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Sunday, October 12, 2008

iDraw: Not Bad in Plaid

'Not Bad in Plaid' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Well, I read all the complaints in the reviews of Scratch Away for the iPod Touch but I'm such a fan of making 'Scratch Art' that I decided to buy it (for $.99) anyway. The concept is great but the implementation leaves alot to be desired - you can't import an image to be the pattern underneath to be revealed, can't save work in progress to continue scratching, can't make the menu bar at the bottom hide, can't change underlying patterns mid-drawing, choosing a new pattern makes your work disappear without a save dialog box, your work sometimes just disappears - and in my experience not just because it's easy to accidentally touch the patterns on the menu bar which are the known way to start over, and the saved images are extremely jaggy (as can be seen here).

I have played quite a bit with 'real-world' scratch-art children's products for making art. On the web, you can see that I made some scratch art self portraits for this project and I also did a series of drawings of stair cases.

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