Easily, one of the hardest aspects of being a professional artist has been figuring out the best way to make print reproductions of my work. From how to photograph the work (or scan it) to who will print it well, and even "what to make prints of?" I have had a relatively hard time dialing this in, but I am so excited to have finally found my solutions...
Perhaps the most pivotal decision was realizing that I really wanted to be involved in the actual printing process. There are so many online sites that promise great Fine-art reproductions, and I used them a little in the early days of pet portraits for marketing purposes. However, it felt like such a massive disconnect and I never truly knew what would be arriving in the mail. And my product is intensely important to me.
I am so lucky to have a printer right here in Livingston who actually went to the same Art School in Georgia that I did too! He's been nothing but helpful, giving me tips on photographing the work and editing it himself to make it more true to the originals. I am excited for this partnership to develop! With these limited Edition prints, it is also very important to me that I get to sign and number each one, again that I am totally involved and, in a sense, in control of the process.
As I dial the process in even farther, I will definitely write a blog post on photographing work etc. with the nitty gritty for anyone else "in the struggle". But for now! Just want to tell you about the prints!
I want to focus this summer on retail and exposure, and am excited to bring out my horse series to see the light of day at outdoor festivals and markets etc! I want to have prints available as well as the originals- and so I decided to do a pre-order sale! Anyone who orders a print before the end of May will get it for a very discounted price, and the money will help me get my retail in order!
Having never done prints, or a limited Edition run before, I am both nervous and excited to see how it goes, and what lessons I can learn from it. Already, I have a stronger idea about what it means to create a series, make it available and consequently how to market it. Without the clear end in sight, I believe I have done most of my social media backwards- that perhaps it is best to reserve too much posting etc. about the series until they're ready for sale. That way, when I post time-lapses etc., I can also link to the sale sight. Anyways, that's a good first lesson!
Thus far, I have sold 5 prints, so it is a good sign.
If you would like to see my sizes/prices, please go to my store! Each painting will only have 150 prints made of it!