A: Settei (short for setting materal) are the reference images that animators or mangaka use when they create Animation Cels (Animation Cels are also called Production Cells), manga and comics. . Manga and Comic artists (Mangaka) also can use Settei for drawing (I've also seen artists use them as references for fanart and cosplay costumes). Most settei used are model sheets (sheets showing different angles of the character's) to help draw them the same each time) and are what most people think of when they hear the word settei. Shading sheets are model sheets used to get the shading and highlighting of the character correct, where as Color sheets/color charts or actual Model cels (model cels are only when the color 'sheets' are on acetate instead of paper) are used for the exact colors of paints (or digital palate) that are used to color the character. These are a rare form of settei and can be pricey (the Shugo chara ones I tried to get went for over $100). Most people use model cel and model sheet interchangeably, which can lead to a lot of confusion. The rarest form of settei are the studio originals (not to be confused with studio copies, which some people miss-call originals), which would be the original sketches used to produce all the studio copies (these are all hand drawn and are extremely expensive). Studio sets or studio copies are what are more commonly found, and these are copies made for each animator so that they can correctly draw the characters to be animated. These are usually A4 in size (though western ones tend to be larger) and may or may not have any colored markings from the studio on them (some may have markings from the animator drawn in, or corrections made and some have a stamp on them). Most of my settei are studio sets ( I actually have a few hand drawn originals) with a few being copied from the studio sets (with even fewer being copies of a copy with the majority of those being in the cartoon section). Usually Color sheets/charts and shading sheets are from studio sets, for these rarely get reproduced in color (probably due to the cost of making good color copies), though more of them seem to be showing up in Japan. Some studio sets are now being made digitally for the animators, with the physical sheets they receive showing slight signs of the digitation. I have only seen a few series like this, though I am afraid that this will become more common as more studios turn to computers for their animation. I can check any series for you if you are worried about such things (I believe that most of the Shugo Chara ones are like that, but that is because the studio made a lot of that show digitally).
Q: why can't I order only a few pages from the Darkwing Duck settei set?
A: These are very fragile sheets, so instead of taking them out to find one sheet to make a copy of, I'd rather preserve them and only take them out to make a copy of the set. That is also why this set costs so much more to have a copy made, for it is due to the condition of the studio set (it's from 1990 after all). Due to many people asking about this, I will eventually make a physical copy of this set to use to make a reduced cost copy for people (basically the next time someone wants a copy of this set). The only downside to this is that is will be a copy of a copy. When I do make a high quality copy of the studio set, I may make a digital copy, but I will have to see how well the pages hold up when I go to make a physical copy of it.
Q: Why do I get a better price for getting a set or even a whole series than when I get a single sheet?
A: To get a specific sheet, I have to pull out the sheets requested, keep their places marked in the whole set and go and make copies of them. The whole set is much easier to make a copy of, and the series even easier, for then I don't have to separate out the set (they are stored in special archival safe bags and some bags have multiple sets from the same series in them). This saves time, thus it saves on the overall cost of things. I offer the ability to pick out single sheets as a courtesy, for I could just offer them by set only (which would be much easier).
Q: Do I have to use paypal?
A: I prefer Paypal, for it gives some protection for buyers and sellers. I can also accept money orders, but they take up to 10 business days to clear. If you would prefer to pay through a money order, let me know and I'll send you the information you need for that. If using a Money Order, I prefer the Postal Money Orders, for they are harder to fake. Cash is sent at your own risk, and I will not be held responsible if it get lost in the mail.
Q: I want to trade, but I don't have as many sheets to trade as I want to trade for. How can I still get those other sheets?
A: Depending on how many extra sheets you want, we can work out something to cover the cost of the extra sheets. If it doesn't up the shipping, then you only have to pay for the coping of those sheets. This will be figured out on a case by case basis, so please ask me in an e-mail if this is the route you would like to take.
Q: I want a series that you do not have. Can you get that series for me?
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