So as much as I like seeing my own work online, it's nothing compared to seeing it in person. Almost all of my work is created with it being printed in mind, so there is a lot of fine detail and small texture you only get to experience in the printed form. Not to mention I print on really nice paper.
So here's what I do to get ready to hang my work at different shows and galleries.
Step one: Print the images. In this image, none of these images are printed at full size. These are small prints meant to be sold as prints. The paper is 44 inches wide, and usually a single print would take up almost the entire width.
Step two: Then I have to cut it all up. Not as easy as it looks! I do this all at school, and this particular cutting blade is sort of dull, and crooked. It's the weakest link in my process, quality wise.
Step three: Bring these bad boys to the frame shop my dad works at. (Convenient!) The table is huge so it makes it hard to tell that those pieces of paper are 3 to 4 feet tall each. Also, you may notice some color variations for my
piece. The green background one was a special request by my brother, so it's the only copy of that, ever. The pink bottomed one is a printer error, and I had two copies of this exact error since I printed two of them side by side. One was kept by my dad, the other was sold to a friend.
Step four: Then I measure super carefully. Typically, I write these numbers down. Hard to remember.
Step five: I cut the steel frames to the dimensions that I wrote down. Not pictured is the big scary machine required to do so. It's big and loud.
Step six: I'm avoiding the part where I cut the glass, because I break so much glass. I figured out how to do it now, but during this process I broke like four sheets. But once glass is cut, you just put all the pieces next to each other, and assemble.
EDIT: Oh, I found a photo of my dad cutting the glass! Also, this is the one off print made for my brother. I don't usually make changes to my art, but hey, what does he know.
Here's what a finished framed piece looks like. Very stylish. I got to use a gold frame for this piece and I thought it looked awesome. Was a steal for the guy who bought it for $300, if you ask me.
This is how I protect them while I transport them. The smaller image is actually from my first printing image. The big one stands just over the 4 foot tall table. It's a big piece, and this weekend I'm actually printing two pieces even BIGGER! Stay tuned!
EDIT: Also, I forgot to mention the process of dry mounting because during this whole ordeal about a month ago, I didn't have time to dry mount this. Dry mounting is a super quick and easy process if you have the equipment for it, that basically glues your paper to foam-core so it takes up more space in the frame and prevents wrinkling. My paper is really nice and thick, so we got by without it, but I will be dry mounting whenever I can. FedEx and Kinkos can both dry mount for a price. I don't know the price, but a price.