2011 was an exciting year of exhibiting my work, meeting and hanging out with some great artists and creating a lot of new work. Here are some of my highlights:
I was fortunate to exhibit my work in several exciting shows, including:
The Digital Canvas, Autodesk Gallery, San Francisco, California
Art From the IPad, Austin Details, Austin, Texas
Brush with Breakfast, Noo Cafe, Leeds, UK
Mobile Art Con 2011
I got to hang out with some of my favorite mobile artists and I learned quite a lot from the various speakers.
Apple Store at Tice’s
I was part of David Lebowitz’ talk and demonstration at the Apple Store.
This year one of my Inkpad drawings was shared by Pee Wee Herman on Facebook and Twitter. Jon Favreau also retweeted one of my tweets with a link to my blog post about Hipstamatic’s Cowboy and Aliens pack and I got like a gazillion hits (well around 2000 but who’s counting)
I was one of the winners of a contest held by Moo over the summer and I used the prize money to get some neat stickers and cards made up of my Inkpad artwork.
Over the summer I set up my Etsy store and started a Tumblr blog. Please check them out if you haven’t already.
Inkpad, ArtRage and Sketchbook Pro
A lot of exciting art apps have arrived and I spent the last year learning the apps and trying to get out if my comfort zone. My top three favorite apps right now are Inkpad, ArtRage and Sketchbook Pro, and I often try to combine all of them together. I am working on a series of Bombshells and Kitchy icons, along with my continued work on Julia Kay’ Portrait Party.
A portrait of Frida Sofia for Julia Kay’s Portrait Party.
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.
We always make a trip into New York to see the lights and decorations before Christmas. I was really looking forward to taking some Hipstamatic photos that day but because of the update the app was crashing without opening for a couple days. I decided to try out Instagram since I have been seeing so many people using it and posting pictures. I am not really using it to share photos yet because I already use Flickr for that. I have been trying out the filters and the blurring effect. It creates square photos like Hipstmatic but I kind of miss the element of surprise that you have with Hipstamatic, especially with the Random Shake.
The good new is that after about a week Hipstamatic released an update that fixed the bugs, but it makes me wonder what pictures I might have taken if it was working. Which photo app do you prefer, Instagram or Hipstamatic?
I created this picture for the Flickr group Mobile Artists Assigned Paintings. I have always like Roy Lichtenstein’s paintings so I knew that I would want to try doing a tribute. I “recycled” the Traci Lords in Crybaby picture that I did using Inkpad and used the HalfTone app to create the Benday dots effect and the various cartoony elements around her head. I googled Wanda Woodward Quotes for the text in the bubble since I haven’t seen Crybaby in quite some time. I’m thinking of doing a series of John Waters characters in Inkpad because they are so wonderfully retro and kitschy.
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.
I’ve been pretty lucky that I’ve been able to get to some awesome Dr. Sketchy sessions in New York and New Jersey recently. I really enjoyed the most recent Pierced Muse session because the model did some pretty traditional poses, but the piercings and the feathers gave them a bit of an edge. I worked on larger paper for this session which was a nice change.
This is a portrait of Gina Lollobrigida using Inkpad and ArtRage to add the watercolor paper texture.
“I studied painting and sculpting at school and became an actress by mistake …. I’ve had many lovers and still have romances. I am very spoiled. All my life, I’ve had too many admirers.”
Filed under Art, iPad Art
Last night I went to a special screening of the the movie “The Devil and Daniel Johnston” followed by a preview of his solo art show at Blast Galley in Teaneck, New Jersey. I had seen the movie several years ago on DVD but it was great to see it on a (somewhat) large screen with an audience. I was really glad that I got to see the movie before seeing the exhibit because I felt that it really enhanced the way I experienced and viewed the artwork. One of my favorite pieces from the show is the one pictured above which was in the Whitney Biennial.
The following is from Blast’s website:
Lost But Free. The Art of Daniel Johnston
December 3-24, 2011
Opening reception December 3, 6-9 pm
We are thrilled to be hosting a show by this legendary artist. What a great way to finish the year! Ever since we first encountered Daniel’s work (first through music, then through visual art), we have been blown away by the raw emotion, talent and humor projected through his songs, and drawings. We look forward to spending December surrounded by Daniel’s art.
Daniel Johnston has spent the last 30 years exposing his heartrending tales of unrequited love, cosmic mishaps, and existential torment to an ever-growing international audience. Initiates, including a healthy number of discerning musicians and critics, have hailed him as an American original in the style of bluesman Robert Johnson and country legend Hank Williams. Daniel has collaborated with the likes of Jad Fair (a founding member of Half Japanese), the Butthole Surfers, and members of Sonic Youth. A prolific songwriter, his lyrics focus on a range of familiar American themes, including the joys and pains of love, the exploits of comic book characters such as Jack Kirby’s Captain America, and the allure of rock and roll.
Throughout Daniel’s life as a musician, Daniel has been an equally prolific visual artist. In recent years, Daniel has gained acclaim and respect for his art that could possibly surpass his legendary status as a musician and songwriter. While at first glance, Daniel’s art might give the impression that this is the work of an “outsider” artist, Daniel’s visual work communicates the same deep content and startling impact that his songs carry. In 2006 Daniel was featured in The Whitney Museum of American Art’s Biennial.
Check out Daniel’s site to learn more about his music and art and if you live in the area see the artwork at Blast Gallery.