Archive for Pen and ink

IF-Sweater

Posted in Art, Illustration Friday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 13, 2011 by scratchyb

“While it is warm, troll-wool is terribly scratchy and uncomfortable, as anyone who has brushed up against a troll’s pelt would know.  Of course, they wouldn’t share that knowledge, because most people who came that close to a troll simply didn’t come back.  Sven’s mother had told him to always show his appreciation, and common sense told him not to offend Grandma Troll.  So he thanked her for the new, somewhat ill-fitting sweater she had knit him from the very wool off her arms.  Then he stood very still so as not to irritate his skin any further.”

From “Grandma Troll,” an imaginary fairy tale.

Illustration Friday’s theme this week was “sweater”.  I did have in mind a monster and boy, with a sweater knit from the monster’s fur. It turned into this troll idea after I thought of making the monster a grandmother, and the story fell into place in my head as I was drawing.  It’s possible this could turn into a full-fledged picture book.

 

© Eric Battaglia 2011

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Illustration Friday–Reverse

Posted in Art, comics, Illustration Friday with tags , , , , , , , on February 7, 2011 by scratchyb

watercolor and pen and ink drawing of tree

The latest for Illustration Friday.  The theme is “Reverse.”

All images © Eric Battaglia 2011

Illustration Friday–Chicken

Posted in Art, Illustration Friday with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 18, 2011 by scratchyb

Watercolor illustration of a chicken and eggs.

For Illustration Friday 1/14, the topic was “chicken”. I did this in watercolor and ink, and then I scanned it and fixed as many of the more glaring mistakes as I could in Photoshop. I’m not big on actually composing an illustration digitally, mainly because I can’t afford the right tools and simply spend way too many hours staring at a screen to devote any further time than I have to. Still, it comes in handy for little things like thickening the lines bordering the egg whites and yolk.

All images © Eric Battaglia 2011

Illustration Friday–Fearless

Posted in Illustration Friday, Process, Technique with tags , , , , , , , , on May 13, 2010 by scratchyb

Fearless

The stranger stood inert like some kind of giant mushroom.  All around it the earth was barren and dry, maybe from its arrival, maybe because of the nails, or pipes, or roots, it had inserted into the ground.   The people were going to avoid it, and hope that it would die off.   More than a few thought of burning it.  But then some kid walked up to it, and did a funny thing: he held out his hand.  What happened next would change the world.

All images © Eric Battaglia 2010

Illustration Friday–Cocoon

Posted in Art, Illustration Friday with tags , , , , , on May 6, 2010 by scratchyb

All images © Eric Battaglia 2010

Odjit Wednesday

Posted in Odjit, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2010 by scratchyb


All images © Eric Battaglia 2010

Illustration Friday–Ahead

Posted in Illustration Friday with tags , , , , , , , on April 25, 2010 by scratchyb

Though the path has been long and rough, and the way forward doesn’t look promising either, the gnome wizard forges ahead.

I laid the color down on a pencil sketch in watercolor (technically, watercolor pencils) and then added the pen and marker details.

All images © Eric Battaglia 2010