The only word of advice I have is make sure you have a plan for
distributing the reproductions. It sounds like you're still at the
see-how-these-fly stage, and probably don't want to get involved in a big
marketing plan, but it's good to put some thought into it. Otherwise, you
may end up with boxes of 250 to a 1000 copies of each image filling every
closet in your house (and under the bed, stored in family member's spare
bedrooms, etc.). This is especially troublesome if you live in an area
where mildew is a problem, cuz some of your stored copies may begin to fox
or do other interesting and organic things. Yes, I've been down this
reproduction road before and it ain't pretty when you end up burning
boxloads of unsold and spotty prints five years later!
Consider what format you plan to offer the reproductions in. As portfolios?
Framed and matted? Unframed, shrinkwrapped, mounted on board? Check out
Then, consider who might carry your reproductions. Will you offer them from
your website? Will you have local galleries or giftshops carry them? Will
you sell them at artfairs or festivals?
I know that thinking about all this stuff can have quite a squelching
effect on your great new idea - I don't mean to be a wet blanket! Just one
voice of experience. In any case, hope they turn out well. It's always fun
to see your work reproduced.
>I'm interested in getting my first prints made of my pen & ink
>illustrations. An old friend of mine just opened a business that
>specializes in printmaking and reproductions. I spoke with him recently
>about getting some prints made of my drawings. However, I'm relatively new
>to having prints made and need some help. I know he hasn't worked with
>artists before concerning printmaking, so I am a bit skeptical. He's very
>interested in making my prints and has the machinery to do it, but he
>hasn't done it before. What type of paper would yield the best results for
>reproductions of black & white prints, and should there be anything else I
>inquire about? I want to start out on the right foot and avoid damaging my
>reputation with sub-par prints. Any help and advice would be much
>appreciated. Thank you for your assistance.
Corvus Art, Natural History Illustration
PO Box 19434
Kalamazoo, MI 49019