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A- Full color artwork includes watercolor, prismacolor pencil, acrylic, oil, gouache, pastel, etc. It is reproduced as lithographs using 4-color process printing that requires a large, 4-color printing press. Our duotone process actually starts with a single color medium such as sepiatone (brown) pencil, charcoal, pen & ink, etc. These pieces are reproduced using a 2-color, or duotone process of either two shades of brown on buff paper, or a black and a gray ink on white paper. Since these pieces require only a 2-color printing press and less set up time and expense, they cost less to produce. They also have a very intriguing, aged look that is appealing for projects like Rockwell International's Engineer of the Year Awards. You may notice that some of our full color pieces include single color images. These are done from black and white photographs and are used to show an old to new sequence in a historical composition. However, if there is any full color medium used in an original, the whole piece will be printed as a 4-color process project.
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A- 8 to 12 weeks is the normal period of time needed to develop the original illustration and print a series of lithographs. Some of this can vary depending on how quickly we can get to final approval on the composition. This is not an exact science and some pieces simply come together faster than others. To allow you to receive the very best montage possible, we like to have sufficient time to let the artist work through to his best design.
Once your lithographs are printed and in stock, a good quality photograph of each recipient, along with applicable copy, is all that is necessary to have a personalized print prepared. Delivery is available in as little as 2 to 4 weeks, anywhere in the world.
A- We can work from slides, photographs, well printed materials (like brochures, annual reports, etc.) and camera ready art (preferred for logos). Older black and white photographs can be painted in shades of brown or gray, then transitioned into newer, color elements to give your montage historical impact.
For portrait individualization, a good quality head and shoulders, cropped photo or slide is preferred. Good detail in the eyes is important. Depending on the lighting, it may be helpful to also include a verbal description of eye color, hair color, skin tone, etc. Remember, the artist does not know your recipients, so can only paint what he/she sees. We can add or remove a shirt and tie, and change clothing colors, but we can't remove a hat, change a smile or remove eye glasses well. If the artist is asked to modify or guess on details, it may adversely effect the quality of the likeness.
A- The success of the Recognition Concepts program is due to a large extent to the personal impact our awards have on recipients. Each individualized lithograph appears to be designed with the recipient as an integral design element of the original composition. This creates the message that "without you our story is not complete." At the highest levels of recognition, where something truly impressive is required, the Recognition Concepts personalized montage program has no equal.