Painting How To: Reproductions of Your Artwork

Artists want and need reproductions identical to their original artwork. The level of detail or resolution of a reproduction is determined by the capacity of the image-making equipment. The size of the reproduction is determined by the capacity of the printer. Identify outfits that can do this work at locations where you might need to have these made. Also find out how much lead-time they need to accomplish the work.

In doing this, find someone who knows how to manage images of your artwork on the computer. Not everyone knows how to change the colors and the values of the original images to get the best possible reproduction. They also need to know what type and size of digital file is needed, how to modify these files, and how to make them conform with the requirements of exhibitions where you must send them to. They need to know how to modify the dimensions or proportions of a print… dimensions that may be different than those of the original artwork.

Other information about your digital images may be important to you or someone else… information such as the title, size and cost of the original artwork from which the image was made, the date when the original artwork was executed… and, for your purposes perhaps, the date when the image was made.  It’s helpful if your professional has access to this information and can send it along with the image as needed.

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Douglas Stenhouse also wrote a book about watercolor painting.

“I decided to write about how I paint, not only to share my observations with others, but also, frankly, to do some self- examination. I wish I had done this earlier in my life! But then, how was I to know I’d benefit from doing so, certainly at a time when I had no aspirations of becoming a professional artist.” 

To learn more about Doug’s Watercolor Painting Book, click here. To purchase a signed copy, use the link below.

Douglas Simms Stenhouse, watercolor artist, transparent water color art, watercolor painter, painting with water colors