RealColorWheelCompany is an organization that specializes in bringing the original art work of Don Jusko into a Giclee. We describe below the origin and the process of taking Don’s amazing work into the prints you can buy today. Please feel free to email us for any questions or comments you may have at the following address. RealColorWheel@RealColorWheelCompany.com
What is a Giclée?
A Giclée (pronounced “zhee-clay”) is a reproduction in which a digital file of this original painting by don Jusko was printed by a special ink jet printer that sprays pigments directly on the canvas. The word Giclée literally means “to spray” in French. These prints match the original piece of art because the plotter uses the same pigments Don used on the painting.
The Giclée production process reflects the long-standing European tradition of rendering one image at a time. The first step in creating a museum quality edition involves capturing the image using state-of-the-art, high resolution, digital scanning equipment. Either an original or a transparency can be scanned, and a sophisticated color management system allows him to utilize an extremely broad color palette.
While the process has a digital aspect, the skill of the craftsmen who define and proof the color is of utmost importance. Proofing a scan is an essential part of the process in creating an exquisite Giclée reproduction. Don is the master of both the painting and printing.
The essence of a scanned image cannot be properly evaluated until it is printed on a medium of either canvas or paper. This reproduction is printed on premium canvas or watercolor paper of superior quality.
The plotter produces an apparent resolution of 1800 dots per inch, while spraying over 1 million droplets per second onto the chosen substrate. There are no screens used in this method of reproduction; therefore, there is a smoother look to the final print. The precision of the printing, along with the depth of color range, captures the subtleties and nuances of the original image, whether it was created from watercolors, oils, or acrylics.
At every stage of the Giclée production process, the most exacting standards possible are employed. This assures that the reproduction is of the highest quality and nearly indistinguishable from the original painting.
How permanent is the image? Since only the finest archival pigment inks are used and printed on premium canvas or watercolor paper, they are guaranteed not to fade, yellow or shift colors. In addition, all of the canvas graphics are 100% waterproof.