DNC Convention 2016: 3 of the Speakers

I was rough doodlin’ and tuned in as these three and others spoke. Procreate, iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Wrapped Attention.



lumpensammler among mDAC2016 Top 100!

Unbelievable! My piece, lumpensammler was selected to be among the top 100 mobile paintings, i.e., digital iPad artwork, at the Mobile Digital Arts & Creativity Summit, 2016…click here to see the top 100.

Why unbelievable? Because this is the second year in a row one of my pieces was selected into the mDAC Top 100! Click here to see last year’s selection announcement.

I posted lumpensammler on this illustroblog back on May 8, 2016…click here to see that post and the short story behind it. A few weeks later I submitted it, along with 4 other pieces; lumpensammler was selected!!!!!!!

I’m unbelievably thrilled!


Forest Whitaker Eye

Retro-Hydrant: Murdock & Hutchinson

Neo-retro Hydrant

The fire hydrant, i.e., fire plug, is a recurring theme here at portfoliolongo, as illustrated by several posts – 7 or so? – tagged as such right here on this illustroblog.

Thanks to Google Maps and my iPad’s screenshot capability, I was able to travel across the continent – and back in time a little – to the very first fire hydrant in my life on the corner of Murdock St. and Hutchinson Ave. in Canonsburg, PA.

(click on image to enlarge)

(click to enlarge)

Here you see a modern representation of my native fire plug so that you can better picture me, not long after Alaska and Hawaii achieved statehood, small enough to sit with my butt on the main outlet cap, my legs straddling the secondary outlet caps, while holding onto the head of the hydrant. I would be facing the building on the corner, which at that time was Marcantonio’s market. A large mail box used to be right in front of the fire hydrant against the building. The bigger kids used to sit on top of it. We were all assuming our positions in a tradition that seemed to have neither a beginning nor an ending.

Sketch Club, Procreate, iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Memory Lane


I stopped the external and internal noise long enough to hear this. Then everything started happening again.

UBrush Pro, Procreate, iColorama, iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Emptiness

If I could have 5 additional minutes with my dad…

…one thing I’d like to show him is Google Maps; I’d play the rest by ear.

my dad (w/ cigar)

Click to enlarge to full size: 2048 x 2048

I started this piece a few weeks ago in SketchBook and finished it this evening in Procreate on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil using this wonderful photo reference (from the late 1980s) in a side by side, freehand digital paintings:


(late 1980s)

Joseph T. Longo
1920 – 1990

A bonus glimpse of the man and his cigar, my mom (1917 – 1977), and me from the late 1960s:


(late 1960s)

4th of July Kayaking around Lake Yosemite

4th of July Kayaking near Lake Yosemite

Ann and I joined a few others on kayaks early in the morning on the 4th of July. Refreshing!

From his kayak Sam took a photo of the four of us on his iPhone. Here’s that photo. I cropped it to include only Annyth and me.