GICLEE COPIES

If you’d like another copy of your pencil or watercolour portrait to give as a gift to a relative, I can order a giclée print for you. I use a fantastic printer based in Kent, who reproduces the artwork so well that even close up I don’t think you’d be able to tell that it wasn’t an original! Below, you can see a portrait alongside its reproduction. Click on it to enlarge and compare

Giclee print from a portrait

Original print is on the left, and the reproduction is on the right.

The copy is printed on Hahnemühle 308gsm Acid-Free 100% cotton paper which is very similar in texture, colour and weight to the heavy-weight cartridge paper that I draw on. This is a specialist archival printing paper with exceptional lightfast qualities that won’t fade or discolour.

I take a series of high resolution scans of every pencil portrait before sending it out so that customers may come back at any point to order a printed copy.

Giclée prints cost a lot less than ordering another original portrait, and if ordering more than one print the prices become even more cost effective since the main costs for the printer are in the initial ‘setting up’ process –  meaning that additional prints are much less. Prices are listed below.

GICLEE PRINT PRICES

For up to and including 12″ x 12″ inch size: one copy = £80.00  (for each additional copy, add £16.20 each)

For up to and including 16″ x 23″ inch size: one copy = £100.00  (for each additional copy, add £29.40 each)

THE PROCESS

I’ll first splice several high-res scans together using Adobe Photoshop and blend them so that you can’t see the join. I then prepare the image by ‘cleaning it up’ digitally – removing any tonal variations added by the scanning process and adjusting the tonal values to what I know will produce the closest match to your original portrait. Finally I send the finished file off to the printer who does further work to set up and callibrate the image, balancing colour profiles and eliminating the background to produce the best match, before running off a ‘proof’ for me to check.

ABOUT GICLEE PRINTS

If you’ve ever wondered what exactly a giclée print is, the answer is that in truth it’s something of a made up name! Pronounced ‘zhee-clay’ the word comes from the French word gliceur, meaning ‘nozzle’.  It’s a generic term coined in 1991 by a printmaker to describe high-quality, large format, digital fine-art prints created with an ink-jet printer, as opposed to those created using the traditional offset lithography process that was previously prevalent. Whereas personal desktop printers will typically use only 3 colour cartridges, the big professional printers used to create a giclée print will use 8-12 different colour cartridges of very stable, fade-resistant archival ink.

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