of the things
which differentiates prints is intention. When an artist intends there
to be multiples - they are generally created as a first generation
prints. The plate(s), mold,
block, or matrix generally do not look
exactly like the finished printed piece. They typically will vary in
color and might even be an inverse color.
The most commonly known original prints are
etchings, and block prints. There are numerous others and new ones
being created such as the fish print. Art is a fluid changing thing
with many aberrations. What the original might look like can take on
artwork created at Outhouse Studios is done so on the computer. It is
painted using colors and palettes which are viewed on a monitor and
controlled using a mouse (a pen pad would also work and has been
tried). The artwork is stored as a file generally megabytes - it is
language which means the computer is able to read these complex filed
numbers and convert them into the image which was created.
The file cannot even be looked at or interpreted by the human eye
alone. It means nothing without the aid of the computer and a monitor.
Monitors do not all interpret the same - each needs to be calibrated
and there are still differences.
To insure proper colors - the monitor used is calibrated and
color profiles are used to create original prints which are true or
improve upon the color and clarity of the monitor image.
The art does not really feel complete until
it is printed. The print is the intended finished product - it is the
original art - like an etching or block print. And like an etching or
block print - the plate or block are quite cool to look at and would be
so even if they weren't the inverse of what is printed.
original sculpture before a cast is made to create a run of bronze
might look wonderful - but isn't a bronze sculpture.
The digital image is like this - not the intended finished
piece. In addition,
each of the images is enhanced by enlarging to dimensions bigger than
originally painted. This is done intentionally, but this differentiates
the original prints even more from the original artwork. Additonally,
images found on this site
are all compressed and generally sized
down so that they can be viewed without terrible delay.
(when referring to art not a publication) are always art prints, but
not all art prints are original prints. In fact, most art prints are
created from some kind of scan or recreation of an original painting -
they are reproductions at best although they might be good ones.
The art prints at Outhouse Studios are always original.