I truly underestimated the difference between RGB and CMYK v.v
(left is print-colors, right is original)
knowing that I made this image originally for printing, this kinda hurts but welp <_< maybe I can increase the contrast with filters or such but meh... gladly it's not so bad with most of the other images I intend to include into the book. On some pictures one doesn't even notice - but this one is one of my faves buhuhu (first world problems, I'm sorry v.v)
anyway, talked to the gf of my brother today who is in design and printing way more than I am and she offered me a hand - she also lead me to this site for printing www.blurb.de - prices are alright and quality seems to be good as well. So I'm very content this book will happen
even if cmyk colors won't capture all the glowiness I love so much
sooo, I've been thinking since long about getting my art printed. Originally I just wanted to get my main OCs on a calender - hence the 11 calender shots I have in my galley already. But I kind of don't manage to keep my OC circle limited to 12 and I don't want to choose between them who gets a spot and not - so I decided I might go for a sort of artbook.
Thinking this further I wanna see if I could get one printed - one that contains only my robot chars in the various forms I tend to draw them (full color and clean stuff alongside sketches and doodles). My main idea is to get that artbook for myself, as a pretty thing to look at and remember since with my PC's getting a clean reinstall every few years my original files for my art usually wents onto external storage and that might not last forever. I really don't want to get stuck with only watermarked versions left. BEsides it would be amazing to have my art printed staring at me from my shelf.
Though I also considered making more of it - like adding process of robot designing and general tips to it, sort of reworked tutorials on a few pages. So that it might be useful to have additional copies printed (not talking about huge numbers here, just a handful) for selling or as prizes for contests or rewards for patrons on patreon.
The shop I checked so far (fotobuch.de) offers good quality, though expensive (still very reasonable - I'm just low on money so I keep complaining like a child lol) - about 50 pages would be around 60€ A4 - though I do not know yet how many pages I'd get printed. It depends on how much of my art I'd like to put in there and if there are tutorials and tips in it as well.
so I got three questions for you guys and I'D really appreciate a helping hand here:
1. Do you know of a good print shop that has experience with this sort of printing and offers good quality and reasonable pricing? Might even have a software for creating this artbook easily liek fotobuch.de offers? (I'm looking for A4, soft cover, about 25 to 70 pages max) I'd prefer if it was one that offers free shipping at a certain point since if it is one outside Europe I cannot affort to have things shipped
2. Would anyone have an interest in an artbook like this - including how-to's, tips and step by step thingies? (I don't intend to collect customers and immediately print more - for now I just want to know whether to add some tips, text and such in there) - Once I have a successful print in my hands I could order more if required or for my own use as prizes and such.
3. If you'd were seriously interested in buying a book like this - what are your preferences? Pagecount, soft/hard-cover, content(only finsihed works, how-to's, sketchwork), pricerange (please be reasonable with the price range, artbooks are costly, especially when printed in small numbers)
Responses would be appreciated
I'd really love to have an artbook printed, even if it's just for myself
lend me a hand if you can