Archive for the Hybrids Category

A new WIP

Posted in animals, Art, Hybrids, Technique, woodburning with tags , , , , , , on May 17, 2011 by scratchyb

Woodburn artwork in progress

I’ve got to figure out what I’m doing with the center portion.  I’ve got a few ideas, we’ll see what works best.

All images © Eric Battaglia 2011

Constructor Aftermath

Posted in animals, Art, Hybrids with tags , , , on June 7, 2010 by scratchyb

For anyone who is curious, two of the new hybrid animals I had on display at Constructor are now posted on my Etsy store: the Tarsnail and the Seacock.

I’ll be posting the Mousegonfly and a couple of other new pieces later on this week.

Hybrids are back

Posted in animals, Hybrids, Technique with tags , , , , , , on June 2, 2010 by scratchyb

I’ve returned to the Hybrid series, officially titled “Creatures of the Arbortarium” (that’s an imaginary word, not a mispelling-an asylum for mad trees) for one last time.  While, I notice that my art has often had some kind of hybrid creature lurking in the foreground or background, I would like to get away from these plaques in favor of some other ideas that I’ve been itching to explore.   One major difference between the current animals and my previous ones is that, rather than just working with pen and ink and watercolor pencil, I’ve begun burning the animals with a rudimentary woodburning pen.  Here’s a couple I have so far.

Mousegonfly

Tarsnail

All images © Eric Battaglia 2010

Renegade Craftin Lodge

Posted in animals, Hybrids with tags , , , , , , , , on May 24, 2010 by scratchyb

Some of the Creatures of the Arboretarium have made their way to the Renegade Handmade store, appearing in their Spotlight Gallery as part of the Craftin’ Lodge show.  Check it out if you are in the Chicago area, the show will run until around mid-June.  If you can’t make it, the animals can be seen online at the RenegadeHandmade site.  You can see the Racoonigator, Caterpigler, Octophant, Porcubear, Scorpmunk and Sploth there.

For the people who follow the weekly adventures of the Odjits, my posts will probably be a little irregular these next two weeks.  I’m working on a number of ideas for the Constructor Craft Fair in Berwyn June 6th.

Monster eggplant thing

Posted in Art, Hybrids, Technique with tags , , , , on December 10, 2009 by scratchyb

Another woodburning experiment.

Eric Battaglia © 2009

I burned in the outline and then painted it with diluted acrylics.  Still just learning, but so far I’m happy with the way this is turning out.  A few more of these little things and I might be ready for some of the bigger projects I have in mind.

Current works

Posted in Art, Hybrids, Painting, Process with tags , , , on September 30, 2009 by scratchyb

Hiding out and trying to focus on art as much as possible.  Working on a mixed animal design for a commission, and also on this little painting here, on a 6×6 canvas.

First in a series of "golem" paintings.

First in a series of "golem" paintings.

It’s the first in a series of paintings that will focus on creatures, but with only a basic outline shape, and with the bulk of the detail focusing on design and color rather than the creature’s physical features.  I think of them as ornamented golems, hence I’m calling this the “golem” series.   The above painting, is, by the way, not nearly finished.  I’ve quite a bit more to do with it.  Hopefully, I’ll know where to stop.

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

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.