Applications and Genres of Giclée Prints.

Explore the versatile applications and diverse genres of giclée prints, from fine art and photography to digital art. Learn how giclée printing preserves detail and colour across various artistic styles.

Introduction

Giclée prints can ensure that your artwork is reproduced to the highest possible standards, using up-to-date technology on finest quality archival papers specially chosen to suit your style. Whether a detailed drawing, abstract painting or landscape photography, each style of work can be reproduced in the best way possible.

How can I expect my artwork to look as giclée prints?

Photographers often use giclée printing to produce gallery-quality prints. The process allows for exceptional colour accuracy and depth, highlighting the essence of the original photograph.

Digital artists can bring their creations, produced on a computer and or tablet, to life with giclée prints. The high resolution and wide colour gamut of giclée printers ensure that digital artworks are reproduced with stunning clarity and vibrancy, with perfectly flat colours, closely matching the artist’s vision.

For mixed media artworks, whether an artist combines traditional and digital techniques or uses various materials, giclée prints can accurately reproduce the complex details and textures, maintaining the integrity of the original piece.

Figurative Painting.

 

Giclée print Example 1 -

Original medium - egg tempera and oil on panel.

It is possible to see just how well a giclée print can effectively capture the luscious richness of colour found in traditional style painting. ‘About Time’ by Annelies Clark, painted using egg tempera and oil on panel, bears an immense amount of detail. Given the artwork’s dimensions of 2.44 m x 1.6 m it was vital that clarity of the finer elements was maintained. Just look at the stunning colour and vitality visible here…

Words from Annelies: "The painting is an overview of the Book of Revelation by Annelies Clarke and a journey through intricate details and vivid colours of this large artwork at 2.44m x 1.60m. The giclée print has beautifully preserved every nuance, capturing the essence and spirit of my painting with exceptional clarity and depth."

Painting detail

Printed on: Hahnemühle Photo Rag® using Epson Ultrachrome Pro12 Inks.

Giclée prints example - About time by Annelies Clarke

Oil Painting.

 

Canvas print Example 2 -

Original medium - TBC.

Painting detail

Printed on: Hahnemühle Photo Rag® using Epson Ultrachrome Pro12 Inks.

Printed on: Museum grade OBA free, 450 micron canvas with a semi-gloss finish using Epson Ultrachrome GSX Inks.

Joseph Sevier’s Egyptian Iris is a spectacular example of the capacity of giclée to represent a breadth of colour within a single hue. The blues in this giclée print on canvas are magnificent!

Also, note the depth portrayed in the darkest areas of the image. Our machines use more than one shade of black which assists in the accurate rendering of tone in the deepest of colours. Whatever nuance is visible in the original, we can replicate it successfully in print.

Words from Joseph: "Giclée printing is the printmaking method for painters. In etching, engraving and relief printing there is a plate or carved woodblock and the prints are pulled from its inked surface. With giclée printing the artist’s painting on canvas is essentially the plate. Digital scanning and the giclée printing method make every brush mark from my painting visible in the print, along with every colour from my palette. I am pulling beautiful prints from my paintings. It is tremendously exciting."

Watercolour.

 

Giclée print Example 3 -

Original medium - watercolour.

Giclée is a great choice for printing artwork with physical substance, but what about delicate media such as watercolour?

Our state of the art machines can reproduce even the subtlest of gradations and translucent layers as seen in Claire Sparke’s ‘Trinity’.  Here we have a close range of delicate tones, and overlaid detailing demonstrating the depth of visual information achievable in print.  The artist’s skill is well supported by the giclée print method in its ability to display a wide range of textures and chromatic accents.

Printed on: Hahnemühle Hemp using Epson Ultrachrome Pro12 Inks.

Giclée prints example - watercolour by Claire Sparkes

Photorealism.

 

Giclée print Example 4 -

Original medium - Watercolour.

Watercolour example giclée print

Printed on: Hahnemühle Photo Rag® using Epson Ultrachrome Pro12 Inks.

Photo-realistic styles are equally well represented as shown in Lucy Clayton’s, ‘Bite’ – a combination of exquisite detailing, realism and life-like rending of the transparency of glass. 

Words from Lucy: "It was created by printing with drawing ink using the blotted line technique and then painted in layers of watercolour washes. I prefer reproducing my artwork as giclée prints because it captures the clarity and translucent qualities of watercolour."

Printed on: Hahnemühle German Etching using Epson Ultrachrome Pro12 Inks.

Graphite Drawing.

 

Giclée print Example 5 -

Original medium - graphite on paper.

Giclée printing is also an ideal method for portraying the fine delicacy of dry media whether that be graphite, pastel or pen.

Gary Hodges, a highly regarded wildlife artist, favours simple graphite for his artworks.  Our scans pick up every nuance of detailing and subtle variations of tone resulting in giclée prints which are difficult to tell apart from the original.

Words from Gary: "My drawings take time, patience and many grades of Derwent graphic and Onyx pencils. I use their full range, from 9h to 12b to try and breathe life and character into my portraits of animals. I'm amazed how the giclée process of printing faithfully reproduces all these grades of grey and retains the richness of 'colour' throughout to match the original."

Printed on: Hahnemühle German Etching using Epson Ultrachrome Pro12 Inks.

Giclée printing example - Flying Free by Gary Hodges

Ink Drawing.

 

Giclée print Example 6 -

Original medium - Ink pen on paper.

Graphite Drawing example - giclée printing

Printed on: Hahnemühle Photo Rag® using Epson Ultrachrome Pro12 Inks.

The giclée method is highly successful in replicating precise and intricate pen-work such as that in Sergio Cruz Duran’s ‘Time’.  Drawn on 300 gsm watercolour paper using 0.13 mm and 0.18 mm Staedtler pens, you can see how effectively our giclée print depicts the meticulous hand-inked edges of the image. 

Words from Sergio: "Giclée is the best method I know regarding faithfulness of colour and texture of my work, a method Art4site has mastered to a very high degree."

Printed on: Hahnemühle William Turner using Epson Ultrachrome Pro12 Inks.

Design & Illustration.

 

Giclée print Example 7 -

Original medium - digitally created artwork.

We also have many artists who favour digital methods using software to produce their designs.  Giclée printing, with its 12-colour process, is well placed for representing an immense range of colours.  With giclée printing it is possible to print colours beyond that of a regular digital press stunning viewers with the glorious hues in which so many artists delight.  Not only that, it is great at bringing out the nuances of opacity layers, digital brushes or smooth, intense areas of block colour such as those in Andy Tuohy’s image of ‘Dreamland at Night’.

Printed on: Hahnemühle Photo Rag using Epson Ultrachrome Pro12 Inks.

Digital art example. Dreamland at Night by Andy Tuohy.

Photography.

 

Giclée print Example 8 -

Original medium - Stereographic photography.

Photography giclée print example by Konrad Cox.

Printed on: Hahnemühle Photo Rag® using Epson Ultrachrome Pro12 Inks.

Printed on: Hahnemühle Photo Rag® using Epson Ultrachrome Pro12 Inks.

Konrad Cox’s imagery often combines a multitude of photographic shots requiring the technology to accurately represent a variety of light effects and an array of colour within a single image.  Giclée printing is perfectly poised for such editions as can be seen in Konrad’s stunning image titled Denny Wood 5.

Words from Konrad: "This is a stereographic (360) panorama, it was made using a Sony rx100iv compact camera mounted on a Panosaurus 2 tripod head.  It comprises around 50 source images and captures the totality of the location in every direction, from sky to floor, some images directly facing the sun and others away.  The images were taken in the New Forest as summer was turning to autumn and shows the wide amount of tonal colours and light on display. I feel that the giclée method and the papers used offer superior quality as a way of displaying sharp details, rich and accurate colours and a lasting preservation of the work portrayed."

Giclée prints examples.

These are just a few examples of the work that we reproduce at our giclée printing studio.  We are delighted to have so many lovely and talented customers and like to make all artists, both professional and amateur, feel welcome.

Art4site's Commitment.

We recognise that choosing your print partner is an important decision.  As giclée printing is our specialism you can be assured that we will represent your artwork in the best possible light.  As you can see from the examples it is often hard to tell the print from the original!

We are a small and friendly team who are always happy to help.  Please feel free to send us your enquiries, we will get back to you promptly and help you to realise your artistic dreams.

Watercolour giclée print example
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