I’m selling prints and they’re kind of insane.

Examining a 600 dpi print with a loupe.

I just wanted to talk about a series of prints I’m selling on my website, talentpun.ca. I’ve gotten some interest in purchasing signed prints of my work, and I actually spent the past month researching giclée printing and following up on it.

Three of the prints are sequels to Norman Rockwell paintings I drew earlier this year, and the fourth is a large print of a portrait I drew, Hana II. 

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The comparison of the proof against the original is Looney Tunes.

What do you mean by insane?

They’re basically the highest quality inkjet prints you could possibly create with current scanning and printing technology. For real. Like disturbingly, unsettlingly good. I'm actually kind of embarrassed by the quality of these prints.

Printed at a super fine resolution of 600 dpi, this series will be a limited edition run; printed as 1 to 1, exact reproductions of the originals on 90 lb hot press paper. The 600 dpi is double the industry standard for commercial printing, and an even higher resolution than photographic prints using large-format negatives.

What makes this particular series of prints special in the world of archival giclée is that the original artwork was meticulously scanning and tiled to produce ultra high-res images not possible with standard film or digital photography. 

For example, this scan of Hana II is 21600 x 21600 pixels. It’s a 1Gb file that is equivalent to 466 megapixels — blowing all commercially available digital cameras out of the water.

There are other ways to take 466 megapixel images — like going to an observatory and shooting your art with a telescope.

So before I make my life easier by downsampling my artwork and just uploading it to INPRNT or Society 6 — I decided I’d at least try to sell the best possible print I can humanly, possibly make. It felt wrong to let such incredible scans got to waste. That, and the prints are genuinely really cool.

Other reasons to buy the prints. 

  • This will be the only time it will be offered at this price. Printing such low runs is expensive — which is why I worked hard to provide the highest quality product possible.
  • Unlike online prints, this run will be individually approved, signed, stamped, numbered, and coated with a protective archival spray.
  • The work will be printed completely neutral, in Light Black, Light Light Black and Matte Black archival ink, in order to preserve the look, feel and texture of conté and graphite with a maximum tonal range. 
  • My work, and these prints, are not represented or managed by a third party such as a gallery. If they ever were, the price of the prints would need to be further increased to cover the cost of commission.
  • This edition will be limited to maximum of 100 prints a piece. 
  • These prints will never be available at this quality anywhere else. At some point, I might sell this work as open editions through an online vendor such as Society 6 and InPrnt. However, most of these services have image resolution and size restrictions. The maximum resolution would be 300 dpi — industry standard — but large illustrations like Hana II and The Problem We All Live With would no longer be available at full 1:1 scale.

If you can’t afford prints, but would still like to support my work, you can follow me on facebook.com/talentismyrealname, instagram and twitter @talentpun. Honestly, drawing isn’t easy for me. Any little bit of encouragement counts. 

Going to the internet for validation is probably the worst idea ever, but welcome to validation economy. The internet is one a giant art school that you’re never cool enough for. If you don’t like my work, and don’t want to support it, that’s fine, too. Trust me: I don’t like everything I make either. Try, fail, try again.

Source: talentpun.ca