Anonymous asked: Why is 11x17 a good size to use? Most of the prints I've bought at cons are that size but I can hardly ever find frames for them. I'm in the process of getting art done for my first table in the fall, and I'm not crazy about this size. Why does everyone use it?
To be perfectly honest, this is something I’ve wondered about myself for a long time! I don’t like 11x17” prints personally because they don’t scale well to other print sizes. (As I’ve said on this blog before - 12x18 is only slightly larger but scales to tons of useful sizes!) I hear it recommended to new artists all of the time, though and I have no idea why.
What I can tell you, and what may have bearing on their odd popularity, is that it is very easy to find places that will make 11x17” prints. 11x17” is a standard paper size in North America known as Tabloid size. Tabloid, along with legal (8.5x14) and letter (8.5x11) size papers are standard sizes that you can find at pretty much any print and copy shop. So for many artists, 11x17 may be the largest size they can find to get printed locally!
If anyone who uses 11x17” would like to chime in with why they use it, we’d love to hear from you!