Archive for October, 2009

Recent work for October

Posted in Art, illustrated books, Process with tags , , , on October 29, 2009 by scratchyb

October was mostly all about a commission and then a couple of pieces here and there.  I did a bookplate for a contest at the blog “A Journey Around My Skull,” one of the musts that I have on my feed.

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I recommend subscribing to A Journey Round My Skull if you are at all enamored of illustrations and books, especially those that are rare and hard to find.

I also did a drawing for what I hope to be a bookmark.  I plan to get a bunch of these printed up, as soon as I scrape together enough for a new and improved inkjet printer.

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Other than that, nothing much else.  Why the sparse output?  Well, I may have mentioned it before, but I only do this for a hobby.  I actually make a living as a librarian, specializing in library IT.  It’s really only been recently that I’ve started pushing to get my work out there more and more, and to improve and develop as an artist.  The two go hand in hand for me, the exposure creates opportunities and deadlines, which pushes me to put more effort into my work than I otherwise might.

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Pyrography

Posted in Art, Process, Technique with tags , , , on October 4, 2009 by scratchyb

I’m thinking of taking up pyrography, since I’ve been planning to start using wood as a support for my artwork. As my “Creatures of the Arboretarium” series shows, I’ve already begun to appreciate the unique background that wood provides to a drawing. The only obstacle I can think of is, the reproductions, should I decide to make any, won’t be as crisp and nice as they would be on paper. The natural grain that makes wood such a good medium also tends to muck up a print, at least in my opinion.

If I can find an inexpensive kit, I may try it soon. I’ve got an idea that I think would really work well with this medium and a bit of watercolor or thinned out acrylic. I think this is one of those mediums that has a bad image, because of all those “Bless this House” plaques. Maybe if I started doing some “Damn Your Eyes” plaques . . .