How long does it take to
complete a drawing?
- There is no set time. It takes as long
as it takes to complete a drawing.
- Very rarely do I complete a drawing in one
setting. On a limited edition print it can
take me up to 50 hours to complete a work of
What are the tools you use in your drawings?
- Strathmore Bristol 100 lb. Acid-free Paper
which is strong and smooth and works well with
- Blending Tortillions is a rolled up piece of
paper for blending.
- Q-tips for blending
- Oil free Kleenex for blending
- Staedtler Pencils 4h through 3b
- Kneaded Eraser for picking out highlights
- Horse Hair Drafting Brush to remove erased
- Staedtler Erasers for these stubborn marks
- Workable Spray Fixative to seal and protect
your finished artwork
What is the proper care for an original or
- As with any piece of art careful attention
to handling and placement are important for best
preservation. In a few words, keep it out of
direct sunlight and away from extreme heat and
moisture. If a print is purchased with the idea
of reselling it at some point, it needs to be
kept in perfect condition. Handling in such a
way as to avoid any creasing is necessary.
What is an Open Edition Print?
- Often, an artist or publisher will decide to
make an image available to the public in
unlimited quantities. There is no predetermined
edition size. Occasionally, it is a smaller
sized version of one that was previously
published as a limited edition print. Sometimes
it may be a vignette, or just a section of the
original. Most often, the art will not have been
previously published. The paper and inks used
are usually of lesser quality than those used
for limited editions, and the artist neither
signs nor numbers the prints. As a result open
edition prints are far less expensive.
What is a Signed and Numbered Limited Edition
- A Signed and numbered print is a print from
the edition that was published and individually
signed by the artist. Each print will have its
own number. If you owned a print that was
numbered 25, this means that out of 250 prints
that comprise the edition, you have the 25th one
that was signed by the artist
What is an "AP" or Artist's Proof?
It is a select part of a limited edition
print run, where the artist & publisher select
out a certain amount of the prints, typically
about 10% of the total edition. The quality of
the print is the same. If there were 50 prints
set aside for the artists proofs, they will be
numbered AP 1/50, (or 1/50 AP) up to AP 50/50.
Some collectors prefer APís because they
consider them a separate, small edition, but in
actuality, itís not.
How about Art for Investment?
One cannot say that this does not sometimes prove
exciting and fruitful. However, it is not unusual to
find that a print does not appreciate in value.
Buying art for investment is not usually
recommended. The person who buys a work of art
because he/she really likes it will never be
disappointed. If it is a reproduction or original
that does indeed go up in value over the years, it
is an added benefit. Some believe that collecting an
ďemergingĒ, living artistís work, has much greater
potential for investment appreciation, than past