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Saturday, August 8, 2009

iDraw: Facial Abstract: 2009.08.07

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

iDraw: Quick Color(tilt) Study: 2009.08.05


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A very quick sketch using the ColorTilt app on my iPod Touch. I'm finding it very hard to draw in the corners with the current version since the corners activate menus, but otherwise love this app for lots of color & color variations at your finger tips. ( Some other colotTillt examples )

Mmmm... I did a little cleanup in photoshop, too, mostly moving the ear to a better place.

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Monday, August 3, 2009

iDraw: On The Other Hand, Drawing with Type Seems Perfectly Natural 2009.08.03

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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Saturday, July 25, 2009

iDraw: In the Rainbow Style of My Younger Self: 2009.07.25

This was done on my iThing using the Layers and Brushes Apps.

This time I'm letting myself be influenced by.... me. If you click on the link to the right for the 1980s, you'll see some of the earlier portraits whose style I've been reconsidering.

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

iDraw: 48 Hours Without Chocolate or Caffeine

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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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

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Pasta Portrait (Linda Made Me Do It!)

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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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

iDraw: I Slept Through My Alarm

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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Juliawlensky: Dark Blue Turban

Saturday, June 27, 2009

iDraw: It Was A Long Week!

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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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

iDraw: A More Minimalist Jackson Pollack

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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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Another Late Night in the Studio

Saturday, June 13, 2009

iDraw: Big Brown Furry Hat

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

iDraw: Don't Confuse Me

Monday, May 18, 2009

iDraw: I'm Excited to be Planning a Trip to Yosemite

Sunday, May 17, 2009

iDraw: Chalk Me

'iDraw: Chalk Me' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) I made this with ChalkTalk, yet another drawing Ap on my iPod Touch. Its selling feature is that you can draw together with another user over WiFi. It has better colors than the other Ap I know for doing that, Whiteboard. In addition, even as a stand-alone Ap, it as three excellent features. First, the line it makes is an interesting chalky line, and the quality of the line is affected by the speed with which you draw it - slower drawing makes a more solid line. This was done with the free version, where I had to take a screen shot to save the image - I'm hoping hte final image quality will be better now that I paid my three bucks. Second, like only Sketches and iDoodle2 (so far as I know), it allows you to change backgrounds without changing your drawing, so you can draw on a photo, as I admit I did here, and then take the photo away. Third, it has a smear/blur tool for smoothing your line or blending colors, which I don't *think* I've seen anywhere else.

I'm starting to publish some of my detailed feature comparisons and reviews of these iPhone/iPod Touch applications, check them out!

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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

Sunday, May 10, 2009

iDraw: In the Bathroom Mirror

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

eyeDraw: Cockeyed

Friday, May 1, 2009

iDraw: What Should I Draw?

Thursday, April 30, 2009

iDraw: Bedtime

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Black and White for No Reason

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Still Crazy After All These Years

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Trying to Channel De Kooning

'OILPASTEL' oil pastel self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) ...but definitely not getting it. That's Willem de Kooning, though Elaine de Kooning was also an interesting painter. If he was a misogynist, as the feminists claim based on his imagery, not his actions, then I guess I am too. He was a fabulous painter and I think his images of women are really great.

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Monday, April 6, 2009

iDraw: Still Relaxed After a Few Days Off

Saturday, April 4, 2009

iDraw: Even I Would Make a Better Vulcan Than T'Pol

Thursday, March 26, 2009

iDraw: That's Just How it Happened

Saturday, February 28, 2009

iDraw: Almost Neon

Friday, February 27, 2009

iDraw: Ghost of Julia Past

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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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

iDraw: Surprised and Pleased

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

iDraw: It's Official!

Monday, February 23, 2009

iDraw: What Was I Wearing On My Head?

Saturday, February 21, 2009

iDraw: I Wonder What Will Happen Next?

Friday, February 20, 2009

iDraw: No Sense of Harmony, No Sense of Time

'No Sense of Harmony, No Sense of Time' digital iPod Touch self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) The song then continues "And I'm blind, blind, blind, blind, blind, blind, blind, blind, blind, blind, blind, blind, blind, blind", which is what I was when I made this drawing. Right-handed, though.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

iDraw: Wearing David's Big, Furry Hat

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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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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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!