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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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Juliawlensky: Dark Blue Turban

Saturday, June 13, 2009

iDraw: Big Brown Furry Hat

Thursday, May 21, 2009

I Sat in the Room with the Still Life

Saturday, February 28, 2009

iDraw: Almost Neon

Monday, February 23, 2009

iDraw: What Was I Wearing On My Head?

Thursday, February 19, 2009

iDraw: Wearing David's Big, Furry Hat

Sunday, February 8, 2009

iDraw: A Fantastic Hat!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

iDraw: Not a Silkscreen

Friday, February 6, 2009

iDraw: Borrowed Birthday Balloon Hat

Saturday, January 17, 2009

iDraw: Busy Brain

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, January 13, 2009

iDraw: Sleep Walking

Monday, December 29, 2008

Dutch Cap

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Think Warm Thoughts

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

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

Monday, December 15, 2008

I Pulled My Flaps Down Over My Cheeks

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Both Flaps Down

Friday, December 12, 2008

I Can Wear My Brim in Front and Back at the Same Time

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

That Hat!

'That Hat!' oil pastel self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) That hat has a mind of it's own. I expect it will continue to make regular appearances throughout the winter... but I can't say for sure - I only work here!

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Knit Cap, Big Nose, Venetian Blinds

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Goofy-Earred Hat

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

iDraw: Squinting in the Mirror

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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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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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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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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Monday, August 18, 2008

Urgent Rooter and Tiki Heads

'Urgent Rooter and Tiki Heads' pen self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) We were so pleased with the job Urgent Rooter did for our clogged plumbing last month, that I asked to pose with their equipment so I could do a portrait - it's just taken me a few weeks to get to it. And yes, there really are giant Tiki heads across the street.

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Early Night Cap

'Early Night Cap' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay illustrating how tired she is after being kept up the night before by her neighbor Rawlston Masaniai (Masaniani) of the San Francisco Seals' booming party music. (Click to view same image larger.) I'm tired after a day with three meetings following a night of our neighbor Rawlston Masaniai (Masaniani) of the San Francisco Seals waking us up periodically with his booming loud party music. So I've got my night cap on early and I'm heading to bed - so far it's quiet over there tonight though one never knows when he's going to come home and crank up the volume.

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Huddled in Front of My Tropical Plants in My Four Pom-Pom Hat

I'd say it was green for St. Patrick's Day but in fact it was just coincidence. And for those that might have heard there was a fire in SF this evening, while it was near enough to be a district that we eat in fairly often, it was far enough away from where we live to not be threatening.

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

I've Got My Helmet On

'I've Got My Helmet On' self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) As the Bob's said, 'I've got my helmet on, nothing can do me wrong.' I'm also wearing my red union suit which is part wool. Have I mentioned that it's been cold and dank here lately? On the left is a rendition of Sun Dances with Monstera and Me and on the right is Phideaux. It would be cool if I'd made this picture an image map so you click on each painting on the wall to get to an image of the real painting, but I didn't.

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Monday, January 7, 2008

Reflections are Darn Confusing!

It was my first day back at work but as I only worked a half day, Ann and I were able to go out for a snack afterwards at Church Chow.

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Thursday, January 3, 2008

It's Colder Here in San Francisco than it was in Thailand!

And my body seems to have adjusted to the heat - luckily I have a new scarf from Dottie to keep me warm!

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Saturday, December 8, 2007

It's Hard to Draw, Hunched Against the Cold

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Our Neighbor's Outrageous Party Kept Us Up All Night

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Shhh... It's After Midnight!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Great Sciot! (I had Fez Envy)

Monday, October 22, 2007

My Night Cap Keeps Me Warm (Even in the Morning)

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Silly Sleeping Hat and Philodendron

'Silly Sleeping Hat and Philodendron' self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) It's been a week of quick drawings, but it seems to me even the quick ones have a greater assurance than at the beginning of this project 7 months ago. Detail of 'Silly Sleeping Hat and Philodendron' self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)

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Sunday, September 9, 2007

Crown of Philodendron

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Aunt Dottie Knows my Taste in Clothes!

'Aunt Dottie Knows my Taste in Clothes!' contour line self-portrait in ink by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Hat from Thailand arrived today, ensemble also includes hand-knit sweater by Dottie; stripedy blankets from Ikea and wall hanging from India. Detail of 'Aunt Dottie Knows my Taste in Clothes!' contour line self-portrait in ink by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)

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Friday, June 22, 2007

Folding Fan Hat From Thailand, Thrift-Store Hawaiian Shirt, and Studio Bookshelves

'Folding Fan Hat From Thailand, Thrift-Store Hawaiian Shirt, and Studio Bookshelves' magic marker self-portrait drawing by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) It's the 100th day in a row for the Daily Portrait Project! Detail of 'Folding Fan Hat From Thailand, Thrift-Store Hawaiian Shirt, and Studio Bookshelves' magic marker self-portrait drawing by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) Colored version of 'Folding Fan Hat From Thailand, Thrift-Store Hawaiian Shirt, and Studio Bookshelves' magic marker self-portrait drawing by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) A "coloring book" style drawing and one of many possible ways to color it, thanks to Photoshop.

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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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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Magic, Protective, Houdini Hat

'Magic, Protective, Houdini Hat ' magic marker self-portrait drawing by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)With a tip 'o the hat and thanks to my Aunt Dottie, who knit this hat for me. Detail of 'Magic, Protective, Houdini Hat ' magic marker self-portrait drawing by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.)

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