I’ve been asked by artists who create art on large canvas, how to get their art from the canvas to the computer.  Paul Brent paints on large canvas and has told me that they scan it and piece it together.  That’s great – but HOW?

I have found a solution for you!  You may not like it, but it’s an option that works very well for artist Adam Parsons and he has graciously allowed me to post his technique here for you.

Adam is an amazingly talented artist – I became aware of him when I saw a YouTube video of him creating a piece of art called “Taking Plants to Market” – part of his “Planting Embrace” line.  I sat in awe of his detail work – it’s quite amazing to see!  In the scanning demo, he shows a very different style of art.

Thank you for letting me share your knowledge with the art licensing community – we all appreciate it!

Here is what Adam has to say and show you about getting large works into a digital format.

One area that so many artist fail in is the documentation of their work, especially with larger paintings. The quality of presenting your final piece is essential for your remote viewers to fully appreciate  what you’ve created.

Here’s a video documentation of a process I’ve been using for years. It is a time consuming and mundane process and if you don’t have a fairly decent computer, patience and a love for coffee then this may not be for you. The only reason I’ve been doing it this way for so long is the results that it produces at the end are incomparable to most anything I’ve seen other than full-sized commercial scanners.

The first time you do this you’ll want to quit. Guaranteed! This method isn’t for everyone. I’ve just been asked many times over the years how I have such vivid colors and detail in my online work. This is why.

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To see the finished piece, visit Adam’s blog.

Here’s to your creative and large format scanning success!

– Tara Reed