giclée prints

ordering a copy of your portrait


I find that many of my customers order a portrait of their children for the grandparents and then say they wish they could keep it for themselves, or vice versa!  Therefore, I offer giclée prints made by an expert printer based in Kent, who reproduces the pencil portraits so well that even close up I don’t think you’d ever be able to tell that they were prints and not original drawings. This process is also very suitable for making a copy of a watercolour portrait.

Below: original drawing on the left, and printed copy on the right.

Giclee print of a child portrait

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 at the bottom of the page.

what exactly is a giclée print?

‘Giclée’ (pronounced zhee-clay) comes from the French word gliceur, meaning ‘nozzle’. It is a somewhat generic term used for high-quality, large format, digital fine-art prints created with an ink-jet printer, as opposed to those created with the traditional offset lithography process. 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 fade-resistant archival ink.

The quality of paper used is also very important to the future preservation of the print. They should be printed onto heavy-weight paper made from cotton rather than wood pulp as it is superior in durability, light-fastness and strength, and survives many more years without fading, discolouration or deterioration. My printer therefore creates the prints onto Hahnemühle 308gsm Acid-Free Photo Rag paper – a specialist paper created for digital prints – with a 100% cotton rag content, which has a similar smooth texture to the heavy-weight cartridge paper that I draw on.

the process

After you’ve ordered your print, 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.

GICLEE PRINTS – extra copies of your pencil or watercolour portrait

Prices are in GBP and include delivery costs

10″ x 12″ or 11″ x 11″ size:   One copy = £85.00  (for additional copies, add £16.20 each)


Up to 16″ x 23″ size:   One copy = £100.00  (for additional copies, add £29.40 each)


For larger sizes please request a custom quote


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