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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

iDraw: View From Below

Monday, July 6, 2009

iDraw: We Got Up Early To Drive Home & Go To Work

Sunday, July 5, 2009

iDraw: Staring in the Mirror Always Makes Me Look Grim

Saturday, July 4, 2009

iDraw: Flat-faced on the Fourth

Friday, July 3, 2009

iDraw: We Got Out of Town

Sunday, May 10, 2009

iDraw: In the Bathroom Mirror

Thursday, February 26, 2009

iDraw: Getting Bored with Drawing on my iPod Touch

'Getting Bored with Drawing on my iPod Touch' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) I've done all my drawings this month on my iPod Touch, and I'm ready to go back to traditional media for awhile. Unfortunately, I expect to still be quite busy for at least another 4-6 weeks, and the Touch is the quickest as there is no setup, no cleanup, and I can do it anywhere. So I expect we'll continue to see alot of iDraw drawings for at least another month.

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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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Monday, December 29, 2008

Dutch Cap

Sunday, December 28, 2008

iDraw: I Can't Help Worrying

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Think Warm Thoughts

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Looking Down at the Mirror

'Looking Down at the Mirror' pen self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) As any photographer can tell you, the view from below is rarely complimentary.

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

iDraw: Never Assume

'Never Assume' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Never assume that just because something is easy one day, it will be easy another day. Hubris, hubris, hubris. Had to do about 20 drawings of myself today to get one I was willing to post....

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Cockeyed

'Cockeyed' pen self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Gee, if you believe everything you see, I've gained alot of weight since yesterday!

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Monday, December 15, 2008

I Pulled My Flaps Down Over My Cheeks

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Both Flaps Down

Thursday, December 11, 2008

That Hair!

'That Hair!' contour line self-portrait in ink by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) I'm going to have to get it cut soon - and then what will happen to this series of drawings? Change, change, and again, change!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

That Hat!

'That Hat!' oil pastel self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) That hat has a mind of it's own. I expect it will continue to make regular appearances throughout the winter... but I can't say for sure - I only work here!

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

iDraw: Not Quite Awake

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Tiny Glasses

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Knit Cap, Big Nose, Venetian Blinds

Monday, December 1, 2008

More About My Hair

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Forehead and Hair

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Green Glasses

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Done the Old-Fashioned Way - Staring in a Mirror!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

iDraw: Still in Bed..

Friday, November 14, 2008

iDraw: Quick Drawings Can Take Awhile...

Sometimes I have to make so many quick drawings to get one I like, I might as well have taken the time for a longer drawing...

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

iDraw: Squinting in the Mirror

Monday, November 3, 2008

iDraw: Black Hooded Raincoat, Rainy Day

Sunday, September 14, 2008

iDraw: Sketch 'N Twist

One aspect of using the video camera in my laptop to draw from is that since it's down on my lap, I'm looking up at my face from below, an unusual view. Here I decided to emphasize that by distorting the drawing I made in Sketches with PhotoTwist.

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Ow, I Banged My Head!

But it's not as bad as I made it look!

Also, since I've complained so often I'd also like to give credit where it's due. They swapped around rooms next door so that we wouldn't hear Rawlston Masoniai's music as much, and when I called him this evening because it was still vibrating in the rooms nearest their house, he did immediately turn it down. So thank-you to Rawlston, we really appreciate it!

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Friday, August 1, 2008

Not Topical

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Wooly Julia

'Wooly Julia' digitally altered magic marker self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)

The latest little ap we've downloaded to my iPod touch is Wooly Willy, which allows you to draw 'magnetic shaving' mustaches and other hair on either the traditional Wooly Willy image or any image of your own. Here Ann and I have collaborated in giving a previous portrait some additional facial hair. The truth is my eyebrows are a little wild and getting wilder as I get older - so this may not be so far from some future truth. As Picasso famously replied when told Gertrude Stein did not look like his portrait of her "She will...".

This image also seems apropos of printmaker printmaker Ruth Paesch & my attempt to see the Frida Kahlo show at SFMoMA today... I can't say I was directly influenced by the show, however, because the museum was having a power outage and we went to Ocean Beach instead.

Ann says as long as I'm mentioning such fabulous women as Ruth, Gertrude and Frida, let's not forget Patti Smith.

OK, bed time...

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Too Tired To Draw (But I did Anyway)

'Too Tired To Draw (But I did Anyway)' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay depicting how tired she is after being woken up periodically Wednesday night by Rawlston Masaniai of the San Francisco Seals.. (Click to view same image larger.) Not surprisingly, I'm still tired from being woken up periodically Wednesday night by our neighbor Rawlston Masaniai (Masaniani) of the San Francisco Seals, Unlike Rawlston, I don't get to sleep all day the next day.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Neighbors Are Partying Again on a Wednesday Night

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Green Sweatshirt

'Green Sweatshirt' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Strangely, I no longer look like my eyes are quite so rolled up. I didn't fix those weird nostrils, though - they're still weird!

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Rolling My Eyes to Heaven, Day 2

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Rolling My Eyes to Heaven (But I Don't Know Why)

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Worrying About My Friends

'Worrying About My Friends' digital and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) There's something High School angst-y about this, which seems appropriate to wondering about my High School friend Chris Lombardi's big move from NYC to Philly today.

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

iTouch!

'iTouch!' digitally drawn self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) I drew this with my finger on my iPod Touch - fabulous!

With vers 2.0 of the iPod touch/iPhone software, released last week, there are now independently developed applications - including several promising draw/ paint/ scribble/ doodle programs. Reviewers are whining about the $2 - $6 costs, but obviously they've never paid full price for photoshop (OK, these programs have a long way to go before they can be compared with photoshop). I downloaded the four most interesting ones and took them for a spin. Although the interface for Lint Labs' No. 2 (like No. 2 pencil) has some clunky-ness (double-click would be a much better way to turn the pencil on and off, for instance), it is the one that gives the most precise control and allows you to really draw - and erase, for goodness sake! Can't wait to see how these grow as the developers, um, develop them!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay drawn over a previous landscape painting. (Click to view same image larger.) I cut up an old landscape watercolor painting, planning to draw portraits on the back. However, I was drawn to the front and drew right over the old attempt at trees.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Last of the Beet Juice Paintings (for now)

'Last of the Beet Juice Paintings (for now)' self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) This was done with borscht and a brush. I was having a good time, though I certainly look very serious in that way that I do...

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Noisy Neighbors

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Worst Allergy Day Ever!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Peering at Myself in the Studio

Friday, May 30, 2008

Orange You Glad You Aren't Blue?

'Orange You Glad You Aren't Blue?' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Tomorrow I'm off to the East Coast for the Annual General Meeting of the American Society for the Alexander Technique. I'll still be drawing every day but I don't know how frequently I'll be able to post.

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

It's Been a Stressful Week, But Today I Had Some Good News

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Continuous Contour

Here's another variation on the theme. This was drawn right-handed, and allowing myself to look at the paper periodically. But the game for continuous contour is that you can't life the pen off the paper, so the whole thing is one continuous line.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Traditional 'Blind' Contour

'Traditional Blind Contour' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) In a traditional 'blind' contour you look only at your subject and not down at the paper. However, you do often have a sense of the paper and where you are on the paper in your peripheral vision since your eyes are open. That's how this was done, and you can see that it's different than the previous 10 days when my eyes actually were closed, and the only clues I had to where I was on the paper came from feeling for the edges. In both cases, the drawing was left-handed and the painting right-handed.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Some of my More Colorful Ancestors

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

I Come From Remulac, a Small Town in Southern France

'Bull-headed and Pig-nosed' watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) I periodically have alot of trouble uploading images to blogger via ftp from my mac to my website hosted outside of google-land. On the assumption that others are having similar difficulties, I thought I'd share what I've figured out. I used third-party ftp software to look at the uploaded_images folder on my web server, and it looks like often when there is a failure message, the error is happening after a successful upload of the image. The problem is that in order to reference the image in your post you need to know what it is called - your original file name with blogger-generated numeric suffix. However, using the third-party FTP software I could see the names and sizes of the uploaded files, so I was easily able to deduce which was the thumbnail that appears inline in the blog, and which was the full-size image that it links to. I copied the 'a' tag from a previous successful post and then changed the names of the files based on my preview via the ftp client, and voila, it worked! For mac users I recommend cyberduck, though there are many fine free and/or inexpensive ftp clients out there. (In case you're wondering, .ch is Switzerland)

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Bull-headed and Pig-nosed

'Bull-headed and Pig-nosed' watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) I tried to turn my mouth up into a smile but it didn't work... so I don't look too happy here about my 500th post (and this is still just a subset of my lifetime self-portraits!). Still, we like round numbers and 500 seems like a good one.

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Revisiting the Hall of my Ancestors

Saturday, May 10, 2008

When I Don't Get Enough Sleep, I Get Dark Eyes

'When I Don't Get Enough Sleep, I Get Dark Eyes' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) and apparently dark nose, too = oh, well!

And Happy 50th Anniversary to my parents, even though neither of them is here to celebrate.

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Friday, May 9, 2008

Why Did I Make Such an Early Appointment Yesterday?

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Why Did I Schedule an 8:00 AM Appointment?