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Friday, October 31, 2008

iDraw: A Touch of Mink

'A Touch of Mink' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) In honor of Halloween I imagined myself costumed for the Bergdorf Goodman fashion show in the 1962 Doris Day/Cary Grant flick 'A Touch of Mink' that we watched this evening. Kudos to AK for suggesting it!

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

iDraw: Boomerang Brow

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

iDraw: One Continuous Line From Thick to Thin

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

iDraw: This Morning in the Ladies' Room Mirror at School

Monday, October 27, 2008

iDraw: Why No, Darling, I'm Not Blue - Are You?

Sunday, October 26, 2008

iDraw: Primary Colors

Saturday, October 25, 2008

I Leaned on the Tree (I Hope the Tree Didn't Mind)

Friday, October 24, 2008

The Pink Wall

Thursday, October 23, 2008

iDraw: Oh, No, I Don't have Much Time to Draw!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

I Stood with the Trees

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

iDraw: Help, I'm Stuck in an iPod!

Monday, October 20, 2008

iDraw: I Greet a Fresh New Week!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

iDraw: Thick and Thin with Colors

'Thick and Thin with Colors' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) This was done this evening using Colors, the lastest drawing ap for the iPhone/iPod Touch. Warning: the rest of these comments are my ongoing review of the different drawing/ painting aps for the iPod Touch - if you're not a drawing geek, you can stop here.

In any event, Colors has this neat feature where you can tilt the device to simulate pressure sensitivity so you can get a fluidly changing line thickness. In all other ways though I find Brushes to be a far superior ap for 'painting' on the iPod Touch. Colors also has some incredibly annoying interface features, such as the fact that if you change colors and draw a line, and then undo - it undoes both the line and the fact that you changed colors!!! Nevertheless, I think I will enjoy playing with the tilt to change line thickness feature and I hope this gets expanded in future versions and/or picked up by some of the other aps. It would be great to be able to set up a couple different tilts, ie left/right for one feature and up/down for another, and have a whole set of different features to choose from. Personally I'd be more interested in one that altered from light to dark rather than opaque to transparent, or where you could set any two colors and then it would range between them.

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

In the Dappled Light

Friday, October 17, 2008

IDraw: This has Truely Been an Exhausting Week!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Unexpected Blooming Century Plant

'Unexpected Blooming Century Plant' acrylic paint self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Alternate title: Muddy Palettes Make Muddy Paintings...

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Backlit in the Early Morning

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Big Trees on the Ridge Above Sausal Creek

Monday, October 13, 2008

Another Day, Another Dirty Dish (Final)

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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Saturday, October 11, 2008

There Are Dishes to Wash Every Day

Friday, October 10, 2008

iDraw: Where'd Ja Get Those Peepers?

'Where'd Ja Get Those Peepers?' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) This was done with No. 2, which is best for a precise, careful line, and is also great because you get a piece of paper that's bigger than the iPod screen. Yes, that's a precise, careful distortion!

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

iDraw: This Week I Returned to Evening Aikido

' This Week I Returned to Evening Aikido' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Seems like I keep turning to Sketches for a quick, simple drawing. Like having magic markers or colored pencils rather than messing around with paint. I did this one in the car after class, before heading home over the bridge. Aikido was still in my body, if not in front of my eyes.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

iDraw: Hey, AK Drew A Mustache On My Pitcher!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

iDraw: I Cast my Shadow on my Digital Monet

Monday, October 6, 2008

Kay's Monets

'Kay's Monets' acrylic paint and pen self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) There are some things I really can't figure out about how he made these... I may be obsessed with this painting for awhile.

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Sunday, October 5, 2008

That Monet was a Brilliant Dude

'That Monet was a Brilliant Dude'acrylic paint self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Brilliant use of color anyway!

In the process of moving things around to accommodate ongoing construction on the house and my studio, I unearthed some of my mother's art books... soon all the art books will have a proper home built-in between studio and bedroom - I can't wait. In any event, Monet seemed to fit right in with my recent foliage explorations.

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Saturday, October 4, 2008

iDraw: I Tilt for Color

Friday, October 3, 2008

I Took a Look at the Muddy Brook

Thursday, October 2, 2008

iDraw: I Could See Myself in the Security Monitors

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

I Like to Bring the Forest Indoors

'I Like to Bring the Forest Indoors' acrylic paint self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay in which she is dwarfed by a dingle leaf of a split=leaf philodendron. (Click to view same image larger.) But sometimes it seems my jungle plants are taking over my studio.

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