Digital collage using Brushes on iPad. I had already done a portrait of Buttons McTavish but wanted to experiment with different textures and layers in this portrait. I really like the layers function in brushes because you can switch the layers around easily and erase or create transparencies of the layers.
Monthly Archives: April 2011
One of my favorite songwriters since high school has been Ray Davies. I saw the Kinks in concert back then and my love of his songs has grown since then. The songs are like great books that you’ve read and reread and each time you find different meaning in them. The songs evoke images of a different but timeless part of history. Every time I hear Waterloo Sunset it sends me to this mythic, romantic place. I feel like he has grown with the songs also, because on songs like “Days” when he says “thank you for the days” I feel like he really is thankful for the days in a deeper way than when he first recorded it. Ray Davies’ new album “See my Friends” features duets of Kinks’ songs performed with artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Mettalica, and Alex Chilton. On first listen the song that stands out for me is the title track, “See My Friends” with Spoon. Another standout is “Waterloo Sunset” with Jackson Brown.
One of my favorite albums of all time is Lola Versus Power Man, and this album has two songs from that album, “This Time Tomorrow” with Mumford and Sons and “Long Way From Home” with Lucinda Williams.
His last album, the Kinks Choral Collection has been a mainstay on my virtual “turntable” since I first downloaded it. It’s wonderful to hear all the different versions of his songs. How many artists can have their songs performed at different times with both a choir and Metallica?
I’m hoping that next time Ray Davies comes to the U.S. (with or without the Kinks) that I will be able to catch him in concert.
This is a portrait of Elizabeth Taylor using the vector drawing app InkPad. The app was just updated and one of my favorite aspects of the update is that you can adjust the transparency of the colors and the layers. I can achieve more subtle shading this way. I also used textures that I made with Picgrunger and Hipstamatic to create the collage elements. I finished the picture by using ArtRage to create a water color paper texture.
Over the weekend I made a trip to Lush and got various fun things like the bath bombs pictured above. They are so pretty that I like to take a picture of them before they melt away in the bath. The pink one had heat shaped confetti that came out in the tub. My favorite thing that I got (not pictured) was a solid patchouli scented shampoo. The smell of patchouli always reminds me of art school.
Easter is almost upon us. I love to photograph the various colored peeps rather than to actually eat them. I love the chocolate eggs the most. The flowers are finally starting to bloom and I am hoping to get out this weekend and get some pictures.
This painting is for the Flickr group Fingerpaint This! where we reinterpret a different photo using iPhone or iPad apps. For this picture I used Toonpaint, Brushes and ArtRage. To see the original photo this was taken from see the first comment for this picture on my Flickr Stream.
The other day I came across a picture of Anne Francis from Forbidden Planet on Tumbler. I really liked the pose and thought it would really lend itself to Inkpad. I love using Inkpad when I want to create something with a more retro kitchy feel. In this picture I was experimenting with using collage elements along with the vector drawing. You can now create more transparent colors with Inkpad which I like because it’s not as flat. I added in one of my photos from the Caribbean Motel in Wildwood for the room interior. Inkpad just had a major update today so I’m really looking forward to experimenting with the app some more. As I’ve mentioned before, I have no real experience with vector drawing so it’s a challenge to start from scratch, but I’m loving all the crazy, cartoony shapes I can draw with this app.