Prints on Wood Blog
Posted on November 22, 2016
If you've been following along. D-CON 2016 has come and gone, but all the fun still lives on in our hearts! Why? Because it was awesome, that’s why! What was so awesome about it you might ask?
Pictured Above: This is why I'm broke.
If you’ve ever been to Comic-Con before they started air-dropping celebrities in to promote their lackluster super hero cross-over movie sequels, the edges of the convention center would have more homegrown offerings ranging from cool posters to collectible toys.
Batman and Robin looking a little.... ambiguous.
As Comic-Con began to grow in popularity, so did the big corporations and their booths. This expansion started to push out the smaller vendors to the point where all that’s remaining of the art-geek scene congregated into a small sliver roughly 3 aisles wide, in addition to a handful of booths peppered across the entire convention center.
Pictured Above: The intellectual equivalent of my teenage mind.
Sure, standing for line for 4 hours to get Nicolas Cage to sign your t-shirt is fun and all, but for me, the best part of Comic-Con was looking for neat things to slap on my wall or pose on my bookcase. To make a long-boring story short, Designer Con is awesome because it takes that small sliver of indie artists, custom vinyl toys, and all sorts of one of a kind art and wraps an entire convention around it.
If advertisers we're honest.
Spanning over 90,000 square feet, D-CON packs a myriad of Artists from all walks of life… be it graffiti, low-brow, toys, or clothing, you’re guaranteed to see someone you recognize if you’re into this sort of thing. If you’re not, then we promise you’ll still see all sorts of awesome merch and collectibles.
Don't know what that is... but I WANT one!
As a sponsor of the event and also a vendor, we at PRINTS ON WOOD always feel at home when we attend. Granted, we sell limited edition art prints, but more-so because at heart, we’re all a bunch of art-nerds! Best part is we got to spend an entire weekend with some of our favorite artists!
D-CON / PRINTS ON WOOD Booth 2016
This year we had some of the biggest names from the industry were signing their exclusive POW/D-CON limited editions prints at our booth. Saturday we had the pleasure of hosting ...
Renee French (making smoking look adorable)
Luke Chueh (making himself look adorkable)
KMNDZ (signing prints based off of his live painted piece from last year's D-Con)
and Matt Gondek, "blowing it up" at our booth (Haha... get it?)
Sundays at D-CON are always a little more chill, but just as much fun. We had Tara McPherson kick it at our booth, promoting her awesome print release, The Fountain.
Last, but certainly never to be considered the least, we had Jermaine Rogers signing his exclusive D-CON/POW wood print, Tell Me How To Help You...
While we love all those people and think they're super cool, we have to be honest. They weren't the only important guests at our booth this year. That's right. The people that make us the happiest at D-CON this year, and every year, is ALL OF YOU!
Pictured Above: Some of you!
Prints On Wood wants to thank each and every one of you who came by our booth at D-CON 2016. Those of you who bought a print, shook our hand, asked for a sticker, told us we had a cool logo, and yes... even those of you who rolled your eyes when we told you how much some of the bigger prints cost! You are what makes this company and what we do great!
Although we've got a lot of people on the inside who help with that too!
For those of you who couldn't make it out this year, stay tuned to Prints On Wood as we'll start release some of our limited edition, exclusive D-CON wood prints shortly!
Posted on November 22, 2016
Matt Gondek is one of the many artists that will be showcasing his work at DesignerCon 2016 this year. He is a Pop Artist that specializes in painting Deconstructed Pop Icons. Matt is also currently based in LA. His current motto is, "figure it out as you go along."
Matt's career started when he created his first comic book in elementary school. After realizing his potential, he began to work as a digital illustrator and created graphics for licensed clothing companies. Matt later opened up his own clothing and art boutique. However, this was not a success story. It shut its doors within a year of opening.
Although Matt initially struggled with a lack of direction after his first attempt at running a boutique failed, he eventually found his way back up. He began to create artwork that consisted of deconstructed and fractured cartoon characters. His signature style depicts pop icons with exploding heads. They are painted in bright colors and have a clean graphic art style.
These high quality wood prints that will be put on display are sure to be a hit amongst convention-goers!
(In this photo, it's being packaged and is ready to be send out.) Wood prints are a great way for artists to display their art. Wood is a truly unique type of canvas.
Matt's work is now displayed in art galleries and on outdoor murals all around Los Angeles.
To find more of Matt's artwork, click here.
Posted on November 22, 2016
Jermaine Rogers is a famous poster artist and painter, located in Brooklyn, New York. He is known as one of the leaders in the field of modern rock poster art. He has created and produced poster artwork for concerts, musical events, and musical releases - particularly for rock and roll artists. So far, he has designed nearly 800 posters for many musical artists, including Neil Young, David Bowie, and etc.
However, Rogers also creates a lot of paintings as well. The one below is known as "Tell Me How to Help You." This piece was inspired by his original print called "I Think I Am Losing My Mind."
Neat, huh? Rogers has asked us for our help in printing this piece on wood, so we helped! The natural wood grain on the birch is a perfect addition to the grainy art style of this print. It creates a more vibrant and adds a vintage feel to the art, without making the colors dull. In fact, the wood elevates the colors! This particular print is framed - and has a bright white finish. Frames can also come in white and is available here for a limited time!
We also brought this piece to Designer Con 2016. These prints will be available to purchase for a limited time, so get yours today!
Posted on November 22, 2016
Stagecoach is California's Country Music Festival - and it's returning next year in 2017! Stagecoach typically features more than 70 acts every year, and takes places in Indio, California. This event is held over a 3 day weekend, and it's going to be during the weekend of April 28th-30th in 2017. Ticket prices start at $299 for general admission.
With this event on the way, we've got some really cool wood prints coming along as well. We've been asked to make large wood prints for big events before, so this was no problem for us.
Here's an example of a really cool, life-sized wood print we made in full color! This wood sign will be placed within Stagecoach, so that guests will be able to take cool photos with it. Neat, huh?
This print is tall, life-sized, and extremely sturdy. It's also printed with the best types of ink, so the color is gorgeous, vibrant, and is guaranteed to last for years to come. Because it's made of the sturdiest wood, it won't break or splinter before or during the big event. This print will be used as a cool photo op for guests.
This is just an example of the many uses for our wood prints. We don't just make prints for artists and decor. We can make special cut out prints for photo ops at your event too!
To find out more, call us or check out our website at http://www.printsonwood.com/.
Posted on November 22, 2016
Jorge Gutierrez is a renowned Mexican animator, painter, writer and director. He is best known for his Annie & Emmy Award winning animated television series called "El Tigre: the Adventures of Manny Rivera" on Nickelodeon. Today, we'll be taking a look at this artwork.
Jorge's artwork explores his love affair with Mexican pop and folk culture. His artwork is based on traditional Mexican culture and characters. His art is currently displayed all around the world.
This piece below is called "Super Muerto Mouse." He describes this piece as "my love letter to Disney, even if they killed three of our shows in development."
This piece is called "Loteria," and is inspired by the Mexican devil. Jorge describes his fascination with the character and it can be clearly seen is this print.
Recently, we helped Jorge print his acrylic paintings on wood. The ones in the photos above are all wood prints that we made for his paintings. The wood canvases were perfect for his solo art show that was held in July.
Wood prints are durable, easy to display, and easy to transport. The different styles of wood grain makes the artwork unique. The grain automatically gives every print a vintage appearance, which fits in with Jorge's art style.
To get your own wood prints, check out our main site at: http://www.printsonwood.com/.
Posted on November 22, 2016
For the past few weeks, our staff has been hard at work with assisting various artists print their artwork on wood pieces to prepare for DesignerCon.
DesignerCon is an annual art and design convention that will feature collectible toys, customs, plush, designer apparel - as well as urban, underground, and pop art. Artists and designers will be able set up their own booths and showcase their artwork and designs. This year, DCon will take place on November 19-20, and will feature over 150+ artists.
(created by artist Matt Gondek)
With Designer Con quickly approaching, many artists have asked for our help with creating wood prints. Typically, these artists send us their designs and we take care of the rest of the work.
(created by artist Joe Ledbetter)
Why wood prints? Well to start, they're a truly unique canvas that adds another beautiful dimension to artwork. It enhances and transforms the original piece with a natural, more vintage feel. The wood grain gives the artwork a unique appearance, so in a way - no two pieces are the same. Printing art on wood creates a durable, beautiful image that these artists can proudly display anywhere.
(created by artist Tara McPherson)
The photos above are just a few examples of the awesome pieces we've created for previous artists. These pieces will be displayed at DesignerCon, so keep an eye out while you're there!
If you're an artist and you want to see what the hype about printing on wood is about, contact us or check out our website for more information! You won't regret it!
Posted on November 18, 2016
For our third year in a row, PRINTS ON WOOD is rocking the house at D-CON 2016!
What is D-CON you might ask? Besides sounding like a Transformer with a 2.0 grade average, D-CON actually stands for DESIGNER CON. Although that might sound like a bunch of bearded hipsters wearing plaid shirts, congregating at their local coffee shop to argue the merits of Arial Vs. Helvetica, I assure you it’s way less pretentious than it sounds!
Underneath that man-bun, he’s secretly judging your font choices.
D-CON is kind of like Comic Con... minus the long lines, summer heat, and gender neutral / body positive cosplay. It’s an annual art and design convention taking place November 19th & 20th at the Pasadena Convention Center, featuring 150 different Comic Book Artists, Graffiti Artists, and… uh.. Artist Artists. The best part is that all these weird wonderful people get together to sell awesome looking toys, posters, dolls, t-shirts, and… *drumroll*... PRINTS ON WOOD!!!
Prints On Wood Booth: D-Con 2015
That’s right, PRINTS ON WOOD is bringing it’s big ‘ol honkin juggernaut of a wooden booth. and a whole slew of exclusive limited edition wooden art prints from the some of the biggest names attending D-CON this year, with featured art from all of your Prints on Wood favorites!
Some of them are even going to stop by our booth and hang out to sign your prints over this 2-Day Shabang!
Plus we’re bringing along a whole stack of t-shirts! “Big deal, there’s all sorts of cool t-shirts a D-CON.” You might say, well guess what? We’re giving ours away FOR FREEEEEEEE!
That’s right, all you kids have to do is take a picture of our booth with your fancy computer phones and post is all over your instasnaps and facegrams, just make sure you tag us in the process!
Rad Art, Cool Artists, and Free T-shirts? Could D-CON get anymore awesome!!?
Yeah… it could if we saw you there! Come by and say “Wasssup!”, you can find us at Booth #517, look for the CMYK color bars!
In the meantime, check out some of the art we’ll have for sale at our booth from…
BEN MENDELSOLIN RACCOON by RENEE FRENCH
THE FOUNTAIN by TARA McPHERSON
TELL ME HOW TO HELP YOU by JERMAINE ROGERS
THE NOSE KNOWS by LUKE CHUEH
BOOTLEG POP by MATT GONDEK
HELLO HERO HERO HELLO by JOHNNY “KMNDZ” RODRIGUEZ
BUBBLE BATH by SIMONE LEGONE
THE PROTECTORS by EMEK
For more information on D-Con 2016, please visit www.designercon.com
Posted on November 11, 2016
We've got some cool art by Stephen Holman to show you today!
Stephen Holman is an Anglo-American artist who incorporates painting, stop-motion animation, and performance art into his work. He has displayed his art in many exhibits around the world. Stephen is also well known for his live-performances.
Stephen also had a hand in directing and co-founding the '80s LA performance troupe called Theatre Carnivale. He has also created a few animation series for Warner Bros and Disney. Stephen has also taught art courses at various colleges in California. His paintings are currently on display at the Hive Gallery and Dove Biscuit Studio in downtown LA.
This piece below is called Alsvider.
This next piece is known as Rabbit Tarot Magician.
This week, we had the opportunity to print these masterpieces of art on wood. Art is truly at its best when displayed on wood - and the results show! The vibrant colors show through the natural wood grain and elevates each picture to another level.
Each one was printed to be desktop size, and comes with a stand and keyholes on the back. The print is large enough to place on your work desk, but small enough without being too bulky. We've got a whole variety of sizes to choose from - to see more, click here.
Posted on November 4, 2016
So you've purchased one of our awesome wood prints. Now what?
Maybe you want to hang it up, but you don't know how to do so properly without damaging your wall and your new print. Or maybe you're just trying to set it on your desk to make your work space a little less boring.
Either way, we've got you covered with our keyholes and custom made stands! Here's an example of one of our stands, as seen below:
For every wood print that's 1/2" and 3/4", we carve our signature keyhole into the back. This allows you to hang your wood print in a more efficient and hassle-free way. Simply hammer a nail into the wall and place it through the keyhole. It's that easy!
To ensure proper installation, make sure that you position the wood print so that the nail fits inside the keyhole. Then, slide it horizontally until it's leveled. You should take a few steps back to take another look from different angles to ensure proper placement.
Our wooden stands were made for holding up desktop prints. They are no longer than the length of your finger and are lightweight and portable. By inserting a stand into the the designated hole on the back of your print, you'll be able to keep it propped up and displayed nicely. Our stands were custom-made to ensure that there is no harm or damage done to your print. They're also hassle-free and easy to use. To see what sizes come with a custom stand, click here.
Our stands are included with every purchase!
If you need more, feel free to contact us. We'll be glad to help!
Posted on November 4, 2016
Lily and the Octopus is about a man, his dachshund, and an unforgettable adventure. This book is Steven Rowley's debut into the world of novel-writing. His first novel has achieved plenty of success, and made the "American Booksellers Association's IndieBound Bestseller List" in June 2016.
Who is Steven Rowley?
Steven Rowley is a 43 year old paralegal and screenwriter who has worked as a freelance writer, newspaper columnist, and screenwriter. He is originally from Portland, Maine, but now resides in Los Angeles, California.
Rowley published this book after the death of his dachshund, Lily. The story goes on to follow the adventure of a young writer who discovers that a small "octopus" has attached itself to the head of his dachshund, Lily. It is an epic tale of love, loss, friendship, and trust. The book has been described as sensitive, hilarious, and emotionally rewarding - all in one.
This short story was written in 100 days and became published on June 7, 2016. Lily and the Octopus has received many positive reviews, and is often described as a "must-read."
To commemorate the success of this book, we've created a custom wood print with a picture of Steven and Lily. Isn't it lovely? Wood prints are great for hanging on walls or for placing on desks. They're great for celebrations and can be given as gifts as well. Order yours today!