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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

iDraw: A More Minimalist Jackson Pollack

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

iDraw: Grey Tiles and Pink Toes

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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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

iDraw: Still Figuring Out

Saturday, February 7, 2009

iDraw: Not a Silkscreen

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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Sunday, February 1, 2009

iDraw: I Couldn't Decide

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

iDraw: iTilt, uTilt, We All Tilt for ColorTilt

Sunday, January 25, 2009

iDraw: Vacation's Over!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

iDraw: Yellow Sweater

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Yellow Turban

'The Yellow Turban' acrylic paint self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) After almost two weeks of making images digitally, it's fun to be behind a brush again - and see how working in one media influences the way I work in anther. In this case the easy access on the iPod Touch to so much color that doesn't bleed and doesn't get muddy, is inspiring me to work in a different way with actual paint. In the year and a half of this project, I've made color images in many ways - watercolors, magic markers, cut paper, crayons, digitally, and with beet juice, to name a few. But actually the last few days are the first time I've used acrylics since the portrait project began, which is interesting since they were my primary media prior to this. In any event, I'm enjoying re-engaging with an old friend.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

iDraw: ColorTilt!

Put your mouse over the image to see it evolve, move your mouse off the image to have it stop at any frame.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

iDraw: Wood Elf at Sausal Creek

Monday, September 15, 2008

iDraw: Green Turban

I drew this with ColorTilt, a drawing program in which the color you're drawing with changes at the slightest movement/angle change of the iPod/iPhone. I had pretty much dismissed it as pretty to look at but impossible to draw with - can't control what color you have, can't get back a color you had before, etc. And yet... managed to get this quite satisfyingly painterly piece made this morning. It did seem that related colors clustered together - I'd like to be able to set it, ie reds when you tilt to the right and blues when you tilt to the left, darker when you tilt up, lighter when you tilt down, etc. Other than that it has line size and opacity sliders, and you can temporarilly freeze a color you're using. I would like to see a save function so I don't have to rely on taking screen shots.

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

iDraw: Evolving Scribble

Put your mouse over the image to see it evolve, move your mouse off the image to have it stop at any frame.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

iDraw: Mouseover Trick

These were both done very quickly this morning on my iPod Touch using Scribbles, which has the advantages of being free and having a very simple, straightforward interface. It has three lines sizes and something like 12 colors and the background color is white - shake to clear image and - that's it! No erase or undo or opacity or cursor offset or shapes or clip art or different line qualities or cloning or distorting or any other high falutin' thing - just the basics. (Put your mouse over the picture to see the second one)

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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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Monday, August 11, 2008

Ralph Lauren

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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Monday, July 14, 2008

Still Playing With My Food

'Still Playing With My Food' beet-juice self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Drawn with day-old peeled beet skins in water. Much more range of color than I expected. Not a very exact medium, however, nor very permanent, I suspect. Wonder if all the pink will go orange, and then brown, and then...? But maybe not, yesterday's hand print is still pink...

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Monday, November 19, 2007

She Thinks Too Much

Friday, November 16, 2007

Well, Maybe...

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Today I had Grilled Prawns and Half a Beer

'Today I had Grilled Prawns and Half a Beer' self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) It's pretty rare for me to drink alcohol, and after 34 years as a vegetarian it was only last month that I started eating seafood. I admit, this was a very tasty combination! Detail of 'Today I had Grilled Prawns and Half a Beer' self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Overworked

'Overworked' magic marker self-portrait drawing by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Well, I don't always have time to redo them when they fail - so here's a view of one that should have been a reject... Detail of 'Overworked' magic marker self-portrait drawing by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Super Librarian is on the Job!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Visor from Guatemala

'Visor from Guatemala' magic marker self-portrait drawing by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Well, I love my Tombo brush pens, but the ink fades right away in 3 weeks or less when exposed to daylight. So, I am experimenting with other media where I can work as fast, have as little cleanup, and get good colors. This was done with water-soluable crayons I have left over from the 80s, when I used them alot. They make a very thick mark, so it was tricky with the fine lines of the drawing which I had done before deciding to use them. Detail of 'Visor from Guatemala' magic marker self-portrait drawing by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Pom Pom Pom

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Can You Bear It? (The Silliest Hat)

Monday, June 11, 2007

WW I Flying Ace (Grown Woman in a Silly Hat)

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Carrot-Top, the Morning After

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Batgirl's Secret Smile

Friday, June 8, 2007

Gottta Get This Done

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

As Much as I Can Take In

'As Much as I Can Take In' magic marker self-portrait drawing by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Playing hooky for the evening session at my conference... I will not be able to absorb any more information today. In fact, I can't absorb what I've already absorbed :) Detail of 'As Much as I Can Take In' magic marker self-portrait drawing by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)

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Saturday, June 2, 2007

Double Blind Studies

'Double Blind Study' magic marker self-portrait drawing by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)OK, not only was I blind to the paper, I was blind to the mirror - these were drawn left and right handed together, with my eyes closed. Color added eyes-open and right-handed. Detail of 'Double Blind Study' magic marker self-portrait drawing by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)

Well, tonight I'm off for a week to St Paul, MN. for the Annual General Meeting of the American Society for the Alexander Technique. I'll still be drawing every day, and I expect to find internet access and upload every day, but if there are delays in posting, that's why.

'Double Blind Prelim' magic marker self-portrait drawing by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)

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Friday, June 1, 2007

The Whites of My Eyes

'The Whites of My Eyes' magic marker self-portrait drawing by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Strangely similar to yesterday's (especially the tilt of the head and the lips), given that I was looking only in the mirror and not at the paper both times... I guess that is my 'default' left-handed self-portrait.Detail of 'The Whites of My Eyes' magic marker self-portrait drawing by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)

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