Just what is a Risograph anyhow?

One of the items you’ll find in the Dinosaur Crate is a risograph print of a Coelurosauria illustration by Greer Stothers.

 
 

Greer actually introduced us to the medium and we were so taken by it we HAD to include one in a crate. 

Released in 1986 by the Riso Kagaku Corporation of Japan, a risograph is a form of digital printing closer to an old school mimeograph than a modern laser printer. The risograph machine will scan an original and use a thermal plate to burn tiny holes in a “master plate.” This plate is then attached to a drum and, like a screen print, ink is forced through onto paper. Unlike a laster or inkjet printer a risograph printer has to make a separate pass for each color in the final image. More colors equal more passes! 

As the risograph uses a real, soy-based, ink instead of toner or laser ink (which requires heat to fix it to the paper) one can get some unique and vibrant color combinations!  Additionally, due to the multi-pass nature of the print registration errors can creep in, giving each print a unique look.

We hope you enjoy Greer’s Coelurosauria print as much as we do! You can get one, and some other great dinosaur collectables, ONLY in the Dinosaur Crate!