Archive for the animals Category

The Koalabat cometh

Posted in animals, Art, Hybrids, Process, Technique with tags , , , , , , on September 23, 2009 by scratchyb

What can I say?  The wings are an example of the dangers of crosshatch addiction.  Yes, they are crosshatched in.  I do, in fact, understand that there are mediums which can fill in dark spaces much more efficiently, but I prefer doing things the painful way.

Koalabat

All images © Eric Battaglia 2009
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Some animals appearing on Etsy

Posted in animals, Art, Hybrids with tags , on September 15, 2009 by scratchyb

About half of the Creatures of the Arboretarium weren’t available on my Etsy site, and were unique to Renegade.  Now I’m adding them day by day, so they should all be up by the end of the week.  So far, here’s the Octophant:

“The Octophant is the most intelligent creature on Earth.  It is the only Arboretarium dweller that has ever plotted to escape and take over the world.”

Octophant

Octophant

I should mention that all of these animals are hand drawn with archival Micron pens, and some watercolor.  I had a few people ask if they were wood-burned images.  While the plaques are for wood-burning, I chose to stick with drawing, since that’s what I know.

Post-Renegade

Posted in animals, Art, Hybrids, Process with tags , on September 14, 2009 by scratchyb

Renegade was a lot of fun, and very inspirational.  Thanks to everyone who visited my tent, grabbed a card, and checked out this blog and my Etsy store.

The hybrid animals I’ve been drawing on wood plaques turned out to be a huge hit.  Not necessarily in immediate sales, but they were a draw nonetheless.  It was enough to convince me that I might want to go beyond the original limit of 11 or 12 creatures I was going to draw (I’m at 9 right now).  I was also pretty happy with my display, if I can say so myself.

Display1

I was also happy with the sign I made.  Originally, the devil face was a block print design meant for coasters, but as it turns out, the process of making a coaster that won’t smear with use is beyond my ken, so I stuck with what I knew and turned it into my new logo.

OldScratchSign

All in all, it was definitely worth everything that went into preparing for that weekend.  Seeing other vendors, I learned a lot about presentation and setup.

I split a tent with MoxieDoll, which was cool, sort of a yin/yang, good/evil, light and dark thing.  People were attracted to both our displays equally, although I heard at least twice that my Creatures of the Arboretarium display was creepy.   Is it bad that those comments filled my heart with joy?  But mostly, everyone seemed supportive of the concept, maybe because deep down inside, we’re all devils.

Nite.

See you at Renegade!

Posted in animals, Art, Hybrids, Painting with tags , , on September 11, 2009 by scratchyb

For anyone in Chicagoland, I’ll be at the Renegade Craft Fair on Division Street, by Damen Ave. this weekend.  Stop by, I’m sharing a tent with Moxiedoll.  The animals of the arboretarium will be there, along with some other stuff.

Now this looks tasty

Posted in animals, Art, Hybrids with tags , , , on August 5, 2009 by scratchyb

Meet the caterpigler.  It is roughly the size of a pig.  Nobody knows what happens when the cocoon hatches, but there’s always a couple of tattered animal remains near the discarded husk.  The caterpigler itself is vegetarian.

caterpigler

Goodnight and pleasant dreams.

New Art on Etsy

Posted in animals, Art, Hybrids with tags , , , on July 17, 2009 by scratchyb

I added a new piece to my Etsy store.   It’s another addition to my ongoing series about the denizens of the Arbortoreum.  Yes, I butchered the word “arboretum” on purpose.  The Arbortoreum is a special grove for trees that have cracked under the pressure of life in this world.  They just sit and dream of crazy animals that inhabit them.  This here’s a scorpmunk.

Scorpmunk

Scorpmunk

I was going to quit this series after I had about five or six, but I’ve had a couple of cool brainstorms and I think I have at least 10 out of my actual sketches alone.

Recent Projects

Posted in animals, Block Prints, Process, Technique with tags , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2009 by scratchyb

A couple of weeks ago I took a staycation that was supposed to be a chance to catch up on some projects I’ve felt like I was falling behind on.  Of course, that’s when I got the flu.  Not the swine flu, but just the plain old I don’t have the energy to do anything flu.  So, it was a minor miracle that I got some things done.  I got some under-sketches for a series of drawings that I intend to turn into a book, tentatively titled “13 Devils and 13 Demons”.

devilsketches

I also made this block print of a flying squirrel, which started as sort of an upbeat greeting card for a friend (normally, I don’t do upbeat) and wound up being something I was pretty satisfied with.  The card was two colors, easy enough to do just by inking up the top with brown and then the bottom with green.  That’s my favorite kind of dual color print, no need to worry about registration or cutting multiple blocks.  I also did a few single-color prints with some Speedball paper I had.

squirrelcard squirrelprintsquirrelblock

The print and card are available through my Etsy store.

All images © Eric Battaglia 2009