Hello friends of the cultivated Cyberpunk This is André from Night City Life And today I have got a review for the Cyberpunk 2077 art prints for you Which are actually the world’s first official merchandise products for the game You can order the art prints at Cook & Becker’s website in the sizes 29x60cm and 43x90cm You can choose between the finishes Unframed, Dibond + Diasec and Acrylic glass, Dibond + Liquid Gloss, Fine Art Print on Metal and Black Wooden Frame + Acrylic Glass There is a preview for the artwork, the finished print with the 5cm border on the website And you can have a look how the print might look like in your room Shipping usually takes 3-5 days Or up to 3 weeks, depending on the chosen finish, like Dibond e.g. You can pay via bank transfer, credit card or Paypal Shipments are available for nearly any location worldwide, except Russia and Brazil But who or what is Cook & Becker? Cook & Becker is a worldwide operating art dealer, based in the Netherlands, Specialized in representing digital artists and video game art The company has tasked itself with selling very high quality art in limited quantities It already teamed up with many big and famous game studios To publish art prints or art books As said before each collection has a limited edition So the edition sizes usually vary between 15 or about 100 for each design You will find the individual edition number on each print and the product ships with a certificate of authenticity You may also discover the handwritten signature of the artist/developer on selected prints I am an addicted collector of video game and movie art And have bought art at Cook & Becker several times before Thus I am especially happy about the release of the Cyberpunk 2077 art prints And secured a low edition number for myself in the collection’s pre-sale So here is my little treasure. It arrived via DPD in this solid tube Very important: Always remove all staples before opening the tube, because you don’t want any scratches on your art print There is some plastic inside for padding, but that makes this unboxing even more exciting Don’t get too greedy after the unboxing and do not throw the rest away There is still something inside of the tube That’s the certificate of authenticity by Cook & Becker It contains all important information such as edition number, day of printing, the size of the print, And – very important – the signature of the artist, that’s Concept Artist Bernard Kowalczuk at CD Projekt Red He has hand-signed this CoA At the bottom there is an embossing with the Giclee symbol and the signature of the responsible Master Printer No, it’s not time to throw the tube away, since there is still something in there! This is not the working tool for your next Cyberpunk 2077 pantomime Instead this is to protect your art print from your hands or your skin Because you could unknowingly have e.g. some fat on your skin, which might cause ugly spots on your precious art print And you dont want that I eagerly waited for this art print to arrive And I have to admit I waited slightly longer for this unframed print than the usual 3-5 days for the shipment It was nearly two weeks for me, because I paid August 30 and the print arrived at September 13 The art print I have ordered was the smaller piece with 29x60cm and has an edition size of 100, Whereas the the bigger one has an edition size of 25 Cook & Becker closely works together with CD Projekt Red But they could not officially confirm that new designs will be added to the art print collection Wow, really, really beautiful! I am super happy with this art print I especially love the brilliant colors and the composition of this artwork That’s one of the reasons why I picked this design On the other hand I like the Trauma Team, because I work in the medical sector, too I also find the image content quite interesting Because we have this peaceful summer festival or summer rave in Night City But sadly someone got an overdose And now the more terrifying Trauma Team has to intervene To bring him back to life As a nice little detail this embossing was added With the logo of CD Projekt Red Very nice! If you look closely, you will discover that the format of this print is even wider than the original artwork, which was released by CD Projekt Red back then Because of that we can now spot the bikini girl in the left corner And in the right corner the guy with leg implants and his flipflops Both were not visible in the artwork before Here both side by side: Concept art to the right and scene from the E3-trailer to the left For comparison I also like to talk about the other finishes, which are offered by Cook & Becker For the metal print, the artwork is directly printed on the metal plate and the original look remains intact Unless you order a specific metal finish For the Dibond finish the art print gets attached to a certain aluminium composite material as a background With an additional layer of gel and acrylic glass during the Diasec finish as a cover While a liquid, crystal clear epoxy layer is added to the Dibond during the Liquid Gloss finish, Which dries afterwards This here is a metal print I have got at home, but it’s not from Cook & Becker It’s just for comparison This is an artwork by Yoji Shinkawa for Metal Gear Solid V Back then I have decided for the metal print, because I got no other option available But I am more a fan of the traditional framing This should be a comparison between traditional art print, Dibond and metal print You could also buy the framed Cyberpunk 2077 art prints from Cook & Becker An acrylic glass and black wooden frame would then be added When framed an art print can indeed look very sexy Here you can see an artwork from Journey – the PlayStation 4 game I also bought this one from Cook & Becker back then It even has handwritten signatures from the artists or developers on the front But I bought this frame later to match the frame with the image in terms of color and to add an anti-glare glass But this art print here originally looked like the one from Cyberpunk 2077 I have showed you before Some time ago this sticker here was included, too It features the same signatures by the artist/developer as on the front That’s quite important to me What are major factors, which play a role when talking about the quality of an art print? That’s pre-production, paper quality and the colors, which are used for the print After they received the high resolution artworks from the game studios, Cook & Becker edits each of them digitally to achieve the best look for each printing technique For the art prints Cook & Becker uses the paper from the German company Hahnemühle, which is globally renowned in the art industry When talking about paper quality, you often hear something about the paper weight For that we got the abbreviation gsm, which stands for grams per square meter as a unit As a comparison the Cyberpunk 2077 art print got a gsm of 270, Normal stationery or printing paper got 80-100, Photo paper got about 200 – 260 When its below 150 gsm you generally call it paper, Between 150 and 600 it’s called cardboard And above 600 gsm it’s called paperboard (hopefully correctly translated) Digital art prints are also called gicglee Because the work of Cook & Becker meets the requirements in terms of paper, limited editions, Materials, hardware, colors and printing methods, it’s officially certified as a giclee This comparison by Cook & Becker is meant to show how important the right colors can be While the colors of the lower one bleached out after being exposed to bright sunlight The colors of the art print above did not Cook & Becker is confident that the colors of prints like the Cyberpunk 2077 collection last more than 100 years That’s why you get a lifetime guarantee I have talked a lot about finishing methods and art prints in general I hope it helped you to understand different aspects and how they might affect the price If we take a look at this price chart by Cook & Becker here, We see that these prices might be quite high for a regular Cyberpunk 2077 fan The art print I have bought costs 89€, with taxes even 107,69€ Going up with the price the Dibond with the expoxy comes next, followed by the metal print Then we got the wooden frame and the Dibond with Diasec and acrylic glass in the end I chose the unframed print, because it offers the best flexibility The tube is a quite shockproof and space-saving storage for the art print Later on and with the right budget you can choose a frame, which fits to the color of your print The prices for framing at Cook & Becker are fair Based on my own experience I can say that a custom framing, depending on material and size Can cost about 100€, together with a mat and anti-glare glass even 200€ You wil see that because of the sizes of the art print A simple frame from e.g. IKEA might not fit easily There are cheaper alternatives on the web, of course Many online stores by the game developers sell posters and art prints Sometimes completely framed or even hand-signed by the artist And there are semi-official prints by artist, who create great fan art To sum up I am very happy with my print But there are things that I dislike or which are just a pity For example the fact that this art print was not hand-signed by the artist Because as a fan it’s quite hard to get your stuff signed I was lucky with this Street Fighter print by Cook & Becker To get it signed by Yoshinori Ono during a launch event I also do not understand why this sticker is not included any more Back then, when the CoA was signed, this sticker was signed, too So you could at least put this sticker on your frame, even if the art print was not signed Because the CoA usually disappears into a folder or in the drawer of your desk This sticker instead could have been a personal note from the artist close to your art print If we look a the pro and contra of the Cyberpunk 2077 art print We can say it’s an officially licensed product, That was produced with a very high quality With a lifetime warranty It is a limited edition and has a high value for collectors It comes with a certificate of authenticity, which was hand-signed by the artist On the negative side we got a high price The art print itself is not signed by the artist And the sticker with the signatures is not included anymore Although this is just a minor issue for me Thank you for watching and see you next time at Night City Life!