So you all know by now my ranting on about giclee being simply a reproduction print rather than and original print. But I wonder, is there a way in which a giclee print could be called and original IF it starts life in the digital realm?

Now don’t get me wrong, I am not about to jump ship and immediately start reproducing my art. I’m sorry, I just can’t bring myself to do that.

But I do have a history of painting digital pictures and, because of recent sales, I have been able to update my iPad (5 years old…) to an iPad pro. With the rather nice pencil.

Over the years I have been able to produce in photoshop images which are not meant to hit the real world print media, but nevertheless look like oil paintings. Which means that you could feasible print them using giclee and they would look like originals which have been reproduced.

Here are a few pictures…see if you can spot the ones created in the real world, and those created digitally…



Answers in a few lines below…

So if you can’t clearly check which is real and which is produced digitally then why bother painting in the real world anyway? Less mess with digital. Lovely undo button when it doesn’t go right. And it’s excellent when working for illustrations for books.

The reason to not just do digital is simple…it doesn’t feel right to me. The media doesn’t flow. And then you can just go and produce as many copies as you like.

It’s probably my issue with the unlimited copies which gets me. Because once produced, there is no further artistic input.

But what if you created digitally, but then you produced only ONE copy using the giclee printer. This was the thought that struck me today. Because with the new ipad I can produce pictures like I used to in photoshop, but directly onto screen. And at a level which is as detailed as giclee will handle.

So I have created an original just used a different media. Still an original. Which means that sometimes I could create ipad only digital art.  Then get it printed. Or even see if it sells THEN get it printed!  Which reduces the overhead considerably.

Well if it’s good enough for David Hockney, it is probably good enough for me!

But is the first one an original, and the rest are reproductions, even though they all come from the same file? Not sure I know! What do you think?

Oh, and the answers to my puzzle I set you?

1,3,5,7,8 are produced in the digital realm…the rest are photographs of paintings.