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What is a “digital” painting?

A digital painting is a type of artwork made entirely in a computer with special software. Some of the programs used to make digital art are Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Corel Painter, and CorelDraw. There are many others, too.

What is a Giclée?

Giclèe (pronounced zhee-KLAY) is a new word in the English language that comes from the French word for “squirt” or “spurt”. It was first used by printmaker Jack Duganne in 1991 to express art prints created with modern inkjet printers. These art prints are created using special fade-resistant, archival inks and archival papers and canvases. It is not truly known how long these prints will last because the technology has only existed since the 1980’s. However, reasonably reliable estimates have been made that they will last upwards of one hundred years when cared for as any fine art work.

Can you make one of my cat/dog/pet?

Yes.

What software will you use to make it?

I currently use Adobe Photoshop.

How long does it take to make one?

From the time that I have a viable photograph to work with, it usually takes about 2 weeks to 4 weeks to receive your print. This time includes my time to do the painting as well as the time to print and evaluate my work. It also depends on my schedule. When you order, I will give you a more accurate estimate. Keep this in mind if you want your print available for a particular date like a birthday or Christmas. Order early.

How much does it cost to commission a print?

Commissions are $1500 and include a single print up to 36 inches by 24 inches. A 20% non-refundable deposit is required for all commissioned artwork.

Can you use existing photos?

Yes. I much prefer to do my own photography, but I am aware that there are instances when this is not possible. Not all photographs are suitable for my technique, however. You can email me your image for evaluation.

Commissions of this type are $550 and include a print, but the final size depends on the quality of your photograph. The largest print will be 36 inches by 24 inches.

A 20% non-refundable deposit is required for all commissioned artwork.

What is the process if I want to commission artwork?

Contact me either by phone at 973-661-4017 or via email (theadventuresofisabelle@gmail.com) and let me know what kind of piece you are looking for. Some questions to keep in mind are – Do you want to use an existing photograph or would you like me to photograph your pet? How large would you like your finished print to be? A print up to 36 inches by 24 inches is included in the price. If I will be photographing your pet, where do you live? Would you like me to come to your house? And of course, tell me a little something about your pet – is it a dog, cat, horse, reptile? What kind of personality does he/she have?

Can you come to my house to take the picture?

Yes, if you live in the NJ/NY/CT Tri-state area.

What is a Certificate of Authenticity?

A Certificate of Authenticity is a document that contains details about your print, including any edition limit, along with my signature. It’s purpose is to certify that the artwork came directly from me and the printing is approved by me. In addition to a Certificate of Authenticity, all of my prints are personally signed in archival ink on the back in addition to a digital signature on the front.

Can I order additional prints?

Yes, you may order as many as you like, up to the edition limit.

What is an “edition limit”?

Most giclèe prints are limited editions so that collectors know that they have something truly special. Giclèe prints are somewhat different than traditional prints because they can be made “on demand”, meaning that when you wish to have another print made, you can order it, and it will be made for you at that time. After the limit has been reached, the artist retires the work, and it is no longer printed.

Besides the prints that are part of the edition, an artist may keep a certain number of artist proofs – prints made so that the artist can make adjustments to the work or show as part of a portfolio. Artist proofs are not usually signed and do not come with a Certificate of Authenticity. The number of proofs an artist may keep is also limited.

Much of my work is open edition. That means there is theoretically no limit to the number of prints that can be sold.

All of my prints, whether open or limited edition, are signed and come with a Certificate of Authenticity.

All of my commissioned work has an edition limit, unless the client requests otherwise.

Can I determine the edition limit?

Yes, if you prefer. Please note that if you allow me to sell an edition of your prints, you will receive a discount on the commission. The discount may depend on the edition limit but it is generally 25%.

Do you handle framing?

I can frame your print at an additional cost. Framing often depends on the environment you wish to display your print in, so I recommend visiting a custom framing shop instead so that you can see all of your options. I do recommend that you use glass with UV protection and reduced reflections to display and protect your artwork.

The cost for my basic framing varies depending on the size of your print. All framing is done with an archival pale gray mat and black wood frame with anti-glare glass with UV protection. Contact me for more information.

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