Pen on paper (Moleskine)
7 x 5.5 inches
Freehand from photos.
30-45 minutes.

Today’s portrait is of Canadian Artist Jim Vance, known on flickr as The Jimmer. Jim has a fantastic, compelling smile in almost all his photos from babyhood to adulthood. It reaches from the corners of his mouth through the roundness of his cheeks to the twinkles in his eyes. I have not successfully caught that here and will have to try again. I’m drawn to smiles but I don’t draw them well… practice, practice, practice!

Jim works in a variety of media from traditional acrylic paint to modern digital manipulations. I love the way he experiments and develops the same image across media. I’m also a big fan of his ‘pure’ paintings; I find his built-up paint strokes very expressive.

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

Photos of Jim and other artists’ portraits of him can be seen here: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762404980…

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Julia Kay by Jim Vance

We’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – more than 300 artists drawing each other! Here is one of Jim’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/

Pen on paper (Moleskine notebook)
Freehand from photos.
45 minutes.
5.5 X 7 inches.

Today’s double portrait is of Sri Lankan Artist Ujwala Prabhu and Canadian Artist Bénédicte Delachanal. Both Ujwala and Bénédicte are wonderful artists who have made great contributions to the Portrait Party, in media ranging from traditional to digital. I particularly like Ujwala’s strong sense of volume and light and Bénédicte’s bold lines and vibrant colors.

You can see Ujwala’s artwork on her flickr imagestream: www.flickr.com/photos/ujwala/
And website: ujwala.wordpress.com/

Photos of Ujwala and other artists’ portraits of her can be seen here: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762401610…

You can see Bénédicte’s artwork on her flickr imagestream: www.flickr.com/photos/bendelachanal/
And website: bendelachanal.wordpress.com/
Photos of Bénédicte and other artists’ portraits of her can be seen here: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762428966…

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Benedict Delachanal's portrait of me.

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Ujwala Prabhu's portrait of me.

We’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – more than 300 artists from all over the world are drawing each other! Here are Ujwala and Bénédicte’s portraits of me from the party. If you’re an artist who’d like to draw/paint other flickr artists, please join us at the Portrait Party

Today’s portrait is of American Artist Acey Thompson, known on flickr as AlmostPhony, with her great companions Aubrey and Maggie. As a sometimes pet portraitist I could not resist the fabulous canines. I’m also drawn to Acey’s own canine portraits whether they’re strong graphics in black and white, or full color paintings with carefully modeled shadows and light.

You can see Acey’s artwork on her flickr imagestream: www.flickr.com/photos/almostphony/with/4961668546/
And blog: almostphony.wordpress.com/

Photos of Acey and other artists’ portraits of her can be seen here: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762415473…

Julia Kay ~ Julia Kay's Portrait PartyWe’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – more than 300 artists from all over the world drawing each other! Here is Acey’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/

Pen/marker on paper/moleskine notebook.
Freehand from photos.
5.5 X 7 inches.
30 – 60 minutes.

Today’s double portrait is of American Artist Debbie GS and UK-based Spanish Artist Jose Zalabardo, who is known on flickr as Exilio Cosmico.

Whether drawing people, places or things, Jose draws with a consistently inquistive line which quietly reveals all the important details. Debbie also draws and paints a wonderful variety of subjects – I love how she creates lively surfaces with well-defined volumes by building up soft layers of watercolor. I usually end up with a mess when I try this – I think it’s that I’m not patient enough to let one layer dry before adding another.

You can see Debbie’s artwork on her flickr imagestream: www.flickr.com/photos/13827680@N08/

Photos of Debbie and other artists’ portraits of her can be seen here: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762423792…

You can see Jose’s artwork on his flickr imagestream: www.flickr.com/photos/30462563@N06/

Photos of Jose and other artists’ portraits of him can be seen here: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762413855…

Julia Kay...JK's Portrait PartyJulia KayWe’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – more than 300 artists drawing each other! Here are Debbie & Jose’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/

Pen on paper/moleskine notebook.
30-60 minutes
Freehand from photographs
5.5 X 7 inches
Alternate titles: Through the Looking Glass; Cameras New and Old

Today’s double portrait is of Spanish Artist & Architect Joan Ramon Farré Burzuri & Italian Artist and Physician, Giorgio Bordin. I don’t believe they’ve ever met, but like me they’ve indulged at pointing the camera at the mirror to take pictures of themselves. I enjoyed drawing from these photos so much I got inspired to upload some past self-portrait photos taken this way with a variety of cameras.

On the left is Spanish Artist & Architect Joan Ramon Farré Burzuri. Whether depicting highly detailed and intimate interiors, sweeping land and cityscapes or friends and portrait party artists, Joan has a sure hand for line, light, wash – and emotion. I want to wander down the streets he paints and know the people he portrays.

You can see Joan’s artwork on his flickr imagestream: www.flickr.com/photos/42114709@N05/

Photos of Joan and other artists’ portraits of him can be seen here: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762396358…

On the right is Italian Artist and Physician, Giorgio Bordin. I was quite interested to discover that Giorgio is co-author of a soon to be published book on Medicine in Art ( www.amazon.com/Medicine-Guide-Imagery-Giorgio-Bordin/dp/1… ), of particular interest to me as I have recently started a flickr group on this very subject: www.flickr.com/groups/1493246@N22/ He is also the second artist/physician I know of at the Portrait Party, the other is Spaniard Luis Peso (http://www.flickr.com/photos/35052681@N05/).

Giorgio himself is a fine draftsman and watercolorist, equally at home creating images of ephemeral and breezy foliage on location and portraits from photos with strong graphical qualities, great expression and likenesses. Oh, yes, he’s also a terrific photographer with an excellent sense of composition and tonal values.

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

Photos of Giorgio and other artists’ portraits of him can be seen here: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762414960…

Julia Kay for J.K's.P.P. Julia Kai for Julia Kai's portrait partyWe’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – more than 300 artists drawing each other! Here are Joan & Giorgio’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/

Charlotte & Randy 2010.09.03, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Sharpie marker on paper.
5.5 X 7 inches.
Freehand from photos.

I couldn’t resist the mirrored poses, and similar expressions and glasses. I also couldn’t resist opening up and trying the other style of Moleskine notebook I was given.

The paper took the pen really well – it felt great to draw on it. However, the pages are quite thin so if I use these kind of markers I will only use every other set of pages as it goes right through to the back of the page.

Charlotte’s work is here: www.flickr.com/photos/chartan/
Randy’s work is here: www.flickr.com/photos/24409983@N07/

Together, their work shows some of the range of the Portrait Party – from tight, literal depictions of light on wrinkled skin to loose, experimental depictions in expressionist color.

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/

Charlotte Tanner 2010.09.02, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Acrylic paint in moleskine notebook.
Freehand from a photo.
5.5 X 7 inches.
90-120 minutes.

Today’s portrait is of American Artist Charlotte Tanner. I identify strongly with Charlotte’s use of vibrant color and her strong characterizations of people and animals, especially dogs; both of these are favorite subjects of mine. I’ve also learned alot from looking at her landscapes, a subject I continue to struggle with.

I just received my first moleskine notebook ever as a birthday present, so of course I had to paint in it right away. The notebook’s pretty neat even if their ‘history’ is bogus. This may be one of the smallest acrylic paintings I’ve ever made – it’s certainly the first one in a long time.

You can see Charlotte’s artwork on her flickr imagestream: www.flickr.com/photos/chartan/
And blog: chartandogsart.blogspot.com/

Photos of Charlotte and other artists’ portraits of her can be seen here: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762411111…

juliakayeWe’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – more than 300 artists drawing each other! Here is Charlotte’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/

Quill App on my iPod Touch and Photoshop on my Mac.
60 – 90 minutes
Freehand from a photo

Today’s portrait is of American Artist Jean-Pierre Welch. Jean-Pierre has a wonderful smile, which extends from his grin to his eyes. Unfortunately, I’ve made him sad/worried from his brow to his lips. Well, at least he doesn’t look insane, like I do in my self-portraits with toothy "smiles". He was lots of fun to draw and I may yet come back and give his smile another try. I originally intended this to overlay the ’stadium abstract’ of last week which was done from the background of the same photo, but it didn’t work at all!

But enough about me and my processes… Jean Pierre works with brush pens on paper and the Brushes App on his iPad, as well as other traditional and digital media. I like his loose line work and carefully composed cropping, and I look forward to watching his style develop.

You can see Jean-Pierre’s artwork on his flickr imagestream: www.flickr.com/photos/jpwelch/

Photos of Jean-Pierre and other artists’ portraits of him can be seen here: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762389624…

Julia for JKPP We’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – more than 300 artists drawing each other! Here is Jean-Pierre’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/

Magic Brushes App on my iPod Touch
15-20 minutes
Freehand from a photo and imagination.

Pushing the Portrait Party envelope to include this conceptual portrait… the portrait is inside the envelope.
I know of portraits that have crossed from coast to coast within the USA, and between the USA, Canada, South America and Europe. Anywhere else? Please let us know!

It’s easier for the portraits to travel than for us to do so…

Inspire App on my iPod Touch
15-20 minutes
Freehand from a photo

Original title: “Unh-Oh”, was because I thought my depiction of Heather might be too rough, especially around the mouth. However she was gracious enough to accept this as a portrait of herself, so now she comes out of incognito and joins the Portrait Party.

And now I can also tell you about Canadian artist Heather Murray. She makes compelling and sometimes haunting multimedia works in which she juxtaposes people, animals and surroundings to create a unique universe using photos from other eras, painting and other collage elements.

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

And website: www.heather-murray.com/

Photos of Heather and other artists’ portraits of her can be seen here: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/discuss/7215762412194…

Julia jk portrait partyWe’re having a Portrait Party on flickr – more than 300 artists drawing each other! Here is Heather’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/