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Friday, July 24, 2009

Finished At Last?: 1987.04.28 - 2009.07.24

This was a very interesting challenge!

About 1/3 of this was done 22 years ago, pastel on paper. It was finished today on my iPod Touch using the Layers App. Challenge No 1: There really isn't a 'brush' that makes a pastel-like mark, but I think I partially achieved a similar effect. The best iThing pastel mark I've seen is in the ChalkTalk App but it's not a full-fledged drawing program- among other things it has a very limited set of colors.

Challenge No. 2: Well, I don't draw like that anymore. Instead of fixing what I did two decades ago, as I had the urge to do, I had to try to recapture that way of seeing/marking so the parts would match.

Challenge No. 3: I don't *look* like that anymore. I know the first part was very closely observed in the mirror (and then distorted through the funhouse mirror of my brain) but the recent part was done strictly from imagination.

Issues with Layers: I had a perfectly sharp scan of a photo of this drawing to work with, and pretty high res. But between what Apple does and what Layers does, by the time it was in the Layers App it was pretty darn fuzzy. I also wish it was clearer somehow which layer I was marking on - maybe a warning when you're not drawing on the top layer.

Requests for Layers: I would really really like to be able to specify a color/colors to be made transparent on a not otherwise transparent drawing. For instance, in a simpler case, I'd like to be able to import a black on white line drawing and have all the white become transparent. And of course, I would like a chalk/pastel-like "brush".

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Friday, February 27, 2009

iDraw: Ghost of Julia Past

Friday, June 15, 1990

Biting My Fingers

Monday, January 1, 1990

Cross-Eyed on New Year's Day

Turn a Blind Eye

'Turn a Blind Eye' magic marker self-portrait drawing by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) A good way to start the new year! The first portrait, possibly the first drawing, of the new year and the new decade. Detail of 'Turn a Blind Eye' magic marker self-portrait drawing by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)

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Saturday, May 27, 1989

Whisps of Purple Hair

Wednesday, August 26, 1987

Hair Tumbling Down Like Sahara Gold

Self Portrait as a Dutch Lady with a Double Chin

Tuesday, June 16, 1987

Don't Get Your Nose in a Twist

Monday, June 15, 1987

Self-Portrait as Frida Kahlo

Monday, January 26, 1987

Sailor in Search of a Captain

Monday, January 19, 1987

Julia on a Half-Shell