Hello again its me the dust covered inky illustrator!
I know I’m sorry, I’m so bad lately with my little blog here as I’ve been up to lots of different projects and to do’s which to say the least has taken more time than I expected! Day’s rolled into a whole month and I’m back to share with you the final part of my big hoot story . So where was I? Ah after day one in the studio I spent around 5 more days going to and from Birmingham to get my inky owl finished.
Lesson two however was when you’re going to do this kind of project bare in mind that it’s a lot of work and you’re not wonder woman, I put so much stress and pressure on myself which really didn’t go down to well health wise, so note to self give yourself a break next time. The paint also needed at least 3-4 coats in places to really cover the owl perfectly to avoid transparency or patchy paintwork ( I envied how easily people spraying a base on looked apart from the smelly fumes lol).
Before I knew it my brown inky owl was all done and ready to fly the nest for the Big hoot launch this July. We made our way to the Fort Dunlop building where the launch was held and I have to say guys despite the 2 hour drive it was fantastic. I had no idea what a big impact taking part in the big hoot project would have on me, not only as a illustrator but a person to. If you were to ask me if I would take on another project like this I would definitely say yes. I challenged myself in so many ways and was able to prove that despite the self doubt we can feel no matter what you’re afraid of or unsure of possibly achieving you can if you just try. The outcome might always be a mystery but if its good then it will all have been worth it. The big brown inky owl is currently on display outside the Jewelery quarter building ( my very kind sponsors), so if you happen to be in the area be sure to take some time checking out all the wonderful owls!
Inky illustrator over and out! Katie x
Sometimes its scary to try new things when you pour your heart into something for so long. Art isn’t an easy path but if you know the road you’re following and are focused you can find people who connect with what you do and want a piece of your talent. For months and months I made artwork that I purely felt other people would like, so many of us fall into that hole of trying to fit the role of pleasing others however art is about self enjoyment to.
You have to make art you are excited to produce, excited to share and excited to make again and again. I recently realized where a part of my inky passion lies and wish I had discovered it months ago. This isn’t to say I don’t love producing elegant inky drawings but by combining my illustration with another passion its like double the fuel to keep going, because I’ve also found people who share that passion and admire my talents.
So my best advice would be that if something you are trying isn’t working, it doesn’t mean its a bad idea because sometimes great idea’s need tweaking and making even more fabulous than they were before.
Recently I came across a rather inky giclee specialist printers online called ” Dot to dot Printing” as I wanted to set up my own inky prints etsy shop. For those of you who don’t know a “Giclee” is a high quality art print specially printed with a wider colour cartridge range than normal office printers onto archival paper. It’s through giclee printing that you’ll acquire all the colours in your artwork that might come out dull on an everyday printer.
Hence finding a printers like dot to dot is fantastic for us creatives, especially if you wish to sell your work but not have to invest heavily in all the equipment. So if you’re looking to open your own print shop to and maybe pondering whether to “diy” or find someone to help you make beautiful prints, here’s my inky penny’s worth on dot to dot and my experience getting inky with them!
Based in the UK “Dot to Dot printing” specialises in making high quality artist giclee prints on demand. I instantly thought that having the ability to print on demand the quantity of prints I needed for my shop was a great option, as many printers can often ask for prints to be bought in bulk quantities when you order. David who runs dot to dot and handles all the intricate inky side of things after passing a few emails back and forth, was really considerate and helpful in answering all my queries and sending out a free sample pack.
In the sample pack were a collection of seven a6 size mini prints, each paper varied in gsm (weight) and some even had a little grain to the surface similar to cold press and hot press papers. I could instantly tell the difference in colour and print quality and was eager to see what a print of my art would look like professionally done.
(A little glare on the picture because of the cellophane pocket)
A few days later I’d ordered a proof of my inky woodland cuckoo from David and was over the moon with how it turned out.
- Bright vibrant colours that matched my original artwork perfectly!
- All my inky intricate details were retained in the print
- Lovely quality and weight of paper
- Really quick turn over and delivery
- Reasonable print pricing and quality customer service
As an inky illustrator I couldn’t be more happy with having found an inky printers to help bring my work to life and through my little shop. Doing everything yourself sometimes can take up more time and committment, so finding someone who as passionate about making beautiful quality prints as I am illustrations is a great thing to find. So if you’re looking to source your own limited edition prints I’d definitely recommend taking a peek at the dot to dot printing website and seeing what quality giclee prints you can make to!