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Making money as an artist: giclee canvas print reproductions

October 13th, 2010 No Comments

If you are an artist you will be familiar with the complex blend of passion and frustration that is central to your craft. All artists seek to express a deeper artistic truth to those who view their work. However, achieving financial return can be far more difficult.

In this article, we will discuss one of the ways that BrilliantPrints can help you achieve a commercial return on your art. We will step you through the way we produce canvas fine-art reproductions. We will outline in detail some great reason for choosing to have your painting, drawing or illustrations reproduced in this fashion.

Won’t it lessen the value of my work?

In talking to our customers, many of them are initially against the idea of creating a giclee canvas print from one of their masterpiece. Somewhat understandably, they feel that the sustained effort they spent painting or drawing would somehow be lessened, or that by producing copies they would diminish the financial value of their work.

The way we usually answer these kinds of questions is by pointing out that producing a quality canvas reproduction is not an easy task. Even experienced printers with access to good quality inks and great quality canvas can sometimes lack the appropriate expertise or the right equipment to undertake this kind of task. At BrilliantPrints it has taken us a number of years to develop the artistic skill and technology to master the reproduction process. However, we are confident that we have reached a point where we can create a canvas print that is almost indistinguishable from the original piece of art. To find out more about what makes us different – check out our quality canvas tour.

Why would I be interested?

If you want a financial return from your art, giclee reproduction is an easy way to sell your work.

As part of our canvas reproduction service, BrilliantPrints can offer you a ‘print-on-demand’ service. After we capture your original image, we can produce prints only when you need them to meet a definite order. This allows you to make the most efficient use of your time, producing and selling your art in a way that directly matches customer demand.

Some of the most amazing art can be incredibly time-consuming for the artist to replicate. One of the best things about this process is that it allows almost perfect copies to be made. This ensures that all your clients are receiving exactly the same high standard of work.

How will they be reproduced?

People often tell us that they’ve always thought that canvas printing was only suitable for digital artwork. However, paintings, collages, drawings or any other type of flat artwork can be successfully copied with this process.

At BrilliantPrints we use different methods to capture the initial image:

We use a dedicated large-format scanning machine for smaller, less delicate pieces of art.

Any work that is delicate, is significantly textured or is of a certain size will be photographed by our in-house photographer. By carefully manipulating the lighting conditions we can make sure that this produces a seamless copy.

What do you do next?

Once we have captured your image, we can print it on one of large-scale printing machines onto textured art canvas. The canvas is then wrapped around our premium, hand-profiled hardwood frames.

For your convenience, we can keep a copy of your image on file – or give you a copy to keep on a CD or through email. This will allow us to produce perfect, high-quality giclee reproductions of your original artwork at any point in the future.

A final word

At BrilliantPrints we’ve had a first-hand opportunity to empathise with the frustrating heartbreak of many of our clients who are artists. Our fine art reproduction services are not a guaranteed path to commercial success, but are one way of flexibly providing high-quality, consistent, on-demand pieces of art to interested clients.

If you are interested in finding out more about this service please contact us.

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