And so forth

Prints are weird. Art printsPrints of art pieces. Reproduction art. That's what they should be called, officially. It's one of those weird things where everyone has to decide for themselves what that means and what standards to meet. (Seems like everyone forgets ignores Giclée is a very, very modern, made up word, and because of that, the definition isn't very... defined.)

My wife and I are trying to decide on the best way to go about prints. Eventually, we're probably going to buy a photo printer, but for now, I've been ordering digital photoprints from overseas (local photo printers just don't match the quality or the price.)

I haven't ordered prints this large before, and they came in a tube. My guess is as soon as they were printed, they were immediately rolled and stuffed into the tube, then they dried. I almost couldn't unroll them without the force ripping them where they were being held.

That picture of them is after they were under a few stacks of books for a couple days. I have them in a larger tube rolled in the opposite direction.

With luck, that'll fix 'em.

Printing Artifacts

I've gotten pretty decent at... I'm not sure what to call this, making things look like they were printed cheaply, a long time ago? It's not really 'printing artifacts' (I made up that word for things like smudges, bleeds, and fades), it's more like all of them combined. The above image is from the back of a postcard I made- the lines where the address goes. I'm not sure how well it'll print, but with any luck, it'll look like there was no way someone photoshopped it into existence. But, honestly, I doubt the printer's capabilities.
I thought this 27 turned out pretty good. There's that hollow look that the ink gets. I've found that unevenness is key to all these manufacturing errors. It's hard to get true, non-mechanical unevenness. I thought those turned out better than I could've hoped for at the time.

The 27 is from a... Well, a buddy (thanks Randall) gave me a pile of 80's comics, for scholarly analysis, and one thing I hadn't anticipated on me absorbing was the crazy ads. I guess it's been a while since I actually flipped through comics that were older than I am, so I was shocked at all of the ads and how they were for absolutely everything. And I mean everything.

The 27 is from a fake Preview of a card as an Ad for a tarot card set, and that's the page it was before it was imaginarily torn out of the comic.

Hindsight

I was looking through/for some older images and ran across the CCatTwNN page files. I know more now than I did then, and I thought I'd see what the correct tone LPI would look like.

That was one of the bigger errors I made when I drew the book*. It doesn't look like it from that image, but there's a huge difference when it prints.

*Basically, the dots that make up the tones are too big.