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The More Than I Can Chew Department

Posted in Art, Projects with tags , , on July 30, 2010 by scratchyb

Well, I’m back from my unannounced vacation.  July’s been a busy month for me.  And, despite not having posted any regular drawings in weeks (when I’d been planning this Odjit thing to be a weekly recurrence, I’ve taken on another project.  I’ve signed on for the Sketchbook Project for 2011.  So, I need to get my Moleskine filled out by the end of the year.

Note: this does not mean I am giving up on the Odjit project, because I do want to put all these little cartoons together into a book in 2011.  I’ve also got a number of other projects to do for some upcoming events this fall.  So, it’s back on track from here on out.


Posted in Cartoons, Odjit with tags , , , , , , , on March 31, 2010 by scratchyb


All images © Eric Battaglia 2010


Posted in Art, Illustration Friday, Technique with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2010 by scratchyb

This is a scratchboard piece I just did for Illustration Friday.  The theme was “Adrift.”  As I drew, I started to develop a story around this situation.  I might try to expand it to a short graphic story.  I have plenty of scratchboard.

All images © Eric Battaglia 2009

Odjit Wednesday–Stay Warm!

Posted in Art, Cartoons, Odjit with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2010 by scratchyb

Stay Warm!

Mandy thinks these are horrible.  She’s disturbed at how much delight I take in drawing the Odjits and their, well, odd behavior.  Do I really need to say that these critters are not exactly role models?

All images © Eric Battaglia 2009

Illustration Friday: Wilderness

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , on January 21, 2010 by scratchyb

Another Illustration Friday piece.  I’m trying to participate in this to keep my mind in art mode when I’m not at work.  The actual piece I wanted to do for this one couldn’t be finished in time, but I do intend to complete it.  This is a sketch I did over the weekend, while in Wisconsin for a relaxing mini-vacation.

All images © Eric Battaglia 2009

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.


All images © Eric Battaglia 2009

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.

Spiraling away

Posted in Art, Process, Technique with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2008 by scratchyb

I posted one of my original drawings on Etsy today.  It’s actually an older piece, inspired by a quote of a quote.  The quote as I first encountered it was in Caitlin Kiernan’s Threshold about extra-dimensional bogey beasts, and it was a quote taken from an Algernon Blackwood story called “The Willows”, also about extra-dimensional bogey beasts, although with a different tone and background.

The quote: “Our thoughts make spirals in their world . . .”

It inspired this mixed-media drawing, where I tried a large-scale stippling technique and added some minor collage for the spiraling eyes. Gold ink was washed over the nautilus shell in the background.

"Our thoughts make spirals . . ."

Happy Halloween, fellow creeps!!!

Posted in Art, Display with tags , , , , , , , on October 31, 2008 by scratchyb
what?  Worms?  Rope? Intestines!?

A face on a bed of: what? Worms? Rope? Intestines!?