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Sunday, July 26, 2009

iDraw: Julia Knows Whose Nose - Her Nose!

This was done on my iDevice using the new version of the Squiggles App, which has a few really great features such as cut and paste, and saving your working colors to a palette. However, it is not nearly as flexible as some other apps as a full-fledged artist app.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

iDraw: I Used to Have Long Hair

'I Used to Have Long Hair' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) When I had long hair, I wore it pulled back alot, and my self-portraits often looked like I had short hair. (Here's an example) So here's one to balance it out - a portrait harkening back to my long-hair days when in reality I had it cut quite short last weekend.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

iDraw: Sleep Walking

Thursday, September 11, 2008

iDraw:Double-Tech at the Crack of Dawn

Somehow it took until this morning to figure out that if I wanted a quick photo of myself to work from, I didn't need to take a digital photo and then upload it to the computer - I could use the darn video camera in the computer! In fact I can use the live video feed on the computer as a mirror. So this was drawn on the iPod Touch (Squiggles again, I'll try something new tomorrow) while looking at myself in 'photobooth' on my macbook . It was about 5 am so the video reproduction of my face in low light was kind of blue/purple. That's my excuse anyway, and i'm sticking to it!

On the Squiggles front, one thing I've been finding frustrating with Squiggles is that there;s no eyedropper tool. There's a full color-picker, which is great, but there's no way to get the exact same color as you picked and used somewhere else in the drawing. Well, I take that back - there is a cloning tool, so if you have a large swath of a color somewhere, you can sort of use cloning to draw with that color again but it's very awkward, and really not the intended use of that tool.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

iDraw: Cartoon Carrot Top

'iDraw: Cartoon Carrot Top' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay usig Squiggles Application. (Click to view same image larger.) Another drawing on my iPod Touch with my finger and the Squiggles application. It turns out that drawing with the star shape is an OK way to make hair.

I think Squiggles is one of only two of these programs that allow you to set an offset of the cursor from your finger, and the only one that allows you to do this with color (No. 2 is the other one). Setting an offset is great because you can draw more precisely, especially when you want to do something like continue an existing line. It also lets you draw all the way to the edge more easily, as you can see here I was able to draw the background to all the edges without a problem. However (there's always a however!) to get to each edge, you have to change the offset angle, and changing the offset means going through two layers of dialog boxes. So first request would be to make this feature more accessible. Second, it would be really great of there were a feature (which you could opt to turn on or off) that sensed when you were approaching the edge of the screen and made an adjustment in the angle of the offset. I don't have a great idea off the top of my head about the interface for this, but I think it's something worth thinking about.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

iDraw: Frowning with Squiggles

'iDraw: Frowning with Squiggles' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay in which she reviews ap store drawing applications Squiggles and Brushes. (Click to view same image larger.) This was drawn with Squiggles on my iPod Touch. It has many more features than Sketches, including different line soft/fuzziness, transparency, cursor offset from finger, and full color selection. However, I still found it less 'natural' than Brushes. One thing I definitely don't like is that instead of separate sliders for line size and line quality, there are specific tools that have a fuzziness and a size. So you can't get a thinner or thicker line of the same type. Nevertheless, I plan to work with it more tomorrow.

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

More iPod Touch Squiggles Fun

We take a break from this week's previously scheduled paper cuts, to bring you more silliness curtesy of the Squiggles program on my iPod Touch. This was based on my 2007.04.10 self-portrait, with overlays, tinting and distortion curtesy of Squiggles.

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