Artist's Proof 8 x 10
In the production of prints, the process varies as does the agreement between printer and artist, depending on production numbers, printing process used and terms of the contract.
Historically, artist's proofs were proofs pulled from production so the artist could check the quality of the print. Because they were pulled early in the production process, they often contained more vivid colors and lines and were considered more valuable.
Modern printing technology makes all prints equal in quality, so today's artists can be given 5 to 10 percent of the entire edition for their personal use, as part of their contract with the printer. Sometimes the printer is also allowed to keep some of the artist's proofs.
When I have prints created, I haven't negotiated any percentage of artist's proofs, but I usually have a few in each batch. These vary in quality and quantity and in the instance of the Koi Pool prints I am creating some of my own artist's proofs to play around with intensity of colours, sharpness of the image, etc. before I bring the original to the printer. Even though I know I will still have to proof colours at the printer before prints are produced, I like to have some options in my head and on paper before that.
I have used Epson Velvet Fine Art paper to print some options. This is a 100% cotton rag paper with an acid free base and bright white surface. My Artisan printer uses archival inks and the print quality is professional. I will have about six or so of these artist's proofs available. They will be marked with the letters AP for artist's proof, numbered and signed by me. The prints are on 8.5 x 11 sheets with a white border, the print size is 6 3/4 x 10 inches. They may vary in size on the page, some may be cropped versions.
If anyone is interested in purchasing one of these unique artist's proofs, they are available for $40 plus $5 shipping worldwide Please contact me at jeanette jobson at gmail dot com to confirm availability and to order. As numbers of artist proofs will be very limited, please act quickly to reserve your proof.
A limited edition of Koi Pool prints will be available within the next couple of weeks in 8 x 10 and 16 x 20 sizes.