March 10th was my three year Anniversary with Julia Kay’s Portrait Party on Flickr. I was one of the first members and now the group has 750 members and 31,586 portraits. I have made 241 portraits using the iPad, the iPhone, as well as traditional media such as acrylic paint and pencil. Because the group is always growing there are a constant stream of new artists to draw or paint. I have been fortunate to meet some of the artists in the group, including Julia, and there have been meet ups all around the world.
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This week I was the lucky artist to submit the 20,000th portrait to Julia Kay’s Portrait Party on Flickr (and my 188th portrait). This is a portrait of Jane Sherwood and her daughter created using ArtRage on the iPad. I was experimenting with using different brushstrokes and blocking out the color using larger shapes. I had watched an ArtRage tutorial on line and was trying some of the things the artist demonstrated. The challenge for me is that I am used to using acrylics and know how to thin the paint using mediums, but in ArtRage I start out with my “paint” a little too thick and have to find the right formulation. I also used the pencil brush for the thin lines and the pastel brush for scumbling the colors.
This is an iPad painting of Hopeful Gratitude for Julia Kay’s Portrait Party using Sketchbook Pro and ArtRage. A new discussion thread has started with portraits that include cats, so I want to start a few paintings to fit into that category. Sadly, I don’t have a cat to pose with (i’m allergic) but maybe someone can let me borrow one for a picture.
This is a portrait of Lisa for Julia Kay’s Portrait Party on Flickr. I really liked her original photo because I thought the body language of the two people created a great narrative. It made me wonder – what is their relationship, is he bored, angry or transfixed by her? If the lights behind them were thought bubbles what would they be thinking?
This is a portrait for Julia Kay’s Portrait Party on Flickr. There have been a lot of new members lately and I’m trying to catch up on some portraits. I’ve been experimenting with the combination of Sketchbook Pro and ArtRage lately. I like to use Sketchbook Pro first and then import the picture into ArtRage to add various textures and give it a more painterly feel. I recently started using the varnish setting in the oil brush and using it on a separate layer to add brushstrokes to the picture. It doesn’t seem to get muddy working that way. I also like the way it works with the watercolor paper surface, the brushstrokes seem to sit on the surface a little differently than the way it works with the canvas setting.
This is my second portrait of Nora for Julia Kay’s Portrait Party. I used the Toonpaint app’s new feature which creates color “toons” and used Sketchbook Pro to multiply the images. I put one image of Nora on each layer and varied the transparency of each. I thought that Nora’s outfit had a real steampunk feel so I thought it would be appropriate to use the Steampunk PhotoTada to create the textures.