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Things I Love Thursday: Wanda Jackson-The Queen of Rockabilly

Wanda Jackson

I just found out that Wanda Jackson, the Queen of Rockabilly, will be releasing a new album in October. I checked out the video preview on her site and it sounds wonderful. I love her voice and the production has a real magical quality to it.

Quite coincidently, I worked on a portrait of Wanda Jackson earlier this week. I used the Inkpad app on my iPad and decided to limit my pallette for this portrait. I had created some portraits of Wanda when I first started using Inkpad so I wanted to revisit her and use more linear elements.
I am working with using the “stroke” to create fluid lines and varying the width of the line.


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Dig It Babe! Tribute to Roy Lichtenstein

Dig It Babe! (tribute To Roy Lichtenstein)

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.

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Things I Love Thursday: Imelda May

Imelda May

Last week I was driving home and heard this great rockabilly version of “Tainted Love”. I wasn’t sure who was singing so I looked it up when I got home. It turns out it was by Imelda May off her brand new album “Mayhem”. I had seen Imelda May on a tv special with Jeff Beck a while back, but I had never heard her on the radio before. I love her kitchy, burlesque inspired look. She looks like she might have been in John Water’s “Crybaby”. I can’t wait to hear the rest of Mayhem and I will keep an eye out for when she tours around here again.

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Wanda Jackson-Inkpad on iPad

Wanda Jackson, originally uploaded by Ritaflo.

Portrait of Wanda Jackson using Inkpad and ArtRage on iPad

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Things I Love Thursday: Wanda Jackson-Queen of Rockabilly

Wanda Jackson-Queen of Rockabilly

Last week I was driving and an amazing song was playing on a local college radio station. The song was “Shaking All Over” by Wanda Jackson and it sounded incredible through my car speakers. I haven’t had that experience in a while where you hear a new song and automatically want to run out and get it. I had been hearing the name Wanda Jackson around the news because she was recently on Conan but didn’t really know who she was. I found her new album “The Party Ain’t Over” on iTunes and looked her up on Wikipedia. She is considered the Queen of Rockabilly and has had a long career recording not only Rockabilly songs but country and gospel also. Her new album was produced by Jack White and she is touring right now to support it.

I’ve just started teaching myself how to use InkPad on my iPad, which is a vector based drawing app. I made my first attempts at Inkpad by doing some portraits of Wanda Jackson. I did a google image search and found a lot of great photos from her albums. I will probably be doing some more Inkpad pictures of Wanda Jackson because I realized that she has beautiful green eyes and since I worked from black and white photos I made them black.

This was my very first attempt at Inkpad:


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