This week has been interesting; I've been able to get some sketching done, but mostly I have been working on all the technical aspects of trying to run a business: i.e. site management, scanning and printing artwork, and putting together a suitable studio space.
I have been going back and forth with how I feel about the quality of prints I have been getting with my local print shop, and after some research I have decided to scan and print my own work at home. This is truly the only way I can 100% control how my prints will look compared to the original paintings. The print shop I was taking my work to were great to deal with, and they would scan the image and then print on the desired size and trim to center the image. The problem I was having was that once the painting was scanned, I had no way to digitally manipulate the scan before it was printed. You will always find the scan to be different from the original, whether it be colour, contrast, sharpness, among many others. Using Photoshop, PicMonkey, Pixlr, or any other photo editing program, it will let you to make these changes to better match the print to the original painting. By scanning my work at home, I have the creative control to decide exactly how the images turn out.
I ended up purchasing a Canon CS9000F Mark II scanner from Staples, which has a 9600 x 9600 colour resolution (which is huge!) and has the capability of scanning images up to 10 x 19 inches.
Next I wanted to look into printing methods I could do from home and came across this amazing article! In it, it talks about everything you need to know about home printing; from which printer, to inks, and even paper. The author, Brock Beauchamp, has really done his research and has so lovingly shared his findings with us. With his recommendation, I purchased an Epson Artisan 1430 printer, which has the capacity to print at 13 x 19 inches and is wireless. Eventually I am going to purchase a CISS (continuous ink supply system), but that will have to wait for another paycheck!
Trying to figure out the logistical aspects of art as a business venture can make your head spin until you just want to give up, but once you get all the potatoes of the business out of the way, you can get back to the meat: creating art!