Bill’s Eye (Day 2) 2010.08.11, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

August 2010: I intend to continue to profile contemporary artists once or twice a week. On the other days, I intend to draw… whatever I darn well feel like!

Today’s portrait is of American artist Bill Rogers, known on flickr as Giveawayboy. Bill has a great eye for darks and lights and how they shape volume, apparent in both his photographs and drawings. He works in a variety of media, from markers to digital, but I particularly love his portraits in pen. I’ve also really appreciated his generous spirit and even-handed attitude in group discussions at the Portrait Party.

You can see Bill’s artwork on his flickr imagestream: www.flickr.com/photos/giveawayboy/

Photos of Bill and other artists’ portraits of him can be seen here: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762408667…

Reference photo for this portrait: www.flickr.com/photos/giveawayboy/2088746311/in/photostream/

JKPP: JuliaWe’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – more than 300 artists drawing each other! Here is Bill’s portrait of me from the party. If you’re an artist who’d like to draw/paint other flickr artists, please join the Portrait Party at: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/



Bill’s Eye (Day 1) 2010.08.10, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Pencil/graphite on paper.
5 X 8 inches.
Freehand from a photo.



Improbable: 2010.08.08, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Watercolor on paper.
13 X 19 inches.
Left-handed with some right-handed blotting.
From imagination and riffing loosely on this self-portrait from 2002.

In the middle of the night, still not fully recovered from a nasty chest cold, and knowing I have to get up early tomorrow, suddenly nothing will do but I must, yes must, play with extremely unfamiliar wet on wet watercolor techniques with my left hand. I blame the incredible, inspiring watercolors of Anne Watkins.

This is the fourth attempt, and it bears no resemblance to the first three complete failures…

Better photo coming with daylight.



Luis in the Light 2010.08.05, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Inspire App on my iPod Touch
30-45 minutes
Freehand from a photo

August 2010: I intend to continue to profile contemporary artists once or twice a week. On the other days, I intend to draw… whatever I darn well feel like!

Today’s portrait is of Spanish artist Luis Peso. He makes incredibly detailed paintings on his iPhone and iPad of subjects ranging from portraits to sci-fi/fantasy to cathedrals, all with a strong sense of light. In addition to painting, he’s an active member of the Mobile Digital Art community on flickr, who’s generous about sharing information and encouraging other artists.

And, it’s his birthday – ¡Feliz cumpleaños, Luis!

You can see Luis’ artwork on his flickr imagestream: www.flickr.com/photos/35052681@N05/

And blog: nuevemonos.wordpress.com/

Photos of Luis and other artists’ portraits of him can be seen here: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762352259…

We’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – more than 300 artists drawing each other! If you’re an artist who’d like to draw/paint other flickr artists, please join the Portrait Party at: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/



Incognito 2010.07.31, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

5 X 7 inches.
Black and ‘graphite" water-soluable crayon and water-soluable pencil and water on paper.
From life/observation/mirror.

Done over two sessions – started mid-morning by daylight, completed in late evening by artificial light from a completely different direction. ~30-60 minutes total.

These got really fun after I decided they sucked and stopped trying so hard. Glad to see I can still make images with traditional art supplies that can’t be ‘undo’ed or cleanly erased.

If I tell you it’s me, then I blow being incognito…

Art Studio App on my iPod Touch.
<=15 minutes
Freehand from a photo.

July 2010: I intend to continue to profile contemporary artists once or twice a week. On the other days, I intend to draw… whatever I darn well feel like!

Today’s artist is French painter and cartoonist Natalie d’Arbeloff (Known as Augustine on flickr after her Augustine cartoon character). In addition to making delightful cartoons she is a fantastic portraitist and colorist.

You can see Natalie’s artwork on her flickr imagestream: www.flickr.com/photos/augustine/
And website:http://www.nataliedarbeloff.com/

Photos of Natalie and other artists’ portraits of her can be seen here: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762400206…

Julia Kay for JKPPWe’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – almost 300 artists drawing each other! Here is Natalie’s portrait of me from the party. If you’re an artist who’d like to draw/paint other flickr artists, please join the Portrait Party at: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/

Nini Nini 2010.07.16, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Art Studio App on my iPod Touch.
<=15 minutes
Freehand from a photo.

July 2010: I intend to continue to profile contemporary artists once or twice a week. On the other days, I intend to draw… whatever I darn well feel like!

Today’s artist is known on flickr as Nini_Nini. I enjoy her vivid sense of color and how things seem to be moving, not frozen, in her images.

You can see Nini’s artwork on her flickr imagestream: www.flickr.com/photos/uluruminambulate/

Photos of Nini and other artists’ portraits of her can be seen here: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762346815…

jkpp: Julia Kay
We’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – almost 300 artists drawing each other! Here is Nini’s portrait of me from the party. If you’re an artist who’d like to draw/paint other flickr artists, please join the Portrait Party at: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/

Art Studio App on my iPod Touch.
<=15 minutes
Freehand from a photo.

July 2010: I intend to continue to profile contemporary artists once or twice a week. On the other days, I intend to draw… whatever I darn well feel like!

Today’s portrait is of German artist Peter Vanayk. I enjoy his light-handed take on the world around him, in mostly monochrome with well-placed touches of color. We get to go where he goes, carrying his sketchbook and jotting down his view of waiting rooms and train cars, portraits of people and portraits of buildings.

You can see Peter’s artwork on his flickr imagestream: www.flickr.com/photos/petervanayk/

Photos of Peter and other artists’ portraits of him can be seen here: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762393422…

J.K. Queen of heartsWe’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – almost 300 artists drawing each other! Here is Peter’s portrait of me from the party. If you’re an artist who’d like to draw/paint other flickr artists, please join the Portrait Party at: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/

Inspire App on my iPod Touch
<= 15 minutes
Freehand from a photo

Nose too long yielding brow too high, eye too large, expression too dour…
Nevertheless, I like this very quick sketch of Bill, whose own drawings are awesome!

July 2010: I intend to continue to profile contemporary artists once or twice a week. On the other days, I intend to draw… whatever I darn well feel like!

Today’s portrait is of artist William T. Ayton (British, based in the USA). He makes wonderful drawings and paintings; I’m especially enamored of his well-modeled, extremely detailed, brush and ink portraits.

You can see Bill’s artwork on his flickr imagestream: www.flickr.com/photos/billayton/

And website: www.ayton.net/

Photos of Bill and other artists’ portraits of him can be seen here: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762395186…

Julia Kay for JKPPWe’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – almost 300 artists drawing each other! Here is Bill’s portrait of me from the party. If you’re an artist who’d like to draw/paint other flickr artists, please join the Portrait Party at: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/



Cooper Renner 2010.07.05, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Brushes App on my iPod Touch.
Freehand from a photo.
15-30 minutes.

June 2010: I intend to continue to profile contemporary artists once or twice a week. On the other days, I intend to draw… whatever I darn well feel like!

Today’s artist is American Cooper Renner, known as r3nn3r on flickr. I was first drawn to Cooper’s work for his large body of interestingly composed self-portraits, but he has compelling work in a variety of subjects ranging from mythic illustrations to mundane vehicles.

You can see Cooper’s artwork on his flickr imagestream: www.flickr.com/photos/r3nn3r/

And website: www.cooprenner.com/

Photos of Cooper and other artists’ portraits of him can be seen here: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762360773…

We’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – almost 300 artists drawing each other! If you’re an artist who’d like to draw/paint other flickr artists, please join the Portrait Party at: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/

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