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Pyrography and scratchboard

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2012 by scratchyb

I’ve been working on a little experiment combining pyrography with scratchboard for a stronger effect. The contrast between the black and white and the comparatively lighter wood coloring intrigued me.  I kind of like the way this worked out, so I might be doing a few more experiments.

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© Eric Battaglia 2012

I just glued the scratchboard drawing onto the wood panel with craft glue.  Next I’ll seal it with an acrylic or polyurethane varnish. That should keep the edges from pulling up. I’ve debated using color, and decided against it, even along the border, which was my original intent for this piece.

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IF–Dusty

Posted in Art, Illustration Friday with tags , , , , , , , on January 23, 2011 by scratchyb


Scratchboard illustration

“He would not respond, but only stood there, unmoving. In the dark, he didn’t even look substantial, just little more than tiny particles, dust motes floating together in his shape. Sylvia fancied that if she approached him, and reached out her hand to touch him, he would simply fly apart, and she’d be left with nothing but a dusty pile.”

–From “Inherit the Dust” by Dorian Grimwater.

A note on the above quote. Dorian Grimwater is a famous author of several puzzling (literally) books in his home country. Most of his books offer clues to the whereabouts of multiple stolen treasures. Needless to say, he is wanted by authorities, and his books are bestsellers if only because of the multiple attempts at uncovering the valuables. Dorian’s books come to us only in pieces, and entirely by a fluke, as his home country resides in an alternate universe.

All images © Eric Battaglia 2011

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.

IF–Adrift

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