How to choose between a digital portrait and a physical one

Until recently, I was able to offer medieval portraits only in digital format, but now I can offer both  versions.
I am going to explain what are the advantages and disadvantages of each option so that you can make an informed decision.
Everything in this article applies to dogs, cats, other pets, but also for  people.

Digital Portraits 

You will receive several digital files suitable for printing or sharing online or on social media.

I don’t want to reduce the quality by using compression. I want the maximum quality from the printed images. I will prepare several formats.

 The files are rather large for email delivery and are available on Google Drive. 


An example of GoogleDrive content file

Because some printing services have different requirements, I will prepare several versions. I will also add printing marks and instructions for cutting.

You will find a smaller file, suitable for sharing on social media.

Please download everything from Google Drive, and keep the files locally or in your cloud. 

The digital format has a significant advantage: you can keep the files for decades or more, without any alteration, without any modification, fading, or colors turning to yellow. Of course, you can keep all the data when moving – no physical space is needed.

You can print the artwork several times, now or in the future, on different media: canvas, photo paper, metal, wood, mug, pillow, etc. 

And now the best thing about the digital version: delivery time

You will receive the final version as soon as I finish it. I still need time to work on the artistic part, but you don’t have to wait for shipping.

You can print at a local or online shop, or you may have access to a color printer. Use special photo paper and an inkjet printer if you can. It will look like a glossy magazine.

The digital format is a right choice for customers outside the US, EU, or Australia. They will be able to get the final work much sooner and cheaper.

I have to make a special note: During Winter Holidays, the delivery time is longer and unpredictable. Everyone is sending gifts, so all couriers and postal services are overwhelmed.  

Most of my clients have chosen to print their digital portraits. 

Do not forget that there is a cost for printing, framing, and shipping.

Portraits in Physical form

I am using only high-quality inks, materials, and printing equipment.

In most of the cases, the ink and canvas/paper are guaranteed to last 80-100 years without fading and turning yellow.


Example of paper print at large size (18″ x 24″)

Everything in the production chain is color calibrated. What you get is the same color as intended.

Many times I am shifting a bit the colors of the face (or fur) to match the medieval atmosphere for an intended artistic effect (see the example above). It helps a lot to get a realistic look. Of course, it IS FAKE, but it looks so real.

Printing locations

I am working with printing companies with offices in the US, EU, and Australia. 

The delivery will be done from the closest location, do the delivery time will be shorter, and the price lower.

Delivery time

You will receive the picture after:

  • creation time – each portrait is custom made 
  • production time – the time needed to print, frame, package the painting
  • shipping time

Delivery cost

I offer free shipping for addresses in the US, EU, and Australia.

You can check the listing to see the estimated delivery time for each item. If you are in a rush, please contact me for a shipping upgrade at extra cost.

A physical print is the right choice if you want a high-quality product, and you can wait 1,5-2 weeks or even more for the package to arrive. It is easy for you, and you have the peace of mind that you will receive an excellent painting that will last many many years. And you don’t have to know anything about CMYK and RGB. There is an optional rush delivery for an extra cost.

Choose a digital print if you are in a rush and want the print as soon as possible. You can go to a local print shop and get it very quickly. 

• have no experience to work with files at large size
• don’t know anything about RGB or CMYK color profiles

 Another significant advantage is the fact that you can order multiple copies of the same artwork, now or in the future. 

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