Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
How Should I Draw Myself Tonight?: 2009.11.28
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Was it All a Dream?: 2009.11.27
Thursday, November 26, 2009
What I am Thankful For: 2009.11.26
ype Drawing App on my iThing.
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
"You, What Planet is This?... and Where's My Raktajino?": 2009.11.25, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.
Layers App on iThing
2-3 shortish sessions over the day.
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
Monday, November 23, 2009
We Were Both Quite Tired, So We Spent the Evening Watching Star Trek: 2009.11.23
We Were Both Quite Tired, So We Spent the Evening Watching Star Trek: 2009.11.23, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.
PaintBook App on my iThing.
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
Saturday, November 21, 2009
I've Been Thinking About Abstract Expressionism: 2009.11.21
I've Been Thinking About Abstract Expressionism: 2009.11.21, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.
Layers on my iThing.
Eye of JuliRa: 2009.11.20
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
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Layers' New Smudge Tools Are Too Much Fun!: 2009.11.18
Layers' New Smudge Tools Are Too Much Fun!: 2009.11.18, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.
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.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Only Half Here: 2009.11.17
Monday, November 16, 2009
Creatures From My Paintings Came to Play With Me in My Dreams: 2009.11.16
Creatures From My Paintings Came to Play With Me in My Dreams: 2009.11.16, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.
Brushes App on my iThing.
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
Sunday, November 15, 2009
ZeusDrawMobile on my iThing
~30-60 minutes, including setting up my palette.
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
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
2009.11.12 Is the Portrait Half-Saturated or Half-Unsaturated, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.
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
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Pop Eye: 2009.11.10
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 studiojuliakay.com/portraitproject.
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
Why Ever did I Let Gustav Convince Me To Pose in This Ridiculous Gown?: 2009.11.07, originally uploaded by Julia Kay.
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.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
2009.11.05 Study in Neon
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Fix Bowl: 2009.11.04
Brushes App on my iThing.
Directly from photo and from imagination.
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
Face-lift (Before-After): 2009.11.03, originally uploaded by Julia Kay (Limited internet for awhile).
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?
Monday, November 2, 2009
Commuter Train Portrait: 2009.11.02
Commuter Train Portrait: 2009.11.02, originally uploaded by Julia Kay (Limited internet for awhile).
Brushes on iThing
From reflection in train window
Ordinary Continuous Contour Line Self-Portrait: 2009.11.01
Ordinary Continuous Contour Line Self-Portrait: 2009.11.01, originally uploaded by Julia Kay (Limited internet for awhile).
Brushes App on iThing
Right (dominant)-handed and eyes open.