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Printing drawings/artwork to sell-- advice pls!

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monkeybump Sat 06-Oct-12 10:39:49

Have you ever got your own drawings/artwork printed? Either to sell as standard prints or as greeting cards? I recently started a facebk page of my drawings and have amazingly had a lot of requests for prints and cards so people can buy them. But I'm totally clueless how/where to get them done (online? Local printers? Quality? Quantity??) and how much to sell them for. They are mostly fairly small sketchy pencil drawings, quite rough & cartoony...
Any one have similar experience??
TIA smile

Rockchick1984 Sat 06-Oct-12 11:07:07

No personal experience, but a friend does hand sketches on request as a small business. She charges £15 for a 6"x4" picture, but as I said that is hand drawn rather than printed. Good luck with it, sounds like you have quite a talent smile

BigFatLegsInWoolyTIghts Sat 06-Oct-12 11:07:46

I have noticed a lot of people print them themselves on quality paper.

Caerlaverock Sat 06-Oct-12 11:08:19 is brilliant and good value.

monkeybump Sat 06-Oct-12 12:42:00

Thanks for the replies, will try and look into printing my own.
I considered doing commissions but tricky as I have a 2 yr old dc and another on the way, so thought if I just stocked up on images and got them printed then it takes the pressure off the drawing side of things! Plus I'm sure people would rather pay less for a print than more for the real thing... Surely?

Caerlaverock Sat 06-Oct-12 19:28:00

Screen prints are a happy medium, still an original art work. Personally I wouldn't pay for a home print as it would fade. Has to be giclee for sales.

CuriousMama Sat 06-Oct-12 19:31:25

Good for you smile I'm an amateur artist but have only given pictures away so far. Friends and family say I should sell them but perhaps one day? I hope it goes well for you. I have loads of artists on my FB list maybe you are? wink

LastMangoInParis Sat 06-Oct-12 19:35:13

Interesting thread... marking! smile

MamaCross Tue 16-Oct-12 14:33:11

Professional Giclée printers - very quick, very reasonable, extremely good quality.

BlogOnTheTyne Sun 28-Oct-12 09:59:36

Glad I found this thread as I'm thinking of starting a small online business - plus some other outlets - selling my artwork.

My problem is that I'm limited in my technical/IT knowledge. So I have a few questions:

If you scan and then print your own stuff, will this not 'last' at all, then and just fade over time - hence the suggestion of professional giclee printers?

Is it possible to do this yourself, at home with a particular type of printer - or would you need to go through a company like the one mentioned above?

Secondly, with, how do you send your work? Do you just scan it and then send the jpg file?

I am really thick when it comes to anything related to IT I'm afraid!

pinkyredrose Tue 30-Oct-12 14:28:14

Hi you can print around home if you have your own giclee printer but they tend to be quite expensive. Best to get it done with a printing company.

Not used so can't comment there.

Good luck!

rosiesmartypants Tue 30-Oct-12 14:33:26

I have a few friends that have used these guys:

All gave rave reviews....they started off doing kids drawings on to Christmas Cards, but now do individual art work on to cards and postcards now too.

BlogOnTheTyne Sat 03-Nov-12 06:08:09

For those of you who have successfully pursued a business in designing cards, printing artwork etc, is it possible to make 'real' money out of it - or just something that's fun to do but not really going to end up as a proper business?

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