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.
Hipstamatic and Toonpaint on iPhone
Today would gave been Andy Warhol’s 85th Birthday. It always makes me wonder how he would have embraced new technology like iPhones and iPads, as well as social media. I am certain that he would have had active Twitter and Instagram accounts. He would have taken it to a whole new level.
Selfie with Campbell’s Soup Can Shirt
The Campbell’s Soup Can imagery is still going strong. The image on the top is an iPhone photo of some special edition soup cans that came out last year. My shirt is from Uniqlo.
My favorite Warhol images are his portraits. Which Warhol images do you think are his most iconic?
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.
Dan, Myself, Corliss, David and Noel
Finger painting demos
Our work on the screens above us
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.
The Glass enclosed lobby
The stylized neon sign
The design in the pool reminds me of olives in a martini glass
The inside of the glass enclosed lobby
I love the Doo Wop architecture!
The view of the Wildwood sign from the parking lot
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!
This is a self portrait using the new Retromatic app on my iPhone. I started with a photo using Tooncamera from around Halloween. Next I used the Retromatic app to add the embellishments around my head. Finally I imported that photo into PicGrunger to get the canvas effect. I was pleasantly surprised when I found this was “Faved on Flickr” on the Life in LoFi site.
I want to experiment with Retromatic more, especially combining it with some Inkpad drawings like in this picture of Sofia below:
GSQUAD Lens and GS-0 Film
Hipstamatic just released the Gangster Squad FreePak. Their description from their site is:
Our new Gangster Squad FreePak was inspired by the forthcoming Gangster Squad movie, set in the 1940s, starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, and Sean Penn as notorious mobster Mickey Cohen, with Nick Nolte and Emma Stone.
This Pak includes the GSQUAD Lens, GS-0 Film (which has a circular frame) and a virtual camera case. The FreePak is only available until December 5th so get it while you can.
GSQUAD lens and Dream Canvas Film
GSQUAD LENS and DC Film