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Thursday, July 9, 2009

iDraw: View From Above

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

We Were All Waiting for the Train

This was done with the PaintBook App on my iPod Touch (I used a photo for reference).

My shortish review of Paintbook is:
Cons: I don't like Paintbook's palette, it doesn't have an eyedropper, there's undo but no redo, and all the line types have a hard edge.

Pros: Very high resolution for an IDraw app (This drawing is 1706X2048), you can change the size of the 'paper', you can turn the 'paper' in addition to zooming, and there are two kinds of opacity - one where you can lighten a dark color, ie like transparent acrylics, and another where you can only darken, ie watercolors. The latter allows me to 'paint' washes that overlap my black lines without affecting the lines themselves.

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Friday, June 26, 2009

First LHB of Summer

'First LHB of Summer' watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) LHB stands for left-handed blind, which means I literally drew with my left (non-dominant) and and my eyes closed. Painting is done with my eyes open, in this case still with my left hand. Here are more self-portraits drawn with my eyes closed.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

iDraw: Fun But Frustrating

It's particularly hard to get small details like eyeballs, when the paint is likely to splat all over the place! I did do a sketch from a photo in Sketches, almost none of which is now visible after painting on it with the 'Jackson Pollack' app.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Next Day (Cycle of Life)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Another Late Night in the Studio

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

iDraw My First Camera (Final)

Monday, June 8, 2009

Happy to be With My Big Sis (In Color)

Friday, June 5, 2009

iDraw: In Neri's Studio

Friday, May 15, 2009

iDraw: A Face

'iDraw: A Face' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) I downloaded a new drawing program for my iPod Touch, Paintbook, and one interesting feature it has is saving your image at very high resolution. The detail is the right corner of the mouth.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

iDraw: It's Not About Looking Good

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

iDraw: In Vogue

'In Vogue' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) I guess if I have a theme this month, it's trying out all the latest free draw, paint, sketch, doodle, etc programs for the iPod Touch, the more idiosynchratic, the better. In keeping with that, I used three different applications to create this image. I did the initial drawing in Kid's Paint , which chooses a new line thickness and color randomly each time you lift your finger and put it back down. I then tinkered with the eyes in Sketches. Last, I smushed it around in OilCanvas , which is sort of like the old "auto van Gogh" feature in the original Painter program for the Mac which came out some ten years ago. Unfortunately, although I like the combined effect, something about moving it through all those programs left me with a pretty low quality image file.

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Friday, February 6, 2009

iDraw: Borrowed Birthday Balloon Hat

Thursday, February 5, 2009

iDraw: Stealing From Myself

'Stealing From Myself' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) The source for some of these recent images is neither the mirror nor a photo, but rather my own previous drawings of myself (mostly drawings that I considered less successful in their original incarnations.)

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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

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

iDraw: Sleep Walking

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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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Scrunch-face

Friday, December 26, 2008

Best Stocking Stuffer

'Best Stocking Stuffer' watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Mini Paint Set! I wanted to try painting with just what was provided - the mini pans, the tiny brush, mixing in the lid. As it turns out, the paints seem OK but the brush is extremely difficult to work with. Maybe I'll try again tomorrow using a better brush... Poor little paint set is no longer so pristine, either.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

iDraw: If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

iDraw: Not Quite Awake

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Green Glasses

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Last Day Feeding Minnie... Until Next Time

Yes, it is a self-portrait - that's my hand scratching Minnie's neck.

And here's to Mom... she's been in my thoughts all day on this, the 4th anniversary of her death.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

iDraw: Uncertain in the Morning

Monday, November 10, 2008

Monumental

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Yes, We Can! Yes, We Did!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

iDraw: Boomerang Brow

Sunday, October 26, 2008

iDraw: Primary Colors

Monday, October 13, 2008

Another Day, Another Dirty Dish (Final)

Saturday, September 27, 2008

A Tangle of Trees

'A Tangle of Trees' acrylic paint self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) And who's in those trees with me...? Actually, if you think I seem more interested in the woods than the self-portrait these days, you're right!

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Early Morning at Sausal Creek

'Early Morning at Sausal Creek' acrylic paint self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Ha! I thought this seemed familiar while I was doing it - it seems I picked the same photo to work from as on June 26th, even though I have a pretty large collection of images of me in these woods to choose from!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Another Funny Little Painting

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

My Moue

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Thick Paint

Thursday, September 18, 2008

iDraw: Hard Day at Work

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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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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Monday, September 8, 2008

iDraw: Tousled Hair of Early Morning - First Day of School in New Location

'iDraw: Tousled Hair of Early Morning - First Day of School in New Location' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay,  in which she reviews iPod touch.iphone drawing aps. (Click to view same image larger.) This was done entirely in Sketches. It works well as long as I think only of flat lines in limited colors - sort of like a printmaking process.

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

iDraw: Happy Sketch from Tennessee Valley

This was done entirely in Sketches, which works nicely as long as I think of it as sort of hard lead colored pencils - nice for making individual lines, not so good for coloring in areas. Like all of the iPod Touch drawing programs, it's also very hard to draw close to the edges- a 'page' that was larger than the screen and could be scrolled would be very welcome. The only program I've used that has that is No. 2, which doesn't have color.

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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:

Brushes
ColorTilt
iDoodle2
No. 2
PhotoTwist
Scribble
Sketches
Squiggles
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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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

With My Right Foot

I always like to try something new on my birthday - this time drawing with my foot (though I realized I was sometimes keeping my foot pretty still and simply moving the paper - with my hands!)

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Monday, September 1, 2008

My Inner Librarian was Frazzled

'My Inner Librarian was Frazzled' pen and watercolor self-portrait drawn with her eyes closed and using both hands similtaneously by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay, and in which her hair is pushed up and her glasses are askew. (Click to view same image larger.) I was frazzled because although Rawlston has been better about his music, he doesn't seem to have the general idea: don't make so much noise partying at 3 AM that you wake your neighbors. And last night he was at it again. *sigh*. We'll keep trying to work with him...

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Sunday, August 31, 2008

I Used to Have Big Hair

'I Used to Have Big Hair' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) As for the rest - I think the last couple days shows that drawing with both hands together and eyes closed leads to some creepy self-portraits!

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Miss Piggy

Monday, August 25, 2008

Cap of Blue Hair