I'm looking for interesting ways to frame some art being donated to a fund-raising auction. The art is like comics art (little one-page illustrated stories), but the audience isn't comic collectors.
I volunteered to seek out donations for a non-profit auction, and my brother is very generously donating two pieces of his art, which will be auctioned on August 23 (either a live auction or the preceding silent auction, depending on some other person's estimate of their value). I'm trying to figure out how to frame both to make their awesomeness shine to the attendees and organizers; I want to make sure they aren't undervalued because they're "comics".
I've already asked the artist for suggestions but haven't heard anything. He's my brother so I need to do a good job.
the art: one
(I checked with a mod about linking to the images).
Probably the obvious choice would be simple black plastic, but a) I hate plastic, and b) I'm looking for other ideas that will really take it from "something a comics enthusiast would recognize" to "look at that compelling thing, hey it tells a story".
I want to make this look potentially at home on the wall of someone who, like me, doesn't want plastic (or too much black) on their wall, but finds the art itself charming.
A thin frame of any kind with no mat is probably more accepted. With so much white in the puppy one, in particular ... I'd like to make the whole thing seem more like a single item, rather than a white background with things on it.
Maybe do something with matting?
I realize that a comics enthusiast might be put off by a non-minimalist framing, but I think the content of these pieces would appeal to people who aren't already comics fans, and I'm hoping to show them a little differently. In other words, the audience here isn't comics enthusiasts (it's animal lovers).
I wouldn't say cost is no object, but I'm willing to put a little bit into this.