Printing, sizing, & other materials
Frequently Asked Questions
Canvas & PapeR
Prints can be done on a variety of materials. The most common are paper and canvas. Paper prints are more affordable and have a faster turnaround time, but canvas prints preserve colors/textures and are less likely to wrinkle.
Paper and canvas come in various degrees of glossiness (from matte to high-gloss). High-gloss offers the most vivid colors and the classic photo-album look. Matte (anti-gloss) keeps the ink from glaring and resembles studio paint rather than photography.
The prints in my store are all printed on exhibition matte polyester canvas.
There are two paper measurement systems in the world; North American and International.
The international system has A1-A10 dimensions (small measurements generally used for letters/fliers/books), and B1-B10 dimensions (medium to large dimensions generally used for signs and posters). ISO is a specific ratio of length to width that some people prefer.
The prints in my store are all printed at one of two sizes: (B2 ISO 19.7 inches x 27.8 inches / 500 millimeters x 707 millimeters) OR (B4 13.9 inches x 9.84 inches / 353 millimeters x 250 millimeters). To see what that looks like in relation to a room, check below.
ink & PRINTING
There are two main types of printing methods; offset (lithography) and digital (inkjet). With offset printing, the print shop creates a plate that the ink will be applied to, then the plate is pressed to the canvas or paper. With digital printing, the printer prints ink directly onto the canvas or paper. Offset is more cost-efficient for large sets of prints, while digital works best for small sets.
Giclée is the name given to the highest-quality tier of digital prints.
The prints in my store are all giclée digital prints printed with waterproof pigment ink.
MY CREATIVE PROCESS
I believe in the sweet spot between routine and recreation.
I latch onto images that come to me in song lyrics, bike rides, conversations, or most frequently, right before I fall asleep. I always write them down immediately. All of my art starts as these kinds of scribbles in my journal, usually as a concept or color palette.
Then, I might sit on that idea for weeks to months. If I'm at a roadblock on how to begin from a concept, it means that concept just isn't ready yet. I enjoy keeping a few artworks going at a time, as long as they're drastically different from each other in theme and style.
From there, it's a bit harder to paint a roadmap. I go back and forth between coloring, linework, textures, and layout. Since I don't stick to a certain style, there's no single equation I use in my creative process. Instead, I rely on routine, which gets me to my desk so that the art can take over. Somewhere in all of that mess, I let go of the first image I had in mind for the project, and I let the artwork tell where it's trying to go.
I can't say these illustrations are digital paintings any more than they are traditional hand-sketches. The final product may be canvas prints, but I go back and forth so many times between my drawing tablet and my sketchbook, that it would be impossible to categorize either way.
CLOSE UPS & PREVIEWS
Matte polyester canvas doesn't have the starchy feel of cotton canvas, so it flattens nicely on its own a few hours after being unrolled from its box. Because of its thinner threads, the ink appears like paint at first glance and the printer can replicate very fine details from the original drawing. You're welcome to frame your canvas, but the good thing about this canvas material is that the edges don't curl. Framing can be an extra statement on your wall, but isn't necessary!