The painting blog of Marc R. Hanson
Will you have copies at Valley Bookseller, or anywhere else, locally?
Congratulations...MOST impressive! Just when I think your work can't possibly get any better......it does!
Solveg... No. They won't be marketed in that way. For the person publishing through Blurb there is no outlay of funding. The books are available for purchase through Blurb, or through me if I buy at the discounted rate and sell them. But that is the nice thing about this, you don't have to spend a dime to have them published unless you want to purchase copies. I did this primarily as a portfolio to use as gifts to clients, family and to use as an introduction to galleries. And just to see what it was like. The quality is outstanding, better than I would have guessed. Thanks again.
Thank you Celeste!!! You're waaayy too kind. :)I appreciate your thoughts.
Congratulations, Marc! Looks great. I've been thinking about putting something like this together. There's a company here in San Francisco similar to Blurb. It must have taken quite a while, though, to write the copy, decide on design, images, etc. Can you give us some idea of how much time you spent on development?
Hi Ed... Thank you! I am embarrassed to say that I only spent a day on this. About 8 hours, which is a lot, but not as much as it deserves. I actually just started playing around (procrastinating :) and the next thing I knew I was pushing the 'submit' button?!? The biggest hold up without a doubt was finding images. If you're anything like me, you probably aren't, organizing images on the computer is done in about a loose way as it can be done. At least they're filed under my name, but that's about it. This has been a big lesson for me. That is, take the absolute best photos possible and then file a copy in high res (300dpi) in a folder set aside for publication purposes. I'm really surprised how well this turned out considering my files. All it tells me is that with better files, I could really end up with a great book of images. It was a lot of fun to do and I can't wait to begin to actually plan out a book that has more than just images despite what Jamie Wyeth thinks! Have a blast. I know my mom is going to be happy if nothing else. :)
One DAY? That's amazing. I guess the publisher has some good templates. Looks great.
Ed their software program is very easy to use.
I am going to have to do it. Since I listed procrastinator as one of my seven things in that tag I have been trying to get better about it.That 12 year bathroom is coming back to haunt me : )I downloaded that program a long time ago and sat on it. My files and organization stink too. Worse than you I'm sure. I've added it to my Christmas list!
Frank it's soooooo easy to do, seriously. I don't know, your photos of paintings look good on the web to me. Keeping a file with those 300dpi images is critical. One more thing to do besides paint, huh? I'm already thinking about a bigger project using them. Kind of fun.Thanks.
I have spent two days working on one Marc (and Ed). Almost done.I guess everything takes me longer (laugh).Lots of images to chose from, but it is fun, and I am sure I will do a few different projects too if I like how it comes out.
Great Frank! That's what I'm thinking now. The quality is beyond what I'd have expected from doing this so simply, from home and with my own info. My friendly helper is to print it out and proof read over, and over, and over. Then have your wife or someone else do it again. My cat wouldn't read it, so I took more time than and did that myself, but it's risky. In my case, in my (like all of us artists) critical eye's view, the color is ever so slightly oversaturated. I would/will, send files on the next one in that are adjusted to be slightly (maybe 2%-5%) less saturated than I think that they should be. I'm guessing that it's my fault as I usually have to do quite a bit of proofing of printed matter, like with the giclee's I've done. It would be a good idea to proof the book on glossy photo paper before final submitting. I proofed it on regular printing paper, more worried about typo's than color. Mainly because the color files are what they are, many of the paintings are gone and there's no ability to sit and do a 'face to face' comarison. Proofing on glossy or satin photo paper would probably show off anything that needed to be adjusted in terms of color pretty well. Good thing is that the final product looks completely professional and very, very nice!
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