Archive for the Process Category

AAARGH!

Posted in Art, Illustration Friday, Process with tags , , , on March 18, 2010 by scratchyb

I haven’t screwed up like this in a while. I was happily working away at a scratchboard piece for Illustration Friday when I went and smeared silver ink across the thing. It’s repairable, but at this point, I don’t need to work on it tonight anymore, since the new IF topic is posted tomorrow. Me and my stupid silver ink.

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Clumsy-Illustration Friday

Posted in Art, Painting, Process with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 28, 2010 by scratchyb

woodburn and painting on wood

Clumsy

In the beginning, there was no evil, but for a jar that Deity kept locked up in a cupboard, leftover from a previous experiment with another universe.  To keep His new project from being tainted, He called upon one of his angels to take the jar out of the studio, far far away.  Only his weakest and ugliest runt showed up.  Deity sighed, and gave him the jar.  “Take care with this, and remove it to a location far away.”

The crooked angel almost made it to the edge of the world, before the jar simply slipped from his hands and shattered on the ground, allowing evil to scatter to the ends of the earth and there flourish.  And so, Deity shrugged his shoulders and started on a new project.  The poor malformed angel was given the world to do with as he wished.

This is a WIP I started for Illustration Friday.  I’ve been wanting to pursue woodburning as an element in my work, hoping to find a balance between the woodburned elements, and those using paint or ink.  So far, seems way off balance.  I also used my new Dremel for the bird’s outline.  Weee fun.

“Sentry” Golem #1

Posted in Art, Painting, Process with tags , , , , , , , , on January 17, 2010 by scratchyb

This is something I’ve had in mind for a while: a series of these creatures that are just kind of inspired by the random shapes my kneaded eraser ends up in. I think of them as golems, but looking at this one, I know some people think of this as an alien.  That’s okay too.  It’s an alien golem.

Here’s the drawing I did a few years back that got me thinking of this idea.  This one’s done with pastel pencil and pen and ink.

All images © Eric Battaglia 2009

Letterpress

Posted in Block Prints, Process, Technique with tags , , , , , , , on December 9, 2009 by scratchyb

Eric Battaglia © 2009

Over the past few months I’ve been taking a letterpress class at Lillstreet Art Center.  It’s been interesting, and a little trying on my patience.  Setting type is a painstaking process, and doesn’t carry the same intrinsic reward for me as meticulous drawing does.  So I kept my use of type to small phrases, like this design, and combining them with my linocut blocks.  I’ve got a few more experimental ideas to try in the last remaining weeks of the class, so we’ll see what else develops.

Scorched wood policy

Posted in Art, Process, Technique with tags , , , , on November 3, 2009 by scratchyb

WoodburnDevil

My very first woodburn.  I decided I really wanted to try this out, but didn’t want to go for the expense of a whole kit.  So, I bought a cheap woodburning pen from Michael’s.  It’s made by Walnut Hollow, the same company that cuts my wood plaques.  Wow, and I just realized how evocative of country kitsch these materials are, nonetheless I’ve got some very cool and non-traditional ideas in store.  Just you wait.  And I intend to use reclaimed and rescued wood wherever I can, even if only prepared panels that someone else didn’t want (I’ve got enough of those for a few projects  yet).

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.

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 . . .