Monthly Archives: August 2011

Tura Satana – Inkpad and ArtRage on IPad

Tura Satana

A portrait of Tura Satana using Inkpad vector drawing app on iPad. I added the watercolor texture using ArtRage. I missed the Tura Satana Themed Dr. Sketchy a couple months ago so I had wanted to draw her since then. I read a little bit about her on Wikipedia and she had a pretty interesting life, almost like a Quentin Tarentino movie.


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Kim Boekbinder Redefines The Rock Tour

Kim Boekbinder - The Impossible Girl

The first time I saw Kim Boekbinder perform was at Dr. Sketchy’s Tribute to Andy Warhol’s Factory. Her set was amazing and incredibly fun, so when I became aware of her last KickStarter project I had to become a backer. She pre sold her show in New York through KickStarter and had some incredible incentives for backers, like a poster with Molly Crabapple’s artwork designed just for the show.

If you missed the New York show now you have a chance to be a part of her Impossible Tour KickStarter. You can be part of her historic tour by backing her in any one (or all) of her 10 date US tour. Here is more info on Kim Boekbinder and the Impossible Tour:

Iconoclastic New York musician, Kim Boekbinder, has set the internet abuzz with her passionate rant about the state of the music industry and how she’s decided to circumvent the broken system by using her vibrant social media presence to pre-sell her shows BEFORE they are even booked. Kim’s first test run of the idea was launched on Kickstarter and she got her funding for a show in New York City in under 24 hours. Now she’s doing a 10 date US tour:

Ms. Boekbinder’s “Impossible Tour” idea has been featured on CCN Money, BBC Radio’s World Service, and BoingBoing. The attention generated from the story has her email inbox flooded with thank you messages from fans, musicians, and venues; as well as offers from internet startups trying to address the very issues that she is dealing with.

Kim Boekbinder is The Impossible Girl; a performer, composer, musician, and visual artist who defies genre. She has travelled the world, stealing hearts and changing paradigms with her indelible live performance and her excitingly original and unforgettable music.

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Portrait of Qavit: ArtRage on IPad – Celebrating 165 Portraits for Julia Kay’s Portrait Party

Qavit For JKPP

My portrait of Qavit for Julia Kay’s Portrait Party on Flickr is also my 165th portrait done so far. In this portrait I was experimenting with the “pastel” brush with the pressure set to high. I like using the pastel brush with the canvas texture because you get a nice scumbling effect.

This was a very productive week for me art wise because I worked a lot with Inkpad trying to learn some new techniques. I also joined both Etsy and Tumblr which were both easier to set up than I first thought. Please visit me at both sites to give me your input and if you are on Tumblr please follow me.

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Things I Love Thursday: Inkpad Vector Drawing App for IPad

Edie Sedgewick

iPad painting of Edie Sedgewick using Inkpad and ArtRage on iPad

One of my favorite apps right now is Inkpad, a vector based drawing app for the iPad. This app was developed by Steve Sprang who also gave us the amazing Brushes app. I am not familiar at all with vector drawing programs so I am learning as I go along. I found some great tutorials on the Digital Drawer blog, especially this one on creating a neon effect.

I’ve been doing a lot of drawings of retro “bombshells” or iconic movie stars from the 50’s and 60’s because they seem to lend themselves to the more graphic style of Inkpad. I’ve also been experimenting with combining the Inkpad drawing with other apps such as ArtRage and PicGrunger to give more texture to the drawings and give them more of a collage feeling. Which version do you like best?


Inkpad alone


Inkpad and PicGrunger


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The Day the Earth (Didn’t) Stand Still


Yesterday we experienced a small earthquake on the east coast. I was sitting on my bed with my iPad (as usual) when the bed and ceiling fan started shaking. I felt like I was having an “Exorcist” moment. I found out a short time later that it was in fact an earthquake. Quickly Facebook and Twitter had a lot of Status updates about whether people felt the quake or not and if they were okay. Do you have any Earthquake2011 stories to tell?

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Dipping My Toes Into Etsy


Over the weekend I opened my Etsy Shop “Rita Flores Art“. I had been thinking about it for quite a while and decided to stop procrastinating and just do it. I had six prints made at Blick Art Supply using their professional grade Epson printer and printed on Rives 210 Archival Artist Paper. I really like the way their prints come out because the colors are vibrant and true to my original artwork. I am “test marketing” several of my Inkpad images to see which ones will sell. I also put some of my stickers in the shop and just ordered some new ones so I will have a bigger variety soon.

Please stop by my shop and give me any feedback you can. I still have a lot of tweaking to do on the descriptions and I still need to make a banner for the shop. The first 6 print orders will receive some free stickers in their order as a special thank you!

Also, if you are interested in any images that are on my Flickr stream or this blog please contact me and I can have them printed in (almost) any size to order.


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Retro Destination: White Manna Hamburgers in Hackensack, NJ

White Manna

Today we stopped for cheeseburgers and a shake at White Manna in Hackensack, New Jersey. I’ve driven past this little hamburger joint for years but this was my first visit. This White Manna has been around since 1946 and is one of the oldest diners in this area. There are usually lines out the door of people who love their little hamburgers, which are also known as sliders.

The inside is incredibly small. It looks like the kind of place that Edward Hopper would have painted. There is only counter seating for around 12 and the hamburger grill is sort of in the middle of the counter area. The burgers are made as they are ordered. The wait seemed long only because the smell of the burgers and onions frying makes you even more hungry.


The Dining Area


The neon wasn’t on today but I still love the sign.


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