Landscape Artist of the Year 2019

The Sky Arts competition; Landscape Artist of the Year is open for entries. This competition gives you the opportunity to win a £10,000 commission for the British institution’s permanent collection in addition to £500 of art materials from Cass Art. The deadline for entries is the 11th May 2019 so there is still some time to get your application together!

Stunning locations across the whole of the UK are used within this competition.

For the application process you will need to submit the following:

  1. One photograph (Low-resolution Jpeg) of a landscape painting created by You (“the Landscape Entry”) – This image must show the complete painting, and you must send no more than one image of the Landscape Entry.
  2. Photograph(s) (Low-resolution Jpegs) of at least one and up to two further works of art by Yourself (“the Additional Works of Art”) – these needn’t be landscapes, and you must send no more than one image of each Additional Works of Art You submit.
  3. One passport style photo of yourself.

You will also need to complete a short application form which includes questions such as the following;

Please tell us about your background as an artist and your other general interests and if you have won or been shortlisted for any other art competition, please specify which competition(s) and the level of your involvement.

Full entry terms and conditions can be found here. There is also plenty of advice and information on the Sky Arts website.


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Win 4 x A4 Prints on Canson Infinity Rag Photographique!

Now if you follow us on Instagram, you would have seen our latest competition which is also now open on Facebook!

We are giving you the opportunity to win 4 x A4 prints on Canson Infinity Rag Photographique 310gsm. This stunning paper is a 100% cotton museum grade white fine art and photo paper. The exceptional smooth white tone is achieved during manufacturing by introducing natural minerals to the process. It has been developed to address the need for continued longevity requirements in the Digital Fine Art market. This paper offers a unique and extra smooth surface with an incredible sensual feel to it. It additionally provides one of the highest achievable Dmax currently available on the market, thus making it ideal for fine art photography, artwork reproductions and fine art printmaking.

How to enter

To enter our competition, all you need to do is share with us the image you would like printed. Just make sure you use the hashtag #TAPRWin when sharing your image on Instagram so we can see your lovely work! Alternatively, share your image on Facebook in our post comments! Then once shared, head over to our competition page to enter your details and register your entry. This competition is running from the 5th April 2019 through to the 28th April 2019 on Instagram and 13th April to the 28th on Facebook. We will select the lucky winners (one from Instagram and one from Facebook), at random, on the 29th April at 7pm! We will be in contact with the lucky winner to arrange printing of your image and shipping will be included too!

Full terms and conditions can be found on our competition page but if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us and we can help.


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Giclée Printing Services

Here at The Artist’s Print Room giclée printing is our speciality. We offer giclée printing services for all artist and photographer requirements. Additionally, we are the only UK based fine art print studio to be certified by the three most prominent paper manufacturers in the industry; Hahnemühle, Canson Infinity and Epson Digigraphie. These three accreditations prove our outstanding quality and enables us to stay at the forefront of new printing technologies and bring you the newest and highest-quality papers.

“Giclée is a digital printing process in which an inkjet printer is used to produce a high-quality art print”

We are a ‘true artist’s giclée printer’, therefore we truly appreciate and understand that your prints must be accurate in reproducing the fine hues and subtle details of your original work. We specialise in high quality substrates and exceptional giclée printing services, regardless of your order quantity, everything is produced to an exceptional standard.

Our Fine Art Printing Process

Artwork Photography: When it comes to art reproductions, the perfect giclée print; starts with perfect capture, get this wrong and your giclée prints will never be right. Our unique style of capture produces exceptionally detailed giclée prints that you can be proud of.

Editing: Colour editing is critical, everyone sees colour differently, apart from you the artist. It’s your work, so why let someone else colour correct this for you. View live soft proofing and print proofs. With us, you are always in charge.

Giclée Printing: Perfect capture and perfect editing, along with perfect ICC colour management means perfect giclée prints time and time again. Printed onto genuine fine art papers or canvases.

Direct Shipping: We can ship direct to almost anywhere in the world, either flat-packed or in postal tubes. All carefully packaged in archival wrapping and sealed ensuring that your prints arrive in perfect condition each and every time.


The Giclée Printing Process

The giclée print process requires four important aspects which are; resolution, inks, archival quality paper/canvas and the printer.

Resolution

Images you see on computer screens are usually at 72ppi (pixels per inch), however, for a Giclée quality print, an image must be at a minimum of 300ppi when an image is being viewed at 60cm or less distance. With a minimum of 300ppi, you are guaranteed the best quality print and ensuring your final image doesn’t appear to be ‘pixelated’.

Ink

Here at The Artist’s Print Room, we only use genuine Epson UltraChrome HDX pigment inks. These particular inks have high density levels of pigment giving you the most accurate of colour reproductions. In addition to this, the genuine Epson inks guarantee longevity when combined with the other aspects involved in the Giclée printing process.

Paper and Canvas

A vital part of the process which can also seem very daunting! With so many options to select from, the most important factor here is the archival qualities of the substrate. A fine art quality paper or canvas needs to be acid free and certified to last for at least 75-100 years. We stock the widest range of Hahnemühle Fine Art papers in the UK and you can find out more about our papers and canvases here.

Printer

A Giclée printer is very different when compared to a standard desktop inkjet printer. Typically to produce a Giclée print the printer requires at least eight different inks. Our Epson SC-P9000 printer provides the most superior quality images and can produce prints up to 44″ wide!

To find out more about our printing services please visit our Giclée Printing page.


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Deckled Edge Prints

If you’re looking for that something that’s extra special to finish your print, why not choose deckled edges? This option is available on all paper types we print on. You’ll find that it gives a truly expensive and exclusive looking finished product.

Deckled Edge Print - The Artist's Print RoomDeckled edges provide a wonderfully, beautiful finish to any print. With the gentle feathered but uneven edges, your print is guaranteed to stand out. Additionally, deckled edge prints look incredible once float mounted against a contrasting colour backing board. You will also find that this finish really adds to the texture of the cotton rag papers we offer, such as, the Hahnemühle Museum Etching. We find that the deckled edging gives the best results with with cotton rag papers, however, we can produce on any paper type. View our paper options here.Deckled Edge - The Artist's Print Room

We hand deckled the prints here at The Artist’s Print Room and this optionis available for prints both with borders or without borders. To order, simply use our step-by-step online order form to specify your requirements.


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Society of Wildlife Artists – 2019 Exhibition

The Society of Wildlife Artists will soon be accepting submissions for their 2019 exhibition; The Natural Eye. Pre-selection will be open from 12pm 29th April 2019 through to 26th July 2019. The Selection Committee (which is formed from artist members of The Society of Wildlife Artists) announce their selection choices on the 2nd August 2019. Following on from this, the exhibition runs from the 24th October 2019.

The Exhibition

This year the annual exhibition requests works that depict wildlife subjects with originality, creativity and high levels of technicality. Subjects can include any non-domestic animals, including, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, crustaceans and insects. Both two and three dimensional pieces are accepted. Pre-submission is through an online portal on The Mall Galleries website.

Artists, 18+ can submit up to six pieces of work each which must have been completed within the last three years. Entry is £18 per submitted works or £12 each for those aged 35 and under.

Awards & Prizes

Works which have been selected will be in with the opportunity of winning one of the following prizes or awards;

  • The Terravesta Prize: £2,000 for the best work exhibited.
  • Birdwatch Artist of the Year Award: £1,000 plus Swarovski equipment.
  • RSPB Award: £500.
  • Birdscapes Gallery ‘Conservation through Art’ Award: £700 split between the artist and a conservation charity of their choice.
  • Mascot Media ‘Nature in Print’ Award: For the most original, unusual or effective interpretation of the natural world using traditional printmaking techniques. The winning artist will receive £200 and their choice of 10 current Mascot Media books.
  • Dry Red Press Award: The winning work reproduced as a greetings card.

For full terms and conditions, please click here. You can also find out more about The Society of Wildlife Artists on their website.


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How to sign your fine art print

Questions regularly crop up surrounding signing fine art prints, therefore, we have put some tips together for you to help explain the most common practices in the industry.

The Importance

Firstly, the most important thing to remember is, it’s really down to you! You’re the artist, it’s your work that you have spent time creating. Signing your print can generally increase the sales price, this Huffington Post article from 2011 suggests the value can be increased by at least two times. Additionally, your work is something to be proud of and you should therefore put your name to the piece and claim your rights as the artist.

Signing should be an automatic part of the production process and should be one of the first things you do once receiving your prints (after unwrapping the packaging, of course!) Also, by signing your prints, you are giving your approval of the work.

Signing The Print

Traditionally, prints are signed at the bottom, in the margin, as follows;

  • The left hand corner details the edition number and edition size (if applicable). For example, edition number 4 of 50 would read as 4/50.
  • In the middle, you would add the title. Again, this is only if applicable. Not all artists title their artwork.
  • The right hand side is where the most important thing comes; the signature. Your signature is your brand, be creative and distinctive. We would highly suggest not using your day to day signature that you use for things such as banking.  For creative inspiration, take a look at this list of artist signatures.
  • Make sure to your sign within the width of your print area and stay away from the edges of your border, otherwise your framer may be forced to mount over or cut away your signature during the framing process.

This general guide and industry standard can be seen in both artwork reproductions and fine art photography prints.

Tools For The Job

When is comes to which implement to sign with, we would suggest using a pencil on matt papers such as the Hahnemühle Museum Etching.Here at The Artist’s Print Room, we always recommend a mechanical pencil such as a Pentel P209 with a 2B lead. However, for other papers with a gloss coating such as the Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag, do not sign with a regular ball point pen or maker pen! It’s vital to use a pen which is archival and acid free. One excellent choice would be the Sakura Pigma Pens. Using such pens will ensure the ink doesn’t fade or discolour subsequently affecting your print.

As an alternative or even as an addition to hand signing, you could emboss your print to add a really special extra touch.

Certificates of Authenticity

To supplement your signed print, why not compliment it with a Certificate of Authenticity? Find our more in our previous blog post.


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The Society of Women Artists 2019 Exhibition

Call for Entries

The 2019 Society of Women Artists Exhibition online pre-selection process is open on Thursday 28th February 2019. Entry will be open to both members and non-members and this will be the 158th exhibition from the society.

The Society of Women Artists

The Society of Women Artists (SWA) is a British art body dedicated to celebrating and promoting fine art created by women. Originally founded as the Society of Female Artists in 1855, it offered women artists the opportunity to exhibit and sell their works. Annual exhibitions have been held in London each year since 1857.

The 2019 Exhibition

The 2019 exhibition will be held in the renowned Mall Galleries, London and  artists can each submit up to four pieces of work. All medias are applicable, including; painting, pastel, drawing, mixed media and sculptures. Entry is open to both members and non-members with entry at £15 per work or £8 for those artists aged 35 and under.

All those wishing to submit their works must digitally upload their file by noon on the 20th June 2019. You must upload your work online through The Mall Galleries submission system here. Those fortunate to be selected will be notified on the 28th June 2019. Subsequently, following on from this, the exhibition will be open to the general public from Tuesday 24th September to Sunday 29th September. Additionally, all works within the exhibition will be for sale.

Awards

There are a variety of awards available and highlights include; the Princess Michael of Kent Award, The SWA Fine Art Award (£500), The SWA Special Fine Art Award (£2,000), Karin Walker Young Artist Award (£1,000), Derwent Special Fine Art Award (£500 of art materials) and the St Cuthberts Paper Mill Award. In addition to the, Jackson’s Art Supplies will be sponsoring the People’s Choice Award.


To view previous works from 157th exhibition, click here.

For further information on this years requirements, rules and terms and conditions visit the Society of Women Artists website.

Wildlife Artist of the Year – David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

The renowned annual Wildlife Artist of the Year competition is open again for 2019, however, you’ll have to get your entries in quick with the closing date as 5pm Monday 18th February.

This prestigious competition brings together artists, both professional and amateur, from all over the world to collaboratively celebrate the diverse beauty and wonder that the world of wildlife brings us. The competition first began in 2008 and over the years has attracted more than 10,000 entries, raising critical funds for the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.

Upon the closing date a panel of judges will narrow down the selection for a final shortlist. All those shortlisted will be displayed at the public exhibition held at The Mall Galleries in London between the 29th May and the 2nd June 2019. Artwork will also be for sale during the exhibition.

There are seven categories in this years competition;

  • Earth’s Wild Beauty;
  • Animal Behaviour;
  • Into the Blue;
  • Urban Wildlife;
  • Vanishing Fast;
  • Wings; and
  • Human Impact

Each category winner will receive a prize of £500.

There also additional awards;

  • The Overall Winner will be awarded a prize of £10,000!
  • Second Place will be awarded a prize of £1,000.
  • People’s Choice. Each visitor to the Mall Galleries exhibition will vote for their favourite piece, subsequently, the winner will be awarded £500.
  • The Artist Award will be selected by The Artist magazine. The winner of this award will then be given a profile feature in their publication.

To enter, you must upload a digital file of your artwork to the Wildlife Artist of the Year website as a high res file. You can find full terms and conditions including more information and the entry fee on their website here. You can also view previous winners work there too. So if you’ve got a stunning piece you’ve been thinking about entering into competitions, why not give this fabulous and worthwhile competition a go?

 

 

Meet The Artist – Victoria Coleman

Happy New Year to everyone, we hope you’re settling in well and had a good start to 2019! We are continuing with our ‘Meet The Artist‘ articles this year. This week we have the talented Victoria Coleman answering some questions for us. How adorable are the dogs?!

Victoria Coleman Portrait


When did you first discover your passion for art and painting?

Like most artists I loved loved painting and creating things from an early age and I was fortunate that my parents encouraged this, they even let me paint on the walls of bedroom!

Where do you get your inspiration from and what inspires you?

All sorts of things inspire me, a gallery could come up with a theme or someone could commission me to paint their dog with a great idea, I’m constantly looking for new ideas on social media and the internet or even my own dogs can inspire a collection!

©Victoria Coleman
©Victoria Coleman

How would you describe your style?

My style is a mix between realistic and illustrative, I used to paint Disney characters and I think that has influenced my style quite a bit.

What makes you different from other artists?

I use Bristol paints which is a water based paint used by scenic artists, I work in layers building up the detail, I also used an air brush to give my work depth.

What do you think is unique selling point?

Humour, just like people animals especially dogs have a sense of humour so I like to inject that into my work occasionally, I like to think my paintings will lift your spirits and make you smile. 

What is the most challenging thing for you when it comes to chosen medium?

It’s not so much the medium but more the subject which I find most challenging. I do a lot of portraits so especially when I’m working on a commission it’s vital I capture the likeness and spirit of the subject which sometimes can be very difficult.

Candy Girl ©Victoria Coleman
Candy Girl ©Victoria Coleman

What would be your career dream? What project would you love to be able to complete one day?

To have a workshop in the garden, currently I work in the kitchen which can be very frustrating sometimes, I want to be able to spread out and have lots of projects on the go all around me! Ultimately I’d like to paint my own dogs but I never seem to have time, I’m also a little afraid I won’t do them justice!

Did you have another career prior to this? If so, what was it?

A prop maker, it was a great job, I worked in all sorts of fields from costume props for Star Wars and Gladiator to painting Disney sculptures for their flagship stores.

Where would you like to see yourself in 10-15 years’ time?

Still alive! Both my parents died in their 50’s and I’m going to be 50 next year so if I’m still around in 10-15 years’ time I hope I’ll still be creating….in my garden workshop!

©Victoria Coleman
©Victoria Coleman

What is your typical day like?

I get up at 6am and check my emails and do a bit of social media marketing while having a cup of tea, I also take a moment to watch YouTube videos of other artists and business owners and try to pick up tips on how to expand my knowledge, then I take my dogs for a walk.

After everyone’s had breakfast I’ll get on with either wrapping any bought work or listing work online in my shops or photographing work to be listed. Then I need to get on with whatever artwork I have on the go, I like to be painting/ sculpting by 11 o’clock at the latest.

I love listening to crime thriller audio books when I work, the narrator Jeff Harding really gets me in the mood to paint!

After lunch I’ll carry on painting or sculpting till tea time, my lovely neighbour takes my dogs for their afternoon stroll which really helps me focus and get in the zone..

We’ve recently adopted a kitten so there’s a queue for dinner around 6pm so I’ll feed the dogs and cat then do a little more work until about 7-7.30. Then I’ll have my dinner, I might do a bit more marketing in the evening if I get a chance.

What do you love the most about your job and what do you hate the most?

I’m happiest when I’m creating, I love the processes and the freedom to paint whatever I want and I hate never having enough time, being a small business owner means having to do everything yourself so I’m constantly having to learn new things which takes up a lot of time.

©Victoria Coleman
©Victoria Coleman

How do you relax after a long day?

In the evening I like to sit on the floor with a glass of wine and watch Midsummer Murders or Vera or Netflix while playing with the dogs…..lovely!


Well, we certainly believe Victoria’s paintings lift our spirits and make us smile! To view more of Victoria’s work you can visit her website, Facebook page, Instagram or Twitter accounts.

 

 

Meet the Artist – Tat Effby

In our most recent blog article series, Meet the Artist, we have spoken to hilarious cartoonist and illustrator; Tat Effby. She had us in stitches with some of her responses!

When did you first discover your passion for art and drawing?

I’ve always been a doodler but I didn’t fully commit to being a cartoonist and illustrator until about 5 years ago.

Where do you get your inspiration from and what inspires you?

Inspiration for my cartoons comes from anything, anywhere and anyone – so just be careful what you say when I’m in ear shot because you might find yourself immortalised in a badly drawn joke.

©Tat Effby

How would you describe your style?

Inconsistent but amusingly so.

What makes you different from other watercolour artists?

I’m not as good as them.

What is the most challenging thing for you when it comes to painting?

I’ve been known to spend a whole afternoon drawing a hand. And I find cats to be indescribably difficult to capture to my satisfaction.

©Tat Effby

What would be your career dream? What project would you love to be able to do/complete?

I’m doing my dream job as a cartoonist and illustrator so I just want to keep on going, keep improving and keep trying to be funny.

Did you have another career prior to this? If so, what was it?

I was an Advertising Copywriter and I came up with ideas and headlines for advertising campaigns, our office was kinda like Mad Men but with a West Midlands accent. It’s one of the most fun jobs you can have even if you weren’t allowed to do puns. But I’ve been making up for that over the last few years.   

Where would you like to see yourself in 10-15 years’ time?

In 10-15 years time I’d love to see myself in the mirror, wrinkle-free, but I doubt that’s going to happen.

What is your typical day like?

©Tat Effby

Lots of coffee, a run, then lots more coffee at my desk drawing. Most days are this pattern, unless I’m picking up prints from The Artists’ Print Room, in which case I get to have a lovely jaunt to countryside.

What do you love the most about your job and what do you hate the most?

I love working from home, working for myself, getting paid to draw daft things and laughing at my own jokes.  I hate hands, but I can always put them in pockets if they’re proving too difficult to draw.

How do you relax after a long day?

I like to bake a cake and eat a lot, if not all, of it.

©Tat Effby

You can find out more about Tat and her work on the following;

Instagram : @tat_effby

Twitter: @tat_effby

Twitter: @RTBinshrewsbury

Facebook: @aloadoftat

Facebook: @roundthebendinshrewsbury

Website: tat-effby.com