Archive for February, 2009


Posted in Art, Block Prints, Process with tags , , , on February 18, 2009 by scratchyb

Old Scratch has been exiled to the living room. It’s Ladies Night, and that leaves me just a few precious minutes at a time to duck into the kitchen, lest I hear something I truly didn’t care to hear.

A while back I posted about a large block-print I made, which I did with two colors: silver and black. It wasn’t quite the way I wanted, because I failed to plan and had already cut into the center of the subject, which would have been the full silver color, before I realized I wanted to use the reduction method to do multiple colors on this print.

So, now, with the first block all cut up, I broke down and got a second, printed the tree from the first onto paper, and then did a monoprint onto the other block. I’m now cutting only the outline, and with some finagling in registration, I should be able to have a nice set of full two-color prints.

I was just talking to someone about my prints tonight. I explained that for some reason, I’m always drawn to linocuts, even though time after time I swear I’m done with this medium. It’s immensely satisfying, and oddly relaxing, with the combination of physical effort and mental concentration lest you slip and gouge yourself, or wreck your image. Yes, the same thing can be done digitally, but after working all day on computers, I don’t relish the idea of doing it some more when I get home. It’s one of the reasons I no longer write as much as I used to.

A Thousand Black Cats

Posted in Uncategorized on February 12, 2009 by scratchyb

Old Scratch is contemplating the practice of sending a thousand black cats to torment those who annoy him.  They could eat the living entrails of the offender while smashing their plasma TV.

Aside from that, Old Scratch wonders if Rate My Drawings is worth exploring.

Goat-ape beast

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on February 9, 2009 by scratchyb

Here’s a blend between goats and ape. Yet another hybrid from the arbortoreum.



Living in the deepest part of the Arbortoreum, the goat-ape is mild-mannered and omnivorous. They are especially fond of bone-marrow.

“Perfect is the enemy of done.”

Posted in Art, Technique with tags , , , on February 8, 2009 by scratchyb

Someone needs to tattoo that to my brain. I just got validation on the quality of a print (inkjet, not handmade) of one of my older drawings. And still I feel like I could get such a better quality from other sources–professional photographer, a higher quality printer. I’ve spent years holding back my work and ideas because I never wanted to stumble. So my late-coming new-year’s resolution should be to stumble a lot this year.

One thing I am definitely not going to attempt is a drawing a day, like some artists do, although I like the results of Lawrence Yang’s efforts.  However, I am going to participate in Drawing Day 2009, on June 6.  I just stumbled across this event.  Dropping everything and drawing for its own sake–who’d have thunk it?  I can spend hours online looking at all the art others have done, all the possible ways to market and sell, and then lose all my drawing time for the day and go through my work-a-day grumpy and annoyed.  So its back to work for me.

Latest projects

Posted in Art, Hybrids, Painting, Process, Technique with tags , on February 2, 2009 by scratchyb

Right now I’m working on another hybrid animal, and an illustration of the phrase “pig in a python”, which indicates the baby boomers, if you don’t know.  I didn’t.  The hybrid animal will be a cross between a goat and an ape.

I’m also looking for artists that have done traditional acrylic paintings and spruced them up by incorporating LEDs.   So far, I’ve only found one such LED light painting, otherwise, not even the garish stuff I’d been afraid I’d come across (you know, like a Jesus with LED halo).  I’m just looking to see if it’s been tried, and if  it’s even worthwhile.  What I have in mind is not quite as bad as the above, I’d be putting some effort into incorporating the lights logically and tastefully.

Anyway.  That’s enough for now.

Robots vs Monsters

Posted in Art, Painting, Process, Technique with tags , , , , on February 1, 2009 by scratchyb

The latest two projects I’ve been working on, aside from the ongoing hybrid animals, have been miniature 3 x 3 inch paintings of robots and handprinted monster-face coasters.  Well, I’m happy to say that at least the robots are coming along just fine so far.

Robots #1 through 3

Robots #1 through 3

I’m going to be putting these up on Etsy one at a time.  Not sure which arbitrary number will be the final one, maybe when I’ve reached 10?  Or 12?

The coasters aren’t going as well.  The best means of protecting the image, so I’m told, is decoupage gloss.  I don’t have any, and haven’t made that trip to the craft store yet.  So that one is on hold.  Not to mention that the order of cork coasters I got was actually slightly larger than the block I was printing with.  Shit happens.  Being as ADHD as I am, I’m already moving on to new things.