The art is printed as displayed and there is no difference in quality. The cover has, what I consider to be, a matte finish that helps to emphasize the golden personalization. The personalization is also beautifully printed! I requested the 'overjoyed' kaomoji to create a fun version of someone being excited, looking at the sleeping cat. The cover feels durable and sturdy and I am enjoying using it! I only wish that the cover had at least two ribbons.
I use this notebook with the full print notebook as a sketchbook, but I also use the dotted light refill as well as the 2021 horizontal half-year journal in another cover. I use muji pens, mildliners, and Staedtler dual tips. None of them bleed through the pages (and I have done some drawings and coloring with markers) but they do ghost a little. The ghosting is not so bad as to be distracting and is fine for the quick color sketches that I do.