This is an interesting thread because I have been thinking of offering prints too but I cannot really bring myself to face all the hustle. As for printers, I have tested the Canon Pixma Pro 100 which we recently bought for the agency and it´s awesome - plug-and-play, calibrates perfectly with the screen and the print quality is outstanding. I have not tested it with art papers, but I have ordered a box of Hahnemühle PhotoRag and you can download the ICC profile for it from the Hahnemühle website. I have not wrapped my head around buying it yet, but it seems a good choice for a moderate price (about 500 USD).
So....rather than doing an original painting and selling digital prints of it, you are doing real media copies of your own work?
If I understand right then yes, it works. I think there’s a Japanese industry based around it, which causes problems in the original art market elsewhere in the country. So they are basically masterwork copies.
I’v done it with some of my fast watercolour cartoons. Take about 10 mins to do and sell at £30each.
Lino prints and my speciality, woodblock, is closest to identical copies. But each is considered as an original work of art. Unlike giclee which is considered reproduction.
For sales, you’ll need a bit of romance around it. My woodblock prints have a romance about the technique, materials, and video of the process. Better than Lino. For your suggestion, I’d think about calling them a ‘series’. Recognising that each time you create the next ‘copy’ you will be refining your process and painting more instinctively, you should f;ind that the later copies are more energetic and lively than the earlier ones. Essentially the later ones will be better. So you could charge more.
Cool. It can be quite deceiving when looking at long term artists. They make it look so easy, but in reality there is a lot going on when they lay down every single stroke! Thanks for the share, Ill check it out properly at the weekend. ;-)
Yeah, that pose it wacky....lol....definitely reworking that. Really should have done a couple thumbnails...this is what happens when you jump straight in. Thanks for all the good advice and kind words. Will work on tying the two pages together better. Trying to keep this dummy all spots and vignettes, and keep the art loose so I'm able to finish it quickly. Goal is to just get something finished. I have so many projects 3/4 of the way done....just can't seem to get to the finish line. Always get bored or go back and think it's all crap and throw it away....
It's very philosophical, talking about how you shouldn't be defined as an artist by what people are willing to pay you, but instead he asks you to decide what do you really want to do/what would make you happy? ...he thinks having a balance between personal projects and client work is helpful...and you should dare to dream big...he talks about how personal projects can be successful in their own right...that if you're making lots of money from art, but you hate the art you're asked to do, it sucks...but on the other hand another artist might be totally fulfilled by (for example) being employed full-time at a studio. He gives various examples of journeys by different artists, and what defines 'a career step up' or fulfilment will be different for each artist. Definitely recommend this one (for anyone!)
Also, there is this one, though only listen to it if you fancy taking @Eric-Castleman's advice to burn the business down ;-) ... it's very much 'life is short, you never know what might happen, take your opportunities' sort of thing. But it also talks about money vs happiness, and how life won't turn out the way you expect.