by Tim Bruckner
Long ago, cartoons used to be drawn by hand. I know! Crazy, right? And those drawings were transferred to clear sheets of acetate called cels. And cel vinyl was the paint used to color them in. I get my paint from Cartoon Colours: if you’re inclined to try it, buy them directly from the company. If you find them in an art store, chances are they’ve been there for awhile and have settled into something like a brick. If you’re familiar with watercolor technique, you’re got a head start. For more information, there’s a dandy chapter on painting statues and the like in Pop Sculpture, Watson/Guptill-Random House. (shameless plug)
With the paint work finished on the figure I gave the whole thing several coats of Testors Lusterless Flat. Gloss coated his eyes and lips, semi-gloss varnished his hair and added a mix of semi-gloss and matte for his chest emblem.