How I create...
As you may expect, each piece comes together a little differently and I continue to learn that the creative process is never predictable or tidy. For my travel prints, intitially, some kind of inspiration is made. I have either been to the site on a trip, take Riomarggiore for example or have enjoyed the place for recreation, take Lake Alpine for example. I take pictures from different angles and start to visualize how I might arrange the elements of a travel print in my mind and on paper. Sometimes I might make a rough sketch in my journal to keep my thoughts fresh. At home I upload the pictures on the computer and begin analyzing the best features and how they would work on a travel print. I use tape to mark off the border and then sketch a light pencil drawing of the entire print, the border, major features, and lettering, which usually takes the longest to draw out. Each letter is measured out in several different directions, for thickness, spacing, and height. It can take me a few hours to complete the lettering alone, especially if I have had to rewrite it more than one time. The most common medium I use is watercolor. When the painting portion is complete and dry, I often go back in with a very fine tip Micron pen and add some pen work to accent certain details and add my DC logo box, usually in the bottom corner. Then I go back to the lettering, either to outline or fill in the words. When the masking tape is removed and the picture is framed, it is complete and ready for reproduction.
Q: How long will it take to receive my order?
A: Normal orders typically ship within 3-5 business days. We use First Class Mail via the US Postal Service (USPS).
Q. How does the print arrive?
A. The print arrives rolled in a protective tube, faced out so it will be easier to frame.
Q. Are the prints an easy size to frame?
A. Yes, both sizes 11x14 and 16x20 are standard sizes for picture frames and can be found at any major retailer, frame, or craft store.
Q. Do the prints come matted?
A. No, the prints do not come matted. The image is printed with a .5" to 1.5" white border depending on which print you are interested in.
Q. Can I get my prints framed?
A. At this time we do not ship framed prints. However, if you are planning on coming to the Arnold, CA area we can frame any prints you want ordered and meet you with your order. Please use the Contact portion of the website or email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. Framed prints will cost more.
Q. What’s your return policy?
A. At this time, all sales are final.
Q. Do you ship internationally?
A. Yes, but we need to send you a custom invoice with an international shipping rate. Please use the Contact portion of the website.
Q. Do you do custom orders?
A. Yes. Just go to the Contact portion of my website and fill out the form.
Q. Where were the black and white photographs taken?
A. Each photograph on this website is from backpacking trips my wife and I have taken over the years to Europe and South America.