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.
This is another digital collage using 123D Sculpt and Sketchbook Pro on my iPad mini. I used a Retromatic photo on the owl shape in 123D Sculpt and imported several different views into Sketchbook Pro. 123D sculpt is a very tactile app and its a lot of fun to use even if you have no experience working in three dimensions. Here are three different views of the owl with a blank background:
I started experimenting with the 123D Sculpt on my iPad Mini recently. One feature that I really like is the ability to give the sculpture a “skin” using artwork from your photo albums. In this picture I used an Inkpad/Retromatic portrait mashup and applied it directly to the head and owl sculptures. I took a photo of the two sculptures with an invisible background. I imported those two images into Sketchbook Pro using the layers feature. I also imported Hipstamatic iphotos of the rose, the two head vases and the magnetic poem. I used the erasure tool to cut out the various collage elements. The great thing about the layers feature in Sketchbook Pro us that you can move layers around and vary their transparency.
A screenshot of Sketchbook Pro with the layers open
Photo of head sculpture with transparent background
Owl sculpture with transparent background
Inkpad and Retromatic portrait
Apps used in collage: Inkpad, Retromatic, Hipstamatic, 123D Sculpt and Sketchbook Pro
This is a portrait of Elizabeth Taylor using the vector based drawing app Inkpad. I imported circles from a picture of a lighthouse I created using Percolator. I really like using percolator to create interesting textures. In this picture I wanted to keep the pallette very limited and was trying to use more black to give it a more of the feeling of a comic book drawing.
This is a portrait of Lynda Carter who starred in the Adventures of Wonder Woman in the 1970’s. I remember watching the show as a kid, along with Starsky and Hutch and Charlie’s Angels. I looked up Lynda Carter on Wikepedia and found that she has an album out and she still looks fabulous!
I used the Inkpad app for the initial drawing and used PicGrunger to give it the aged look. I wanted to give it a stars and stripes theme so I used the Percolator app to add the white stars. I put everything together using Sketchbook Pro on the iPad.
This is a digital collage using Sketchbook Pro for the Mobile Artists Assigned Painting Group on Flickr. The subject that week was Alex Gross. I “recycled” my Betty Paige Inkpad drawing for this and used images from my photo library for the collage.
This is an example of why Sketchbook Pro is great for creating digital collages. You can work in layers and easily resize or move the images around the page. I also used Sketchbook Pro to create the colored shapes and text on a separate layer.
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 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:
I created this portrait of Shirley McClaine as a demo for the IPad event at the Apple Store last week. I used a lot of pattern in this one because I wanted to demonstrate masking and using different collage elements that I keep in my photo albums. I like to scan in different textures to use on my pictures and I also use some of my Hipstamatic photos. I created a black and white drawing first to show how I add color and use the masks. I usually don’t work this way because I draw the colors in right from the beginning, almost in the same way I paint. I love the immediacy of Inkpad and the way you can make quick changes. The “undo” button is one thing you don’t have luxury of using in real paintings, and I have to say that I have become very spoiled by it!
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: http://kck.st/pIcXeH
Ms. Boekbinder’s “Impossible Tour” idea has been featured on CCN Money, BBC Radio’s World Service, and BoingBoing. http://www.boingboing.net/2011/06/14/crowdfunding-the-tou.html#comments. 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. http://www.kimboekbinder.com/about/