the history of our having the art of DC at ArtInsights, which has been over 23 years, I’ve seen some pretty spectacular cels and backgrounds from Batman and Superman.  I have a particular fondness for art from Batman: The Animated Series.  I remember one background of the Arkham Asylum that was all dark blues and blacks, with some gorgeous details and a creep factor that rose above Nigel Tufnel’s 11.

I also remember a cel of Batman that had absolutely everything anyone who loved the character would want.  He was next to the Batmobile, gadgets in-hand, cape flying.  I’ve learned that really the first season of episodes from Batman: The Animated Series in 1992 are the best in terms of art.  After a while, creator and character designer Bruce Timm altered the way the cartoon looked, making it more anime-inspired, which was fun to watch, but not nearly as compelling as art.

The people of Clampett Studio Collections who have the rights to sell animation from these cartoons know my taste.  They know I really only want cels and backgrounds from the early part of the series.  They know I also feel that way about the Superman series. The problem is, it’s been years since the show, and there’s not nearly as much available now as there first was.  Imagine my giddy pleasure at opening up what they sent for our Batman v Superman: The Art of DC show and finding a really great assortment of older and newer cels!

Many fans know this, but occasional viewers may not be aware of the star power utilized as voice talent on Batman: The Animated Series.  Kevin Conroy won out over reputedly hundreds of other voice actor hopefuls, and to no surprise, given he studied at Juilliard under actor John Houseman, during which time he lived with Robin Williams.  Here is an interview with him on a podcast…

Here’s a fun interview with Kevin at the Denver Comic-Con:

It was there I first learned Mark Hamill as The Joker had a singular ability as a voice artist, and indeed that’s what drove me to buy the audio book for World War Z, in which Hamill has an pivotal role.  Here’s a great little vid about him and the character with both he and Bruce Timm:

Mark Hamill’s not the only well-cast actor, though.  Here are just a few of the people you might recognize that take part in the series:

Melissa Gilbert: The former star of Little House on the Prairie plays Barbara Gordon and Batgirl

Marilou Henner: The actress from Taxi plays Veronica Vreeland

Adam West: TV’s favorite Batman plays Simon Trent and The Gray Ghost

Arleen Sorkin: The actress who plays Calliope Jones on Days of Our Lives is Harley Quinn

Paul Williams: The dude from Phantom of the Paradise and singer extraordinaire is The Penguin

Adrienne Barbeau: Former sex symbol and star of the original of Steven King’s The Myst is Catwoman

Ron Perlman: Hellboy is Clayface!

Roddy McDowall: The child star of Lassie and star of classic cult favorite Planet of the Apes is The Mad Hatter

Ed Asner: Multi-award winning vocal star of UP plays corrupt businessman Roland Daggett

Kate Mulgrew: Everyone’s favorite starship captain plays Red Claw

Helen Slater: Supergirl and the co-star of The Secret of My Success is Talia

Treat Williams: The star of 1979’s Hair plays Professor Achilles Milo

Michael York: The star of 1973’s The Three Musketeers and cult fave Logan’s Run is Count Werner Vertigo

I love that in 1992 Entertainment Weekly rated Batman: The Animated Series as one of the top shows of the year. It certainly endures as a longterm favorite among cartoon aficionados.  I’m happy to have the art to sell and look at every day at my gallery. Here are a few favorites:

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“BATMAN V SUPERMAN: Official Art of DC Comics” Exhibit opening at ArtInsights March 2nd

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Reston, VA: ArtInsights Animation and Film Art Gallery is hosting an exhibit of limited edition and original comic book and animation art featuring Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, the characters soon to be the central focus of Zack Snyder’s new movie “Batman V Superman” premiering March 25th. Other popular DC Comics superheroes and villains will also be for sale and on display. The show runs from March 2 through April 4 at ArtInsights, 11921 Freedom Drive, Reston, Virginia 20190, in Reston Town Center.

The images on exhibit will encompass the work of a variety of well-known figures in the comics and cartoon world, including limited editions by Jim Lee, renowned artist and co-Publisher of DC Entertainment, and production art from Bruce Timm’s Batman and Superman animated series. Says Leslie Combemale, co-owner of ArtInsights, “I love that the world of movies is catching up to what comic book fans have known for years. Comic book art is real art, and so is production art from the superhero cartoons. It’s made by the artists who celebrate these characters and keep them at the forefront of pop culture.  No one represents that more than Jim Lee, and we’re proud to have his art, and the art of these icons gracing our walls.” Continues Combemale, “It’s so much fun, seeing kids and cosplayers dressed as their favorite hero or villain, coming in.  They often leave with art, but always with smiles on their faces!”

ABOUT ARTINSIGHTS ANIMATION AND FILM ART GALLERY

Established in 1994, ArtInsights is a privately owned gallery located just outside of Washington, DC at Reston Town Center, in Virginia. The gallery presents important images from the 20th and 21st century film art genre, including original art from the masters of film and moving entertainment. From film campaign artists to concept and layout artists to production designers and animators, ArtInsights represents a wide collection from the giants and up and comers of film art. The gallery exclusively represents the original art of the great cinema poster artist John Alvin, and also exhibits Tim Rogerson, Jim Salvati, Mike Kungl, and Chuck Jones, among others. Featured studios include Disney, Warner Bros., Paramount, and 20th Century Fox. ArtInsights also features contemporary art by artists such as the innovative Tennessee Loveless, who is known for his portraits of drag queens and pop icons. With more than 30 years’ experience, the owners work with their worldwide collector base to build and insure the integrity of their collections. See and learn more on the website and on the web magazine, and hear and see movie reviews by owner Leslie Combemale’s alter ego, Cinema Siren, all of which are published on her site www.cinemasiren.com,  as well as on Indiewire, Screenrelish.com, patch.com, and other recognized outlets dedicated to film worldwide.

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Remembering Alan Rickman & Celebrating Harry Potter

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Yes, the loss of Alan Rickman is felt acutely by lovers of Harry Potter and all those in the HP fandom. 

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Rickman brought Professor Snape to life in a way no one else could, and created a much bigger audience for the movies out of his many fans.  As much as I loved the books, having Alan Rickman announced as Snape just made me all the more excited and committed to watching the entire film series.  The film series is full of wonderful actors, but it is because of him, first and foremost, that I became so attached to it.

I’ve been to many conventions, been a part of lots of panels, and sold hundreds of pieces of official Harry Potter art.  I’ve seen Alan Rickman in plays for years, and even felt a kinship because he was connected to RADA (I went there) and we shared a birthday (February 21st). I know from my fellow HP fans, collectors, and production artists that Snape, and by extension Alan Rickman as that character, came to be a representative for all things misunderstood, weird, and wonderful.

Snape was both good and bad, trapped and stymied by his overwhelming love and bitterness.  He was a cautionary tale and an inspiration. There are few characters that do that as well.

As an actor, it’s a powerful legacy to have built from just one character.  Of course many remember him as Hans Gruber from Die Hard, but he had a long and stellar career both on stage and screen. Sometimes he was the picture of subtlety, sometimes an intentional scenery-chewer, but always compelling to watch.

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Reportedly, he was also kind and giving as a colleague and friend.  Daniel Radcliffe said in 2014, “Alan has cut short holidays that he’s been having to come and see me in plays, and take me out for dinner afterwards to talk to me about stuff.  I think when he realized how serious I was about wanting to be an actor, and he knew what a particular world the Potter set was to grow up in, he just sort of made it his – he just really wanted to help us all and has been very helpful to me, certainly.”

Here is what Dan wrote in tribute to Alan at his passing:

Alan Rickman is undoubtedly one of the greatest actors I will ever work with. He is also, one of the loyalest and most supportive people I’ve ever met in the film industry. He was so encouraging of me both on set and in the years post-Potter. I’m pretty sure he came and saw everything I ever did on stage both in London and New York. He didn’t have to do that. I know other people who’ve been friends with him for much much longer than I have and they all say, ‘If you call Alan, it doesn’t matter where in the world he is or how busy he is with what he’s doing, he’ll get back to you within a day.’

People create perceptions of actors based on the parts they played so it might surprise some people to learn that contrary to some of the sterner (or downright scary) characters he played, Alan was extremely kind, generous, self-deprecating and funny. And certain things obviously became even funnier when delivered in his unmistakable double-bass.

As an actor, he was one of the first of the adults on Potter to treat me like a peer rather than a child. Working with him at such a formative age was incredibly important and I will carry the lessons he taught me for the rest of my life and career. Film sets and theatre stages are all far poorer for the loss of this great actor and man.

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We were just preparing a show of Harry Potter art called “Sorcerers in Snow: Hogwarts in Winter”, when we were approached by the founder of the www.alwaysjkrowling.com site about raising awareness and funds for a charity Rowling had started called Lumos. Lumos endeavors to make the institutionalization of children in the world a distant memory. We backtracked and added that we’d donate 10% of sales proceeds to Lumos . Then this morning we found out fans had lost their Snape, and of course we wanted to donate to one of Rickman’s causes as well, so we added a charity he supported, Saving Faces. It does research, aids in treatment, and works to expand awareness about facial diseases like oral cancer. Both charities are worthy and important, and we always love having a charity component when we have an exhibit or collection.  The idea is to hopefully do well and do good at the same time.

It feels like a way to channel our sadness at a loss, with a proactive way of celebrating not only the work of J.K Rowling, but the life of an amazing actor who inspired us with his work and life.  We can bring attention to charities that might make the world a little better, and raise a little money for them as well.  If you are interested in donating directly, or want more information on the charities, go to wearelumos.org http://wearelumos.org/  and savingfaces.co.uk http://www.savingfaces.co.uk/.  To see our collection of art from Harry Potter, go to our HARRY POTTER PAGE.

Cinema Siren’s Top 10 Movie Posters of 2015 (with help from Andrea Alvin and Bill McCloskey!)

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Below you’ll find Cinema Siren’s Top 10 Movie Posters of 2015, AS WELL AS added opinions and thoughts from Andrea Alvin and Bill McCloskey–both who were involved in the making of some of the best movie posters in recent film history!

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The past is the past.  As someone who celebrates traditional illustration in movie posters, it’s hard to say.  It’s not that there are any nods or actual illustrations being used to promote new films, or that there won’t be a resurgence, but the era that genius artists like John Alvin and Richard Amsel made their own is gone forever.  And there are reasons for that.  Not only are many of the greats lost to us, having passed away, but more importantly, the world of film promotion has changed so significantly.  When the artists who brought us posters like the one for E.T. and RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK created their memorable images, the closest thing they had to a social network was word of mouth.  An advance poster, as John Alvin would say, created “the promise of a great experience”.  It had to. We as movie fans couldn’t click to see a trailer, or see a youtube featurette, or read about the coming attractions on the hundreds of film blogs vying for fans’ attentions.  Just today, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange rose to the top of trending topics on Facebook.

So posters, and movie campaigns as a whole, have had to embrace and use the times.  As a result, these top posters reflect the new way in which art directors, brand managers, and studios are leveraging fandoms around the world and the power of social media in their campaigns.  Some of these images attempt to harken back to the golden age of movie posters, and some still attempt to grab and hold at least a fraction of the attention of curious film lovers with just one image. Good for them.  As the representative of the estate of film artist John Alvin, I applaud them.  It is through that experience, my knowledge as a film critic, a movie lover, and as an expert in film art, I offer my top movie posters of the year. 

In the interest of you not just taking my word for it, I have also enlisted Bill McClosky, former art director at Intralink Film Graphic Design and Andrea Alvin, John Alvin’s wife and partner in Alvin and Associates, to add their comments and insights.

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10. INSURGENT:

Since a blending of photoshop and photography creates the palette for most film posters these days, the best find ways to connect with the audience in a visceral way—and make potential viewers both curious and excited. This visual riff on a playing card shows an equal power between the masculine and the feminine in the film, while suggesting the action is both off kilter and off the charts.  This poster reminds fans of the Divergent series while motivating potential viewers to check out the franchise.

Andrea Alvin:  I like the formality and elegance of this design and its allusion to the ying and yang symbol. It’s an image of the two characters in a world that is coming apart. Its visually appealing and conceptually tells a story.

Bill McCloskey: I agree with both Leslie and Andrea on this one, in addition I think this does something very unique to movie posters – it changed orientation. One of the most frustrating things, as well as a benefit, as a designer of movie campaigns is the size and orientation of the poster is consistently one shape and one proportion, this campaign switches the focus to the top and the bottom of the frame, in addition to the symmetry of the opposing figures.

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9: ANT-MAN

This campaign offers great tag-lines (“Heroes Don’t Get Any Bigger”, “No Shield. No Armor. No Problem.”)  and uses the leverage of Marvel power to promote a movie that had gotten quite a bit of negative press.  Their designs made huge strides in rebranding the film.  The advance is fun and cheeky, but the series that thumbs its nose at the big boys who have brought in so much money for Marvel while reminding us the character is part of the Marvel team was genius, and positioned the film as funnier than its predecessors.  Fans got what they expected at the multiplex.

Andrea Alvin: I love the copy line. Its strong and funny. This is a great image. It tells us that this little guy will stand up to the big and powerful and hold his own. Its a strong graphic and an image we can remember and it brands the film.

Bill McCloskey: This has one of the best composition elements going for it…Contrast in size. This also benefits from being able to utilize two other fantastic franchises, Captain America and Iron Man, but they were used so tastefully and with minimal exploitation, they serve the image rather than dominate it.

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8: AMERICAN ULTRA

Is it the 70s? Does it matter?  The campaign for American Ultra had to draw the stoner contingent as well as those who love Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart’s other work.  This poster says, “Pot!, Guns!, America!”.  The film had to do the rest.

Bill McCloskey: Teaser posters tend to be able to exploit the size and position of certain elements. I love the title treatment as that was the element I mostly designed during my career. There will be a problem utilizing this in the final campaign because it will require putting on the most disgusting element of the movie poster…the billing block, as that size is always determined by the physical size of the logo’s lettering.

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7: JURASSIC WORLD

With the original logo still intact, this poster for Jurassic World reminds its audience dinosaurs, and the humans they want to eat, are front and center in the story.  Juxtaposed images of a white computer room and controlling businesswoman and a dino surrounded by foliage, pit technology against nature. Those who are fans of the franchise know nature always wins.  This image suggests Jurassic World may show that to audiences in a new and exciting way.

Andrea Alvin: This is a strong composition. Dividing the poster into two equal images makes the viewer very conscious of the two competing worlds in the film. I feel like the dino side is still a bit pristine, and could benefit from a more visceral and menacing shot of the beast. For me, it lacks the tension that I believe the designers were trying to allude to.

Bill McCloskey: I agree Andrea, the success here is in the composition of the opposing elements, I would also like to see a bit more “grit” to the dinosaur’s environment.

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6: THE MARTIAN

Whether with traditional illustration or photo images, sometimes using the star power of the film lead is the best way to insure box office success.  No one wants to see Matt Damon trapped forever on Mars.  This simple, dramatic image, coupled with a clever collection of astronaut videos meant to go viral, meant far more fans attended the first weekend of release, thereby leveraging word of mouth for this great film’s ultimate success.

Andrea Alvin: This poster has the feeling of a high quality “Missing person” poster. I like its call to action. It’s a good way to present a poster using the star power of Matt Damon. I might have tried a subtle reflection of the Martian landscape to show his desolation.

Bill McCloskey: I love this poster and this one breaks the mold a bit with its big, superimposed, simple copyline. Usually we try and create a nice clear space in the composition for the placement of the copyline, here it runs right over our star’s face, but the line breaks perfectly between his gaze and his mouth. Having worked with Ridley Scott before he also likes to bury the credits, see if you can find his above title credit.

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5: SHAUN THE SHEEP

Promotion for the Shaun the Sheep movie had to get both longtime fans of the show and potential viewers onboard for their release to make some bleating money.  These riffs on other blockbusters were a clever way to reinforce love from the fans and pique the curiosity of animation aficionados they wished to add to their flock.  From Spectre, and Mission: Impossible to the Fantastic Four and Ant-Man, this campaign shamelessly leveraged other designs, and to great effect!

Andrea Alvin: I love both of these posters. They have treated the animated characters with all the seriousness of an action movie and that makes it funny. This is a campaign aimed at savvy adults. I want to see it.

Bill McCloskey: I agree with both Andrea and Leslie, to bring animation into the mainstream you have to engage the adult audience and both of these posters do it cleverly.

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4: XX

With all the fuss about women in film and the dearth thereof, here is a film with women directors helming four unique stories.  The poster, like the subject of this anthology, is killer! If a graphic poster is used, it’s essential it reads from far away and causes curiosity in the viewer.  The best posters advance knowledge of films that might otherwise stay unknown. This dramatic image does the trick and deserves a big smooch!

Andrea Alvin: This is a really effective poster. It looks like the european campaigns done in the 70’s or 80’s – very artistic. At first viewing, I know its about women and that its scary. It works.

Bill McCloskey: It’s always tough to make a graphic image have a double read and this one is very clever on how it accomplishes meshing both of the images. You also can’t get more striking than red on black.

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3: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

No one in the public saw this movie as the colossus it became, until the posters started hinting at spectacle beyond our imagining.  That’s what a great movie campaign does.  One of the best aspect of this collection of images is they are created by a diversity of agencies, but still maintain a consistent look. The tagline “What a Lovely Day” will live on, as will the memory of this particularly poster, which captures the “High Noon” vibe of one man facing an impossible undertaking. Gratefully, he has Imperator Furiosa to help!

Andrea Alvin: This is a very successful poster. It is difficult to create a poster for a movie that is so full of details and images, without it becoming “ beef stew.” That is a term we used to use when the art was full of details and had no focal point. It is something we see a lot of today in poster design. This poster solves this particular problem beautifully.  The formal composition, with nearly everything stacked in a line down the middle of the page emphasises the concept of one man against the world. The “world,” represented as a beheamoth mass of men and machines emerging from a noxious mix of fire and smoke, is portrayed as one huge form with the many details contained within it.  Our hero, sihlouetted with his back to us shows his potential strength of character. The story and conflict are all here in this image… and it looks good too.

Bill McCloskey: Leslie has hit the nail on the head. The word of mouth that started coming out about this movie established how truly amazing the imagery in this film was going to be. Also evoking our main character’s stand against the masses is always a “go to” theme. As Andrea also mentioned it’s hard to create an “atmospheric” look with out creating a mish mash up of elements. The forced depth of field is what really helps pull that off.

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2: AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON

How do you keep the head of visual development and his team happy at Marvel? Or any artist, for that matter? You let them sign their work (note the signature).  The special release poster was a wonderful way to excite Avengers fans at SDCC 2014, and in fact was 8 images pieced together, all of which were their own advance posters. All of which were signed by the artists. The creators involved were the head of visual development for Marvel, Ryan Meinerding, and 2 of his concept art cohorts, Andy Park and Charlie Wen. The Eclipse agency added to the momentum by creating both an illustration mimic, and design that reads from far away and close up, like a Where’s Shield version of  Where’s Waldo. Marvel has always respected diverse designs and ideas for promotion, and it shows in their ever-increasing fandom.

Bill McCloskey: Well you can’t forget the fan boys and girls. So limited edition posters are perfect. Comic-Con is known for its giveaways and I’m sure this was a hit. I would have tried to collect them all.

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1: HUNGER GAMES

The secret of success for the Hunger Games Mockingjay part 2 campaign is in part the art photography of Tim Pale.  He is both the chief brand officer and international marketing president at Lionsgate and a talented photographer. Pale has taking photographs of all the major players in the Hunger Games franchise from the beginning, and pursuaded Lionsgate to use the images in the campaigns’ propaganda-based designs.  The result is a collection of gorgeous, compelling images that went viral and reaffirmed the value of artistic presentation in movie posters. The campaign for the last Hunger Games film got even halfhearted fans back into the theaters. It may also influence the look of future movie art.  A campaign can be successful, inventive, artistic, and visually diverse.

Andrea Alvin: The single figure against the clouds is a very successful poster in my opinion. The propoganda posters were a natural fit for this movie because of the political nature of the subject. The heroic photos are gorgeous and the top poster has the feel of a Maxfield Parrish painting as well. 

Bill McCloskey: Over the years, studios have begun to rely on pre-marketing images. In my olden days, the 80s, we sometimes had to beg, borrow and steal for decent photography for John Alvin to illustrate from, but these days it appears special photographic shoots before principal photography is done allows for design firms to create teaser posters that can start to define the product to the public. Sometimes these images won’t tie into the main campaign at the end, but they will still succeed at keeping the word of mouth going.

Andrea: The art of the movie poster is not dead, its just different. There are fewer examples of thoughtful, concept driven and good looking posters, but I don’t think that is the fault of the artists and designers, rather a short sighted view on the part of the studios. The purpose of the poster to brand a movie is the same as it has always been, although it is not being utilized. One great poster can be the movie’s calling card in the theatre or when choosing a movie to watch on a streaming service. Most are lost in a muddle of images that are unforgettable. Thank you Leslie, Cinema Siren, for pointing out some very nice examples of what is being done today in movie marketing.

Bill: Thanks for giving me the opportunity to comment on some of the current standouts in one sheet design. Would I love to see more graphic images and illustrations come back into the marketplace? Who said they’re gone? The hyper real photocomposition on “Star Wars – The Force Awakens” blends the two so well, it’s hard not to look at that campaign as the type of illustrations we used to see from the greats: Alvin, Amsel and Peak!

Thanks to both Andrea and Bill for offering their thoughts, and congratulations to all the agencies and artists who created the chosen images and campaigns.  Here’s hoping there will be some traditionally illustrated posters on the list in 2016, and that the best images continue to inspire and excite those of us who love movies to keep finding our new favorite films!

Happy 2016 from ArtInsights!

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It may well be that Shakespeare wrote that “expectation is the root of all heartache”,  but he also said “all things are ready, if our mind be so”…

Being in small business isn’t for sissies, that’s for sure.  In 2015, some great things happened, (50th anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas, I’m looking at you!) and some things we all had to rise above.  We worked far more often and had to be very smart about how to stay in the game, or figure out how to make a game of our own!

Not only have we, as an art gallery, found some wonderful art and created new connections and relationships that will blossom in the new year, I’ve personally expanded beyond the ArtInsights videos to my Cinema Siren youtube channel, and if you haven’t checked it and the cinemasiren.com site out, you should! I’m also writing for the blog Animation Scoop on Indiewire, and will continue to do so with some articles and interviews I can’t wait to do which will promote animation in all forms.  I’m turning my focus more and more on women in film, and you can expect some cool stuff on that front as well!

Looking forward to 2016 at ArtInsights, i’m very excited and full of optimism.  We have some wonderful plans we can’t quite yet announce, but they are big and they are awesome!  We’ve always been very supportive of artists, as well as the sanctity of creative works—promoting the art behind some of the biggest films and cartoons in history, but also promoting the artists who did that work.  We are also wanting to do more with charity connections in a way that actually makes a difference.  Our new endeavors in 2016 are all about that!

We are building to something great, and will love to report back as it takes shape!  Till then, thanks for all your support and loyalty, and your senses of humor in 2015, and your love of art, movies, and animation which, like mine, will only get stronger and more passionate!  Happy 2016 from ArtInsights, and STAY TUNED!

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It’s all up to us, so let’s pick up our hammers and rule 2016 like the Asgard gods and goddesses we are!

Best to all,

Leslie of ArtInsights (aka Cinema Siren)

Happy 25th Anniversary, Reston Town Center!

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“IN CELEBRATION–it’s a NEVER BEFORE AND NEVER AGAIN kind of announcement!”

We are letting our “Business Besties” who read our blog, are fans of us, and keep up with our “goings on” know that we are doing something very special, something we’ve NEVER done before, (and won’t do again!), for the 25th anniversary of Reston Town Center and in conjunction with the day of celebration happening in the center on Sunday, October 18th, from 12:00 to 4:00 pm…but you’ll have to come in and see what it is…

This shopping center was part of the first planned community of its kind in the country, and was all the brainchild of Robert E. Simon.  Bob recently passed away with his usual grace and lots of admirers, at the age of 101, on September 21st. Any of you who knew him know he will be missed!

ArtInsights has been here since the beginning.  Before our lovely wood floor was installed in 11921 Freedom Drive, there was dirt.  DIRT! We saw ten different stores and businesses open and close across the hall in that time, only to finally see them put the management office in the space…as if we needed a reminder that retail isn’t for the faint of heart!!

We are so grateful to the many loyal and supportive clients and friends we’ve had all this time, and we are so proud to say Bob Simon was one of those clients, and a good friend to the store.  Only a few weeks before he passed, I saw him doing his usual walk around the center and said Hi.  He invited me to walk with him and asked me how the store was doing.  (I thought i’d have to remind him who we were.  Instead he brought up the last framing job Michael did for him.)

so…HAPPY 25th ANNIVERSARY, RESTON TOWN CENTER!! and thank you all for your support!

John Alvin Honored by His High School

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A few days ago, John Alvin was inducted into The Hall of Fame at his high school, Pacific Grove High School.  His sister Suzanne Alvin was there to accept the honor and talk a bit about John Alvin and his career.  She spoke to the kids, thinking about what John would have said, and what advice he’d give to aspiring artists. 

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We at John Alvin Art and ArtInsights asked her to tell us a little about it.  Here’s what she said:

“I only had a few minutes, and had to keep it really short. I told them what I though he might tell them: to not compare themselves to others; to exercise their own creative spirit, find their unique voice.

I finished with something he once told me: One time I was anxious about a situation that was not going well. He said:

“Just be yourself. After all, who else are you going to be?”

John Alvin in ArtInsights with members of the Empire...
John Alvin in ArtInsights with members of the Empire…

He would have loved the whole thing; he would have charmed them, of course, and made them laugh.”

It wasn’t a big deal, but we who knew John’s respect for not only his own art, but for others who struggle to create, as well as his mix of humility and desire to be appreciated, know this little gift would have meant the world to him.  It means, as he was a mentor and inspiration to many artists while he was here, he will continue to be an inspiration in a very real way, to kids who feel the artist inside themselves and need to know, with talent and drive, it IS possible to be successful in whatever kind of art they choose!  

Please join me in congratulating his wife Andrea Alvin, his sister Suzanne Alvin, and his daughter Farah Alvin! More schools should have artists in their Hall of Fame!

To see some art we at ArtInsights have of John Alvin original and limited edition art his estate, CLICK HERE.

ArtInsights at the AFI for Bugs Bunny Anniversary

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ArtInsights at the AFI for Bugs Bunny Anniversary!

The AFI Silver Theater is showing some great cartoons in honor of Bugs Bunny’s 75th birthday, which happened July 27th, (those carrots are great at keeping a rabbit looking youthful!) and ArtInsights will be there!

Leslie Combemale, intrepid ArtInsights co-owner and lover of all things Looney Tunes, will be doing a short pre-screening lecture on August 8th and 9th at 11:30 am.  Tickets are $5, and there are some great cartoons showing!

As you all know, Leslie works at educating and advocating for acceptance of animation as an important art form, and many of the artists who created cartoons as fine artists worthy of the highest acclaim.  Come hear a few bits of information you may not know about your favorite Looney Tunes artists and cartoons, and help celebrate superstar Bugs Bunny in 35 mm on the big screen!

Click the dates for a link to purchase tickets and more information:

SATURDAY:

BILL OF HARE (1962); RABBIT FIRE (1951); ALI BABA BUNNY (1957); BEANSTALK BUNNY (1955); BUGS BUNNY RIDES AGAIN (1948); KNIGHTS MUST FALL (1949).

SUNDAY:

WHAT’S UP DOC? (1950); LONG-HAIRED HARE (1949); SHOW BIZ BUGS (1957); KNIGHTY KNIGHT BUGS (1958); WATER, WATER EVERY HARE (1952); WHAT’S OPERA, DOC? (1957)

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

DISNEY AND LOONEY TUNES SDCC PANELS!

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That’s right!  We have DISNEY AND LOONEY TUNES SDCC PANELS!  Created, hosted, and moderated by the folks at ArtInsights.  We are very excited.  In fact we are SO excited and interested in a having a great panel that we went out to LA and interviewed a few folks about their careers so we could be prepared.

First, let’s announce when and what, now that SDCC officially released the dates and times:

LOONEY TUNES LEGACY: LINDA JONES AND RUTH CLAMPETT ON THE LIFE AND ART OF ANIMATION

Chuck Jones and Bob Clampett are two of the most important animators in cartoon history. Their daughters, Linda Jones (Emmy Award-winning producer, founder of Linda Jones Enterprises) and Ruth Clampett (founder of Clampett Studio Collections, former head of Warner Brothers art program) keep their dads’ legacies alive. These powerful Hollywood businesswomen also made collecting the art of animation and film accepted and embraced around the world and own all rights to sell official Warner Brothers cartoon art, Vintage WB movie art, DC comics art, and the art of Harry Potter. They’ll talk about growing up with two geniuses and how they built empires of their own making geek art cool. Moderated by Leslie Combemale (ArtInsights Animation and Film Art Gallery).

 Thursday July 9, 2015 2:30pm – 3:30pm
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For a link to the info on the SDCC website, GO HERE!

DISNEY ANIMATORS: THE POWER OF 2D

A luminary panel of former and current Disney animators spanning from Lady and the Tramp to Moana talk about the importance of 2D animation in the history of Disney, as well as the part it plays in guiding advancement of its future. Panelists are Willie Ito (Lady and the Tramp, Inkpot Award-winning animator), Dale Baer (Robin Hood to Moana), Randy Haycock (The Lion King to Moana), Tom Sito (The Little Mermaid, author of Moving Innovation), and Mike Polvani (Hercules, 2D Animation School founder). Changes in technology, artistic expression, and the value of cooperative interplay between 2D and 3D artists to create the best animation will be discussed. There will be a Q&A moderated by Leslie Combemale (Animation expert, ArtInsights Gallery).

Friday July 10, 2015 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Room 24ABC

For a link to the info on the SDCC website, GO HERE

We are so very pleased to have such heavy hitters on both panels.  Ruth Clampett and Linda Jones represent two of the most genial yet powerful women in making animation and film art by production artists, those who made the movies and cartoons we love a reality and a part of history.  Any woman who wants to be inspired in their own life about making what they want to do in the world happen with integrity and positivity will want to attend, OR, watch the video we will create of this and our other panel.

Willie Ito won the Inkpot award last year (you can watch him accept it at our panel HERE) and he will be carrying the old guard for our 2D animation panel, which is not about 2D vs 3D, it’s about the importance of 2D in the future of animation.  We also have someone who wrote a wonderful book about the history of computer graphics, Tom Sito, two of the four remaining animators in Walt Disney Feature Animation, Dale Baer and Randy Haycock, and a former Disney animator who just started a 2D animation school, Mike Polvani.  It is going to be a very educational and inspiring talk with the folks who have had a hand in creating the characters and films we love.

Disney animator Dale Baer, who other artists repeated say is one of the best animation artists in the world, and Leslie Combemale, at the 50th Anniversary Celebration for A Charlie Brown Christmas Special:

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As I said, we will LOVE to see you there, but if you weren’t lucky enough to get a ticket, we will be recording the panels so fans around the world can see them on our YouTube channel.

We at ArtInsights are dedicated not only to getting you great art but also to teaching kids, fans, and collectors about all things film and animation, but directly from the mouths of those who created the movies we all love!

Wish us great luck at SDCC and we will be reporting from there, and when we get back!

Leslie for ArtInsights

Naked Little Mermaid? 15K paid. Animation art goes crazy again.

I don’t so much hate saying “I told you so”, as quietly revel in the thought of saying it, especially when it comes to the value and popularity of film and animation art.

Remember I was there when no one knew what a cel was, some 30 years ago.  I worked in one of the first five galleries in the world specializing in animation art.  Back then we would routinely hear from casual shoppers, “do you have any real art?” or “is there a fine art gallery in the center?”, and I still field those questions from time to time today.  Of course I feel vindicated that animation art, Disney interpretive art, and film art has become a huge collectible with which most people are familiar.

But the times when I have targeted a particular scene, movie, or character, knowing it would at some point become prohibitively expensive…the times i’ve come perilously close to “hard sell”, because some of my loyal collectors would not be able to afford whatever it was in a few years, when i’m right about THOSE times, that’s when I really think I might be pretty valuable to collectors in those fields.

It isn’t as easy as it sounds.  You’d think with every release of a live action version of a Disney film, the production cels from the original would explode in price, but that isn’t often the case.   You’d also think an artist dying would have immediate impact on value, but that is also only sometimes true.  Often it takes a few years for the art to raise consistently in price.

There have been a few “wins” I can point to, in terms of prognosticating.

For example, when heavyweight Snow White collector Steve Ison sold back a huge percentage of his art to Disney right around the same time they had a show of Snow White and vintage Disney art in Paris and Montreal in which they showed the connection between animation art and fine art, I knew Snow White would become highly collectible in France and the US.   He was also someone who tried to focus on collecting only unrestored art, and i’ve contended that will become a major concern for discerning collectors when in search of vintage art.

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A TEENY portion of Steve Ison’s collection:Steve Ison Collection of Snow White art

I also knew about how popular interpretive art by Disney art director Toby Bluth was going to be to production art collectors, and sure enough, he was the one interpretive artist they all collected.  Sadly he’s since passed away, and i’m so glad I pushed a lot of my clients to buy his work.  None of them ever want to sell it back and his are often the favorite pieces in their collections.

But the most recent moment that puffed me up like the animation and film art equivalent of a parading peacock is the insane rise in value of cels from The Little Mermaid.  A few years ago when Disney was hurting for quarterly numbers, and they were looking for cash from any corner, they allowed the release of original production cels from The Little Mermaid to the public through galleries.  They were selling them for a fraction of what they had been.  I literally bought 90% of what they were offering.  They even had a few of Ariel on the rock.

…NO I DON’T HAVE ANY MORE! 😉

Since then, the frenzy for cels of Ariel has continued unabated.  Those who had been expecting to get art from the film for $800 to $2000 often declined purchases, and now, boy are they sorry.  Good cels with official seals from the film are now going for between $3500 and $8000, if they even go on the market.

Cut to Heritage Auctions, and a piece of art from the scene I remember telling ALL my clients they absolutely had to get cels from if they were building a collection representing the whole movie.  Namely, “Naked Ariel”.  I speak of this:

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This is the scene when Ariel has just become a human, and has gotten legs.  It isn’t about the fact that she is supposedly around 16 years old.  There are certainly creepy collectors who are into that, but mine aren’t like that.  It’s about the fact that you just don’t see naked animated characters in Disney*. 

*The only other naked Disney character is the Harpie from Fantasia, as far as I know:

(you can look them up, but this is a close up of her face)

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She isn’t supposed to be in the altogether.  She is under the water, which is not shown in the film.  She has registration marks for where the camera frames her.  However, the original drawings of Ariel show her entire body.

The first time I saw a cel like that in 1990, I knew they’d be in high demand, but last month a piece like that went for around $17,000 in the aforementioned auction.  I am pretty sure I sold that piece originally, and for $2500.  I’m not saying that’s the norm, or it wasn’t someone digging in, determined to wind up with the piece regardless of its cost, but that “figure” means at least two collectors were willing to duke it out all the way up to a 15k hammer price.

Auctions these days, when it comes to animation, make me completely crazy.  Backgrounds they say are from the film that aren’t, cels they say aren’t restored, or completely repainted, that are, and a host of other confusingly misrepresented or mis-labeled art makes auctions a strictly “buyer beware” kind of affair.  A lot of long time collectors are well aware of that.

I have a feeling that is why when a cel from The Little Mermaid with a seal shows up, essentially verifying its authenticity and provenance, collectors come from all over the place to try to make it theirs.

When will the escalating prices settle down? It’s very hard to tell.  Anyway, generally these days I save my prognosticating for frequent clients, so that I can level the playing field I share with all these auction houses.

Something has to give a gal the edge.  Being right only helps so much when you’ve already sold all you had.

At least I know about 15 people with what I call “Skinny-dipping Ariel”, and that’s most of the ones out there.

Glad I talked them all into it.  Not that they’ll sell them, but knowing they do makes my big green feathers just a little fluffier.

Star Wars art-Are these the artists you’re looking for? Official artists vs. Fan artists

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(art by John Alvin, who did movie poster art for Star Wars)

We’ve been in the thick of the Star Wars art world for quite some time…and that world is pretty convoluted.  Here’s how it works

  • There are artists who worked on the movies and are official artists with the Star Wars art licensee:

Those people have art they sell through the official LucasFilm licensee, but up until a few months ago, even when ordering a commission George Lucas got right of first refusal to buy the art.  This became quite a drag when collectors and artists worked together and George took it.  Yes it’s an honor, but still.  Now those rules are changing, largely because George has largely gotten himself out of Star Wars.  We always got the first chance to sell art George said no to if the art was made to create a limited edition.  There have been more pieces available in the last few months, which is great for collectors!

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(art by Bill Silvers, who did backgrounds for Star Wars)

  • There are artists who worked on the movies or campaigns that weren’t “work for hire”:

When an artist is a “work for hire” it means nothing created can be sold and belongs solely to LucasFilm.  There are some older artists who don’t have that contract but they are extremely rare.  John Alvin is one of those guys, and that’s why we have his work from Star Wars and can sell it.  It is official art but also he was able to keep it as part of his deal with the studio when he worked for them.   Great for collectors as well, but the art is getting harder and harder to find, since like John so many artists are passing away, and so few new artists work outside the “work for hire” clause.

We only sell artists in these two categories.

 

  • There are artists who are contracted to occasional work for LucasFilm:

Mostly these are the folks who sell their art at the Celebration shows.  They may or may not be work for hire, (most are) but LucasFilm doesn’t seem to mind them selling their art directly to collectors.  This is where the laws about original art vs. limited editions gets weird.  While it’s true that any artwork that is transformative can be sold as long as it’s original and there aren’t any prints of them, some of the studios believe any art of any kind created using their images shouldn’t be sold without a licensing fee.   This is why we don’t really sell those artists and we love supporting when they go to events like Celebration and are able to sell their work.  Much of the work is from books, comics, or trading cards.  We love these artists.  They work hard and tend to create in a variety of genres, in addition to creating art for their own characters, worlds, and stories.

  • There are fan artists:

You know these folks.  They are on Etsy printing up $30 prints of their work, making it tough on the artists that actually work for LucasFilm.  No one begrudges them making originals, even though even that would be frowned upon by LucasFilm.  Imagine being at a Con and seeing 3 artists in artists’ alley doing original work with their own ideas and collectors skipping them for the fan artists who are churning out prints of Star Wars characters.  We can’t really blame the collectors here, they have no idea about the rules.  Here we should blame LucasFilm for not policing images.  When so many artists applied for Star Wars Celebration (the artists for which must have officially worked for LucasFilm at some point) and killed themselves making new art, paying to go to the event, etc., LucasFilm should be more tenacious about limiting access online to only those who meet their criteria.  Only artists who create official art should be allowed to sell prints, AFTER those prints have been approved by the studio.   Yes it’s political, but welcome to the art world 🙂

Understand I have great love of fan artists and their expression, but they do know the rules and should follow them out of respect for the property and the artists that inspire them.

SO WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN THE NEW MOVIE COMES OUT??

We don’t really know the answer to that question yet.

In general, fan art vs. official art is a constant source of angst for me.  I love the joyful expression of someone’s love for a fandom, but not the mixing and confusing of those artists for those who worked on the films or properties being represented.  Why should anyone promote official art or pay a licensing fee if no one is policing people making prints and selling them on Etsy or Ebay?  All this comes from a desire to make sure people who are making the movies we watch beautiful get the credit they deserve.  They, in essence, are the reason the fan artists love the movies enough to create art.

Things are always changing.  So hopefully there will be room for all the artists, all those who design and build the cinematic worlds we cherish, and those who get chances to add to those worlds, and those who just want to express their love of them.  Will the new Star Wars be a part of that change?

Only time will tell.  Let’s hope the force is with the official artists on this one.

 

Press Release: Michelle St. Laurent at ArtInsights Gallery

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MICHELLE ST. LAURENT- TOP FEMALE OFFICIAL DISNEY ARTIST, APPEARING AT ARTINSIGHTS ANIMATION & FILM ART GALLERY OPENING OF HER ONE-WOMAN SHOW “THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY WATERCOLOR”

Saturday, December 6   2 pm – 6 pm

Reston, Va.,  Dec.3rd, 2014 – Michelle St. Laurent will be appearing on Saturday, December 6 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at ArtInsights Animation & Film Art Gallery in Reston Town Center to paint in person and meet fans and collectors at the opening of the gallery show “The Wonderful World of Disney Animation”.  The exhibit of her original and limited edition art from classic and contemporary Disney films will be on display through January 5, 2015 at ArtInsights, 11921 Freedom Drive, Reston, VA 20190.

St Laurent has become the top selling and most popular female Disney artist in the public eye, but her work is represented all over the world through her work behind the scenes as well.   As a Disney art director, production designer, and product developer, she can claim many firsts, including being part of the team that started and designed the pin trading and Vinyl-mation programs at the Disney parks.  She also designed the “My Disney Girl” doll and the “Create Your Own” ear hat, and was production designer for all park events, which often included designing and implementing temporary themed environments with budgets in the millions of dollars.  She has had the honor of being selected to create postage stamps for Disney, has worked on many projects for both Disney World and Disneyland, and is represented in many official Disney gallery shows.

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“What makes Michelle St. Laurent so successful is how she mixes traditional and pop art aesthetics in watercolors for her gallery works while at the same time becoming the go-to gal for official art used in projects inside the studio,” says ArtInsights owner Leslie Combemale.  “Few artists can find that balance, and Michelle does that perfectly.”

Watercolor images by St. Laurent from Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, and Alice in Wonderland, among others, will be on exhibit and she will be talking about her inspiration and process with collectors at the opening on Saturday.  “I aspire to recreating classic Disney magic in my paintings, which allows each of us to be a kid again,” says Laurent. “This is an especially wonderful time of the year for that, so I love sharing my work and celebrating the holidays meeting collectors and Disney fans!”

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Michelle St. Laurent has fulfilled a lifelong dream of being a Disney artist, after creating a poster of Disney characters on parade for a contest in first grade.  Pre-Disney, she worked to create art for Sea World in Orlando, and her murals can be seen throughout the park.  Some 15 years ago she was hired by the Disney Design Group where she created a wide variety of art images for Disney Theme Parks and special projects. She trained, worked and was inspired by Disney legend Ralph Kent for the first 6 years. Michelle began painting for the Disney Galleries in 1998, and started creating both Disney fine art and official art as an art director for the company.  Michelle’s fine art is featured throughout Disney World and Disneyland, Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, at the exclusive Magic Kingdom’s 999 Happy Haunts Event, Disneyana Conventions, and galleries around the world.

About ArtInsights Animation & Film Art Gallery: Established in 1994, ArtInsights is a privately owned gallery located just outside of Washington, DC at Reston Town Center, in Virginia. The gallery presents important images from the 20th and 21st century film art genre, including original art from the masters of film and moving entertainment. From film campaign artists to concept and layout artists to animators, ArtInsights represents a wide collection from the giants and up and comers of film art. With more than 30 years’ experience, the owners work with their worldwide collector base to build and insure the integrity of their collections. They sell only official art created by artists working on the films they represent, with rare images used in production as well as original commissions which are often used to create official limited editions.  ArtInsights exclusively represents the original art of John Alvin, Casey Robin, and Ben Curtis Jones, and also exhibits Tim Rogerson, Jim Salvati, Mike Kungl, and Chuck Jones. Featured studios include Disney, Warner Bros., Paramount, and 20th Century Fox, in a display of images from the best classic movies and animated features of the last 100 years as well as newer classics like Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Star Trek. See and learn more on the website and on the web magazine, and hear movie reviews by owner Leslie Combemale’s alter ego, Cinema Siren, published on more than 600 Patch sites nationwide, and on  www.artinsightsmagazine.com.

ArtInsights Animation and Film Art Gallery is located at 11921 Freedom Drive, Reston, VA 20190. For more information, call 703-478-0778 and visit  www.ArtInsights.com.

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For more information, high-res images or to schedule an interview with artist Michelle St. Laurent and animation and film art expert and gallery owner Leslie Combemale, contact her at  artinsights@gmail.com  or call her in the gallery at 703-478-0778.

All Their Wicked Ways by Tim Rogerson

Commissioning Original Film Art: Designing A Dream

Did you know you could have art made specially for you by top Disney and Hollywood artists?

ArtInsights has been working with insiders licensed by the studios to create original art for our clients for over 20 years!

What makes this so special and unique is you can have a beautiful original piece of art to display in your home, in your media room, or family room… or a place of honor that reminds the whole family of favorite moments from a new or old classic film or cartoon.  It is truly my favorite thing to do at ArtInsights:  working with art lovers who feel as passionate as I do about the memories they hold dear from movies that may have been seen by millions of people, or by just a few true fans.  We find the perfect artist who may have actually worked on that film, or with that studio, or who is significantly influenced by the movie you celebrate and want represented.  Mixing a scene or scenes you love with the design aesthetic that has made them revered and successful in the world of film art, they construct a wonderful piece of original art JUST FOR YOU.

Even more exciting is the art is often chosen by the studio to be turned into a limited edition, which makes the original art all the more important.

We believe there is a conversation that occurs… a relationship between the artist and the collector…when a work of art is created and passed on to be enjoyed as part of the art that makes the collector’s living space or work environment unique and special.

It is exciting to know you can bring a little bit of Hollywood home, and celebrate the movies you love!  Here are just a few original pieces created with artists through ArtInsights:  (don’t fall too in love with THESE pieces, they were made, just as we can for you, as commissions–you’ll have to decide what would make YOUR heart sing as these pieces did for their collectors…anything you can dream of, our artists can bring into being!)

By Disney artist Tim Rogerson:

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By famed movie poster artist John Alvin: (creator of movie posters for over 200 movies)

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By Disney art director Toby Bluth:

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By movie concept artist Harrison Ellenshaw (concept artist for Star Wars, Tron, and many others)

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by artist Disney, Star Wars, and Warner Brothers artist Mike Kungl:

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By Disney visual development artist Lisa Keene:

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By movie poster and Disney artist John Rowe:

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By Warner Brothers and Disney concept artist Jim Salvati:

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This is a very small percentage of the art we have created for our clients.  Up to this moment we have never had the artists we work with not absolutely exceed our and our clients’ expectations.  It’s why the Hollywood studios choose them over and over again even today!

We chose these pieces to show you because nearly all of these were turned into limited editions by the studios.  Most of these artists can be commissioned to create a wide variety of images from live action movies encompassing the entire history of film as well as Disney and other animation studio features.

Contact ArtInsights today to find out how you too can have a one of the best film artists create a one-of-a-kind work of art just for you!

 

 

 

ArtInsights in Movie Poster Doc “Twenty Four by Thirty Six”

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So, yes.  If it is indeed a documentary about movie posters, at least in those released in the United States, it should really be called “Twenty Seven by Forty One”…which is the approximate size of a one sheet.  However, when Kevin Burke started out, he had been inspired by his love for movie posters that had been hand illustrated and drawn, like those of our great John Alvin, as well as the likes of Bob Peak and Richard Amsel.  When the studios switched to all photoshopped and photographic images, making the posters lackluster and boring, and largely devoid of artistry, he turned to Mondo and other companies creating after-market fan inspired, fan-made posters for movie lovers who already knew the movies, and enjoyed art that played on aspects of a movie that true fans would appreciate…

These pieces are created by artists who have more of a graphics and comic illustrator background, and they are not meant to SELL a movie.  They are meant to be enjoyed by people who have already seen them.  These posters are mainly sized at 24 x 36, hence the movie’s name.

(as example of subject matter, imagine a big black poster with just one small image in the center, featuring a tiny red sled.  This would be something fans of Citizen Kane would appreciate, but would not inspire anyone who hadn’t seen the movie to seek it out.)

Kevin informed me during the day we talked and his crew filmed me for his documentary, when we at ArtInsights and he started a dialogue, he realized he could interview artists who either still actively illustrate traditionally or who had been working when posters were designed by professional artists to actively get movie fans to go see something in a theater.  We helped him get in contact with those in the know, and we also talked a lot about getting traditionally illustrated movie posters made again for movies in the future.  (BECAUSE WE FEEL PASSIONATE ABOUT THIS!)

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There are tons of artists working for the companies making alternate posters that will be part of the movie, many of which as seriously great–(OLLY & LAURENT, I’M LOOKING AT YOU!)

There are also some great artists we know who have been working inside the studios and in Hollywood and are working with them too, they are masters at the art of movie posters..these folks are actually making the movie posters that get people to get to see the movies.

and we are so excited about the idea of them making many more new images for new movies, and have plans…stay tuned!

We are so looking forward to this movie now, although wish we could change the name 😉

John Alvin for Every Collector

With the release of The Art of John Alvinart lovers everywhere are eager to collect John’s work while they still can. ArtInsights is your exclusive source of John Alvin’s original artwork, and we also have the biggest collection of his limited editions. No matter what your budget, we have something by John that will enhance your walls that you will love!

Price Range: $150.00 – $450.00

Star Wars: The Cold of HothStar Wars – The Cold of Hoth LE Giclee on Paper ($150) Blade Runner - I've Seen ThingsI’ve Seen Things LE Giclee on Paper ($150) or Canvas ($450) Alien LE Giclee on Paper ($300)

 

Price Range: $475.00 – $1000.00

Ariel (by John Alvin)Ariel LE Giclee on Canvas ($495) Jabba and Friends by John AlvinThere Will Be No Bargain LE Giclee on Canvas ($595) Star Wars Episode IV Decade IIIOfficial Star Wars Celebration Episode IV Decade III Lithograph ($750)

Price Range: $4000.00 – $5500.00

Pinocchio: Blue Fairy - original production concept artPinocchio: Blue Fairy Original Production Concept Art ($4500) Kuzco and Bridge - original production color concept artKuzco and Bridge Original Production Concept Art ($5500) E.T. Small Hands 6 - original production concept artE.T. Sketch Small Hands Production Concept Art ($4800)

Price Range: $8,000+

JAOM0173 Revenge of the Jedi #5Revenge of the Jedi: McQuarrie Graphite Comp ($8800) JAOM0189 Bittersweet EmbraceBittersweet Embrace (Call for price) Star Wars Concert poster on toned paperStar Wars Concert Poster Production Art ($18,000)

 

For a more comprehensive selection of John’s artwork, please visit here.

ARTINSIGHTS SHOWS ART AND PRESS FOR THE ART OF JOHN ALVIN!

Here is the new rehung gallery section, a tiny bit of the original art we have of John Alvin, along with his red shoes
Here is a little bit of our John Alvin original art and posters, just a small percentage of the original art we have of John Alvin, along with his red shoes, and the gorgeous new book! WE LOVE TRADITIONAL ILLUSTRATION ART! WE LOVE YOU, JOHN!

As some of you who follow The Art of John Alvin, not the book, but the actual art, which is represented by ArtInsights Animation and Film Art Gallery, know quite well, Andrea Alvin has been working for several years writing, compiling, and getting permissions for a (hopefully first) book on John Alvin’s career and art.  It is being released by Titan Books.   We have been thrilled to see not only the attention that Titan has given it in terms of promotion, but also the interest, well deserved, by the press worldwide.

Author Andrea Alvin and Leslie of ArtInsights at San Diego Comic-Con
Author Andrea Alvin and Leslie of ArtInsights at San Diego Comic-Con
John Alvin in ArtInsights with members of the Empire...
John Alvin in ArtInsights with members of the Empire…

We are told this is only the first round, and more articles will appear as the actual release date happens, but we are going to keep a list of all the articles and reviews, good or (goddess forbid!) bad, right here.  We hope this will not only allow for long overdue recognition of John as one of the foremost artists who ever worked in the film industry, but also wider acceptance of traditional illustration not only as important in film history, but also as a viable option today to promote and brand new movies in an artistic and creative way. There is and was only one man who painted like John Alvin.  He was able to do that thing everyone at Disney called Alvin-izing.

This is the cover of the awesome book releasing from Titan
This is the cover of the awesome book releasing from Titan.

My friend Travis of Punch Drunk Critics has a connection with Amazon and gets a teeny bit back from you buying from him and we like to support him…so if you’re buying from Amazon, click here!    Here are the links so far, and we’ll be adding to them as we find more, please let us know if you find one we don’t know about!

http://www.wired.com/2014/08/alvin-movie-poster-art/

http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/8/5979879/john-alvin-movie-posters

http://www.slashfilm.com/unused-jurassic-park-posters-john-alvin/

http://www.trektoday.com/content/2014/08/the-art-of-john-alvin/

http://parade.condenast.com/325199/viannguyen/exclusive-never-before-seen-alternate-movie-posters-for-e-t-jurassic-park-the-goonies-and-more/

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/unseen-jurassic-park-batman-posters-724001

http://flavorwire.com/471037/flavorwire-exclusive-the-art-of-john-alvin-showcases-movie-poster-rarities-from-blade-runner-to-jurassic-park

http://moviepilot.com/posts/2014/08/08/unused-jurassic-park-and-other-posters-by-john-alvin-2171692?lt_source=external,manual#!byDA6k

http://uk.ign.com/articles/2014/08/07/check-out-these-incredible-unused-jurassic-park-posters

http://www.411mania.com/movies/news/331343/More-Unused-John-Alvin-Posters-Hit-The-Internet:-Batman-Forever,-Darkman,-More.htm

http://www.movies.com/movie-news/john-alvin-unused-posters-jurassic-park/16494

http://www.geeksofdoom.com/2014/08/07/must-see-unused-jurassic-park-posters

http://screencrush.com/unused-jurassic-park-posters/

http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/check-out-these-fantastic-unused-jurassic-park-posters-222

http://collider.com/unused-jurassic-park-posters-batman-posters/

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/JoshWildingNewsAndReviews/news/?a=105541

http://www.firstshowing.net/2014/check-out-a-bunch-of-old-unused-poster-designs-for-jurassic-park/

http://batman-news.com/2014/08/07/exclusive-never-seen-poster-design-tim-burtons-batman/

https://ca.movies.yahoo.com/news/unseen-jurassic-park-batman-posters-unveiled-book-203503448.html

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/check-out-unused-poster-design-for-tim-burtons-batman-20140807

https://ca.movies.yahoo.com/news/unseen-jurassic-park-batman-posters-unveiled-book-203503448.html

http://thefilmstage.com/news/over-two-dozen-never-before-seen-unused-posters-for-steven-spielbergs-jurassic-park/

http://uk.ign.com/articles/2014/08/07/check-out-these-never-before-seen-posters-for-blade-runner-batman-forever-and-more

http://www.punchdrunkcritics.com/2014/08/awesome-unseen-jurassic-park-and-batman.html

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/KingPatel/news/?a=105565

http://www.empireonline.com/features/John-Alvin-Posters

Some images of the art we have in the gallery and corresponding pages in the book with the art:

starwars concert art at ArtInsights by john alvin
Original Star Wars Concert art at ArtInsights ~ The Art of John Alvin
predator art at ArtInisights by john alvin
Predator Finish at ArtInsights ~ The Art of John Alvin
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Beauty and the Beast at ArtInsights Gallery ~ The Art of John Alvin
aladdin art at ArtInsights by John Alvin
Aladdin art at ArtInsights ~ The Art of John Alvin
pinocchio by johnalvin at ArtInsights
Pinocchio graphite at ArtInsights ~ The Art of John Alvin
lion king graphite by johnalvin at ArtInsights
The Lion King graphite at ArtInsights ~ The Art of John Alvin

The reviews for The Art of John Alvin are starting to come in (as it just got released in England, and will be released in the states August 28th), and they are GREAT!

OUR FAVORITE although they are ALL AWESOME!!:
ROGER EBERT SITE
http://www.rogerebert.com/balder-and-dash/the-art-of-john-alvin-captures-lost-art-of-movie-poster-magic

YAY go Den of Geek!! They know quality when they see it…
DEN OF GEEK
http://www.denofgeek.com/books-comics/john-alvin/31803/the-art-of-john-alvin-review

CITY OF FILMS
http://www.cityoffilms.com/reel-news/book-review-the-art-of-john-alvin/

FILMORIA
http://www.filmoria.co.uk/2014/08/the-art-of-john-alvin-book-review/

BGG AFTER DARK
http://bggafterdark.biogamergirl.com/2014/08/the-art-of-john-alvin-book-review.html

RETROIST
http://www.retroist.com/2014/08/25/the-art-of-john-alvin-review/

ROTOSCOPERS
http://www.rotoscopers.com/2014/08/25/review-the-art-of-john-alvin/

ADVENTURES IN POOR TASTE
http://www.adventuresinpoortaste.com/2014/08/25/the-art-of-john-alvin-review/

GIANT FREAKING ROBOT
http://www.giantfreakinrobot.com/scifi/book-review-art-john-alvin.html

ANIMATION SCOOP on INDIEWIRE
http://blogs.indiewire.com/animationscoop/book-review-the-art-of-john-alvin-20140826

HYPABLE!
http://www.hypable.com/2014/08/26/the-art-of-john-alvin-book-review/

ArtInsights partners with Habitat for Humanity and Warner Bros. for a Wizard of Oz Anniversary show

Wizard of Oz by John Alvin

Reston, Va – ArtInsights Animation and Film Art Gallery is teaming up with Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia for an exhibit and sale of official The Wizard of Oz art, showing interpretive artwork from the classic movie by carefully selected film artists chosen to represent a wide diversity of imagery and artistic styles. In honor of the Hollywood premiere of The Wizard of Oz on August 15, 1939, all are invited to an open house from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, August 15, as well as to an event featuring official Warner Bros. artist Andrea Alvin on Sunday, August 17, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at ArtInsights, located in the Reston Town Center in Reston, VA.  Ten percent of profits from sales of The Wizard of Oz art sold during the exhibit will be donated to Habitat for Humanity, as well as all money raised from the raffle and silent auction during its opening weekend.   The exhibit, entitled “There’s No Place Like Home,” will be on display through September 15.  For more information, please contact ArtInsights at 703-478-0778 or visit www.ArtInsights.com.

Through Warner Bros., a collection of highly regarded artists have been commissioned to create images inspired by the film for art collectors and film fans.  John Alvin, cinema artist responsible for the movie posters for E.T., Blade Runner, and The Lion King, created images prior to his death in 2008, and they will now be seen in public for the first time at this special exhibit at ArtInsights.  His wife and partner at Alvin & Associates, Andrea Alvin, has also created art and will make a special guest appearance during the opening weekend of the exhibit and sale.  She has hand-embellished two of her The Wizard of Oz limited edition art pieces, making them unique and highly collectible.  One of the art pieces, “Startling Stories: Wicked Witch,” will be part of the raffle and the other, “Startling Stories: Tin Man,” will be available through the silent auction.  Other artists on exhibit include Steve Chorney, the poster artist for the Who Framed Roger Rabbit? one-sheet, and Dan Killen, concept artist on Space Jam and The Iron Giant.

“We are proud and excited to be the gallery celebrating the actual anniversary of such a classic film,” says ArtInsights owner Leslie Combemale. “The quote, ‘There’s no place like home,’ has so much resonance when thinking of affordable housing.  We always love involving charity in our exhibits, now collectors can enjoy inspiring images from one of their favorite films and do good at the same time.”  ArtInsights adds the official art of The Wizard of Oz to a collection of film art, all created by licensed and most distinguished artists working in the film industry today.

For more information about the gallery exhibit and opening benefitting Habitat for Humanity, go to artinsights.com.  Find out more about the “There’s No Place Like Home” campaign at http://thewizardofoz.com/Habitat .  To buy raffle tickets or find out more about Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia, go to http://habitatnova.org/.

ABOUT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia’s unique model of affordable housing is focused on home ownership. Habitat homeowners secure a no-interest mortgage, while the non-profit secures corporate sponsorship, in-kind donations, and volunteer labor to make the home affordable. Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (Habitat NOVA) was founded in 1990, and to date has built 80 homes, rehabilitated 4 homes and repaired 20 homes, benefiting more than 400 people. As a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat NOVA serves the counties of Fairfax and Arlington and the Cities of Falls Church, Fairfax, and Alexandria. More information is available at www.habitatnova.org.

ABOUT ARTINSIGHTS ANIMATION AND FILM ART GALLERY
ArtInsights, established in 1994, is a privately owned gallery located just outside of Washington, DC at Reston Town Center, in Virginia. The gallery presents important images from the 20th and 21st century film art genre, including original art from the masters of film and moving entertainment. From film campaign artists to concept and layout artists to animators, ArtInsights represents a wide collection from the giants and up and comers of film art. With over 30 years experience, the owners work with their worldwide collector base to build and insure the integrity of their collections. They sell rare images used in production as well as original commissions which are often used to create official limited editions.  ArtInsights exclusively represents the original art of John Alvin, Casey Robin, and Ben Curtis Jones, and also exhibits Tim Rogerson, Jim Salvati, Mike Kungl, Chuck Jones, Christian Waggoner, Steve Chorney, Mary Grandpre and and many other artists made famous by their work for the major Hollywood studios. Featured studios include Disney, Warner Bros., Paramount, and 20th Century Fox, in a display of images from the best classic movies and animated features of the last 100 years as well as newer classics like Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Star Trek. You can see more on their website, and learn more on their web magazine, as well as hear movie reviews by owner Leslie Combemale’s alter ego, Cinema Siren, on over 600 Patch sites nationwide or through artinsightsmagazine.com.  ArtInsights Animation and Film Art Gallery is located at 11921 Freedom Drive, Reston, VA 20190. For more information, call 703-478-0778 and visit https://www.artinsights.com/production/wizard-of-oz-1939/ for images from Wizard of Oz.

ABOUT WARNER BROS. CONSUMER PRODUCTS
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

THE WIZARD OF OZ and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Turner Entertainment Co.
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For press info contact Leslie Combemale at the gallery.

WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE OFFICIALLY LICENSED WARNER BROTHERS AND HANNA BARBERA ART RELEASING AT SDCC COMIC-CON

WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE OF OFFICIAL LIMITED EDITION ART BY SPECIAL GUEST WILLIE ITO
TO BE RELEASED FOR SDCC SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON

Reston, Va – ArInsights Animation and Film Art Gallery is teaming up with Hanna Barbera, Warner Bros. and Clampett Studios to release officially licensed limited edition art from What’s Opera Doc, The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, and Beany and Cecil by animation artist Willie Ito, in honor of his appearance at Comic-Con International. The four pieces of art will be released at limited edition giclees on paper in an edition of 50, signed by Mr. Ito, and will be offered at a con price of $125 each, increasing to $150 on Monday July 28th. There will also be 5 Artist Proofs that will be sold in special sets with a remarques by the artist for $600 only available through August 1st.

ArtInsights is pleased to be offering limited edition art of Hanna Barbera and Beany and Cecil characters for the first time in years, and not a minute too soon for fans of the beloved classics, with images by an artist recognized in the animation industry as an important figure in the development and expansion of how cartoons were made and the place they held in pop culture. He worked at each of the major studios at the perfect time to be part of history. The gallery’s owner, Leslie Combemale, an expert on the history of animation, will be conducting two panels with Ito,

“Meet the Flintstones, Meet George Jetson: Hanna Barbera Beginnings”
Wouldn’t it be great to be a fly on the wall in 1963 in Hanna Barbera Studios with three men who helped make it such an essential part of cartoon history? Comic-Con special guest animator Willie Ito gathers his friends and cohorts Tony Benedict(writer, Flintstones, The Jetsons) and Jerry Eisenberg (layout artist, Flintstones, Jetsons) to discuss what made early Hanna Barbera into the powerhouse of cartoon history it became. Moderated by Leslie Combemale (film artist advocate/owner, ArtInsights Animation & Film Art Gallery).
Thursday July 24, 2014 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Room 24ABC

and a one-on-one interview,

“Spotlight on Willie Ito”
With nearly 60 years as an animation artist, Comic-Con special guest Willie Ito has done it all. He worked at Disney on Lady and the Tramp’s spaghetti scene with mentor Iwao Takamoto and on One Froggy Evening and What’s Opera Doc at Warner Bros’ famed Termite Terrace under Chuck Jones’ direction. He went on to The Beany and Cecil Show with Bob Clampett and then Hanna Barbera for the beginnings of The Flintstones, The Jetsons, and many other cartoons. Ito has great stories and experiences to share. After HB he went to Disney Consumer Products and spearheaded implementation of collectibles and licensed products worldwide. He has also designed comic books, comic strips, coloring books, and more. Join animation expertLeslie Combemale of ArtInsights for a spotlight on Willie’s life, including the part of his childhood spent in a Japanese internment camp that inspired his most recent venture, a series of children’s picture books based on the experience.
Saturday July 26, 2014 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 9

This release in conjunction with Willie Ito’s appearance at Comic-Con International will have the limited editions available to see in person at Ito’s location in Artists’ Alley, where they can be ordered. They are also available starting today through the ArtInsights website.

For more information and a full set of images, go here:
https://www.artinsights.com/artists/ito-willie-original-limited-edition-art/

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Retoin My Love

prehistoric playground

Yogi's Studo

ABOUT WILLIE ITO

With nearly 60 years as an animation artist, Willie Ito has done it all. He worked at Disney on Lady and the Tramp’s spaghetti scene with mentor Iwao Takamoto and on One Froggy Evening and What’s Opera Doc at Warner Bros’ famed Termite Terrace under Chuck Jones’ direction. He went on to The Beany and Cecil Show with Bob Clampett and then Hanna Barbera for the beginnings of The Flintstones,The Jetsons and many other cartoons. After HB he went to Disney Consumer Products and spearheaded implementation of collectibles and licensed products worldwide! He has also designed comic books, comic strips, coloring books, and more. He also spent part of his childhood in a Japanese internment camp, which inspired his most recent venture, a series of children’s picture books based on the experience.

ABOUT ARTINSIGHTS ANIMATION AND FILM ART GALLERY

ArtInsights, established in 1994, is a privately owned gallery located just outside of Washington, DC at Reston Town Center, in Virginia. The gallery presents important images from the 20th and 21st century film art genre, including original art from the masters of film and moving entertainment. From film campaign artists to concept and layout artists to animators, ArtInsights represents a wide collection from the giants and up and comers of film art. With over 30 years experience, the owners work with their worldwide collector base to build and insure the integrity of their collections. They sell rare images used in production as well as original commissions which are often used to create official limited editions.  ArtInsights exclusively represents the original art of John Alvin,  Casey Robin, and Ben Curtis Jones, and also exhibits Tim Rogerson, Jim Salvati, Mike Kungl, Chuck Jones, Christian Waggoner, Steve Chorney, Mary Grandpre and and many other artists made famous by their work for the major Hollywood studios. Featured studios include Disney, Hanna Barbera, Warner Bros., Paramount, and 20th Century Fox, in a display of images from the best classic movies and animated features of the last 100 years as well as newer classics like Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Star Trek. You can see more on their website, and learn more on their web magazine, as well as hear movie reviews by owner Leslie Combemale’s alter ego, Cinema Siren, on over 600 Patch sites nationwide or through artinsightsmagazine.com.  ArtInsights Animation and Film Art Gallery is located at 11921 Freedom Drive, Reston, VA 20190. For more information, call 703-478-0778 and visit www.ArtInsights.com.

ArtInsights is SDCC San Diego Comic-Con bound!

Wille Ito

Ahhhh Comic-Con.  We once again are lucky enough at ArtInsights to have had our panels accepted and we are conducting one on Thursday and one on Saturday.

As a result, we are happy to say we have an exclusive Hanna Barbera release, with art created by Willie Ito in honor of being a guest of the convention, and his career in animation being recognized.  You can check the art out HERE.

HOTTEST TOY YOU’LL NEVER GET:  There is a crazy Alien playset that flamed through the internet.  Frothing fanboys and girls started freaking out at the low number of the edition (250) and as a result the company is allowing presages started Wednesday.  Even those who aren’t attending can order online!

Alien playset

A QUOTE from their site:

The playset will be available for pre-order starting Wednesday July 23 at 6pm PT through Sunday July 27 5pm PT, both at the Super7 booth and online at  www.super7store.com. The playset will be made to order, meaning everyone who pre-orders the playset will be guaranteed one. Right now the playset bases will be made from hand cast resin, unless enough orders are received to manufacture the bases in injection molded plastic.

*UPDATE: since everyone who preorders gets one, the 250 edition is out the window.  Does this mean it has lost its desirability?

 

for the rest of ALL the best, you can go to this site and check out everything being released in special SDCC editions…

http://sdccblog.com/tag/exclusives/

HOTTEST TICKET YOU’LL NEVER SCORE:  Entertainment Weekly’s Annual Comic-Con party.  Obviously invite only, it’s really only being attended by a ‘who’s who’ of the entertainment industry.

HOTTEST PANEL YOU’LL STAND IN LINE FOR: Avengers on Saturday.  Mark Ruffallo let it slip some months ago that supposedly the whole cast will be there.  Frenzy has ensued.  Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately, depending on how well it is executed) there is a new policy about wristbands for Hall H.  All those in every party who plan to be there for the first panel must get a wristband while in line.  One person has to stay in line at all times…(makes sense) but everyone in line in the morning must have a wristband.

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(this above picture from 1983 is NOT what we expect. But how delightful if that is what we discover…)

ArtInsights will report if this new policy feels less like wrist banding and more like wrist slitting…

HOTTEST OFFSITE EVENT:  Nerd HQ, of course.  This happening at Petco Park, started and hosted by Zachery Levy and supported by Indie Go Go, will have all sorts of stars dropping by, and is worth checking out no maker what else is happening.

There’s also a Godzilla Interactive Display, and an HBO pop up shop, but there’s no telling what will be the biggest buzz once everyone gets to San Diego

http://sdccblog.com/events/2014-07/

Here are all the parties no one but the hottest stars get in to, the irony being none of them want to be there, and the fan kids imagine them all being super fun!:

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(The Iron throne from Game of Thrones will be at the HBO party…as will assorted ingenues)

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/comic-con-2014-party-guide-719210

HOTTEST THING ON THE SHOW FLOOR: That remains to be seen.  So much money is spent by the big studios and networks and companies, one never knows until one is there.  It is easy to determine once one is there.  We will not only report back, we will film while we are there so you folks who could not attend can see all the crazy…

Want to follow ArtInsights into the crazy?  We will be posting videos on our social media sites (so follow us on twitter, FB, Instagram, and Pinterest!) so you can experience SDCC vicariously through us.

We will also be sporting out “CINEMA SIREN” tees for the first time, which you can get yourself, HERE:

http://www.zazzle.com/cinema_siren_tee-235400535946720229

part of our version of the tee had “TOP TEN WAYS TO SURVIVE COMIC-CON” and we will pose in them during the con, along with posing at some point in our special outfits made lovingly for this event…

Here are our two panels:

Meet the Flintstones, Meet George Jetson: Hanna Barbera Beginnings, Thursday, 7/24/14, 2:30p.m. – 3:30p.m., Room: 24ABC

Wouldn’t it be great to be a fly on the wall in 1963 in Hanna Barbera Studios with 3 men who helped make it such an essential part of cartoon history?  SDCC special guest, animator Willie Ito, gathers his friends and cohorts Tony Benedict (writer: Flintstones, The Jetsons) and Jerry Eisenberg (layout artist: Flintstones, Jetsons) to discuss what made early Hanna Barbera into the powerhouse of cartoon history it became.  Moderated by Leslie Combemale (Film Artist advocate/owner ArtInsights Animation & Film Art Gallery).

 

Spotlight on Willie Ito, Saturday, 7/26/14, 3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.

With nearly 60 years as an animation artist, Willie Ito has done it all.  He worked at Disney on Lady and the Tramp’s spaghetti scene with mentor Iwao Takamoto and on One Froggy Evening and What’s Opera Doc at Warner Bros’ famed Termite Terrace under Chuck Jones’ direction. He went on to The Beany and Cecil Show with Bob Clampett and then Hanna Barbera for the beginnings of The Flintstones,The Jetsons and many other cartoons.  Ito has great stories & experience to share.  After HB he went to Disney Consumer Products and spearheaded implementation of collectibles and licensed products worldwide!  He has also designed comic books, comic strips, coloring books, and more.  Join animation expert Leslie Combemale of ArtInsights for a Spotlight on Willie Ito’s life, which includes the part of his childhood spent in a Japanese internment camp.  It inspired his most recent venture, a series of children’s picture books based on the experience.

Stay tuned for more news from the Con when we get there, as we scour the floor and panels for hot news or at least lukewarm doings in which we had a most excellent adventure worth relaying to you folks!

ArtInsights & Mike Kungl: Star Wars Days

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A few weeks ago my hubby, and “Cinema Spouse” and I went down to Florida to deliver a big collection of Disney interpretive art to some close friend-clients. We chose the perfect weekend for us to go, because Disney was having “Star Wars Weekends”, and our pal Mike Kungl was going to be there. We hung out, we talked art, we saw him interact with his excited fans….

Maybe you don’t know who Mike Kungl is. Or maybe you do, but you don’t know you do! He’s been on tv lots of times, by way of his delicious Star Wars limited edition art, the originals of which were all lapped up by George Lucas. Big Brother and Big Bang Theory are two notable examples…

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And BIG is what Mike Kungl was always destined for. Because he has everything a successful traditional illustration artist needs and then some: He studied the great graphic designers and architects of the 20th century, as well as traditional artists that formed his own aesthetic. A great lover of art deco, both from its original period and reintroduction in the 50s, he has incorporated that style into his own work. He is not only passionate about his painting, he is also gregarious, savvy, and open-hearted. These are qualities, when mixed together, that make fans and collectors extremely loyal, at the same time as constantly spurring him on in new directions. He also has a secret weapon in his wife and partner Dana, who enthusiastically supports his creative endeavors and takes care of many of the business and marketing aspects of his career…all in an unobtrusive and honorable way. If I sound effusive, it’s because i’ve known Mike and promoted his art for years and have seen him grow and expand his design and become more and more successful, and I couldn’t be happier for him.

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His project for Disneyland Paris is to die for—he designed images for what is essentially the “Downtown Disney” of their park. Huge murals and bas reliefs grace the biggest featured building. This is a huge deal. To be seen every day by Disney fans from all over the world, to raise an entire environment to an artistic experience…It was a tour-de-force. It has led to him traveling all over the world for shows in galleries and events from Paris to Tokyo and back.

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He has had corporate clients since very early in his career. Recently though, his artistic reach has stretched across more properties than any other artist with whom I am connected.

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He works and is an official interpretive artist for Disney in Disneyland Paris and both art licensees, Warner Brothers for both classic films and cartoons, and LucasFilm, where his images often sell out in only a few weeks. Somehow he works peacefully with almost every company with a license, which is harder than you’d think, actually…

One thing i’ve always loved about Mike and Dana…they always operate with the utmost integrity, and make sure they stay loyal to all those who support their business, but Mike never loses sight that it’s about the art. It’s about the love of movies and design and traditional illustration, and helping the fine art collectors around the world understand film art is real art.

This July, Mike is releasing a new licensed piece for Warner Brothers of King Kong, and it is just perfectly spot on, capturing both this style and the grandeur of the original film.

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We expect to be doing some exciting commissions with him in the near future, and certainly now is the time for anyone interested in getting some Disney, Star Wars, and classic film images from him, as he is, much like Buzz Lightyear whom he painted for Disney. His career is going to infinity and beyond!

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ALSO FOR COMMISSIONS OF ORIGINAL BY MIKE,
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Here is a great interview with Mike I did that was lots of fun a few years ago…