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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

iDraw: Today Was Not As Productive as I Had Hoped it Would Be: 2009.07.28


This was done very quickly, from imagination, using the Eastern Artist App on my iThing. I love the customizable signature seal/stamps and the Korean paper backgrounds that are provided. I haven't quite sorted out the controls for the pen but it;s good for me to embrace randomness sometimes. It's a good contrast to yesterday's tight piece done over a photo.

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Friday, July 10, 2009

iDraw: Cross-Eyed From Balancing My Checkbook

Thursday, July 9, 2009

iDraw: View From Above

Sunday, July 5, 2009

iDraw: Staring in the Mirror Always Makes Me Look Grim

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

iDraw: Whodunnit? (Wearing My Mother's Tweed Deerstalker)

'iDraw: Whodunnit? (Wearing My Mother's Tweed Deerstalker)' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) If you look closely you can see the whole drawing is made with '?' in different fonts, using the Type Drawing App on my iPod Touch. The App makes it much much easier than what those patient people who do this with manual typewriters go through! (google typewriter art for examples).

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Monday, June 29, 2009

iDraw: A Feather in My Cap

'iDraw: A Feather in My Cap' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)Well last night I stayed up too late involved in the pleasures of real paint so tonight it's a very quick digital finger painting before I fall into bed.

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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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Monday, June 22, 2009

'Jackson Pollack' Portrait on my iPod Touch

This was done with the 'Jackson Pollack' app on my iPod Touch. Delightfully, the paint drips in the direction you tilt, and the 'ink' 'blots' based on speed of stroke.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

iDraw: iSee

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

iDraw: Don't Confuse Me

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

iDraw: Grey Tiles and Pink Toes

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Under the Archway

Thursday, May 14, 2009

iDraw: It's Not About Looking Good

Saturday, May 2, 2009

iDraw: Philtrum of Many Colors

Friday, May 1, 2009

iDraw: What Should I Draw?

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Black and White for No Reason

Friday, April 3, 2009

iDraw: Bounteous Bookstores of Berkeley

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

iDraw: Two Feet, So Sweet (AK & JK)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

iDraw: Surprised and Pleased

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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Monday, February 16, 2009

iDraw: Hello to Lim Ding Wen!

Lim Ding Wen is a 9 year old computer programmer in Singapore who wrote Doodle Kids, a free iPhone/iTouch drawing program intended for kids, which I used to make today's portrait of me waving at him across the ether. Thank-you Lim Ding Wen for this fun application!

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Friday, February 13, 2009

iDraw: Big-Headed Shadow

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

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

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Little Princess as a Smirking Bobble-Head

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

iDraw: The Little Princess - ala Warhol

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Seussical!

'Seussical!' pen self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) A friend is involved in a performance of Seussical but I'm not going to be able to make it to Boston to see the show. If you're closer to Boston, please check it out! Meanwhile, the invitation inspired me to imagine myself as The Cat in the Hat - fits right in with all my other hatted portraits!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

iDraw: When I'm Determined...

Monday, November 24, 2008

iDraw: It's Been Quite a Day

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Goofy-Earred Hat

Friday, November 7, 2008

iDraw: Even With a Day Off, It Was a Long Week!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Night Shadow (Outside the Dojo)

Monday, November 3, 2008

iDraw: Black Hooded Raincoat, Rainy Day

Friday, October 24, 2008

The Pink Wall

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

iDraw: Help, I'm Stuck in an iPod!

Monday, October 20, 2008

iDraw: I Greet a Fresh New Week!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

iDraw: Thick and Thin with Colors

'Thick and Thin with Colors' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) This was done this evening using Colors, the lastest drawing ap for the iPhone/iPod Touch. Warning: the rest of these comments are my ongoing review of the different drawing/ painting aps for the iPod Touch - if you're not a drawing geek, you can stop here.

In any event, Colors has this neat feature where you can tilt the device to simulate pressure sensitivity so you can get a fluidly changing line thickness. In all other ways though I find Brushes to be a far superior ap for 'painting' on the iPod Touch. Colors also has some incredibly annoying interface features, such as the fact that if you change colors and draw a line, and then undo - it undoes both the line and the fact that you changed colors!!! Nevertheless, I think I will enjoy playing with the tilt to change line thickness feature and I hope this gets expanded in future versions and/or picked up by some of the other aps. It would be great to be able to set up a couple different tilts, ie left/right for one feature and up/down for another, and have a whole set of different features to choose from. Personally I'd be more interested in one that altered from light to dark rather than opaque to transparent, or where you could set any two colors and then it would range between them.

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

iDraw: I Could See Myself in the Security Monitors

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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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Spare Hands

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Playing with Shadows on the Studio Floor

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

On the Aiki

...for Guy Steven's 40th birthday party. The Aiki is Guy's boat - I was amused to note that the colors of paint chips used included regatta, speedboat, catamaran and victory. I wasn't looking at the names when I chose colors - I see in retrospect that I actually rejected kayak. And can you guess which of those colors are purples and which are yellows?

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Let Your Fingers do the Walking

Peace

'Peace' cut paper self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay of her hand in the peace sign. (Click to view same image larger.) In the immortal words of John Lennon, 'You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one...'

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Ralph Lauren Power

'Ralph Lauren Power' cut paper self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay of her hand raised in a fist made from Ralph Lauren paint chips. (Click to view same image larger.) Another entry in my bad High School poster art series (the other one was my illustration of getting vaccinations before my trip to Thailand last year.) In any event, it sure looks political, but my only intentions were form and color and continuing to play with my 10+ years of collected paint chips.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Hand of Many Colors

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Plaid Green Hand

Monday, August 11, 2008

Ralph Lauren

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Driving My Car

'Driving My Car' kirigami paper cut self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay in the form of a mandals. (Click to view same image larger.) This weekend I made separate trips south to Los Gatos, east to Albany and north to Santa Rosa, making my unfortunate contribution to global warming.

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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Papercut of "I Think It's Level"

'Papercut of At today's demo of kirigami for the Los Gatos Art Association, I demonstrated cannabalizing your own imagery for papercuts by making this piece based on my collage 'I Think It's Level'.

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Friday, August 8, 2008

Kirigami!

'Kirigami!' cut and old fold paper self-portraits of her hands by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay - here the papers are still folded. (Click to view same image larger.) 'Kirigami!' cut and old fold paper self-portraits of her hands by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay -  - here the first hand is opened up and found to be almost unrecognizably abstract. (Click to view same image larger.) 'Kirigami!' cut and old fold paper self-portraits of her hands by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay - here the second hand is opened up and found to be a spinning wheel of hands. (Click to view same image larger.) Tomorrow I'm giving a kirigami paper cut demonstration to the Los Gatos Art Association, so this evening I made two kirigami paper cuts of my hands holding scissors. As you can see, they look pretty similar when folded up, but quite different unfolded.

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Last Day Of School (Before Summer Break)

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Self-Portrait with the Portrait Project (Final)

Monday, April 14, 2008

Self-Portrait with the Portrait Project (Day 2)

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Self-Portrait with the Portrait Project (Day 1)

'Self-Portrait with the Portrait Project' watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) There are now six complete volumes of the portrait project!

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