THE NEXT BEST THING TO OWNING THE ORIGINAL PAINTINGEROTIC ART STUDIO is pleased to offer DIGITAL FINE-ART PRINTS (Giclée) of Rich's erotic paintings. This technically sophisticated process produces spectacular results.
- Digital fine-art prints are produced individually as ordered.
- Proofing & printing process takes 2 - 3 weeks.
- We will keep you informed througout the process.
1. What is a digital fine-art print?Digital fine-art printing is a highly advanced method of computer-controlled reproduction using archival, dye-based inks. A sophisticated ink- jet printer, designed specifically for this process, creates a near-continuous-tone image on fine-art media such as watercolor paper or canvas with greater permanence than previous processes used to print lithographic art reproductions. Erotic Art Studio prints only on watercolor papers and NOT canvas.
For reproductions of original artwork, the technical part of the process typically begins in one of three ways:
- a scan of the original art
- a scan of a large-format photo transparency of the original
- a high-resolution digital photo of the original
2. How does a digital fine-art print differ from a lithograph?DIGITAL FINE-ART PRINTS are created from a high-resolution digital file, using high-tech, sophisticated, computer-controlled printers using specially formulated inks on archival watercolor paper or canvas. Erotic Art Studio prints are reproduced on Hahnemühle paper. The result is an exceedingly high-quality, near- continuous-tone print, which better reproduces the surface qualities and integrity of the original art than any other printing process.
3. How large are the print editions?Erotic Art Studio editions are limited to 300 units for each painting, signed & numbered by the artist.
4. How long does it take to produce a digital fine-art print?Prints are produced individually as ordered and not pulled from an existing edition inventory. The proofing and printing process takes 2 - 3 weeks to create the finished print. We will keep you informed througout the process.
5. What about fading & permanence issues?The inks used in the early days of digital printing (using Iris printers & generally referred to as Giclée Prints) were beautiful but highly fugitive, lasting only two or three years before noticeable fading began. Information gained from extensive research over the years has led to development of fine-art inks offering all the permanence expected of a work of fine art. Properly matched inks and archival papers can last 60+ years under optimum lighting and environmental conditions.
6. What print sizes are available?
- print sizes vary depending on the size of the original image
- all sizes shown in the catalog indicate the image size in inches (width - height)
- all prints have white borders & are signed and numberd by the artist
7. Who prints Rich Thistle fine-art prints?Our printing partner is TORONTO IMAGE WORKS, a highly respected company which has served the corporate, museum and visual arts communities since 1985. TIW uses only the finest archival watercolor papers and is constantly upgrading their printing equipment and inks to stay current with emerging technologies.
8. Why is a digital fine-art print more expensive than a litho print?The cost of printing a single fine-art print is substantially higher than the unit cost of printing a run of photo-mechanical lithographic reproductions. An entire edition of litho prints is produced using acid-free paper and paid for when the edition is printed. The larger the edition the smaller the unit cost. Our prints are printed one at a time, as ordered, on premium archival watercolor paper. Some artists also print on canvas. Erotic Art Studio uses only archival watercolor papers.
The resulting print reproduces the original painting with amazing clarity, color, image quality and sharpness, placing these prints in a league of their own. Our fine-art prints are offered in very limited editions creating a more exclusive product than larger litho editions. The technology is sophisticated, requiring skilled technicians and expensive specialized equipment.
9. How do I look after a fine-art print?
- prints on paper should be framed behind glass using 100% archival materials
- glass surfaces should be kept clean BUT NEVER spray cleaners directly onto the glass
- professional de-framing and cleaning of the inside glass surfaces and mats should be done every few years to keep your print looking pristine
- hang your print in an area NOT exposed to direct sunlight, strong artificial light, high humidity or a smoky environment
- with proper care, fine-art reproductions will give a lifetime of enjoyment