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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Had He Noticed I Was Taking Pictures of Myself (Again)

Monday, July 13, 2009

Mirrored Elevator Doors

Conference Hotel Room

Last month I was at the Whitcomb Hotel in San Francisco, California, USA, for the Annual General Meeting of the American Society for the Alexander Technique. I wasn't staying at the hotel, but some of my friends were, so when we needed to take a break, we hung out in their room.

This was done in the traditional way with a pen on paper.

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

iDraw: 48 Hours Without Chocolate or Caffeine

Friday, July 10, 2009

iDraw: Cross-Eyed From Balancing My Checkbook

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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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

iDraw: View From Below

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

iDraw: I Slept Through My Alarm

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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Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Next Day (Cycle of Life)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Another Late Night in the Studio

Friday, June 19, 2009

Incredible Glory - But Just For One Day

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

iDraw My First Camera (Final)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

iDraw: Not Photographic Color

Monday, June 15, 2009

iDraw: Red Wall

Friday, June 12, 2009

iDraw: Sisters i(Final)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

iDraw: Sisters in Colored Clothes

Tomorrow skin tones and hair...

Two days ago I worked watercolors over an inkjet print of a scanned pen drawing. Today I'm painting digitally over a scanned pen drawing. Making corrections while I did this, made me realize that there is finally a really clean way to 'erase' pen lines.. draw in pen, scan into computer, erase in photoshop, print back out and continue drawing or even watercoloring. The Canson inkjet paper I use has a great texture and takes watercolor very well.. unfortunately they're also not making it anymore. *sigh*

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Happy to be With My Big Sis (In Color)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I Sat at the Top of the Stairs

Monday, April 27, 2009

Excavator Operator

I imagined that instead of Pacifc Gas & Electric waking us up at 7:30 AM all month, I was operating the equipment outside the home of the PG & E supervisor or whichever brilliant San Francisco governing board decided construction noise could start that early.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

We Did It!

It took 15 months, but today we delivered the first release of the BIG PROJECT at work. Many thanks to all the people who contributed to completing this project on time!

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Monday, March 30, 2009

One More Night to Dream About Completing the BIG PROJECT at Work

Saturday, March 28, 2009

I'm Going to Have to Get Bifocals

'I'm Going to Have to Get Bifocals' pen self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Switching between two pairs of glasses all the time has been driving me crazy. It's especially bad at meetings when I need to switch between seeing people in the room and reading handouts. On the other hand, bifocals cut down on your peripheral vision - I'm sure that will drive me crazy, too.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

iDraw: That's Just How it Happened

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

I Have Rediscovered These Things Called "Boooooks"

Monday, March 23, 2009

iDraw: Holding Nothing

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Whiteout, Now and Then

Friday, March 20, 2009

Return of the Handeze

Along with the tingling and pain, when my RSI flares up, it seems like circulation is poor in my arms, and my hands tend to get very cold. Handeze are fingerless gloves made of a stretchy nylon, designed specifically to keep your hands warm while typing. They do come in beige, but I prefer the black.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Many Tapes

Monday, March 16, 2009

iDraw: It's Fun to Draw with my Finger!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Portrait Project is Two!

'The Portrait Project is Two!' pen self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) I've been doing this every day for two years now... amazing! If I was going to change it - still make an image every day but not necessarily get some part of myself in each one - what change or new theme would you most like to see?

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Familiar Objects: Fishing For Keys

Friday, March 13, 2009

Chisel Tip

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Secret Signals

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Another Kind of Proportional Divider

'Another Kind of Proportional Divider' pen self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) This one is an extremely useful moderne device which measures a wall and tells you where to hammer the nails when you want to hang a series of same-size paintings spaced evenly on a wall. Recommended for anyone hanging their own shows!

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

There's an Elephant in the Kitchen

Monday, March 9, 2009

Dance of the Proportional Dividers

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Dual Rule

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Toy Truck

Monday, March 2, 2009

I Own Many Pairs of Scissors

Sunday, March 1, 2009

My Croc Strap Broke!

'My Croc Strap Broke!' pen self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) And all the king's horses and all the king's men and all the tools at my workbench, couldn't put it back together again!

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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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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

iDraw: It's Official!

Monday, February 23, 2009

iDraw: What Was I Wearing On My Head?

Sunday, February 22, 2009

iDraw: David Drove us to Santa Rosa in the Rain

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

iDraw: Continuous Tilting Contour Line

'Continuous Tilting Contour Line' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) That is to say, I used Sketchinz again to draw by tilting, rather than using my finger. However, this time I tilted freehand, rather than tracing a photo or previous drawing.

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

iDraw: Sketchinz!

' Sketchinz!' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)This was done in Sketchinz I've been wondering for awhile if someone would come out with a program like this. It's a sort of modern-day etch-a-sketch. You have a cursor on the screen, you move it by tilting, and as it moves it draws a line.

There are a few settings for line thickness and color. You can use a photo as a background to trace, as I did here. There is no erase and no undo. If you're not using a photo you can sort of erase by using a thick white line, but there isn't anything to take you back to the underlying photo once you've made a line in any color.

My other complaint is that the setting to stop drawing so you can move the cursor to a new location is not nearly sensitive enough - it usually takes me a few hits to get it to stop drawing and meanwhile if you aren't holding your device completely still & level, it's making a line. However, the cursor moves really quite slowly so you do have quite a lot more control than you mighr expect. As a future feature though, I'd like to be able to set the speed of movement and sensitivity to tilt. Last, the website claims you can't save images in the free version. Well, you can't save hi-resolution images but you can take screen shots, as I did here. And that's my iDraw report for tonight!

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

iDraw: Finally Some Good News!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

iDraw: Not a Silkscreen

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

iDraw: I Want To Be A Artist When I Grow Up

Saturday, January 31, 2009


'Sisters' pen self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Well, January is over, and I think I'll give the childhood series a rest for now. It's been more challenging than I expected - I'm not going to be signing up to be a child-portrait-artist anytime soon.

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