A couple of weekends ago I took my two studio assistants on a day trip to Asbury Park, New Jersey. We just love it there and we feel that we need to support the local business since last year’s storm. We ate crepes and ice cream, visited the antique stores and galleries and sat on the beach. One if my favorite stores on Cookman Ave. is Flying Saucers Retro Kitchenware. The lady who works there is always so kind and welcoming whenever we visit, and the items in the store bring back fond memories of my childhood.
A water park on the Boardwalk
The Obligatory Beach Selfie
The Convention Center
I love the architecture in Asbury Park! There is a mixture of very old buildings and new structures on the boardwalk that makes it totally unique. You could just spend the day taking pictures all along the boardwalk and the surrounding areas.
This is a portrait of Ilza for Julia Kay’s Portrait Party. I started with a vector drawing in the Inkpad app and imported it into ArtRage. I used the “canvas” setting and the Oil Paint brushes to give it a more painterly look.
This is the Inkpad only version. Some times it’s hard to decide whether to keep working on a portrait and to keep adding filters or to just leave it alone. One of the hardest parts of working this way is knowing when to call it finished. I wanted to keep this portrait very simple, thinking about the artist Alex Katz while working on it.
Enjoy the day! Take some time to stop and smell the roses, or take a picture and Instagram it!
Asbury Park Hipstamatic and Glaze apps on iPhone
Digital collage of Regina Stargazer using Repix and Sketchbook Pro
A couple of weeks ago I went to a Dr. Sketchy NNJ drawing session at the Art Garage in Montclair, New Jersey. Regina Stargazer took some wonderful poses and had two beautiful Belly Dancer costumes. I was able to take some pictures with my iPad at the session and decided to use the newly updated Repix app to modify them.
The neat thing about the Repix app is that you can “draw” on the various filters, as opposed to apps where the filter is applied to the entire image. You have more control over where and how much of the filter is on the image. There are different effects, such as Magic Dust, Daubs, Drips and Scratches. There are also a variety of frames and filters to further modify the photo.
This is the original iPad photo without filters
This is a screenshot of Repix showing the different “pens” at the bottom with Magic Dust on her fan
The Repix version before adding Picgrunger and adding collage elements in Sketchbook Pro
You can add some very interesting textures to your photos with this app. But remember, the filters are a little like adding spices to foods. A little bit goes a long way and you don’t want to overpower the image with too much of a good thing.
Self portrait from the day the first iPad came out
I just saw the Steve Jobs movie and I am totally inspired! I can easily say that without really knowing it at the time, Steve Jobs really influenced the direction of my art over the past several years. My discovery of “Mobile Art” and the community on Flickr changed the way I make and exhibit my art. The iPod and iPhone introduced me to the medium but the iPad completely changed my creative process. If anyone had told me 20 years ago that I would be making art with light and pixels and sharing it with people all over the world I would never have believed them. I’ve met some amazing artists because of the mobile community and have been incredibly lucky to meet a lot of them IRL (in real life).
Here are two of the quotes that inspire me the most:
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently…they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life and try not to bash into the walls too much…that’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact—everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you…shake off this erroneous notion that life is there and you’re just going to live in it versus make your mark upon it. Once you learn that, you will never be the same again.
I’ve known people that would say “it is what it is” but I think that is a very pessimist view. Don’t accept the Status Quo. Go out and make something, whether it be art or something functional, that didn’t exist before. Move out of your comfort zone. Be prepared to fail and make some really bad art. But always remember that creativity is boundless and limitless. Today is the day that you will begin to write your own story.
Hipstamatic and Glaze Apps on iPhone