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Friday, August 21, 2009

Wild Rainbow Sorting Hat From Thailand: 2009.08.20

Layers App on iThing

I bought this fabulous hat at a huge market in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where it was among hundreds that were being made by a particular ethnic group/village/hill tribe to be sold to tourists like me. I posed with it in my back yard before giving it as a gift, and made the drawing from the photo.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

iDraw: Moving My Ten Foot Tall Painting: 2009.08.04

This weekend I had to take down and move my 8 by 10 foot painting, 'Medusa of the Annunciation'. Many thanks to my fantastic crew: Guy, Melissa, Nicola & Martin. More thanks to Martin & Margaret for providing a temporary home for this monster.

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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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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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Thursday, July 23, 2009

iDraw: A La Alex Katz