The Bride, Inkpad and PicGrunger on iPad
Monthly Archives: October 2011
This is a portrait of Nora for Julia Kay’s Portrait Party on Flickr. I used the Toonpaint app first and next I import a color and black and white image into Sketchbook Pro to make some adjustments. Next I imported that image into ArtRage and used the Crayon brush for the hair and the flat brush for the face.
I recently read a blog post about the Do’s and Don’ts of creating an Infographic and I decided I wanted to try out making a visual art resume. Since I am not a graphic designer I tried to create it using apps on my iPad. I started out with a self portrait created with Inkpad on the iPad. Next I used Strip Designer because I wanted to give it a cartoon feeling and the app has various “word bubble” shapes and different fonts to use. I decided to limit the information to my education, places where my work has been exhibited, and where you can find my work on the web. I also placed a QR code so that people with smartphones can find my site quickly. What other information do you think I should include?
I also made this second version by running the picture through PicGrunger. I like the way this looks like something out of an old comic book, but I think it is less readable than the first. I would like to continue with experimenting with infographics and will perhaps try to do several versions with different apps.
A bunch of new artists/members have been added to Julia Kay’s Portrait Party this week and I have been trying to catch up on some portraits. This is a portrait of Danielle using Toonpaint, Steampunk PhotoTada, Sketchbook Pro and a little bit of ArtRage. I’ve been experimenting a lot with the textures in Steampunk PhotoTada and wanted to try out the “Cogs”. The only problem with Steampunk PhotoTada is that you cant really control where the texture goes, so I imported the version with the cogs into Sketchbook Pro to erase the cogs that I don’t want. I also used Sketchbook Pro to lightly “paint” over certain areas and add more colors to the picture.
The other night I was searching for images of Elvira and came across Vampira and ended up watching lots of You Tube videos of her and reading her bio online. I had been aware of Vampira (I even have a t-shirt with her famous Plan 9 from Outer Space pose) but I really didn’t know about her history.
Maila Nurmi created the Vampira character and was the first tv horror show host. Her character was very campy and made fun of the horror movies that were featured on her show. If you are of a certain age you remember these types of shows growing up, and there were different hosts all over the country. I vaguely remember Zacherly and Wofman Jack having shows in the New York/Metro area.
I’ve found a lot of great images and videos of Vampira/Maila Nurmi, especially a quite surreal parody of the Honeymooners with Red Skelton and Peter Lorrie. There are also a lot of great interviews with her at the end of her life talking about how she created the character.
In this picture I used Inkpad on the iPad and added textures with PicGrunger and Steampunk PhotoTada. I used Sketchbook Pro to layer the textures together. I added in the skull and candles to give it a “vanitas” theme.
This is a portrait for Julia Kay’s Portrait Party of Kris, one of the younger members of the group. I used Sketchbook Pro to get some of the different brush effects like the paint splatters and this neat blurred effect. I imported that into ArtRage next to get the more painterly and oil pastel effects. I used my new Nomad brush which works really well with both Sketchbook and ArtRage. You can use a lighter tough with the brush and it’s great for getting a scumbling effect.
This is a portrait of pin-up icon Bettie Page using Inkpad and PicGrunger on the iPad (with a little help from Sketchbook Pro to put them together). I also snuck some dots in there using the Halftone app. I have been experimenting a lot with textures lately, and like the various effects I can get with PicGrunger, Halftone, and Steampunk PhotoTada.
Here are some different variations of the portrait: