Hi there! I know that you guys produce your art through painting, right? I was curious what the process is that you use to reproduce your works!
Yes, we work almost 100% traditionally. When we do prints, they are giclee prints (aka fancy french word for digital prints) and I will tell you all my secrets, as they were passed down to me by other people who are much smarter!
The printer is the Canon Pixma Pro 9000 Mark II. Find some rebates, usually it is cheapest on Amazon. The paper is Canson Infinity Arches Aquarelle Rag (the lower GSM one) from B&H Photo Video, which is where it is the cheapest.
My scanner isn’t great, I should ideally be reproducing through photography, but it is big and damn cheap! The Brother MFC-2490CW! However, I’ve become accustomed to bumping up my levels in Photoshop so that it more accurately represents the original painting (Image->Adjustment->Levels). My levels are often around 15/1.0/245 but that will vary based on your original paper stock, scanner, paints and style.
The 15 darkens some of the colors lightened in the scanning process. Mid-range stays the same, but there is some wiggle room. Bringing the whites to 250/245 disappears some of the unsightly paper texture picked up in the scans, this is often represented in scans as a faded blue color on white backgrounds. I prefer to get rid of it.