From your description you want reproductions, which are copies and
which can usually be done in limitless numbers and editions. The
processes for making reproductions are usually not labor intensive, and
the resulting pictures are very uniform from the first to last.
Reproductions need no edition and pull numbers.
Prints are classed as originals. Prints are usually hand done by the
artist or by someone working very closely with the artist. Editions are
normally few and numbers can be high depending on the kind of
printmaking one is doing.
Stone and metal lithographs, silk screen (serigraph), etching,
drypoint, woodcut, lino cut: these are prints.
When you see 14/35 it means that this print the fourteenth one pulled
from a grand total of 35. The artist usually pulls (prints) a couple
more that are called "artist proofs." It is the custom to scar or
change the original printing block so that subsequent editions are
clearly different from the first edition.
I'd better stop before this turns into a seminar. Joan
On Friday, September 24, 2004, at 11:56 PM, J.D. Lake wrote:
> Hello all,
> 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
> about getting some prints made of my drawings. However, I'm relatively
> 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
> 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.