Julie Johnson 2010.06.18, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Typedrawing 2.1 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 Julie Johnson. I love her strong, vivid watercolors, and detailed line drawings of people, places and things.

You can see Julie’s artwork on her flickr imagestream: www.flickr.com/photos/spiritofdrawing/
And website: www.juliejohnsonart.com/

Photos of Julie and other artists’ portraits of her can be seen here: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762386780…

Julia KayWe’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – more than 250 artists drawing each other! Here is Julie’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
15-30 minutes
From imagination

Just fooling around trying out the new brush settings and other features, playing with color & attempting to think abstractly when Dang! this crazy character showed up…

Quill App on my iPod Touch.
Freehand from a photo of a Gaugin self-portrait.
15-30 minutes.

I was too tired tonight to trust myself with the exacto knife on the paper piece, so back to digital. But in the usual circular way of the studio, converting the Quill piece to paper, and working with paper, has now influenced the way I’m working with Quill – instead of overlapping transparent colors, discreet, opaque and therefore richer colors.

I guess some artists know what these things will look like before they do them – for me it’s an adventure to see what happens each and every time. A fantastic adventure.

Cut paper.
14 X 10.5 inches.
Directly from a Quill App drawing which was freehand from a photo…
Two sessions at a couple hours each so far…

Cut paper.
14 X 10.5 inches.
Directly from a Quill App drawing which was freehand from a photo…
A couple hours so far…

Remembering now both the pleasures and frustrations of doing this. I love the physicality of it, and the clean flat color. But no matter how much colored paper I accumulate, it seems I’m always missing something I want. And for some reason I’ve always found it very hard to get accurate color when photographing cut paper pieces. Plus, I love cutting but I’m terrible at gluing. Nevertheless, I’m committed to this for the next few days.

Omar Jamarillo 2010.06.08, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Typedrawing App on my iPod Touch.
Freehand from a photo.
60-90 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 Omar Jamarillo, currently based in Italy. Whether drawing plazas, train platforms or portraits, his watercolors have a sure touch, easy command of blended washes and dazzling light.

You can see Omar’s artwork on his flickr imagestream: www.flickr.com/photos/omarpaint/
and website: www.omar-jaramillo.de/

Photos of Omar and other artists’ portraits of him can be seen here:
www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762378731…

Julia kayWe’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – more than 200 artists from around the world, drawing each other! Here is Omar’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/

Kid’s Paint on my iPod Touch.
Freehand from a photo.
30-60 minutes.

With this app you never know what color or line thickness you will get with each stroke, so you just keep drawing over things until you get what you like. An unending grab-bag of color.

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 subject is British artist Francesca Whetnall. She has an incredible range and seems equally at home with detailed perspective drawings of historical buildings, colorful watercolor portraits, and digital manipulations.

As usual, I have not succeeded in portraying her Mona Lisa smile but hope some of my enjoyment of working from her very clear photo comes through in the colors.

You can see Francesca’s artwork on her flickr imagestream: www.flickr.com/photos/franny_b/
and website: www.francescawhetnall.co.uk/

Photos of Francesca and other artists’ portraits of her can be seen here: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762388895…

Julia Kay - Artist

We’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – more than 200 artists drawing each other! Here is Francesca’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/

Not Me, But Who? 2010.06.06, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Kid’s Paint and TypeDrawing on my iPod Touch
From imagination
<=15 minutes

Typedrawing App on my iPod Touch using fantastic new color upgrade!!
Directly from a photo.
60-90 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 Andy Donohue of Ireland.

You can see Andy’s fantastic expressionistic paintings and drawings of people and other subjects on his flickr imagestream: www.flickr.com/photos/andydonohue/

Photos of Andy and other artists’ portraits of him can be seen here: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762386125…

julia kay by andydonohue1We’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – more than 200 artists drawing each other! Here is Andy’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/

Kid’s Paint on my iPod Touch
15-20 minutes
Directly from a photo of Bernie’s self-portrait.

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 Bernie Levine. He hasn’t posted any photos of himself, so I worked from his self-portrait. You can see his mind-blowing papercut portraits of people and animals, art nouveau scenes, florals, abstracts and other subjects on his flickr imagestream: www.flickr.com/photos/bernielevine/

and website: www.funtasticcards.com/

Other artists’ portraits of him can be seen here: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762388622…

Julia KayWe’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – more than 200 artists drawing each other! Here is Bernie’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/