Small Boat 2011.01.07, originally uploaded by Julia Kay -.

iPad
ArtRage
From Imagination
<=15 minutes

Playing with “dirty” brushes in artrage. The color doesn’t just mix when you cross one stroke with another – some gets picked up by your brush for the next stroke. I don’t use a stylus, so my brush is my finger. So if the paint is on my brush and my finger is my brush, the paint must be on my finger. And yet I don’t have to scrub my hands with the gritty orange soap before going to bed. Very strange, really, this digital world.

iPad
Quill App
(Background color added in photoshop on mac)
<=30 minutes
From imagination

In the spirit of collage…

iPad
Finger Design Photo Collage App
From imagination

Billy Taylor
Bill Traylor

The App report: This App has great potential and I was really psyched. It has a really nice selection of papers for you to cut up and you can import your own photos to cut up and collage. There’s a choice of clean cut line or a ragged torn line, and the movement of the pieces around the screen with rotating and resizing is really fluid.

However, it crashes to the degree that I need to restart my iPad, not good in general, but really bad for a paid App. Also, once you cut a shape you can’t alter it – neither to add more back on nor to cut more away (and trying is one of the things that will crash it). You also can’t cut holes in shapes, ie you can cut a circle but not a donut. These seem like basic necessities. On the list of advanced can’ts. you can’t group objects and lock them together (glue them down), save shapes you’ve cut for use in other collages, duplicate shapes, trace a shape, etc., etc. I sent an email to the developers and will keep you posted if they respond.

More on all this tomorrow as it’s bedtime. This App has really great potential but I cannot recommend it now because it crashes and is missing what I consider to be necessary features (and is not free). However, I’ve written to the developers and will keep everyone posted as to their responsiveness.



2011.01.05 Mellanie Collins, originally uploaded by Julia Kay -.

iPad
Auryn Ink App (iPad only)
Freehand from a photo
30-45 minutes

Today’s portrait is of artist Mellanie Collins, known on flickr as Mellanie_C.

Thanks Mellanie for the opportunity to draw/paint stripes!

I encourage everyone to browse Mellanie’s wonderful work here: www.flickr.com/photos/genxster/

Photos of Mellanie and other artists’ portraits of her can be seen here: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762412540…

Auryn Ink notes: you have to finish your drawing in one session. Well, you can put the device to sleep, but you can’t leave the App. If you leave the App you lose your drawing. You also can’t import a saved version to keep working.

We’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – more than 400 artists drawing each other! Please visit the Portrait Party at: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/

iPad
Auryn Ink
Freehand from a photo
45-60 minutes

Today’s portrait is of artist Maria Leonarda Ascencio, known on flickr as M. Leonarda. I could list a thousand things I see ‘wrong’ in this portrait but I think I got some of the tired feeling in her photo that I was identifying with. I could have kept working on this much longer – except for that tired feeling I was having. I encourage everyone to browse Maria’s wonderful work here: www.flickr.com/photos/mleonarda/
Photos and other portraits of Maria can be found here: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762507605…

I also got a little bit of a better handle on the Auryn Ink App today though I can’t say I think this looks like watercolor, even dry brush.

We’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – more than 400 artists drawing each other! Please visit the Portrait Party at: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/



Ambivalent Loaf 2011.01.03, originally uploaded by Julia Kay -.

iPod Touch
Typedrawing and Strip Designer Apps
Loaf freehand from various images in a Google search
15-30 minutes

This one’s for AK.

womensvoicesforchange.org/julia-kay-report-from-an-eventf…

I was interviewed by Women’s Voices for Change about my busy year as an artist: The MobileArtCon, Julia Kay’s Portrait Party, etc. This is part one of the interview. There’ll be more on the Portrait Party in part two.

Please check it out and leave comments on their site if you’re so inclined.



2011.01.01 Sketchmanni, originally uploaded by Julia Kay -.

iPad
ArtRage App (pencil and watercolors)
Freehand from a photo
I was alternating between this and another project, so I’m not sure how much time – probably 46-60 minutes.

Today’s portrait for Julia Kay’s Portrait Party (JKPP) is of artist Manuel Grote, known on flickr as sketchmanni. You can see his wonderful work here: www.flickr.com/photos/sketchmanni/with/5296147015/

I have really enjoyed writing about everyone’s work when I make my first portrait of them. However, I’ve realized that it keeps me from making portraits because of the time involved in making all the links and writing the descriptions.

So in the interest of more portraits, there’s going to be less writing. Instead, I encourage everyone to follow the link above and check out Manuel’s imagestream for themselves.

IPad
ArtRage
From imagination

Instead of getting into a rage about not being able to export my animation from Animation HD Lite, I got a single frame into ArtRage and fooled around more with the ‘watercolor’ brushes.



Ily drawn 2010.12.30, originally uploaded by Julia Kay -.

iPad
SketchClub App
Freehand from a photo

Today’s portrait for JKPP is of Ily. You can see her wonderful work here: www.flickr.com/photos/ily101/

Ily, I hope you always wanted to be an Amazon dancing in the new year! I loved this photo and gave it two tries. I’m not satisfied with either one and hope to get back to it eventually.

I have really enjoyed writing about everyone’s work when I make my first portrait of them. However, I’ve realized that it keeps me from making portraits because of the time involved in making all the links and writing the descriptions.

So in the interest of more portraits, there’s going to be less writing. Instead, I encourage everyone to follow the link above and check out Ily’s imagestream for themselves.