Billboards, buildings, people and cars fought for my attention when I walked down the street towards Times Square in New York City. It was my first solo trip in 2015 and stepping into NYC, in particular coming to Times Square, was an eye-opener. The sheer amount of buildings and activities happening is a haven for an urban landscape painting and I captured this scene which won me an award in the prestigious American Watercolor Society show in 2016.
The original photo was taken during my first visit to Times Square and walking along the street on a bright sunny morning made me discover many hidden wonders of this place. First, I cropped out the right-hand portion of the image which consisted of distracting elements, and I made the Times Square building the main focus. The Lion King marquee on the left with its intense yellows was also another important protion, and I resolved the strong yellows by adding weaker yellows in the reflections on the extreme left, the traffic lights, the cabs, the road, and even parts of the buildings. This ensured color harmony as much planning is involved to create these colors. Atmospheric perspective is shown by making the buildings that seem further away lighter and exaggerating these differences. The human figures added more life to the painting and so I included them, but slightly changing their proportions by making them more slender with smaller heads to look more elegant. Some of the buildings were taken away to ensure a better shape design for the sky, and also changing the color for the sky to suit the desired mood I wanted to have. Some of the billboards were re-sized and buildings taken away to ensure a more well-designed piece.
Making sketches while walking around New York City helped me to understand the buildings better and capturing the sights and sounds as well as humans on the street was an enjoyable activity in this city. The cool weather and artistic vibes that I discovered while I was there inspired me to make many paintings of this amazing city as the mixture of buildings, billboards, humans and cars provided me with too many ideas not to be missed out.
Prints are carefully rolled and shipped in kraft tube boxes.
WHAT IS GICLÉE PRINTING?
Giclée (pronounced as gee-clay) is reproducing fine art on commercial-sized printers, with archival properties.
Currently the best software for making a giclée print is EFI u0026amp; GMG. It is widely recognized that Epson large format printers are best for accurate color reproduction and archival ink.
Some people have the misconception that solvent inkjet printers or regular large format printers are cheaper and can be used to print quality giclée. However, the level of detail is far from that of a specialized aqueous inkjet printer. Regular inkjet printers are not equipped with archival ink, therefore naturally they are not suitable for giclée prints.
How does our Epson printer measure up to competitors?
There are a total of 8000 micro print-heads in this printer, with the smallest possible droplet size being 3.5 pico-litres. It provides accurate color output with a wide output gamut. This is especially obvious in prints with multiple different layers of shades and tones. This results in beautiful prints with ultra-fine detail and vivid, lively colors. We use 100% authentic Epson UltraChrome Pro pigment ink - clinically tested to have print permanence rating (see Wilhelm Research for details) of up to 200 years for colored prints if kept under recommended environmental conditions.
Prints are printed onto 300gsm art paper and carefully rolled up and put in a tube before shipping. Each giclée print is hand-signed by the artist himself to ensure authenticity.
WE SHIP WORLDWIDE
Each product is individually printed and assembled when you order it, so please allow 2-5 business days of manufacture time for your prints.
Depending on your location, the shipping times vary from 3 - 20 working days and we offer worldwide shipping. Rates can be found at checkout.
We recommend frames with a white matting surrounding the artwork for framing. Frames can be found at your local frame shop or online. IKEA is one of the places where you can find cheap and good frames, and the example frame shown above is a RIBBA frame. For custom sizes however, we recommend the following websites where you can get your custom-made frames done for your prints based on your preferred color, style and size: