Buying ACEOs and what you are saying

I wanted to share with you some Buyer feedback in my eBay store over the past year and what people have been saying about their ACEO art card purchases from me.

“It’s absolutely perfect, Thank you very much! ++++”

…wrote an eBay Buyer about what I call a delicate and powerful charcoal whippet portrait. Then again, let’s face it, with their speed and graceful looks, whippets are absolutely perfect after all!

absolutely perfect whippet ACEO

absolutely perfect whippet ACEO

Another eBay Buyer described my military ACEO art for the Armed Forces as…

“meaningful,”

…and this one includes Romans 13:3-4 printed on the border.

Meaningful military art ACEO

Meaningful military art ACEO

And…

“Wonderful – very pleased with multiple purchase… lovely detail and colors… fantastic artwork – high quality prints…”

…were the more than three lovely things this eBay Buyer said about these three princess ACEOs of mine.

Wonderful Princess ACEO art cards

Wonderful Princess ACEO art cards

So why not check out my eBay store for the ACEOs you’d choose to either gift or collect this upcoming Christmas season!

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From the farthest darkness… Snow White Castle

From the farthest darkness of ebony oil pastel looms thunder clouds, but in this drawing they simply frame the outline of Snow White’s face. Even if you didn’t immediately recognize the Prince’s faraway castle from Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” the subtle signs in the sky are sure to lead you to the fairest of princesses.

Clouds of rose red diamond and blue reveal sleeves of Snow White

Clouds of rose red diamond and blue reveal sleeves of Snow White

Even the snow clouds cannot hide the ebony hair of Snow White

Even the snow clouds cannot hide the ebony hair of Snow White

But hold, that’s not all, clouds of rose red diamond and royal blue could reveal her iconic sleeves too. This looming royal residence in the clouds is actually just my drawing of the three and a quarter inch, Walt Disney Classics Collection “Enchanted Places” ornament.

Castle of Snow White by Douglas Rickard

Castle of Snow White by Douglas Rickard

The prince's castle for Snow White

The prince’s castle for Snow White

A fairytale castle

A fairytale castle

So why don’t you come with me away to his castle, tell me how much to turn your clouds silver lined, and for you, buying direct from me, I can hand embellish with real oil pastel a special Numbered Limited Edition bespoke version of 37. Otherwise there’s a mine of over seven other products from phone cases to throw pillows and already framed art at my Redbubble shop to choose from.

Snow White castle tote bag

Snow White castle tote bag

Snow White castle framed art

Snow White castle framed art

Snow White Castle

Snow White Castle

Time to Say Goodbye to the Walt Disney Classics Collection

Douglas Rickard with Chernabog Walt Disney Classics Collection and his Fantasia drawing

Holding Walt Disney Classics Collection sculpture Chernabog: “Night on Bald Mountain,” Douglas Rickard next to his “Fantasia Characters” art, at the Castle China event in 2014

I’ve displayed my still-lifes of the Walt Disney Classics Collection sculptures up at Castle China before, but nothing prepared me for the true treasures opened up at this month’s event in Dudley, poignantly, perhaps the last ever like this. (That’s my hand touching the “Bambi” Field Mouse, below!)

Walt Disney Classics Collection

First ever Walt Disney Classics Collection piece. From “Bambi” Field Mouse: “Little April Shower.”

Cinderella Dress

“Cinderella:” “A Lovely Dress for Cinderelly” NLE 5,000, 9” Walt Disney Classics Collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this fleeting video report of the day, catch farewell close ups of over 20 Walt Disney Classics Collection characters!

Never have three dimensions captured Disney characters so accurately, as the Walt Disney Classics Collection. Even vintage maquettes animators used as guides, in the making of Walt Disney’s movies like “Fantasia” and “Pinocchio,” don’t seem to have literally stepped out of the film, in both form and color in the same way this fine art sculpture line does.

Mr Toad

Mr. Toad: “Blue Boy” 6 1/2” and “Pinkie” 7” Walt Disney Classics Collection Disneyland Exclusive 2000

In 1993 at the start, original animators like Marc Davis were around too, with advice for translating their creations into porcelain. Collectors enjoyed how Tinker Bell’s sculpture precisely mirrored her on-screen pose in “Peter Pan.” And it wasn’t just fairies that received this careful treatment, even behemoths like Monstro were caught by the WDCC artists and sculptors. And we could own these ourselves!

Tinker Bell: “A Firefly! A Pixie! Amazing!” NLE 12,500, 5” Walt Disney Classics Collection, sculpted by Kent Melton

Tinker Bell: “A Firefly! A Pixie! Amazing!” NLE 12,500, 5” Walt Disney Classics Collection, sculpted by Kent Melton

Monstro

“Pinocchio:” “Monstro’s Revenge” NLE 750, 8 1/2” 2001 Walt Disney Classics Collection, sculpted by Dusty Horner

Douglas Rickard and his Donald Duck drawing of the WDCC sculpture

Douglas Rickard and his Donald Duck drawing of the WDCC sculpture

Taking my framed art up from London a day early gave me the opportunity to un-box and experience close-up a couple of rare Disney “Fantasia” collectibles as you’ll see in this video:

I don’t think the initial Pixar characters were favorable to the line. Woody and Buzz look three dimensional already, and in 1998, better in life as… toys. Today though, the computer animated Disney character has the illustrative softness of those in a film Walt Disney himself had touched (films originally only ever chosen by the WDCC.) Elsa and Anna even look like fine porcelain.

New licensee Precious Moments in 2013 were about to put the WDCC name to Disney gift-ware. It was quite possibly the ire of collectors, that ensured the encasing of the Walt Disney Classics Collection line safely into a “vault” instead. After all, collectors had been educated on the finer points of porcelain figurines over the years by… the WDCC.

Snow White herself awoke from such a state and so one day I wish, will the Walt Disney Classics Collection. Could Olaf’s size and stature be more fitting for a starter sculpture? My first purchase was tiny Thumper. Once I had him home, larger “Bambi” pieces from that scene (with price tags I’d never once dreamed I’d pay) eventually followed. However, you and I can still open teal green boxes from the secondary market and in the meantime, here are a few, fun un-boxing videos:

Oh, it’s a jolly Disney Christmas in England, pt 3

Check out this firework-ready and princess-charged video, in which we start at the Harrods Disney Christmas Parade, and as the wind changes, head up with my drawings, to see the new Walt Disney Classics Collection Scrooge McDuck sculpture at Castle China and back again to London, for the Harrods Christmas lights switch on.

A blast of witch, a scream of hag, it’s the “Snow White” Peddler Woman!

“Have I done enough, is this art too elementary?” were my thoughts before revealing “Where Pictures Shine -The Hag”. But uncomplicated, severe charcoal lines are part of what makes the very style of this series of my Walt Disney Classics Collection still-lifes.

And after multiple renderings, I feel that actually, my final, spartan drawing of this disguised Peddler Woman, stripped back of any niceties is a perfect representation of the character. A flash of this unmistakable face is just enough to make your senses tingle; whether trundling round a corner through “Snow White’s Scary Adventures,” or at your kitchen window…

I even used less shading on her hood than I used for her hunch, to leave an unnerving feeling in this stylish art, of this witch coming out of darkness towards you.

A blast of witch, a scream of hag, it's the 'Snow White' Peddler Woman!

A blast of witch, a scream of hag, it’s the ‘Snow White’ Peddler Woman!

 

Snow White week Day 5: A Castle Embellished with ‘Gold’

Here’s a detail of ‘gold’ oil pastel layered upon one of my Numbered Limited Edition of 37, “Castle of Snow White” Hand Embellished versions. You probably know that Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was released in 1937, of course!

When one of my Buyers orders this 13” x 9.5” version of my still-life drawing of the Walt Disney Classics Collection “Enchanted Places” ornament, “Snow White Castle,” they can actually request special touches. Whereas all of the Hand Embellished versions turn out uniquely different, I can subtly add someone’s initials or focus the layering on top of the giclée print on specific areas, after communicating with my Buyer.

Hand Embellished Snow White Castle

Hand Embellished Snow White Castle