How to Avoid Being a Starving Artist

A great artist bleeds for his art. He gives it everything he has, his blood, sweat, tears, and heart. A true artist never gives up on his passion and love for his craft. However, the starving artist is a false character created by a passionless society. You can be an artist without starving, here’s how: […]

The Rise and Fall of Hip Hop Stars MC Hammer and DMX

The increasing desire for fame and fortune are driving many of today’s young aspiring hip hop artists. Innocent and pure at first, many hip hop artists claim that they do it for the love of the music and not for the fame and money. However, only a handful of them actually pull off this simple task. As one’s fame and fortune rise, these superstars become distracted from their “roots,” the real reason why they are in the business. Perhaps it was a facade from the start, but we will give them the benefit of the doubt.

This article will provide a quick run down of the rise and fall of two of the best know hip hop rap artist in their time; MC Hammer in the late 1980s to the early 1990s and DMX from the late 1990s to the early 2000s. As the saying goes, “what goes up, must come down.” How fast one comes down and how one comes down from their stardom solely depends on the day-to-day decisions of the artist.

Let’s take a moment to consider…”Stop! Hammer Time!” MC Hammer proves the difference between success and foolishness is a fine line. Hip hop artists are dismissing certain consequences that arise from over spending their quick fortune. They continue to flaunt their fortune by purchasing bling style urban jewelry and consequently fade out of fame, much like many lottery winners today.

In the 80s, MC Hammer was a music sensation in his prime, arguably rivaling the popularity of the late Michael Jackson. With the release of Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em, MC Hammer realized approximately $33 million in profits. Coupled with further album sales, tours, endorsements, and merchandise, he raked in millions upon millions. Hammer spent $12 million on his home alone. Along with his house, he also purchased 2 helicopters, 17 expensive automobiles, bad investments, and very high-priced antiques.

MC Hammer’s biggest regret was who was around him during his rise to fame. He employed 300 people for a payroll total of half a million dollars per month. Many of his “friends,” or the 300 people who he tried to help out, were only there for his money and fame. In 1996, Hammer filed for bankruptcy. In the late 90s he became a preacher while continuing to release albums that could not replicated his earlier success.

… and then there was X.

DMX went from Ruff Ryder to a proverbial flat tire. Raised in a city just north of New York City, he spent much of his time on the streets committing crimes. DMX found a sanctuary in hip hop music – to escape from his hard knock life. He enjoyed many of the background tools used for rapping such as beatboxing and spinning on turntables. Eventually he began rapping himself.

Though he started rapping in the early 1990s, Earl Simmons aka DMX did not rise to fame until signing to Ruff Ryders Entertainment and Def Jams Recording in 1998 with his double album release, It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot and Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood. DMX became the first artist to ever have 5 albums debut at #1. His popularity began to decline after his 2003 album, Grand Champ, where he announced his retirement. From this point onwards, DMX spent most of his money on drugs and fell deep back down his troublesome ways.

In 2004, DMX was arrested at JFK Airport on charges of cocaine possession, criminal impersonation, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal mischief, menacing, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol while claiming to be a federal agent and attempting to carjack a vehicle. From 2005 to 2008, DMX spent a total of a half a year in prison.

Where are they now?

MC Hammer is a super star in the social networking site, Twitter, ranking in the low 30s with just shy of 1.3 million followers. He continues to produce songs and is living a relatively decent life less expensive hip hop jewelry, exotic cars and large entourages. In 2009, DMX claimed that he would pursue preaching much like MC Hammer. However, after speaking with hip hop artist Mase, he decided to return to rap. He will be planning on releasing his next two albums, Walk with Me Now and You’ll Fly with Me Later in the latter part of 2009 or 2010. This may spark a return of the Ruff Ryers and DMX to widespread popularity.

Although it seems that both artists have turned themselves around after hitting their major lows, it is unfortunate that this cycle of hip hop rise, fame, and crash seems unlikely to be broken anytime soon.

Animation Career Paths – A Look at the Storyboard Artist

The storyboard is the visual shot-by-shot translation of a script and is the basis for the entire production process that follows, including design, background and layout, animation, and post production. Despite changing technology, storyboards are still mostly drawn by hand.

Storyboards represent the finished product long before great time and expense goes into a project. The storyboard artist, working in the style of the production, maintains storytelling continuity, breaks down the script into scenes or shots, establishes the size relationships between characters and props, and indicates the acting by hitting strong poses on each story point. In addition, the storyboard artist is often the first to rough out new background locations, characters, and props. A storyboard artist balances strong drawing skills with a good knowledge of anatomy, acting, directing, staging, and the ability to think creatively and quickly. With such commanding skills, story-board artists often develop into animation directors.

Veteran storyboard artist and co-creator of Frederator/Nickelodeon’s Call Me Bessie!, Diane Kredensor, describes the daily duties of a storyboard artist, “First, you go through the script and thumbnail out your shots. Then you pitch your thumbnails to the storyboard supervisor or animation director for notes and changes. From there, you flesh it out, adding the acting, into a full rough storyboard. Some productions already have the voices recorded and the board artist will board to track. Otherwise, you create (draw) the acting and the voice actor match your board. Once your rough board is approved by the director, you make it pretty, putting everything on model, and then you’re done.

What kind of training and skills does a storyboard artist need to develop to start out and to keep advancing in her career? According to Diane Kredensor, you want to be a good draftsman, able to draw the human figure in a variety of poses. ” Other skills should include strong storytelling, cinematography, staging and composition. Storyboards should clearly communicate ideas to the entire production team, so strong communication skills are an important asset”.

All the experts agree that the most intensive learning takes place on the job. The more experience you have out there working with other people’s good boards, the better your own boards become.

Art Selling is an acquire skill set.

Not everyone can sell and not all selling is an art. However to have a successful career as an artist you must master the fundamentals of “Art Selling” either directly or indirectly – by hiring an advocate.

Selling art is viewed as the last step in the process for most artists. A study conduct by the Little Shanty Folk Art Gallery in Louisiana, entitled “Art Study 2006” highlighted the disconnect between the creative and business process, which has lead to an unrealistic approach of art selling. The thought of setting up at a “fair” or “festival” because people are there, will lead to high sales or putting art in a store window is going to miraculously change an art career is foolish and reminisce of the 19th century mindset. Yes! some art will be purchase however, the majority art will end up being sold below the initial offering. There is a very simple reasons art is under sold; most artists do not know how to price their work and equally are unwilling to apply the “Fundamental of art selling.” Which has resulted in the majority of artists with stagnate or faulting careers.

Selling is an acquired skill-set and a process which should not be taken for granted nor over looked. The number of unsuccessful art careers attest to the reality the fundamentals of selling art is not being applied. Even art practitioners failed to grasp the fundamentals which accounts for the numerous galley closings during the past few years. The outcome is clear artists and art businesses will not earn a substantial income in the art market, more less survive unless the fundamentals of “Art Selling” is properly applied.

Fundamentals begin with identifying the initial attributes of the art, followed by connecting those attributes to a value matrix. The artist creates a compelling narrative from the value points and match them with the purchasing criteria of the art buying public. The artist/team conducts customer research to locate the segment who prefers the value points they are promoting. An finally compelling marketing material is produced to invite them to the event. “Artists should spend equal time positioning his or her work and promoting the values which are central to the intended audience” Richard Lewis, Dallas Art Consultant and Collector.

Art is a creative product with its own benefits and features which are sort after by art purchasers, today’s artists need to learn how to extract those points: create a narrative, determine where their art falls in the context of the art world, identify the demographics, write compelling marketing material, and most importantly sell the value. Any professional observer can ascertain if an artist has apply the fundamentals by who he/she invites to the exhibit, the context of the marketing invitations, and the selling process during the event . If the fundamentals are apply the majority of the attendees will be people who are interested in buying the art because of the value they perceive it possess in the short or long term.

“Fundamental of Art Selling” encompass vision, value and customers…there have been hundreds of workshops on technique, writing artist’s statements, resumes and exposure. None of those encapsulates the “Fundamentals of art selling” which is require to succeed. Most art buyers do not seek out resumes or artist’s statements. 94% of artists have faulting careers and 6% are successful at their trade making high five figure incomes. Which percentage group would you prefer to be in?

Learn the fundamentals of art selling and your career will change.

Artist Profile – Jef Stott

I was recently back in Joshua Tree, California, for the 7th Annual Joshua Tree Music Festival, where I have participated as a volunteer since the first one of these fantastic music festivals. I was excited to hear that Jef Stott would be performing twice at the event. First was his performance with his group the Embarka Sound Project, and then the next day he performed with Jossi Fine, an incredible bass player and World Musician himself. Both shows were amazing, blending sounds of the Middle East and West. Jef is a true World musician, and while the Oud is his main “axe”, he can tear it up on several instruments. I had the opportunity to meet and talk with Jef after the second show. I found his story fascinating. He has a very diverse background in music, being a musical anthropologist, and has collaborated with and produced many talented musicians.

We had a short interview. Here is Part One:

>I’m here with Producer/Composer Jef Stott, who just finished a great set with Yossi Fine. You also performed last night with the Embarka Sound System with Hooman. What’s it like performing with and producing artists with such different styles and backgrounds?

“Well, for me performing with artists from around the world is what I am all about. Each person brings with them a sensitivity and orientation to their culture that is expressed through their music. You can learn a lot about someone and their heritage by playing with them. Even people from different regions within the same county have different takes on the same melody. Regional differences instead of national ones, smaller more subtle shifts. Plus most lines on maps are arbitrary anyway. Also there is the concept of time, many people from different areas are playing music that is a key or a doorway into a different way of life. One when we were not so rushed and multitasking all the time. Often I will look up from a nice long jam session and like 3 or 4 hours have passed and it seemed 45 minutes. And to bring it full circle, I feel like this music is looking to the future, where new combinations are tried out to see what fits.  The global fusion music movement is the future forward music, where folks from around the world are going to start pushing back with really hot beats and these ancient gorgeous melodies. we are already seeing it now in India, Brazil Egypt etc…makes the blues or rock and roll seem pretty flat.”

>What is your musical background? What instruments have you studied/ play?

“I started playing acoustic guitar in junior high. Moved quickly onto the electric and became a lead guitarist in heavy metal bands by the time I was 15. I was playing rock clubs in LA when I was a teenager. Then discovered Eno, Peter Gabriel, the Clash and the whole world music explosion that happened in the 80’s. Then after a while discovered the oud, became sort of a sufi for a while, moved to SF, put out a bunch of albums, got a couple of degrees and here we are. Now I can say I play the following- string instruments acoustic/electric guitar, bass, oud, saz, cumbus, yali tambur (turkish), santoor/hammered dulcimer (persian) mandolin, banjo etc percussion all arabic percussion- darbuka, riqq, tarr, bendir daff (Iran) drum kit djembe conga etc. I’m a decent keyboard player and I also play harmonium and melodica in the dub jams.”

>How did last year’s release of Saracen change things for you as far as your overall exposure? I imagine the world tour was amazing?

“Yes definitely. Signing on with Six degrees has been a goal of mine for many years. I approached them back on ’99 with the Stellamara project, of which I was a founder, and we were in negociations and things got weird with the band internally and we all split up for a while. But I maintained my connection with the Label and here we are 10 years later… So Six Degrees really put me on the map and I am grateful. The experiences I have had in the past 2 years have been a dream, sharing the stage with some of my heroes, Gaudi, Makyo, Karsh, Cheb I Sabbah etc…I feel like I am a peer of these artists now and it feels good. The dates in Miami and Tokyo, Vancouver, Taipei, all of it has been amazing.  So many stories…”

>You have an incredible depth in your knowledge of music, Jef, having studied it anthropologically, as well as having collaborated and produced so many great musicians, such as Yossi right here at Joshua Tree Music Festival. How has the Global Electronica movement grown? Do you think its growing in popularity in the States?

 “I think it is slowly moving forward, but the US is pretty insular and self centered, it is a rock town, electronica is still marginalized although I have heard rumors that disco is going to take over hip hop in the coming years… Folks don’t know how to process this music sometimes. the rest of the world is so interconnected. I mean France and Morocco are neighbors right? The flow is more fluid else where, here it is this big corporate umbrella called America. That is why I moved to San Francisco from L.A. where I was born, I wanted more connectivity on a street level I think the movement is growing,. many of the best producers live here, ickodemus, Zeb, Chehab etc…but there is not that much work for us. We have to travel constantly to stay busy.  The festival circuit is really growing and that is great. I heard the line up at J Tree Fest was really global this year, and that is a good thing. Also the global music is really well suited to outdoor festivals as it carries with it a built in sense of festival purpose and ritual. The origins of all this fusion music is rooted in street parties and ceremonies from around the world, so the purpose of the music is in line with the aim of many people who come out to a festival like Joshua Tree, to reconnect with the earth, the people, the spirits.”

>What are your plans for the future (musically)?

“Well, I am just now finishing up a masters degree in multimedia and that has kept me pretty busy for the last 6 months or so. Our thesis project is a biofeedback installation using brainwaves and biosensors to control audio/visual media. There is a website up that has more info at I am actually really itching to get back in the studio and write new material. I feel like I am at one of those nodes where everything begins again, the cycle is complete. That is when you say “what the @#$% am I gonna do  now?” The material on Saracen was stuff I had been playing live for a while and I am really ready for new stuff. I think the next batch of tracks in gonna be on the deeper side and not so concerned with following the BPM or DJ trends of the moment. Things are so fickle that way. This approach may cost me some gigs, but I need to be true to myself and work with what ever comes out  So it looking like more lush deep soundscapes with strong beats and deep melodies, which all sounds good to me.”


“Jef Stott’s first full-length offers a powerhouse mix of electronic and Middle Eastern music that hits on all cylinders. Not only does Stott know his Middle Eastern music, he’s an outstanding producer and musician, with respect for what’s before him.”

-From BILLBOARD Magazine

Currently signed to Six Degrees Records, Jef is releasing SARACEN, his full length debut solo album in Spring 2008. His sound is a powerful fusion of the traditions of the Middle East with breaks, dub and electro. As a producer performer and composer, he has released albums with Stellamara, Lumin, the debut from young Arabic rock/electronica sensation MC RAI  as well as several remixes including Azam Ali, Cemali, Atash, among others. He toured extensively with appearances in Japan, Canada Turkey, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. As a musical anthropologist, he has studied with master musicians from Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Iran and Turkey which led him to become accomplished on several traditional stringed and percussion instruments of the Middle East. His work has been released on several record labels including Universal,EMI, Six Degrees, Hearts of Space, Triloka  and City of Tribes.” Jef lives and works in San Francisco, California. Learn more about Jef Stott at

Career as a Makeup Artist

By Beverly Pereira Photography: Courtesy the makeup artist

Makeup artistry is a popular profession that sounds glamorous and challenging in equal parts. Celebrated makeup artist Ambika Pillai tell it like it is.

From being an established hairstylist in fashion, film and ad circles to a successful makeup artist with a chain of eponymous salons and makeup, skincare and accessories range, Ambika Pillai is a self-taught professional with a natural affinity for making people look and feel good.

Effortlessly juggling assignments for editorials, fashion shows, films and ads, Ambika stresses on hard work and perseverance as key characteristics that help to achieve an A+ result as she laughs off the rosy picture painted about this seemingly glamorous vocation.

Yet, there are positives, opines Ambika as she recounts wonderful memories from fashion shows in Paris, New York, London, Cairo and Singapore. Other milestones include bridal makeup for Saudi Arabian princess Sarah besides her concepts for the entire cast of the musical Zangoora – The Gypsy Prince, and the iconic look of the Indigo cabin crew and staff.

Inspired as she is by some of India’s best designers, including Tarun Tahiliani, Rohit Bal, Manish Arora, Suneet Varma and JJ Vallaya, and their concepts, Ambika talks to IAnD about pursuing this field as a vocation�Ц

What qualities and skill set does one need to enter the field of makeup artistry? Artistic hand, imagination and the willingness to work hard�Цreally hard since it requires you to be on your feet, standing for very long hours.

What’s that one thing that cannot be taught/ learnt at a makeup course? Makeup courses might help you to learn the basics, but it’s important to bring your signature style to the table. How you add on to the fashion designer’s and stylist’s concepts and complete the picture in terms of final look and finish is your important contribution.

Two do’s that you could share with students aspiring to pursue a career as makeup artists? a. Work hard and diligently b Learn the newest techniques through workshops and seminars. c. Stay abreast of what’s trending. d. Create your own style

Two don’ts that you could share? a.Don’t be lazy b.Don’t ever compromise. Go for the 100%

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Eskil Ronningsbakken – Balancing artist on the edge of 1,000ft cliffs

Eskil Ronningsbakken, a risk-taker from Norway, has made a lot of people really surprised at his stunning balancing feats. Eskil can balance on a stack of chairs perched on a rock, do a one-handed handstand on a ice cube over a huge waterfall, stand on a steel ring, all of which are performed on the edge of 1,000ft cliffs. In addition, Eskil has also been training others how to make bold shapes at dangerous spots. Along with a team of 10 people, he is currently touring to perform his incredible achievements. It can be said that people can’t help admiring as having witnessed his excellent achievements. Let’s have a look at images of this balancing artist.


Eskil at the site of the stunt


Eskil pushes a bicycle along a tightrope over Lysefjorden fjord in Stavanger


Eskil stands on a steel ring on the edge of a 1,000 meter high cliff in Kjaerag, Stavanger


Eskil balances on a ice cube over a huge waterfall


Eskil does a one-handed handstand with one of his assistants September at Geirangerfjord mountain


Eskil Ronningsbaken balances on a stack of chairs over Geirangerfjord in Geiranger, Norway



Eskil has also been training others how to make bold shapes at dangerous spots


Eskil performs a handstand at Trollstigen mountain, Norway


Eskil balances on a unicycle at Trollveggen mountain



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Finding Meaningful Gifts – Buying Art

When you are considering meaningful gift ideas for that special friend or family member in your life, sometimes it can feel almost impossible to give them something that reflects how much you value them. Some gifts are too commercialized and non-personal, while other gifts can be too personal, such as a book on weight-loss. For many people, giving gifts can be a stressful experience – which is why people often avoid it entirely.

However, there is a solution. Purchasing art is one of the safest and most meaningful ways to express those feelings toward someone you love. Whether it’s a child, a newlywed, a family, or even a pet – art often says more than words ever could.

Gift Idea #1 – Pet Portrait

For some people, their pets are their kids. They feed them, care for them, love them, and sometimes even clothe them, just as they would their own children. If you are looking for the most meaningful gift for a pet-lover in your live, there can be no greater gift than a well-done pet portrait. One of the best professional artists I’ve seen that specialize in pet portraits is Nikky Hughes of Los Angeles. The great thing about pet portraits is that they can be done from a photograph – so it is possible to purchase artwork like this from skilled artists like Nikky regardless of distance.

Nikky was classically trained at the Mission Renaissance art school. Her art is soft and romantic – with a dreamy quality to them. They are lifelike and impressive representations of everything that makes a pet beautiful in the eyes of its owner. The aspect of her paintings that truly make Nikky’s art stand out from the crowd is the setting in which she places the animals. The surroundings are sometimes whimsical, other times wonderfully surreal, but always intriguing. Whether you are looking for a portrait as a gift for someone else or not, Nikky’s art represents the work of a rising artist, so purchasing one of these portraits for yourself would be a very good investment, and a wonderful addition to your home décor.

Gift Idea #2 – Child Portrait

A special gift you can give someone is a lifelike artist’s portrait of a child. Parents can see the beauty in their children even when others may not. Giving a parent a hand drawn or painted portrait of their child is a way for you to say that you also see the natural beauty of their children. There is no greater compliment than to compliment someone’s children.

Artist Jess Perna is a perfect example of a skilled artist who focuses especially on child portraits. Her art consists of pencil portraits and drawings that are amazingly lifelike and authentic. It is as easy as sending her a photograph of the child, and you will receive a fine art pencil portrait of the child, or even a caricature if you choose to do so. Her portraits are impressive, and such a hand drawn portrait of a child is sure to become a family heirloom for many generations. The price of her portraits consisting of one person ranges from $300 to $1800 depending on the size of the portrait.

Gift Idea #3 – Family Portrait

One of the most unique and special gifts, especially during the holidays is a hand-drawn family portrait.

Often, people struggle to purchase individual members of a family special gifts, most of which are unneeded and go unused. When the family has several kids, the cost of all of those gifts can often go to $500 or more. A family portrait is different. It is a unique gift because it’s a statement that you find beauty in the family, and the portrait is a reflection of the love within that family.

One of the best art websites that I’ve seen that focuses on family portraits consisting of three or more individuals is The master painter creates a stunning oil painting from one photo or several photos. A painting like this, at a fraction of the cost of buying each member of the family a gift, will be appreciated more than anything else you could offer.

Gift Idea #4 – House Portrait

There is an old saying that love is what makes a house a home. When a family has lived in a house for so many years, a house itself is almost a member of the family. House portraits are ideal for:

– Realtor closing gift

– Housewarming gift

– Holiday gift

Houses tend to portray best in watercolor, and no one does it better than the artist of A beautiful portrait of a family home is a gift that will continue to be appreciated and honored for years.

Importance of Artist paint

An artist is known by his art and for him it is very essential that the product he uses to highlight his artistic talent is well designed and appropriate to suit his pursuit of art. Just as pen is the important tool for a writer, in the same way artist paint is the nerve of an artist. It is the pre-requisite that the paints selected are of good quality and durable enough to leave a long lasting impact. Artist paints are popular in the sense that they are framed keeping in mind the needs and requirements of an artist. The quality of art improves and further enhance with the best paints. Artists are very particular about their selection of different paints used to put grace to their sketch and paintings. There are different kinds of paints available depending upon the genre of painting. The market supplies wide range of paints to support artist in his venture. Artist paints boost the work of artist and adds color and grace to it to last long. With the growing popularity of art and painting, everyone has become curious to know and learn more about this art and to gather as much information as possible to learn with excellence. People of all age prefer being acquainted with this learning and they are indulging themselves in reading and searching to acquire this talent. It is important to know the basic things before one gets to know the specific techniques of an art and its characteristics. It is important to know the dynamics of an art in order to explore and learn it. Nowadays, this has become a popular field of study and interest. How to art books is the key book to guide and assist one in their pursuit of learning. These books are well known and help particularly a beginner to learn the art and at the same time for the one who is equipped with the art challenge them to expand their learning. The series of art books serve as good tools of information and help one develops this talent and enrich their artistic side. Derwent pencils are the best quality and finest pencil that can be used as a trusted friend for a skilled artist. These pencils are the best tool and are designed and created with great precision and texture. One uses these pencils to improve and enhance their artistic talent and sketches. The pencils are widely used by all artists and are considered as best for sketching and artistic styles and graphics.

Photographers – Stretching Canvas Prints Leads to Greater Profits

Many of the large format, professional quality printers on the market today are capable of printing directly onto canvas. Along with that recent development a growing number of photographers and artists have discovered that printing their photographs and other works of digital art onto canvas adds a sense of novelty – along with a considerable amount of profitability. The fact of the matter is that there are much large profit margins to be had when you choose to print onto canvas as opposed to fine art or other photo papers. There are several reasons for this, but the most prominent is that you can create an equivalent sized stretched and sealed and framed museum-quality canvas print for a lower cost than a framed traditional photo print with mat and glass.

As a photographer and artist with years of experience both perfecting and promoting my art, it has been my experience that canvas prints are worlds more profitable than their traditional counterparts. That begs the question: Why doesn’t everyone jump on board this new but growing trend? In my experience the reason why so many photographers choose not to print onto canvas is quite simply because they don’t have the skill or expertise to stretch the canvas on their own, and a typical framing shop will charge a hefty fee for this simple service. On the other hand, it does not take any real specialized skill to purchase a mat, glass, and frame kit and produce a final product in an basic garage or office. I maintain, though, that if a digital artist or photographer only knew how to stretch their own canvas they would be able to produce a beautiful finished product for a much lower cost than a traditionally printed and framed piece.

That isn’t the end of it, though. A digital artist or photographer can further reduce their overhead by opting out of framing canvas. If you do a gallery wrapping on your canvas then once stretched it is already considered a finished piece. The edges of canvas where it wraps around the stretcher bar are all part of the art of it, and in many cases can add an almost three dimensional effect to the piece.Yes, you will be able to sell your canvas print without any costly framing for a comparable price as framed paper print, but at a much lower cost to yourself.

The main considerations when it comes to creating such fine art canvas prints is the materials you choose to craft them with. The primary materials for canvas prints are the canvas itself, the sealer, and the canvas stretcher bar. When you go to select a canvas you will use for printing you need to be certain that its imaging properties are exceptional. In my professional experience matte canvas is preferred to gloss or semi gloss. If you do choose matte canvas you need to also use a matte black ink in the printer. When you stretch the canvas over the stretcher bar, a high quality canvas will not show any cracking along the edges.

The sealer you use is the key component in preserving and protecting the printed image, and is every bit as important as the canvas you print onto. When the sealer adheres to the print, it should make the canvas much more pliable. You should be sure to select a sealer that also offers a high level of dirt and moisture resistance as well. Using a quality canvas with an exceptional sealer will help ensure that there is absolutely no edge or corner cracking. The stretcher bar is important as well. It should have a raised lip so as to prevent any ghosting behind the image, and also needs to be exceedingly sturdy.

Entering the world of printing and stretching your own canvas is certainly a learning curve. Fortunately for you, though, you don’t have to work through the trial and error process alone. At you can find a very helpful pictorial demonstration of the canvas stretching process along with helpful text instructions. This site provides plenty of resources for anyone seeking to get into the world of canvas printing, or improve and refine their process. If you are considering fine art canvas printing then I can assure you that the payoff greatly outweighs the investment.

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