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Sunday, August 2, 2009

iDraw: I Never Listen to My Own Advice: 2009.08.02

Despite saying yesterday that I'd wait for the update, today I kept noodling around on the Inspire App on my iThing. The figure here was done in Inspire and the background added in Brushes. Mmmm... with a little clean up in Photoshop...

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

iDraw: In the Rainbow Style of My Younger Self: 2009.07.25

This was done on my iThing using the Layers and Brushes Apps.

This time I'm letting myself be influenced by.... me. If you click on the link to the right for the 1980s, you'll see some of the earlier portraits whose style I've been reconsidering.

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

iDraw: View From Above

Saturday, July 4, 2009

iDraw: Flat-faced on the Fourth

Thursday, June 25, 2009

iDraw: What Type Am I?

No, it's not another facebook quiz! I'll answer my own question... I'm a multi-app type. It took 3 apps to make this: TypeDrawing, Brushes & JJackson Pollock.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

iDraw My First Camera (Final)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

iDraw: Not Photographic Color

Monday, June 15, 2009

iDraw: Red Wall

Saturday, June 13, 2009

iDraw: Big Brown Furry Hat

Friday, June 12, 2009

iDraw: Sisters i(Final)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

iDraw: Quick Chick

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

iDraw: Sisters in Colored Clothes

Tomorrow skin tones and hair...

Two days ago I worked watercolors over an inkjet print of a scanned pen drawing. Today I'm painting digitally over a scanned pen drawing. Making corrections while I did this, made me realize that there is finally a really clean way to 'erase' pen lines.. draw in pen, scan into computer, erase in photoshop, print back out and continue drawing or even watercoloring. The Canson inkjet paper I use has a great texture and takes watercolor very well.. unfortunately they're also not making it anymore. *sigh*

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

iDraw: Grey Tiles and Pink Toes

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

iDraw: Dizzy

I imagined myself as one of the horizontal riders on one of Marino Marini's near-vertical horses. He usually called these pieces "The Miracle" but dizzy is how I imagined it.

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

iDraw: Something Every Woman Can Relate To

I was listening to an interesting program on the radio about providing prom dresses to homeless young women, when I was quite surprised to hear the following assertion, "It's something every woman can relate to, putting on a dress that makes you feel good and beautiful." I dare say some of us feel good and beautiful without a dress, some don't desire to feel good and beautiful, and others feel better in a suit (a tux is best!).

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Monday, May 18, 2009

iDraw: I'm Excited to be Planning a Trip to Yosemite

Monday, May 11, 2009

iDraw: The Devil Made Me Do It!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

iDraw: In the Bathroom Mirror

Thursday, May 7, 2009

In Giacometti's Studio

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

iDraw: Juliametti

Thursday, April 30, 2009

iDraw: Bedtime

Thursday, April 2, 2009

iDraw: There Was an Airplane Hanging Over the Escalator at SFO

Monday, March 23, 2009

iDraw: Holding Nothing

Monday, February 23, 2009

iDraw: What Was I Wearing On My Head?

Saturday, February 21, 2009

iDraw: I Wonder What Will Happen Next?

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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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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Saturday, January 17, 2009

iDraw: Busy Brain

Sunday, January 11, 2009

iDraw: All Work and No Play...

'All Work and No Play...' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) ...makes Julia a tired girl making a boring drawing. Well, I shouldn't say no play - I only spent 12 hours at the office this weekend, so there was a little time left to hang out and crack jokes with AK.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

iDraw: What is that Strange Sound - Foghorns in the Mission?

'What is that Strange Sound - Foghorns in the Mission?' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) For the past couple nights we've been hearing a repeating sound sort of like a fog horn - but the skies seem clear, we're too far from golden gate bridge, the sound isn't regular enough nor quite as deep as the 'average' fog horn - in short, it's a mystery!

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Monday, December 22, 2008

iDraw: I Put My Cards on the Table...

Saturday, December 13, 2008

iDraw: Yellow Sweater

Saturday, December 6, 2008

iDraw: Shell-Shocked

Monday, November 24, 2008

iDraw: It's Been Quite a Day

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

iDraw: Still in Bed..

Monday, November 17, 2008

iDraw: It Feels Like Friday...

'It Feels Like Friday...' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)...but it's only Monday night. This was done swapping back and forth between Brushes for the washes of color and Sketches for the clean lines in preset colors (both on the iPod Touch).

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

iDraw: Uncertain in the Morning

Monday, November 10, 2008


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

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

Thursday, September 25, 2008

iDraw: I Stood in the Woods...

'iDraw: I Stood in the Woods...' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) I stood in the woods at Sausal Creek, and drew on my iPod with the Brushes application. I've been very keen on making images with 'real' paint lately, but given my schedule, it's not always realistic. Especially on days when I train in Aikido, I will sometimes need to use methods that require less cleanup. Anyway, I continue to be thrilled to be able to draw digitally, anytime, anywhere. And Brushes is definitely my favorite application so far for doing so.

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Saturday, September 6, 2008

iDraw: Sketches and Brushes

I meant to draw entirely with Sketches today, but I got frustrated by the limited colors, single line type with hard edges, and lack of opacity control. So I finished the face in Brushes, leaving everything else as it was from Sketches. Strangely, it looks like the blue background gained an odd texture during the import to Brushes from the saved photos.

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Friday, September 5, 2008

iDraw: Quick Brush on the Way to Bed...

I was literally falling asleep while I did this - at one point I just tilted over on the couch. So it did not get the attention of the previous two, and I'm posting two versions, as they each have different problems. I definitely prefer the mouth, rough as it is, on the earlier version. Like the previous two, it was done with Brushes on my iPod Touch. However, this time I used the second of the three line types, and a white instead of a black background. Continuing my review of the program, although I really enjoy drawing with Brushes, I'm not liking the images as much when they're uploaded to Photoshop, nor how they print. I'm not sure if the issue is just resolution or something else, but they are more pixelated than I would prefer.

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

iDraw: Not Alfred E. Newman

'iDraw: Not Alfred E. Newman' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Like yesterday's portrait, this was done in Brushes on my iPod Touch. There are three different 'brushes' provided. Yesterday I used only the third brush, today only the first. Ir was hard to see the difference on the iPod Touch screen, it's clearer here in the larger size. I'd say brush number three was more like pastels, brush number one more like magic markers.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

iDraw: Let the Finger Painting Begin!

'Let the Finger Painting Begin!' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) I wasn't planning on starting this series until tomorrow, but my fingers got ahead of me. As I'm both an exhibiting artist and a professional geek, it gives me great pleasure to be able to have a large selection from my portfolio and an unending sketchpad in my pocket, both as part of my iPod Touch. I've been fooling around with the different drawing programs for the iPod Touch since they started to become available about 6 weeks ago, but now it's my plan to really see what can be done by creating all my portraits for the next week and a half to two weeks on the Touch.

This was done with Brushes, a relatively recent release which is currently my favorite. The interface is simple and clear, it has an excellent color picker and eyedropper, seemingly infinite undo and redos, three different line types (I'm looking forward to more in a future upgrade!), zoom in for detail and sliders for line size and opacity. It does not have shapes or clip art, which I don't need. The other features I would most like to see are line size slider in same dialog as color and opacity; higher resolution image; larger 'piece of paper', an implementation of cursor offset, don't need to go back to gallery to get new piece of paper, and change background color without erasing drawing.

This isn't the first portrait I've done drawing with my finger on the touchscreen of the iPod touch. I did this one using No. 2, and then printed it on watercolor paper and painted on it. I also did two silly ones, this one using Wooly Willy and this one using Squiggles. So far, the programs I have include:

No. 2
Wooly Willy

I'll be reporting on the various programs' pros and cons as I work with them in the next couple weeks. Developers and users - let me know if there are other applications that you think I should look into (add comments to any of these blog entries to let me know).

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