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Monday, November 30, 2009

I Fell Asleep Early This Evening: 2009.11.29

Vellum App (ink mode) on my iThing.
Spent about 30 minutes adding color with Brushes, then decided I like the black & white sketch better.
Freehand from a photo.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

How Should I Draw Myself Tonight?: 2009.11.28

Vellum App on my iThing; used the Ink setting.
Freehand from a photo.
10-15 minutes.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Was it All a Dream?: 2009.11.27

Layers app on my iThing.
I did the background some time ago, and added the quick sketch this evening.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

What I am Thankful For: 2009.11.26

ype Drawing App on my iThing.
20 minutes.
From imagination.

Drawn entirely with the phrases "Happy Thanksgiving! I'm thankful for... this beautiful planet, love of family & friends, my health, meaningful work, creativity and so Much more!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

"You, What Planet is This?... and Where's My Raktajino?": 2009.11.25

Layers App on iThing
2-3 shortish sessions over the day.
From imagination.

For the uninitiated, raktajino is Klingon coffee; Klingons are a fierce alien race on the American TV (& movie) series Star Trek. Possibly everyone in the whole world who owns a computer already knows that, but I don't like to assume. :)

Photographic Perspective: 2009.11.24

Layers app on iThing
20-30 minutes
From a photo, naturally.

Monday, November 23, 2009

We Were Both Quite Tired, So We Spent the Evening Watching Star Trek: 2009.11.23

PaintBook App on my iThing.
15-20 minutes
The Enterprise from photos, the TV from life, us on the couch from imagination. Actually, it's not a TV, it's a flat-screen computer monitor...

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Red Balaclava: 2009.11.22

Red Balaclava: 2009.11.22, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Layers App on my iThing.
45-60 minutes.
From imagination.

Still loving smudging those pixels around.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

I've Been Thinking About Abstract Expressionism: 2009.11.21

Layers on my iThing.
20-30 minutes.
From imagination.

Eye of JuliRa: 2009.11.20

Eye of JuliRa: 2009.11.20, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Brushes App on my iThing and then a bunch of cleaning, tweaking, and cropping in Photoshop on my MacBook.

From photos of the Egyptian hieroglyph.
I did this first in photoforge, which I was playing with for the first time, but I was very unhappy with the quality of the image that was downloaded. So, back to Brushes, but a little impatient by then...

In Middle School 'Communications and Theatre' class, I gave my 'secret identity' as the Egyptian god Ra, just on a lark really, because we had to say something.

It turns out that this symbol, known most commonly as the Eye of Horus, but also as the Eye of Ra, is apparently both a symbol of visual communication and a significant ancient Egyptian mathematical symbol (when drawn in exact proportions, which I haven't done here). This seems appropriate for a computer programmer/painter, and also perhaps as the secret symbol of the SP Society. ;)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

2009.11.19 Sleep-Walking

2009.11.19 Sleep-Walking, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Layers App on my iThing, making liberal use of the new smudge tools.
Pretty quick.
From imagination.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Layers' New Smudge Tools Are Too Much Fun!: 2009.11.18

Layers and Brushes Apps on my iThing,

It's mostly Layers playing with the fabulous new smudge tools, and a little bit of Brushes touch-up at the end. I think this new feature makes Layers a must-have.

They're also getting closer on the import photo feature, but until you can continue to move a layer around after working on it, it won't really be good for collaging.

20-30 minutes.
From imagination.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Only Half Here: 2009.11.17

Only Half Here: 2009.11.17, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Brushes on my iThing.
Mmm... maybe 20 lackadaisical minutes.
From imagination.

Fighting off a nasty bug - sleeping alot and staring at computer screens the rest of the time.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Creatures From My Paintings Came to Play With Me in My Dreams: 2009.11.16

Brushes App on my iThing.
From imagination.
20-30 minutes.

I was looking at the paintings and drawings of Karen Betty Tobias just prior to doing this, and tried to allow them to be an influence.

I Think It's Past My Bedtime: 2009.11.15

Eastern Drawing App on my iThing.
2-5 minutes.
From imagination.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Magnif-eyed: 2009.11.14

Magnif-eyed: 2009.11.14, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

ZeusDrawMobile on my iThing
~30-60 minutes, including setting up my palette.
From imagination.

The green is green, obviously. :) But everything else is the same hue, with either full brightness but changed saturation or full saturation and changed brightness. Not that I expect anyone besides me to be interested in this aspect of my process.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Tinted Glasses: 2009.11.13

Tinted Glasses: 2009.11.13, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Still playing with Zeus Draw Mobile on my iThing. Started with a previous drawing, but pretty much wiped out all traces early on (except for the eyes) and just made a new one from imagination.

All the colors here are full saturation and half-brightness. I don't prefer sliders for a color selector widget, but since that's what's provided, I'm being nerdy about exploring what you get by varying only one slider at a time (hue in this case) and keeping everything else the same for all colors.

Well, that's what happens sometimes when you mix a programmer-analyst and an artist in one brain...

Friday, November 13, 2009

2009.11.12 Is the Portrait Half-Saturated or Half-Unsaturated

eus Draw Mobile on my iThing
30-60 minutes in several sessions across the day.
From a previous drawing of myself.

Set myself up with a palette of colors which were all 50% saturation and 50% brightness. Should be just as much variety as in the previous drawings that were 100% saturation and 100% brightness, but that's not how my eyes see it!

It does make the exceptions - touches of pure white and black in the eyes - really pop out.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

2009.11.11 Saturated Self

2009.11.11 Saturated Self, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

Still learning my way around Zeus Draw Mobile on my iThing.
Directly from a photo.
~20 minutes.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Pop Eye: 2009.11.10

Pop Eye: 2009.11.10, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.

ZeusDrawMobile on my iThing.
Directly from a photo.

New app, first try. Has some interesting brushes but as per usual I have lots of complaints about the interface - mainly about how many taps it takes to do the simplest things. So far it doesn't seem worth twice the price of the competition but then again $10 is not an unreasonable price for software.

This is part of my Daily Portrait Project, in which I make a non-photographic image of myself every day and post it on the web. It can be viewed in it's entirety at

Monday, November 9, 2009

Wearing The Gown- Julia's Colors: 2009.11.09

Brushes App on my iThing, Photoshop on my MacBook.

Drawn freehand from a photo of Gustav Klimt's 1907 painting of Adele Bloch-Bauer, my face and all colors from imagination.

This coloring is hard work! This took a couple hours (and a couple tries); it may be that Klimt knew best what colors his painting needed.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Wearing The Gown- Klimt's Colors: 2009.11.08

Brushes App on my iThing, Photoshop on my MacBook.

Thank you to everybody who liked it in black and white! I couldn't resist, I had to try color. Fortunately, one of the great benefits of working digitally is that you can have it both ways!

I used to love coloring books as a kid, even though my mother didn't really think they were creative/educational enough. So today I periodically make my own coloring-book style images and indulge in the simple pleasure of coloring them in. That was my intention when I started this, so I decided to go ahead and give it a whirl.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Why Ever did I Let Gustav Convince Me To Pose in This Ridiculous Gown?: 2009.11.07

Brushes on my iThing
Drawn freehand from photo of Gustav Klimt's 1907 painting of Adele Bloch-Bauer for all but the face; my face drawn from imagination.
I was going to add color and maybe I will yet, but I thought it worked pretty well just as it is.

2009.11.06 Klimt, Schiele, NPTR & I

Nptr, Juxtaposer and Brushes Apps on my iThing to collage, modify and draw over Klimt's 1907 painting of Adele Bloch-Bauer. The face is from an oil painting self-portrait from 1994 titled "As Egon Saw Me", The dress is the original Klimt painting, unmodified.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

2009.11.05 Study in Neon

Inspire App on my iThing
From imagination
5-15 minutes

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Fix Bowl: 2009.11.04

Brushes App on my iThing.
Directly from photo and from imagination.
30-45 minutes.

I thought I was the only one with a hat like this, but it turns out Prahka Lasa had one, too, so here I am posing as Prahka and saying one of his lines in the very silly movie 'All of Me'.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Face-lift (Before-After): 2009.11.03

On the left: Chalk pastel and water soluble crayon, 18 X 24 inches, 1990.01.01
On the right: Plastic surgery via Juxtaposer App on my iThing 2009.11.03 The only source is the one drawing, I just duplicated parts and moved them around.

I've always been fond of this piece but wished the eyes weren't so close together. Once I started adjusting it, however, I found many other things that were 'wrong'. Can you find 10 changes? It's different - but is it better?

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Commuter Train Portrait: 2009.11.02

Ordinary Continuous Contour Line Self-Portrait: 2009.11.01