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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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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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Tutorial: Creating a Digital Portrait with Inkpad and Percolator

Sweet Melisa

This is a portrait of Sweet Melisa for Julia Kay’s Portrait Party on Flickr. I started with an Inkpad drawing:

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Next I used the Percolator app to make several different versions:

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Finally I imported all the different versions into Sketchbook Pro. I used the layers to erase parts of each layer to subtract the Percolated areas that I did not want.

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SketchCon 3!!!

SketchCon 2013

I was fortunate to be part of SketchCon 3 at CrossFit Act in Saddle Brook, New Jersey. This was my second time exhibiting at SketchCon and this event was jam packed with even more amazing artists and crafts persons than the last one. SketchCon gets bigger and better with each event! Many of the artists and attendees dressed in Halloween costumes which gave the event an fun, Halloween vibe. There were make up artists doing day of the dead inspired face painting and several food trucks. My only regret was that I couldn’t get around to all the tables to see everyone’s artwork. A special thanks to Nolenz Volenz, whose work you can see behind me in this picture, and Ida for the pep talk.

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View of my table

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Organizer of the event, Christian Masot, live painting

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Artist Sara Woolley in costume

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Repix Update!

Regina Stargazer At dr. Sketchy NNJ
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.

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This is the original iPad photo without filters

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This is a screenshot of Repix showing the different “pens” at the bottom with Magic Dust on her fan

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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.

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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.

And

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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Percolator Update!

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Ray Ray Version

The Percolator app was just updated and it has a fun new “filter”. The Ray Ray blend creates geometric shapes, along with the circles. I like to use Percolator with my Inkpad drawings to give them more unique textures. Another filter that I like is the Tripstamatic blend because it has more neon and psychadelic colors. I usually create an app mashup with the Percolator app where I import several images into Sketchbook Pro to add and subtract areas that I like.

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Tripstamatic Version

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Original Inkpad drawing

Veterok For JKPP

Mashup using Inkpad, Percolator and Sketchbook Pro

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