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Pyrography work

Posted in Art, Process, Projects, Technique, woodburning with tags , , , , , , on August 17, 2010 by scratchyb

I’ve been quietly slipping into woodburning as a medium, with relatively little fanfare, since it’s largely been an experiment.  At this point, I’d say I’ve learned a few good lessons so far.  On my latest piece, part of the Creatures of the Arboretarium series, I used all the nibs that came with my single-temperature, cheap little burning pen.  Each one has a different effect.

I learned a few little tricks along the way, like keeping the nibs clean from carbon buildup to keep them burning clear and even.  Light sandpaper or a razor generally do the trick.

I’ve also started figuring out what each nib can do, and how to use the different burn styles between them to create new effects.

If you’re careful, you can even use a blade to lighten up some areas that may have been over-burned.

And the finished piece.  It’s a pangolion.  Basically a pangolin (sort of a scaly anteater, also called a living pinecone) and a lion combined.


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

Nightmares from the Arbortoreum

Posted in animals, Art, Hybrids with tags , , , , , , , , on November 22, 2008 by scratchyb

There is a place where trees are planted that cannot, and will not, ever grow quite right.  Some people say they are insane, others say they’re just mutant trees.  They are all taken to a place of rest, a place free of animals and people.  An Arbortoreum.  There they sit in silence amongst each other, and while away their twisted days by dreaming of animals to dwell under and within their gnarled boughs.


The Dowl, a deer/owl hybrid.

This is the start of a new series of original ink drawings done on basswood plaques.  These drawings will be available from the Old Scratch store as they appear.

Attack of the Platyrabbis

Posted in animals, Art, Hybrids with tags , , , , , , on October 15, 2008 by scratchyb

You know that, unlike other living things, the aforementioned platyrabbis (see the last post) didn’t actually evolve over time.   Rather, two separate animals evolved, in two very remote areas of the world.  And then they made their way into my mind, and one day, they collided.  The result:

So, um, don’t mess with the platyrabbis.