This is a post on art prints. To buy prints go to the SHOP
Skills gained modelling in Sketchup experience, organisational, market stall experience, small business model experience, real world contacts in arts and crafts, art co-operatives, local printer etc. considerations for print material plus the extensive variety of services at a modern printers
- Skills gained modelling in Sketchup
- organisational and market stall experience
- small business model experience
- requirements for print media
When I first came to Liverpool, over 20 years ago; a local made a remark that stuck with me. He said,
“You can tell who the new students are – the ones with theirs eyes upwards and the dropped jaws.”
He was referring to the newest arrivals to the city , being enthralled and agog at the amazing architecture in this city. I have never got over that initial awe and while I no longer amble around like a slack-jawed tourist, I do always have a camera ready (don’t we all these days) to take some reference shots of any building or site that catches my interest.
I am a poor photographer and a poor sketch artist but I have used 3D software and am far more comfortable conceptualising ideas this way.
I now use Trimble Software’s Sketchup. It differs from other 3D software in the way objects are made, as it is designed to be very intuitive. A new user can see results after their first trial of the software.
I use Sketchup to create this initial sketch or outline of a building and when this is completed, I can work into using other materials both digital and actual by using hard copy from the digital file. (I have yet to use a laser printer for 3D output!)
When I first started to sell my prints In my research I came across many pictures of Anfield, The Liver Building, landmark buildings, Beatles stuff. I didn’t see of my area or any reflection of all the architecture new and old.
I wanted a way to document buildings at my street level but still hopefully get some kind of remuneration in order to carry on. Shops became a choice as I usually tried for a commission first by cold calling at the shop. I was not always successful, but was treated with civility and good humour on the majority of occasions.
The commission’s I received where for images for marketing and framed prints for their shop, their family and/or friends. A few pictures like Keiths, Milo lounge were commercial, but the majority, much less so, nevertheless it still afforded me sometime to do buildings of my choice, Rhiwlas St before it was redeveloped (rather well as it happens, imho), a run down shop on Lodge Lane etc. A good reason for doing these type of buildings is in the last paragraph.
I was approached by a woman while I was selling prints at Granby St market, who’s father was the architect of the 80s post-brutalist building that is the Job Centre on High Park Street. It became apparent this woman was the person whose father designed that building – she bought the picture I never dreamed I would sell (even though I had included the beautiful converted church next to it, to give it a chance) She said everybody hated the building and jokingly told me she normally kept quiet about it for that very reason. She made my day by telling me I would make her dads.