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/



Red Bugs: 2010.08.06, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Colors! App on my iPod Touch
<= 15 minutes
From imagination

The hardest thing for me about making a drawing I really like (yesterday’s portrait of Luis, for example) is walking into the studio the next day and not competing with myself – somehow forgetting the previous drawing exists and starting fresh instead of trying to ‘do that again’.

In this case I opted to just go with something in a completely different style and far less complexity, to get my hands and brain to forget, so that eventually, they can remember, but in a spontaneous way.

The Colors! App has been around for a long time – I had before Brushes, Layers, etc., and it hasn’t had any recent updates. There’s only the one flat color mark, but it does have transparency. The main feature that I keep it around for is that you can set it up to vary line or transparency by tilt, so you can make one continuous line that varies quite a bit.

But don’t let me fool you – it’s pretty tricky to get the hang of and I still can’t control it as much as I’d like, The most success I’ve had with this feature is this piece: www.flickr.com/photos/juliakay/3640975772/in/set-72157620…

TouchSketch on my iPod Touch.
From imagination.
<= 15 minutes.

Definitely one of those draw and see what happens drawings…

Digital collage using PaintBook App on my iPod Touch of a previous Paintbook drawing, an acrylic painting on paper, and a digital photo.
Drawings were from life, imagination and photos.

PaintBook is definitely a contender with Juxtaposer for collaging as you can fully resize, rotate, and erase (to transparency) parts of each layer, and it has seemingly infinite numbers of layers which you can also show, hide, merge etc.

Juxtaposer’s interface for doing this is much better but Juxtaposer’s resolution is pathetic, while Paintbook’s is excellent. Of course it will depend on your source images, too, but you can save files up to 16 mg in size.

I bet those ladies on the bench are happy to be transported from the train station, where they started out…



Did You Want ME? 2010.08.01, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

SketchBookMobile on my iPod Touch
<=15 minutes
From imagination

Fooling around with this App for a couple hours pretty much confirmed that although SKBM has great features, it does not have the interface for me…

JacksonPollack App on my iPod Touch
15-30 minutes
Freehand from a photo (& imagination)

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

I’m afraid Bentley looks more like a fox than a Yorkie in this one, I’ll have to give it another try,

Inkling, Meritum Paint and DXP Apps on my iPod Touch
<= 15 minutes
From life/observation and imagination.



2010.06.21 Abstract Dinosaur, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Typedrawing App on my iPod Touch
From imagination
<= 15 minutes



Random Animal Baby 2010.05.10, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

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

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!

Fell over asleep before I could even begin to give this the gorgeous markings on the original animal (a tapir) – I hope to give it another whirl tonight if I have a little more time.