lunakat said: If I were going to ask about hardware- I'd ask what sort of scanner Richard used to get all that artwork scanned. I'm scanner shopping right now- and I am so confused about how to find a quality art scanner that can scan something bigger than letter size... that doesn't break the bank.
I use an Epson Expression 10000XL. It's about the largest "consumer" scanner available (it has a flatbed that will take a 12x18 inch original) before you get into major expense. Now, doing a quick search, it appears the 10000XL has been superseded by the 11000XL, which seems to run around $2300. If this seems to fit "major expense" keep in mind that once you get out of this arena, flatbed scanners any larger start costing upwards of $8-10,000. So there's really three choices: letter size (of which there are many, many options, and relatively inexpensive), then the tabloid size (12x18 or so) which cost low-to-mid four figures, and then the really expensive stuff.