Don’t have copies of your original artwork already?

March 31st, 2014

 

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We don’t expect you to have digital copies of your artwork already. If you are looking at getting your artwork printed with us, we will scan your work with our Art A3 Flatbed. Any originals or images larger than A3 we will photograph with a rostrum set-up for perfect results, every time. 

Once we have your art work digitally, we can start our Giclee printing process. This is where you can call the shots, tell us what size you would like and what material you would like your work reproduced onto (we have watercolour papers through to canvas). We’ll even frame the prints for you if you like!

All you need is your artwork and we can make the rest happen for you. Call us on 01449 722981 or you can contact us by clicking here.

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Quality Printing

March 3rd, 2014

At Riviere we take the quality of your prints very seriously, and make sure you get the best results which show your work off as it should be.

We offer a wide range of the finest archival grade canvases and papers, including a variety of watercolour, photo rag,

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etching and canvas materials. We also use only the highest quality archival inks to ensure protection from fading, UV and water damage. All prints can be coated with an additional protective layer to prevent peeling and cracking, as well as damage from spillage and scratching.

To find out more about what we can do for you and to ask any questions you might have call us on 01449 722981

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Top tips for artists. Go from obscurity to world fame! Part Six- printing your work.

February 19th, 2014

Here is the final part of our Top Tips for artists blog! In this post we are looking at the importance of good quality printing!

How your work looks is extremely important, regardless of whether you are just starting out, or are an established artist. You have put all your time, effort and creativity into your art work, why would you then want to get it poorly printed with dots and lines running through it? Giclee printing is one of the highest quality printing techniques, and what we offer at Riviere Publishing. Giclee is French for ‘to spray or squirt’ which is exactly what the ink jet printer does, spraying the high quality ink onto the paper or canvas, giving it the appearance of hand-painted art. Giclee printing gives a much higher quality print than standard printing.

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At Riviere we offer high quality Giclee printing which is carried out by very experienced professionals. We offer an initial consultation where we discuss your needs, and thoroughly examine your original artwork, so we can discuss what paper will give you the best result, making sure your print are perfect. We put a lot of time and effort into each and every one of our customers, regardless of the amount of products you require.

If you are interested in our Giclee printing services, please give us a call on 01449 722981 or send an email to info@rivierepublishing.com, and one of our giclee printing technicians will get back to you!

 

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Top tips for artists. Go from obscurity to world fame! Part Five- Attitude!

February 14th, 2014

Here it is as promised- the fifth part of our ‘top tips for artists’ blog. This weeks focus is attitude!

Your attitude is extremely important, not just the work you produce. How you come across to others, and how you treat others is very important. If you have a possible buyer coming to meet you, they want to find out about you, and what is behind the work you produce. A good start is to be professional, make sure you have a sensible email address for people to contact you on, and any correspondence you make is coherent and grammatically correct.

BAL7779What is extremely important is positivity. Many people fall into the trap of moaning, especially when asked a question they perhaps are not comfortable with, often blaming circumstances and other people for failing, rather than looking at the positive side of the situation.

One big tip is to smile, if you smile as soon as you meet somebody, they will instantly pick up on this warmth and feel more art ease with you. By being personable people will feel more able to talk to you and to ask you questions.

Something else which can often come across is arrogance, not confusing this with confidence. Sometimes it is easy to be expectant, especially if you are applying for something you think you are more than capable of. However, there will be lots of other artists in the same boat as you. Make sure you show you are capable, but without sounding too arrogant . This can also come across when being given advice. Rather than responding with ‘I know’ or ‘You’re wrong’ explain that you appreciate the advice, and engage in positive discussion.

We hope this has been useful, please feel free to add your own comments and advice. The last Top Tip’s post will me up next Wednesday so make sure you check back then!

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Top tips for artists. Go from obscurity to world fame! Part Four- Rejection

February 10th, 2014

Welcome to our fourth ‘top tips for artists’ post!

In this entry we are going to be looking at dealing with rejection as an artist.

Rejection of any kind is undesirable. However there are positives which you can pull from rejection,  although it probably doesn’t seem like it at the time. Every cloud has a silver lining!

The first tip I would give is for you not to reject yourself! Too many people have an ‘I’m not good enough attitude’ before they’ve even got to the stage where somebody else can say it. So have confidence in your work, it can seem that the more confident you are the harder you will fall, but if you don’t have an air of confidence about yourself you will struggle to find anybody else to be confident in you.

Rejection is a necessary part of growth. Nobody is going to have a 100% success rate. The reason most people get rejected is not just because they are not good enough, but because what they are offering does not fit in with the gallery they are applying for. You need to make sure you are applying to the right places, otherwise you are setting yourself up for a fall. If you send some work in you have done on robotics for example, and the gallery specialise in animal art, you are not going to get displayed. If you you find yourself hardly every getting rejected then fantastic. But event then you should ask yourself what that means. You may be staying in your comfort zone too much, and therefore not pushing yourself to progress. It is important to target the right places, but also to try something new.

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A great thing about rejection is it gives you the chance to get feedback on you work. Obviously you’d rather they accepted your work, but by getting feedback you can find out why they didn’t. This may give you something to work on, or it may just make you realise you are looking in the wrong places. Always speak to the gallery you have been rejected from afterwards and find out why, and make sure you listen to the feedback and think about what you can do differently. Sometimes you may only be rejected because there simply isn’t enough space at the time, so always ask why; it might not be why you think!

Also, don’t forget trends change, just because somebody doesn’t think your work fits at the moment, it doesn’t mean it won’t in a few months time. Make sure you are persistent and keep your eye on what’s in trend. When I was younger I used to hate my curly hair! My mum always used to say ‘it will become fashionable again soon’ and of course it did. Like anything trends change and come back around all the time.

So in short, when you get rejected ask for feedback. Look at the feedback and think about what you are going to do next, how can this help you get there? Why are you getting rejected? Are you applying to the right places?

And most of all remember: they are not rejecting you, they are rejecting your work. That doesn’t mean they will always reject your work. Pick yourself up and try again!

The next entry will be Friday 14th February.

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Top tips for artists. Go from obscurity to world fame! Part Three- Goal Setting

February 5th, 2014

Hello, and welcome to the third post of our ‘Top tips for artists’ series. Today’s focus is setting clear goals.

To progress and meet your dreams, you need to set yourself clear, and very importantly, achievable goals. Your ambition may be to become a professional artist, and be able to live off of your art. To get to this point, you need to set yourself goals which lead to this point.

The great thing about having clear and achievable goals is that it gives you a direction, it also gives you something to measure your success by. You can see throughout the year how far you have come, and what else you need to do to complete your goals.

It  is important to make sure you can see your goals daily- why not create a piece of art for your studio with your goals on? You can then see them and feel inspired by them while you’re working.

It can be difficult to get started when writing goals, a good tip to get the ball rolling is to look over your previous work. Look back over the past year and see how far you have come. What did you achieve? What did you not succeed in? Could you have done more? By doing this you give yourself a good idea of what you are capable of, and what is realistically achievable in that period of time.XIR253112

Here are some example goals to get you thinking:

Keep a diary every day. By doing this you can reflect on your work and your progress. You might look back at a piece of work and think ‘What was I thinking?’ Well if you keep a diary, you can see what you were thinking!

Update my portfolio. Your portfolio should always be kept up to date. It needs to show what you are capable of doing.

Put more time into online marketing. One of the previous entries from this series was on the importance of marketing. Set yourself goals (for example, to get 350 likes over the next 3 months) and make sure you put time aside to do this.

Research. Go to however many shows you think is necessary every month to become more inspired.

The goals you set yourself should lead to your final ambition but in smaller, bite size chunks. In the creative world goals can sound very boring and rigid, so don’t be afraid to adjust your goals if your circumstances change and they are no longer relevant. But do stick to your goals as much as you can, and celebrate when you achieve them. And don’t forget when you achieve a goal to set yourself a new one!

Make sure you follow us and we’d love to hear from you if you have any tips to share. Look out for our next artist blog on Monday 10th February.

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Top tips for artists. Go from obscurity to world fame! Part Two- being true to yourself.

January 31st, 2014

Hello, and welcome to our second post of our ‘Top tips for artists’ series. Today’s focus is working from the heart and being true to yourself.

Over the years you are likely to have figured out what you enjoy and what works well for you, but you may become distracted and pulled in different directions by whatever is popular or in demand. Your art, first and foremost, should please you. You need to love what you produce, if you don’t it will show, and you will find it very hard to sell your work. 

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Part of being an artist often involves working from a brief from whoever is buying your work. However, they are using you because they like your style, make sure you stick with it, it is what makes you, you.

If a potential client asks for something which is not something you would usually do, and not something you would feel comfortable doing, think about whether or not you should really do the job, is that the kind of work you want to associate with? Spend more time working on your art and your style, and you will find the kind of clients you want to get will grow. You will be more satisfied, and so will your clients.

Value your style, and don’t forget what makes you tick.

Make sure you follow us and we’d love to hear from you if you have any tips to share. Look out for our next artist blog on Wednesday 5th February.

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Top tips for artists. Go from obscurity to world fame! Part One- Marketing

January 28th, 2014

This is the first part of a series of blogs we will be posting, with tips on making a success of yourself in the art world.

Today we are going to be focusing on Marketing. Not only do you need to be a master of your skill, a fantastic artist, but you need to be able to sell your work. Galleries and Sellers will only buy work they know they can sell, and it’s your job to convince them they can. You know your work better than anybody else, and you should know who your audience is.

Take the time to gather opinions of your work from people outside of your usual circle. You can do this online, using social media and art blogs. Use this powerful tool to get opinions of the general public, but also peers, other artists who are making a name for themselves, and make sure you listen to the feedback and take any advice on board.

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Starting locally is always much easier, exhibiting at open studios, local and regional art fairs, and small local businesses. Try to gauge who it is that likes your work, and why. The more you can do this, the easier it is to sell your art.

Make sure you keep your social media sites up to date.You have a fantastic tool at your fingertips, and are able to share your art will people all around the world.  The more you get your name and your work out in the art community, the more people will trust your name, and see you as an established artist, which makes your art easier to sell. This is the same in all marketing, the biggest brands we see today became as huge as they are through constant communication. This may sound crass, but ultimately to sell your art you need to be able to market yourself and your work.

There are said to be the three C’s of personal branding- clarity, consistency, and constancy. Take these tips on board with every piece of communication you deliver, whether it is when you are directly trying to sell your work or you are marketing yourself online.

Make sure you follow us and we’d love to hear from you if you have any tips to share. Look out for our next artist blog on Friday 31st January.

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Briton Riviere

January 24th, 2014

Briton Riviere is where our name comes from. Riviere was an artist born in London in 1840 who lived until 1920. in 1863 Riviere became a regular contributor to the Academy Exhibitions.

Riviere had a passion for painting animals, and said of this:

“The only way to paint wild animals is to gradually accumulate to a large number of studies and a great knowledge of the animal itself, before you can paint its picture… I paint from dead animals as well as from live ones. I had the body of a fine lioness in my studio…”

Riviere is said to have locked himself away for weeks at a time in his studio. The said lioness apparently became decomposed and very smelly, but Riviere had become so used to the smell, it was only when his staff came in the studio they realised the stench of the animal!

The painting this story comes from is ‘Daniels Answer to the King’ The wonderful picture is now owned by Manchester City Galleries.

 

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Giclee printing

September 18th, 2012

What is Giclee printing?

As we’ve mentioned on our website, we offer a wonderful giclee printing service. For those who are unaware, Giclee is a term used for a certain type of printing, a much higher quality to a standard print job. This specific form of printing gives the appearance of hand-painted art, and creates a lovely piece suitable for décor in everything from a living room to a bedroom! Interest in Giclee printing in the last few years has boomed due to it’s unique results, and also the stunning picture that is produced in the process. The method the ink-jet printers use is a kind of squirt method, which is fitting as giclee does mean “to spray squirt”.

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Giclee printing by professionals!

The reason it has been a popular choice amongst Riviere Publishing customers is because the best results are only produced if handled professionally. This is because there are lots of things to be taken care of in order for the high quality giclee printing to be effective. It is also a complex procedure to ensure the result is as close to the original as possible, something that we at Riviere are very experienced in.

So, if you are interested in our Giclee printing services, please give us a call on 01449 722981 or send an email to info@rivierepublishing.com, and one of our giclee printing technicians will get back to you!

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