Hipstamatic iPhone photo – Asbury Park, NJ
Monthly Archives: July 2013
This is a portrait of Tanya from Julia Kay’s Portrait Party. I used the Inkpad app for the initial drawing. I also used the apps Artrage for the paper texture and Picgrunger for the aged look. I combined all the different versions in Sketchbook Pro to create a collaged feeling to picture.
This is a digital collage of Tanya that I created back in 2010 using the Brushes app. I want to go back and revisit some of my older portraits using the Inkpad app and see how I can give them a more unique look.
We took a day trip to one of our favorite shore destinations, Asbury Park. This was our first visit since Superstorm Sandy. It was great to see the beach full of sun bathers and colorful umbrellas. The boardwalk was bustling with people and the food stands all had lines. We walked past Madam Marie’s from the Bruce Springsteen song and it reminded me of his lyric “down the shore everything is alright”. There are certain places that are constants in our lives. At different times of my life I have visited different New Jersey shore towns, such as Belmar, Avon, Seaside Heights, Point Pleasant and Wildwood. Each town has a unique quality and caters to different age groups and life styles.
The advertising campaign for the shore this year is “Stronger Than The Storm”. People from New Jersey, and especially the shore, are known for their resiliency in the face of adversity.
I am very fortunate to be part of the book “Mobile Digital Art: Using the iPad and iPhone as Creative Tools” by David Scott Leibowitz. The description of the book on Amazon is as follows:
Learn how to create beautiful artwork on your iPad or iPhone. Over 65 expert artists from around the world will show you how they created their original art, from inspiration and conceptualization, to the creation of the final image. Using step-by-step examples and easy-to-follow tutorials, you’ll learn how to create stunning images on your iPad or iPhone. Learn more about using the apps you already have, like Brushes, and discover new apps that will enhance your art creation like Sketchbook Mobile, Layers, Collage, Juxtaposer, Hiptamatic, and PhotoFX. Whether you are taking you first steps into digital art, or are an accomplished artist looking to broaden your skill set, Mobile Digital Art covers it all – how to turn photographs into oil paintings, design cartoons from scratch and create beautiful landscape vistas – all on your iPad or iPhone.
The coffee table book is beautifully produced and contains tutorials and paintings that you can refer back to over and over again. The also book contains a directory of the contributing artists’ websites so that you can discover more of their work.
Back in May the Grassy Noel Gallery held a book signing event along with an exhibit of David’s artwork. It was a fun evening of demonstrations and music. Artists from the book who attended were Corliss Blakely, Dan Hoffman, David and myself.
I created a digital portrait of Tammy for the Flickr group Julia Kay’s Portrait Party. I started the portrait using the Inkpad App. I wanted to give the portrait a unique texture so I used the Percolator app and used the “napkin” texture. In order to remove some of the circles in the portrait I imported the images into Sketchbook Pro and used the eraser tool.
The original Inkpad drawing
The Inkpad drawing as imported into Percolator
A screenshot of Sketchbook Pro showing the layers and erased portions
My Portrait of Veterok was chosen to be part of the Pacific Art League’s 1st Annual Mobile Digital Art Exhibition in Palo Alto, California. From the pictures I’ve seen it looked the Grand Opening was fantastic party! Some of my favorite finger painters were in attendance. A special thank you to Julia Kay and Nini Teves for taking and sharing so many wonderful photos. Also, a special thanks to Sumit Vishwakarma for all his work on the exhibit and its promotion!
Last summer we stayed at the beautiful Starlux Hotel in the heart of Wildwood, New Jersey. I had wanted to stay at the Starlux ever since our first trip to the shore town many years ago.
The Starlux is one of the most unique hotels in Wildwood. The rooms are decorated in a retro style with kitschy touches like lava lamps. You can see the Wildwood sign (my favorite landmark) from the pool and you are walking distance from the boardwalk.
All of these photos were taken with my iPhone using the Hipstamatic app. I want to do a series of Inkpad iPad drawings of this hotel and some of the other landmarks around Wildwood. This town is so full of wonderful Doo Wop architecture and history and each time I visit I discover more fun and unique places!