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Monthly Archives: July 2013

  • Just passing through...

    Here at PRINTSONWOOD we see a lot of talent pass through our building. Colorful illustrations, brilliant paintings, and captivating photography seem to be the standard fare around these parts. People might ask "What should I print on wood?". The answer to that is any and everything, so long as it's near and dear to your heart. Your child brought home their first crayon drawing from school? We can print that. Funny family photo that finally makes you look better than your smarter/more attractive sibling? Boom! Wood print. A black and white photograph of an intimate object taken at a funny angle then imported into Photoshop so it can be riddled with filters in vain attempt at being artistic? Disgustingly pretentious, but yeah, we can make a wood print of that too.

    Luckily for us, not only are all of our clients are totally awesome, but they have some great taste as well. After perusing the shipping table here at PRINTSONWOOD, I was fortunate enough to come across several works of wooden art that made my heart skip a beat (without having to clog my arteries with large amounts of bacon). So lets take a look, shall we?

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    Treat your hungry eyeballs to this visual feast prepared by the exceptionally talented Nate Frizzell. I think we can all agree that even though e-mail has revolutionized the way humans communicate, it's always more exciting to get an old fashioned hand-written letter in the mail. That's why in a world of digitized vector images it's always refreshing to see an incredibly detailed work of art illustrated by hand. Not only does Nate know this, he exploits the hell out of it by creating stunning works of art with nothing more than his magical drawing powers and a piece of charcoal. Most people see a blank piece of paper as something you shove inside your printer. Nate looks at the same blank sheet of paper and see's an awesome series of illustrations combining his deep-seeded love for creepy animal masks with his aesthetic fascination for urban decay. Coincidentally, Nate is one of many exciting new additions to our Artist Gallery, so check out his profile and pick up a print or two while you're at it.

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    When I saw this gem poly-bagged ready to ship, my inner (and outer) nerd squealed with joy. For those of you unfamiliar with this trio, you might recognize them as Ursa, General Zod, and Non from Superman: The Movie (1978). There's so much awesome flowing through this wood print I'm not sure where to start. The minimalism found in the artists style is magnificent. Having some marginal experience with caricatures, illustration, and trying to capture a persons's likeness, I always fancied the "less is more" approach. Majority of caricature artists take the easy route by harping on someones features, transforming a furrowed brow or a big nose into some freakishly inhuman appendage that smacks of something you'd find inside the pages of Mad Magazine. That's not to say their jobs are simple or that they lack talent, but I'm always delighted to see someone create a recognizable likeness by focusing on the subtle and charming details of one's face when creating a clean simple illustration. Majority of vector art tends to be too "noodly". They remind me of bendy toys with no real joints or bone structure. I attribute this to the use of the pen tool and bézier curves in Illustrator, which is the digital equivalent of drawing with a long piece of string. This artist was able to combine flowing curves with strategically placed 90 degree angles and straight lines in perfect harmony to create a stylized form realism. Most people might look at this and think it's a simple drawing, but I assure you a lot of talent and effort went into this print.

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    Being a Graphic Artist (and all around dork), when I go out into the world I find myself studying various forms of design. Billboards, product packaging, corporate logos, promotional materials, posters, stickers, magazines, you name it! When I see good design and art direction, I turn into the skeptical Uncle who harasses the magician as his Nephew's birthday party. I look at the design and deconstruct it in my brain. I try to reverse engineer a step by step process mentally on how I would go about creating the same design. Much like the Magic Hating Uncle who loves to shout "He's got a dove shoved in his pocket and a mirror duct-taped to his shoe!" my brain likes to shout "They just used a gaussian blur and comic sans with a 25 pt kerning!" once I figure out how whatever piece of design I'm studying was created. While this is all in good fun, my favorite designs are the ones I can't quite figure out. The kind of design where you can somewhat guess about how bits and pieces of it were made, but completely stumped on how the image as a whole was created.

    That's what I love so much about this piece. When I saw it from a distance given the life-like face of the girl I immediately thought "Photoshop". I stopped what I was doing and walked to pick it up so I could hold it in my hands for a closer look. Once in my grip I could see the detail, lines, and beautiful imperfections that only exist when a work of art is created by hand. "Ok, it's some sort of painting that started out as a light sketch." I thought to myself. Then I began to focus on the crazy amount of detail in the ornate flourishes framing the oval that contained the painting and noted how symmetrical they were. "Did someone draw this by hand? How could they match each side so perfectly? Dude, seriously, did a robot draw this? The Human Race isn't this advanced yet!" and then my brain started to hurt. Not just any kind of hurt, but like when two of your friends start arguing about the long reaching implications of time travel's effect on the universe kind of brain-pain! At that point I decided to set it down and just accept the fact that it was an incredibly bad-ass wood print that no one will ever know how it was created. Kind of of like a particle board Stonehenge.

    In conclusion, even though you might not have anything of your own creation to print, don't let this blog post discourage you from purchasing a wood print. With a wide selection of art prints varying in style and size, you can choose a wood print that best matches your style. You can even pretend that it's your own artwork when you have company over!

    (PRINTSONWOOD does not condone this behavior in anyway... that is unless it snowballs into an incredibly wacky and elaborate deception that ends with you being exposed as a fraud while landing face first into a bowl of punch, because that's what you get for being a liar!)

  • Spotlight on Marc Allante

    We've gotten so many new featured artists here at Prints on Wood, but today I just want to shed some light on one artist whose work has caught my eye: Marc Allante. This Hong Kong artist draws inspiration from watercolors and Chinese ink paintings to create beautiful animal portraits and provocative scapes.

    This one is my favorite, titled "A Portrait of Hong Kong". Just look at those colors!

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    And if lions are what you love, he's got another one titled "Repose":

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    Spectacular! Now, there is a choice to purchase these prints with white finish or a natural gloss. The colors are surely to pop with the recommended white finish, but I say if you want that true jungle feel, out of the wild, go with the natural wood backing. When a natural wood is layered with these untamed portraits, it looks amazing.

    Jump on over to Marc Allante in the Featured Artists to see more of his work!

  • Comic-Con Prints!

    Alrighty, so Comic-Con is finally here in San Diego! Woo hoo!

    I'll be attending on Saturday and Sunday, and I'll post some pictures when I get back, along with some fantastic gift wood print ideas for that loveable nerd in your life. :)

    In the meantime, I'd like to draw you attention to The Octopus Tree House. They're a featured artist here on Prints on Wood, and they specialize in something very close to Comic-Con's heart....Star Wars!

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    My personal favorite is the Birthday Party one, featuring Boba Fett and Han Solo carbonite balloon.

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    So if there's a Star Wars lover in your life, don't hesitate to get them a cute print from The Octopus Tree House. And stay tuned for next week, when I post some Comic-Con pictures and talk about great do's and don't's of print designs!

  • Wood Prints for Bizarre Holidays

    June is over (cue cries of Noooooo...), but that means that July is in full swing! Now, we’ve got your biggest holiday in the U.S. on the 4th, Independence Day. It’s pretty exciting.

    So, what do you do for the other thirty days in July? Find other reasons to party, of course! Just like other months, there’s a whole host of bizarre and lesser known holidays for each day in July. Here, I’m going to list a few of my favorites that I’ve discovered, and perhaps why a wood print would be a splendid way to commemorate it.

    Fried Chicken Day

    Yes, you read that right. There is a fried chicken day. It’s on July 6th, but it’s not officially confirmed or often celebrated. But why not give your local KFC a run? Or check out this list of Top 10 Fried Chicken Recipes (http://www.delish.com/recipes/cooking-recipes/fried-baked-chicken-recipes#slide-1).

    Is it lunchtime at work yet?

    Barbershop Music Appreciation Day

    On July 13th, Barbershop Quartets are honored and celebrated. Since I have a little brother in his own quartet, I might consider gettting a small wood print for them. Perhaps a picture of them in their fancy suits, singing to a band of nice old ladies.

    Cow Appreciation Day

    On the 14th/15th, go out and give a nice big hug to a cow. Okay, my neighbor actually has a small ceramic cow collection. I know because I’ve watched their pets (who are not cows...). So, for the cow lover in your life, make them a fun custom “cow print” to add to their lovely collection.

    Cousins Day

    Ah, yes. We have days for the Father, for the Mother, for Parents in general, but at last there is a cousin day. Let me just say, I would not be where I am today without the love and support of my cousins. And I’ve got thirty of them! Wood prints all around for the cousin crew! We get together to hang out pretty often, which results in some of the most hilarious pictures you can imagine. And now those pictures can be immortalized forever with a wood print!

    Father-In-Law Day

    Did you miss out on getting your in-law a Father’s Day gift? Not to worry! On July 30th, there’s a second chance to redeem yourself. Grab an art print from our Fine Art collection up at the top, or create a custom print showing how much he appreciates it.

    Mutt’s Day

    All my dogs are mutts, and I still love ‘em. July 31st is dedicated to all things related to the loveable mixed breeds. This would be a great opportunity to sell wholesale prints for fundraisers, or have an adoption fair for your local shelters.

  • HOW TO MAKE MONEY AS AN ARTIST!

    Yeah, you read the title of this post correctly.

    Since the dawn of man, our earliest ancestors painted glorified stick figures on the walls of their cave using leaves, twigs, hair, smashed up fruit, and the blood of their enemies. Over time, man honed his artistic abilities and the scope and nature of art began to expand rapidly, though one key factor has remained constant in man's artistic journey over the centuries...

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    ... and that's the ability to make money off of their raw creative talent.

    In the past there was only 2 options when it came to making it as an artist. You'd either spend an entire lifetime of poverty hunched over a canvas as a depressed tortured misunderstood soul only to be appreciated when you're dead and gone, or you could just sell your soul to the devil and make a bunch of money off of illustrating the cover-art for a Smash Mouth record.

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    This can become quite the quandary for a budding young perplexed artist.

    You want to figure out a way to convert the excitement of your passion into a steady source of income allowing you to maintain your integrity and avoid being labeled as "sell-out" in the process.

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    Well, I'm here to put a stop to this nonsense by telling you that your friends here at PRINTSONWOOD feel your pain, that's why we've decided to create the brand new ARTIST'S GALLERY!

    Join the ranks of our beloved and respected Artists featured on our site by joining our Artist Gallery today. Even though most artistic types are well known for their creative thinking abilities, we've decided to keep our registration process incredibly simple so that you can conserve your precious brain power to apply towards your next artistic challenge. (Like trying to draw hands)

    Just visit PRINTSONWOOD.COM and sign-up. Once your account is active, swing by our store and pick-up a Gallery License for an incredibly low one time nominal fee of $5. As the owner of a Gallery License, you now have access to a brand new set of SELLER TOOLS the next time you log onto PRINTSONWOOD.COM. This allows you to create/set-up your Artist profile, upload images, and set the price of your artwork. Keep in mind that PRINTSONWOOD handles all the fulfillment, production, and shipping of your Art, so there's no hidden fees or charges to selling your artwork with us.

    We even offer the ability to track to the progress of your offered art prints allowing you to see how lucrative each one has become once uploaded onto our site. Every 30-days or so, your sales are calculated and compounded resulting in a check sent to your address for all the prints you've sold for the month. So basically with PRINTSONWOOD'S new Artist Gallery, all you have to do is upload your art and sit back and wait for the money to come rolling in.

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