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Saturday, February 28, 2009

iDraw: Almost Neon

Friday, February 27, 2009

iDraw: Ghost of Julia Past

Thursday, February 26, 2009

iDraw: Getting Bored with Drawing on my iPod Touch

'Getting Bored with Drawing on my iPod Touch' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) I've done all my drawings this month on my iPod Touch, and I'm ready to go back to traditional media for awhile. Unfortunately, I expect to still be quite busy for at least another 4-6 weeks, and the Touch is the quickest as there is no setup, no cleanup, and I can do it anywhere. So I expect we'll continue to see alot of iDraw drawings for at least another month.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

iDraw: Surprised and Pleased

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

iDraw: It's Official!

Monday, February 23, 2009

iDraw: What Was I Wearing On My Head?

Sunday, February 22, 2009

iDraw: David Drove us to Santa Rosa in the Rain

Saturday, February 21, 2009

iDraw: I Wonder What Will Happen Next?

Friday, February 20, 2009

iDraw: No Sense of Harmony, No Sense of Time

'No Sense of Harmony, No Sense of Time' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) The song then continues "And I'm blind, blind, blind, blind, blind, blind, blind, blind, blind, blind, blind, blind, blind, blind", which is what I was when I made this drawing. Right-handed, though.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

iDraw: Wearing David's Big, Furry Hat

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

iDraw: Continuous Tilting Contour Line

'Continuous Tilting Contour Line' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) That is to say, I used Sketchinz again to draw by tilting, rather than using my finger. However, this time I tilted freehand, rather than tracing a photo or previous drawing.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

iDraw: In Vogue

'In Vogue' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) I guess if I have a theme this month, it's trying out all the latest free draw, paint, sketch, doodle, etc programs for the iPod Touch, the more idiosynchratic, the better. In keeping with that, I used three different applications to create this image. I did the initial drawing in Kid's Paint , which chooses a new line thickness and color randomly each time you lift your finger and put it back down. I then tinkered with the eyes in Sketches. Last, I smushed it around in OilCanvas , which is sort of like the old "auto van Gogh" feature in the original Painter program for the Mac which came out some ten years ago. Unfortunately, although I like the combined effect, something about moving it through all those programs left me with a pretty low quality image file.

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Monday, February 16, 2009

iDraw: Hello to Lim Ding Wen!

Lim Ding Wen is a 9 year old computer programmer in Singapore who wrote Doodle Kids, a free iPhone/iTouch drawing program intended for kids, which I used to make today's portrait of me waving at him across the ether. Thank-you Lim Ding Wen for this fun application!

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

iDraw: Sketchinz!

' Sketchinz!' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)This was done in Sketchinz I've been wondering for awhile if someone would come out with a program like this. It's a sort of modern-day etch-a-sketch. You have a cursor on the screen, you move it by tilting, and as it moves it draws a line.

There are a few settings for line thickness and color. You can use a photo as a background to trace, as I did here. There is no erase and no undo. If you're not using a photo you can sort of erase by using a thick white line, but there isn't anything to take you back to the underlying photo once you've made a line in any color.

My other complaint is that the setting to stop drawing so you can move the cursor to a new location is not nearly sensitive enough - it usually takes me a few hits to get it to stop drawing and meanwhile if you aren't holding your device completely still & level, it's making a line. However, the cursor moves really quite slowly so you do have quite a lot more control than you mighr expect. As a future feature though, I'd like to be able to set the speed of movement and sensitivity to tilt. Last, the website claims you can't save images in the free version. Well, you can't save hi-resolution images but you can take screen shots, as I did here. And that's my iDraw report for tonight!

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

iDraw: Finally Some Good News!

Friday, February 13, 2009

iDraw: Big-Headed Shadow

Thursday, February 12, 2009

iDraw: Early Easter Colors

'Early Easter Colors' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) In the 80s I used to give my self-portraits really exciting titles like 'Julia XV, 1985'. I guess I've gotten past that but it's still hard to come up with the perfect title for every image.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

iDraw: Still Figuring Out

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

iDraw: Little Bootsie

Monday, February 9, 2009

iDraw: Happy Birthday Balloon Bouquet for AK

Sunday, February 8, 2009

iDraw: A Fantastic Hat!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

iDraw: Not a Silkscreen

Friday, February 6, 2009

iDraw: Borrowed Birthday Balloon Hat

Thursday, February 5, 2009

iDraw: Stealing From Myself

'Stealing From Myself' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) The source for some of these recent images is neither the mirror nor a photo, but rather my own previous drawings of myself (mostly drawings that I considered less successful in their original incarnations.)

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

iDraw: I Used to Have Long Hair

'I Used to Have Long Hair' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) When I had long hair, I wore it pulled back alot, and my self-portraits often looked like I had short hair. (Here's an example) So here's one to balance it out - a portrait harkening back to my long-hair days when in reality I had it cut quite short last weekend.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

iDraw: I Want To Be A Artist When I Grow Up

Monday, February 2, 2009

iDraw: Among the Potted Plants

'Among the Potted Plants' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) In my mother's feminist household, these were always called "'snake plant"' but despite its political incorrectness I prefer the more colorful "mother-in-law's tongue", another common name for the same plant.

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Sunday, February 1, 2009

iDraw: I Couldn't Decide