Monthly Archives: June 2010

Wordless Wednesday: A Tribute to Kirchner

Y2W18: Kirchner, originally uploaded by Ritaflo.

Brushes on iPad. A Tribute to the painter Kirchner created for “Painting a Week on an Assigned Subject” Group on Flickr.


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A Tribute to Judy Garland – Drawing at Dr. Sketchy Northern NJ

The Diva, originally uploaded by Ritaflo.

Brushes and vihgo on iPhone.

I went to the Dr. Sketchy North Jersey drawing session last week at the Clash Bar in Clifton, New Jersey.  The theme was a tribute to Judy Garland.  They played Judy Garland music while the model was posing and at one point a man and a woman sitting next to me were singing along with “Someone to Watch Over Me”.  As they sang it reminded me of a scene in a movie where something reminds the main character of past events and they go into a flash back.  My flashback was to the early 90’s when I was drawing every saturday at my friend Bobbies studio.  She would play old mix tapes of Chet Baker, Billy Holiday and other jazz singers and at some point of the session the whole group would be singing along to the music.

I really liked the Clash Bar.  There were three lava lamps behind the bar, so I knew it was my kind of place.  There were posters hanging on the walls of Andy Warhol, the Beatles, and of course the Clash.  It reminded me a lot of two bars that I frequented when I was younger: Aldos, which has since been leveled to the ground, and the Loop Lounge, where I once exhibited a painting.  I would like to go to the Clash Bar on a regular night to see what the vibe is really like.

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Amber Ray At VIP Dr. Sketchy In NYC

Amber Ray At VIP Dr. Sketchy In NYC, originally uploaded by Ritaflo.

Pencil drawing digitally altered on Ipad with Brushes app.

I was lucky to have the opportunity to go to a very special VIP Dr. Sketchy in New York City.  I had posted another iPad drawing of Amber Ray here back May.   The beautiful photos of the event by Lauren Goldberg were just recently posted on the Dr. Sketchy photo blog.  Be warned though, the models are nude and semi-nude, so if you are offended by nudity, reading this at work (NSFW as they say), or have children around you might not want to view these photos.  The apartment was ornate and beautiful and  the model’s costumes were unbelieveable!  It was probably one of the most unique figure drawing sessions I have ever gone to.

Below is the one photo that I’m in which I really like because its in soft focus – always flattering.

Drawing at the VIP Dr. Sketchy in NYC

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Julia Kay’s Portrait Party – Portrait of Miss Embe

Miss Embe, originally uploaded by Ritaflo.

Brushes on iPad for Julia Kay’s Portrait Party on Flickr.  Miss Embe’s Portrait Party “discussion” is here on Flickr.  You can see Miss Embe’s artwork here on Flickr.

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Julia Kay’s Portrait Party – Portrait of Swasky

Swasky, originally uploaded by Ritaflo.

My new app du jour is Pic Grunger. I’ve been using it on everything! I had taken a Photoshop class a couple months ago where we practiced “cleaning” up old photos. I’ve discovered that I prefer making new photos look old.

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Dr. Sketchy’s Art Monkeys Ball

At the Art Monkeys Ball, originally uploaded by Ritaflo.

An iPhone photo taken of me at the Dr. Sketchy Art Monkeys Ball in Brooklyn, New York.   I was wearing a vintage Betsey Johnson floor length dress.  Behind me you can see a cage in which artists took turns being models.

Dr. Sketchy’s Art Monkey Ball will be an event I will long remember.  I’ve just recently started going to the Dr. Sketchy sessions in New York. This was their largest and most elaborate event and for me took figure drawing to a new level. In addition to Amber Ray on the main stage there were models and burlesque performers stationed at various parts of the room so that wherever you sat you had a great model to draw. One of my favorite models was the aerialist who was performing/posing almost right above me.  Photos from the event are featured in Time Out New York.  New York Press described it as a “living tableaus formed in every direction; models draped effortlessly across vintage furniture, statuesque cigarette girls dispensed art supplies and an aerialist slowly shifted from pose to pose in a high-hanging trapeze while mustachioed gentlemen and corseted ladies captured her movements on paper”.

I’ve just started scanning the drawings in and digitally altering them on my iPad to create collages that invoke the era the models were trying to represent:

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Automatic 1 (Tanya)

Automatic 1 (Tanya), originally uploaded by Ritaflo.

Digital collage created for Julia Kay’s Portrait Party using Toonpaint, addLib and Brushes on iPad.

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