How is this digital artwork done?
What is a giclee' print?
What should I do to care for and preserve the artwork?
If above care is taken, how long will the artwork last?
What happens if I don’t like the completed portrait?
Can you change a person’s pose, clothing, etc. for my portrait?
How can I make sure that the artist will understand exactly what I want done with my picture?
Can you work from copyrighted photographs?

Q. How is this digital artwork done?
A. How it works:
My artwork combines the realism of photography with the beauty of painting. First I make a computer image of your photograph. Then I modify it and digitally "paint" over it to make it look like a painting. This includes "painting" over the image with computer-based brushes and paints. After you approve your digital proof, I have it printed on premium water color paper or art canvas, depending what the style of the art work calls for. All art work can be framed and the canvas portraits can be stretched onto a wooden frame just like a an actual oil painting. The best part is your cost is just a fraction of the price of traditional art!
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Q. What is a giclee' print?
A. Giclee” (pronounced jhee-clay) is from the French, meaning little squirt. A “giclee” print is a piece of printed artwork produced by using a high quality digital Inkjet Printer. Extremely fine droplets of ink are finely sprayed onto heavy paper or artists canvas. These droplets can be controlled by computer so that the resolution of the printed image is much finer than conventional printing. Printers usually use a 6 color printing process using permanent archival inks with a durability of up to 200 years. In conjunction with this, archival quality papers and canvases are used to give the very best overall result.
Giclee prints have become very popular in the United States and Europe where they were developed. This is largely due to the fact that it is very difficult to tell the difference from an actual watercolor or painting from a giclee' print. It is estimated that up to perhaps 80% of all new art is being reproduced using giclee techniques. The benefits for collectors is the museum quality, stability and fidelity of giclee prints.
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Q. What should I do to care for and preserve the artwork?
A. The two main things are to avoid exposure to water or excessive moisture, and direct sunlight. For instance, do not hang the artwork in an outside porch, sauna or bath, or on a wall exposed to direct sunlight. To clean, use a feather duster or a lint free soft cloth. DO NOT use water or household cleaners. With the watercolor prints I highly recommend framing it with a piece of glass over the giclee' print.
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Q. If above care is taken, how long will the artwork last?
A. In independent tests conducted by Wilhem Imaging Research, the pigments used to produce my artworks were found to last a minimum of 120 years before any noticeable fading occurs.
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Q. What happens if I don’t like the completed portrait?
A. I always send at least 1 small size proof for your review and approval before I complete the portraits. However, if for any reason you are not satisfied with the final artwork, I will redo it or reimburse your money upon return of the artwork.
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Q. Can you change a person’s pose, clothing, etc.?
A. There are some changes that I can make: for instance, I can eliminate unwanted people or objects from a photo, change the color of someone’s clothing, or crop a picture and edit the background to create a studio portrait from almost any photograph. In addition, in some cases I can combine different photos of the same person to obtain the desired effect. Please feel free to contact me to discuss your specific needs for your portrait.
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Q. How can I make sure that the artist will understand exactly what I want done with my picture?
A. Calling or e-mailing me first is always the best way to ensure I will create the portrait you want. Also be sure to include with your order form information a good description of what you want done. Make sure to include also your phone number(s) and best time to call, as well as your e-mail address. Go to my how to order page for further info on this subject.
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Q: Can you work from copyrighted photographs? (For examples, photos taken by a photo studio)
A: Yes, provided you send me a copyright release from the photographer. It should include the photographer's name, address, phone number and a brief statement authorizing The Digital Teacup to scan and modify their photograph. Some photographers may charge $30-$50 for this, others will do it at no cost.
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If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me.