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Pencil to Pixel to Print: Converting your Original Car Art for all Printing Purposes

01 Jun 2022

The Pencil to Pixel to Print process offered by The Cartist Automotive Art & Design Agency converts original automotive art to multiple digital formats that can be printed onto a variety of products and materials such as canvas, apparel, mugs and more!

Comprehensive Artwork Creation Process


The Pencil to Pixel to Print process is a full spectrum art creation process offered by my automotive art & design agency. This unique service takes the original commissioned artwork which can be displayed in your home, office or garage, and converts it to a digital format which can then easily be transferred onto other products and materials. This process maximises the potential that the commissioned artwork can be used for – the below sections explain briefly what the process entails.


Original Automotive Art


I create unique drawings and designs. All the art materials I use are durable, long-lasting and of the highest quality. Old-school techniques are combined with modern materials to make sure that every commissioned artwork that leaves my agency is a beautiful masterpiece.

Mediums: I use a variety of high-quality markers, pens and pencils to achieve the highest possible level of detail in my artwork. These include Copic markers and multiliners, Faber-Castell, Derwent and Prismacolor pencils.

Paper: My artwork is done on high-quality, ultra-white, smooth paper, made by Strathmore. This acid-free paper is exclusively made for the mediums I use, to ensure very vibrant and deep colours. The paper size of 330 x 510 mm (13 x 20 inches) and weight of 300gsm give the drawings a premium look and feel.

Fixative: After a commissioned artwork is completed, I spray it with several light layers of high-quality Krylon Gallery Series Fine Art Fixative, which safeguards the drawing from dusting, smudging and fading.


High-Resolution Digital Scanning


In addition to receiving the original automotive artwork, my agency offers a post-production digital scanning service, perfect for reproducing your original commissioned artwork as prints and for transferring onto other products and materials. This service is also the ideal solution if you’d like an enlargement of your artwork made.

Artworks are scanned on an Epson Expression 11000XL that has a DMax of 3.8 - which means it captures all the tones and details in the original artwork ensuring superior image quality and clarity.

Furthermore, I offer a variety of commissioned artwork packages that are scanned at the following resolutions:

Popular & Premium Packages: Artworks are scanned at 300 dpi, 24-bit colour depth suitable for printing up to a maximum of A2 size (420 x 594 mm / 16.5 x 23.4 inches).

Prestige Package: Artworks are scanned at 600 dpi, 24-bit colour depth producing digital assets of the artwork. These digital assets are supplied in several image formats and can be printed up to A1 size (594 x 841 mm / 23.4 x 33.1 inches).


Print-ready for all Printing Purposes


After scanning, the artwork goes through an extensive digital editing process using Adobe Photoshop. This process involves brightness and contrast enhancements, colour correction, as well as the removal of the background and any imperfections. The optimised artwork files are then made available for download as high-resolution digital image files ready to be used for all printing purposes.  Depending on the commission, multiple scans of different artworks can also be merged together to create one seamless image as can be seen in the artwork created for Superformance.

Just think of the all the creative possibilities! By having optimised, high-resolution digital image files of your artwork you can have it professionally printed, to your exact specifications, onto an array of quality fine art papers and/or materials that will work great for wall art, clothing, home decor, stationery, stickers, and more!


Would you like to commission your own custom piece of automotive art?


Email me at if you would like to commission your own unique and custom piece of automotive art. There are a variety of packages available which all make use of the Pencil to Pixel to Print process explained in this blog article. If you would like more information and details on the commissioned artwork packages I offer, please visit my Automotive Art Commissions page.


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