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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!)

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