When Antonio Mendoza (a master painter who works in oils and watercolor and is a well know local musician) decided to have a limited edition set of fine art prints made from some of his original oil paintings he turned to Graphic Sky Printing to help out. Our first step together was to evaluate the paintings he wanted to reproduce and to make initial decisions about the print sizes, the kinds of paper or canvas, and the types of matting and framing that would work best to showcase his art to a broad range of customers.
Antonio’s paintings have a deep textured surface made with layers of oil paint—giving his works great depth and expansive light. The Graphic Sky team begins by digitally photographing his work to optimize the importance of depth and texture by using a specialized lighting technique. The goal is to create fine art reproductions faithful to his artistic intent and unique style.
Once a high quality digital capture of the oil paintings is in hand the files are color balanced to match the colors in the originals, with the output printer and specific paper characteristics in mind. After getting the color right, we scale the images to the final output size and resolution with a program that uses fractal algorithms to enlarge while keeping the visual integrity of the file. Next we made test prints to examine the printed output color and light balance against the original paintings. After making minor adjustments the image is printed at full size and we work with Antonio to compare the prints to his paintings and together made subtle adjustments and enhancements until the digital version was just right.
A set of fifteen limited edition prints will be made from the final digital files and signed and numbered by the artist before matting, framing, and finishing. “The prints produced by Graphic Sky for me are of excellent quality. Working with Josh and his team let me be faithful to my original paintings while creating a set of prints that I am proud to put my signature on.” said Antonio the artist.
“Every job is different and every artists’ original work is unique. No matter what kind of artwork we reproduce, it is necessary to understand the artists intent and desires in order to determine the best reproduction method.” says Josh Weybright the owner of Graphic Sky Printing. “We enjoy working with clients like Antonio because collaboration with the artist greatly improves on what is possible in the reproduction process.”
Since 2004, Graphic Sky Printing has been providing customized communications and printing for individuals and businesses in Santa Fe and beyond. Their wide-ranging services include graphic design, and a variety of printing from business cards to fine art prints. Bring in your artwork or project today and see the creative options available to you at Graphic Sky Printing.
Josh Weybright is owner of Graphic Sky Printing in Santa Fe New Mexico. When he's not making things look awesome on paper, he enjoys horseback riding with his family.