Thursday, January 19, 2012

So close to shiny new things!

Sketches with acrylic

I generally consider myself an old fashioned person with old fashioned ways. I enjoy molasses, real cotton and wool clothing, George Burns, rocking chairs, and folk albums from the 1960s on vinyl.

I also have a hard time learning how to use new gadgets. My fancy phone is still a mystery to me. Despite my urge to stay simple forever, I have decided to challenge my tech incompetence and get with the times. I bought a massive, sexy, Epson wide format printer for making high quality reproductions of my art! I read the manual! I have never read a manual before. After some adjustments, I was able to make a test print that looks so clear and bright that I can hardly believe my eyes.

This is my roundabout way of announcing that the Argyle Whale shop is going to start carrying digital reproductions of the watercolor illustrations I've been working on for the past few months! I admit that I had reservations about digital prints but after seeing such crisp and vibrant colors on nice toothy art paper, I am won over and proud to have them in my shop.

I will still be using Gocco and printing with traditional methods but it will be nice to have another facet of my work. With Gocco, I liked to keep things minimal. I rarely used shading or more than two colors due to my aversion to complicating things. The new line will be more colorful and textured and BIGGER!

I can't wait to show you. I can't right now because I am having computer troubles and am unable to access my photos. The above alligator painting is not even particularly related to anything I mentioned. I figured a pictureless post is worse than a post with an unrelated picture.


Laurie - Autobiography of Craft said...

Your alligator looks very content. Perhaps he is pleased with the household tech upgrade.

O'Reilly Ink said...

Would you mind sharing what printer you bought? My old Epson showing it's age and I want to move up to a wide format. :)

Elise of Argyle Whale said...

Laurie, I think he is grinning with malicious intent but I think it is sweet to think of him being a gadget nerd.

Maggy, Mine is the Epson Stylus(R) R3000 Wide-Format Photo Printer. I was lucky to get it for the price of the model below because I waited for a big sale. Hopefully yours holds up long enough that you can get a deal too.

Anonymous said...

Your etsy shop is so quaint, your illustrations remind me a lot of my one friends :)

O'Reilly Ink said...

Thank you so much Elsie! :) I'll keep my eyes open for it on sale.

Merritt said...

I have some ideas for this! :)