Art prints can be Original Artwork created with its sole purpose to be the final product or as a reproduction of an existing artwork.
Original Art Prints
When produced with the intention of being the Original Artwork it can be a single image but usually, there is at least a small run or quantity produced. Depending on the method the individual pieces in this run may be practically identical or vary as the printing progresses.
Reproduction Art Prints
Art prints can also be in the form of a visual reproduction of an original piece of art. These are not considered original artworks but can still be highly collectable and valuable all the same if the Artist is in demand.
Limited Edition Prints
Often fine art prints are limited in production to keep desirability and cost higher although open editions are also commonplace. Also signed by the artist and numbered with the total edition number included if in a limited edition.
Open Edition Prints
Open editions may also be signed and even-numbered but with no closing edition number.
Artists prints are prints where the artist has had a hand in the creating process, the more so the more genuine this claim can be. Just handling the final digital print may be considered an Artist print by some but it's more authentic if the artist has been involved in the reproductive process at a greater level.
Hand-Embellished Arist Prints
Hand embellished artist prints are often the next best thing to an original. The bulk of the image is reproduced as usual but the artist will add their own marks to the work truly making each one unique, similar to a screenprint series where each print varies by the nature of the process...
Traditional printing methods include physical printing techniques such as woodcut, Linocut, etching, engraving, screenprinting etc
These methods would generally be considered as creating the Prints as Original Artwork in its own right and not primarily for the purpose of reproducing an existing artwork although this is done. The methods themselves are open to nuanced or even vastly varying results from one print to the next. Often the Artists chosen printing method will have a lot to do with how similar or how much control they have and their ability to alter the individual prints through the run.
Modern Digital methods allow for very little natural variation between prints and are mostly used to either reproduce an affordable version of a two-dimensional artwork such as a Painting, a Sketch or even a reproduction of a print. Digital Artists will also naturally produce a physical version of their artwork using this method and it is totally up to them whether they decide to make a single, limited or open run of their work.
Engraving will degrade slowly and sharpness will decline over a long run making earlier prints higher in quality and more valuable.
Digital Images are essentially carbon copies with only microscopic variation unless otherwise intended. However, tradition has had its impression and often earlier numbers are valued more highly.
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