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Posted in animals, Block Prints, Process, Technique with tags , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2009 by scratchyb

A couple of weeks ago I took a staycation that was supposed to be a chance to catch up on some projects I’ve felt like I was falling behind on.  Of course, that’s when I got the flu.  Not the swine flu, but just the plain old I don’t have the energy to do anything flu.  So, it was a minor miracle that I got some things done.  I got some under-sketches for a series of drawings that I intend to turn into a book, tentatively titled “13 Devils and 13 Demons”.

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I also made this block print of a flying squirrel, which started as sort of an upbeat greeting card for a friend (normally, I don’t do upbeat) and wound up being something I was pretty satisfied with.  The card was two colors, easy enough to do just by inking up the top with brown and then the bottom with green.  That’s my favorite kind of dual color print, no need to worry about registration or cutting multiple blocks.  I also did a few single-color prints with some Speedball paper I had.

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The print and card are available through my Etsy store.

All images © Eric Battaglia 2009
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Exiled

Posted in Art, Block Prints, Process with tags , , , on February 18, 2009 by scratchyb

Old Scratch has been exiled to the living room. It’s Ladies Night, and that leaves me just a few precious minutes at a time to duck into the kitchen, lest I hear something I truly didn’t care to hear.

A while back I posted about a large block-print I made, which I did with two colors: silver and black. It wasn’t quite the way I wanted, because I failed to plan and had already cut into the center of the subject, which would have been the full silver color, before I realized I wanted to use the reduction method to do multiple colors on this print.

So, now, with the first block all cut up, I broke down and got a second, printed the tree from the first onto paper, and then did a monoprint onto the other block. I’m now cutting only the outline, and with some finagling in registration, I should be able to have a nice set of full two-color prints.

I was just talking to someone about my prints tonight. I explained that for some reason, I’m always drawn to linocuts, even though time after time I swear I’m done with this medium. It’s immensely satisfying, and oddly relaxing, with the combination of physical effort and mental concentration lest you slip and gouge yourself, or wreck your image. Yes, the same thing can be done digitally, but after working all day on computers, I don’t relish the idea of doing it some more when I get home. It’s one of the reasons I no longer write as much as I used to.

“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.