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Hipstamatic Roses

Every once in a while I actually “stop to smell the roses” at the local supermarket, but I also love to take pictures of them with the Hipstamatic App on my iPhone.  I especially like to take pictures on the Random mode so I am pleasantly surprised by my photos.  In Random mode, you shake the phone and the “film” and “lenses” automatically change, but you are unable to see which lenses and films are being used until after the photo is processed.  It’s a fun way to get out of a rut if you end up using the same Hipstamatic combinations.

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Hipstamatic Shanghai HipstaPak

Hipstamatic released its Shanghai Hipstapak over the weekend and I experimented with it quickly to see what type of effects it made.  I went to a local supermarket to take some photos of roses and took some photos of some antique “heads” that I have at home.  Here is how the Hipstapak is described on Hipstamatic’s website:

Being in the worlds biggest city can be a whirlwind of visual stimulation made of lights and bright colors. The Shanghai HipstaPak emulates the energy of this global center in a vivid watercolored image.

Jing Lens Add a textured kaleidoscope of color to any photo. The gentle strokes seem to be applied with the loose grip of an impressionist painter.

Gongbi Film Close your eyes after a time-lapse of traveling through Shanghai, and the resulting memory is what this film produces. Only dreams can be created in this fashion.

I want to experiment with combining these elements with other lenses and films to fully explore what they can do.


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Instagram Inspiration: @Poshadornments

This is a portrait of Heather, also known as @Poshadornments on Instagram and Twitter.  Heather makes incredible jewelry that she sells on her Etsy site and at various shows around the New Jersey/New York area.  I met Heather a couple of years ago at SketchCon and I try to buy a piece of her jewelry every time we are in a show together.  This portrait is an iPad mashup using Inkpad, Wordphoto and Sketchbook Pro on the Ipad.

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MDAC Summit 2015

Jo Kettlewell For JKPP
Portrait of Jo – Inkpad, Steampunk Tada app on iPad

I am happy to announce that my portrait of Jo for JKPP was selected for the MDAC Summit 2015 in Palo Alto, California. Only 100 pieces were selected from over 1200 entries. The show will be up through the month of August at the Palo Alto Art Center.

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Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The Rebels.

Self portrait with iPad

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.

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Tutorial: Adding Texture to a Vector Drawing Using Picgrunger and Sketchbook Pro

This is a portrait of Luli from Julia Kay’s Portrait Party on Flickr. In this portrait I added texture to my Inkpad vector drawing using the PicGrunger app. I used two different textures to get an aged, worn look to the portrait.


Initial Inkpad drawing


One texture using PicGrunger app


Second texture using PicGrunger app


I used the layers function in Sketchbook Pro on my iPad to erase areas that had too much “grunge”, especially on the face. I set the layers at different transparencies also to decrease the strength of the textures.

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Portrait of Daniela: Inkpad and ArtRage on iPad

Daniela For JKPP-art-drawing

This is a portrait of Daniela for Julia Kay’s Portrait Party. I used Inkpad for the drawing and imported it into ArtRage to create the texture. I used the Watercolor “canvas” and the oil painting brushes to give it a more painterly feel. Glasses are always a challenge but I loved their red color.

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