Create your own hand painted animation cel

Have you ever seen an amazing hand drawn and hand painted animation cel and wanted to create your own, but didn’t know how? Now you don’t have to guess! Follow this short step by step tutorial to see how you can create one yourself.

Hand Painted Animation Cel Tutorial

What you need:

  • A thin permanent marker (I used an Artline 725)
  • A clear binding cover (I used Creative Binding Clear Covers)
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Rounded paint brushes in various sizes
  • Goo Remover (I used Planet Ark Orange Power Goo Remover)
  • Cotton buds

 Step One

Using your permanent marker, ink your finalised design onto the clear binding cover.

TIP: Add lines that won’t be in the final image for easier colouring. For example, I’ve outlined the circle around TinTin and Snowy in order to create an accurate circle. I will remove the circle on the hand painted animation cel at a later stage in the tutorial.


Flip your artwork over. The paint will be applied on the reverse side in order to not ruin your inked lines. When mixing your paint do not add water – we want this paint to be as thick as it can be!

 Step Two

Instead of using brush strokes for this hand painted animation cel tutorial I loaded my brush with a large amount of paint and laid in my colours thickly using a blobbing technique for small areas (see the Snowy painting image).

As a result the dogs colour came out looking strong with no streaks or see through areas. This technique can also be used in larger areas with a larger rounded brush.

 Step Three

Remove any unwanted lines using a cotton bud soaked in your chosen Goo Remover. This will remove any permanent markings made in step one that were added as a guide for painting purposes.

 Step Four: Your Completed Hand Painted Animation Cel

Wait for your artwork to dry and then voila! You have a beautiful animation cel that you can frame, gift to a friend or hang in your room. Well done!


DISCLAIMER: This tutorial and the author in no way, shape or form promotes copying artwork of any kind to resell or claim as ones own.
This TinTin hand painted animation cel was created as a birthday present for the authors boyfriend and photos documenting the process were used only for this free tutorial.
The author acknowledges the original artwork was made by it’s creator Herge and claims no ownership over the design.

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