Vector/Not Vector 2010.05.14, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Quill & Pollack Apps on my iPod Touch
From imagination
<=15 minutes.

May 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 I felt like seeing if I could get the clean, well-defined edges of Quill to work well with splashy splotchy lines of Pollack.

Quill App on my iPod Touch.
Freehand from a photo.
A couple hours (multiple sessions).

May 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 Dutch Painter Herman Schouwenburg. Herman makes fantastic, quirky portraits of everyone from presumed strangers in his ‘People I Met’ series to those most close to home in his group portrait ‘Family Dinners’ series. I love the expressiveness of his work, his great eye for the right vivid colors to enhance the emotions of a scene, and how he conveys even difficult situations such as policemen barring the way or an adult scolding a child in such a way that we feel sympathy with all the characters.

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

Photos of Herman and other artists’ portraits of him can be seen here: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762373025…

# 1203 juliaWe’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – more than 150 artists drawing each other! Here is Herman’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/

Wasabi App on my IPod Touch
Directly from a photo.
30-40 minutes.

March-April 2010, I intend to draw a different contemporary artist every day.

Today’s portrait is of Argentinian artist and illustrator, Pablo David Pitucardi. I could not resist the funny photo he had posted with wide eyes and big hair, but I’m afraid I’ve made him look even funnier here. In any event, he makes delightful drawings and illustrations with a light hand, good humor, strong story-telling and vivid color.

You can see Pablo’s artwork on his two flickr imagestreams:
www.flickr.com/photos/pitucardi/
www.flickr.com/photos/pablodavid

Photos of Pablo and other artists’ portraits of him can be seen here:
www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762348146…

retrato de JULIA KAYWe’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – more than 100 artists drawing each other! Here is Pablo’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.
Freehand from a photo.
30-40 minutes.

March-April 2010, I intend to draw a different contemporary artist every day.

Today’s artist is Sally Ann La Main. She came to artmaking a little older than most, when her daughter gave her an iPhone with the Brushes App – but you would never know it judging from her fantastic portraits, landscapes, and street scenes.

You can see Sally Ann’s artwork on her flickr imagestream:
www.flickr.com/photos/sallylamain/

And her older work is on her daughter’s imagestream:
www.flickr.com/photos/drmstx4/

Photos of Sally Ann and other artists’ portraits of her can be seen here:
www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762361815…

Julia KayWe’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – more than 100 artists drawing each other! Here is Sally Ann’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/

Wasabi App on my IPod Touch
Freehand from photos.
30-40 minutes.

March-April 2010, I intend to draw a different contemporary artist every day. I’ve been looking at the paintings of Alice Neel all week, and have tried to impart a little of her style without actually copying any particular painting.

Today’s portrait is of America musician, engineer and digital artist Dan Harris, known on flickr as Gringovitch. I love how Dan works with the accidental, the abstract, and the non-objective and somehow also combines them into images of people, birds, flowers and other recognizable subjects. He manages to get great painty brushiness while working digitally and is not afraid of strong marks and deep colors.

You can see Dan’s artwork on his flickr imagestream: www.flickr.com/photos/40980861@N02/

And learn more about him on his website: www.danielharrismusic.com/

Photos of Dan and other artists’ portraits of him can be seen here: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762372546…

Fragmenti:  JK Now and Then We’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – more than 100 artists drawing each other! Below is one of Dan’s portraits 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/

Artrage on my MacBook with pressure-sensitive stylus; some tweaking in Photoshop.
Direct and freehand from a photograph.
60-90 minutes.

March-April 2010, I intend to draw a different contemporary artist every day.

Today’s artist is American Virginia Hein, who makes beautiful travel sketches, portraits, and landscapes in a variety of media including pen, watercolor, and oil pastel. I enjoy the sure accuracy of her lines, the way she uses color (sometimes only a little bit) and the vivid way she sees and portrays light. I’m in awe of her ability to compress large space onto small paper and keep all the necessary details.

You can see Virginia’s artwork on her flickr imagestream:
www.flickr.com/photos/38539603@N04/

And an interesting profile of her here:
www.urbansketchers.com/2009/11/meet-correspondents-los-an…

Photos of Virginia and other artists’ portraits of her can be seen here:
www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762347378…

Julia Kay the WizardWe’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – more than 100 artists drawing each other! Here’s Virginia’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/

Brushes App on my iPod Touch.

Freehand from a photo.

15-20 minutes.

Left-handed continuous red contour line, right-handed additional color.

March-April 2010, I intend to draw a different contemporary artist every day.

Today’s artist is American watercolorist Anne Watkins. The thing that strikes me most in all of her work is her incredibly good use of white space, and how she is able to handle her watercolors to yield clean edges between color and background. When she paints portraits, she manages to find a sweet side in everybody, no matter how much they were frowning or furrowing their brows when staring in the camera or sitting for her.

You can see Anne’s artwork on her flickr imagestream:

www.flickr.com/photos/annewatkins/

And on her website:

www.annewatkins.com/

Photos of Anne and other artists’ portraits of her can be seen here:

www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762361887…

10-03-12-JULIA-KAYWe’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – more than 100 artists drawing each other! Here’s Anne’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/

Photoshop to lay out my composition, Brushes on my iPod Touch to draw/paint.
Directly and freehand from photos.
3-4 hours.

March-April 2010, I intend to draw a different contemporary artist every day.

Today’s artist is Greg Durrett. I think he bears a striking resemblance to Albrecht Durer, and their names are similar, too. Might be worth a genealogical investigation to see if Greg is descended from Albrecht. (Source photos for comparison.)

In any event, Greg is a photographer and digital artist. The thing I really enjoy in his work is his ability to render space and the spaces between things, the areas where there is ‘nothing’, such as skies, walls, corridors, empty corners of rooms. He shows us how these places of nothing are really full – with life, air, atmosphere, and color, and in doing so he evokes the mood of a place.

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

Photos of Greg and other artists’ portraits of him can be seen here:
www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762358647…

Julia KayWe’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – more than 100 artists drawing each other! Here’s Greg’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.
Freehand from a black and white photo.
Quick.

March-April 2010, I intend to draw a different contemporary artist every day.

Today’s artist is known as E. E. Draw on her blogs and flickr. She is a great experimenter, playing with many different Apps and techniques on her computer and iPod Touch, and she has a fine hand for portraiture.

You can see E. E. Draw’s artwork on her flickr imagestream:
www.flickr.com/photos/eedraw/

And on her blog:
happyflowersontherock.blogspot.com/

Photos of E. E. Draw and other artists’ portraits of her can be seen here:
www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762364275…

Julia We’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – more than 100 artists drawing each other! Here’s E. E. Draw’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/

ArtStudio App on my iPod Touch, tweaked levels in photoshop.
Freehand from a photo.
30-60 minutes.

March-April 2010, I intend to draw a different contemporary artist every day.

Tim Williams (Shitao on flickr) is a fantastic colorist who layers vibrant lines in different hues to build up volumes and bring out expressions. He works largely in pastels but also uses other drawing media, paints, and has worked digitally. WIthout having made a formal project of it, Tim has also clearly spent alot of time in front of the mirror (and away from the mirror, I suspect) examining himself and putting the results down on paper, to our benefit.

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

Photos of Tim and other artists’ portraits of him can be seen here:
www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762358646…

Julia KayWe’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – more than 100 artists drawing each other! Here’s Tim’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/