Flamenco Guitar

I was listening to Antonio Muñoz Fernández before hitting the sack a few nights ago and thought I’d render right along on my iPad in Sketch Club with a tweak or two in iColorama.

Click on link below to take in a beautiful performance.

Intra-independence

I was in a slump and felt overwhelmed by all the revelations that politics as usual is all about acquiring and retaining power. It happens on both sides of the aisle, but Republicans, I’m convinced – because they’re wealthier and have more to lose – are better at it. And that was before RBG died (see an RBG post from 2014 with video), prompting Republicans to activate their pituitary glands once again for the world to see! So, I sketched out one of my stock, bald-headed “establishment” guys in Sketch Club on my iPad. I copied it, flipped it, added some more details, tweaked it a little in iColorama while recording the “movement,” and then finally editing the video with a soundtrack in Videoshop. As I did this, I realized I was working through an insight, or at least a suspicion, that we attach ourselves to mental constructs, even our sense of self, with whom we dance and dance and dance, as reality goes on in the overlooked background. It’s so hard to detach or let go, but very little acceptance can occur until we do.

Bobby D’s

Annyth and I lived in New Orleans, LA from early 2005 to early 2010, in with Katrina out with the Saints winning the Super Bowl! For most of that time we were lucky enough to live in Algiers Point. Looking back, I really wish I had been iPad drawing then, because it was probably the most interesting place I’ve ever lived. Whenever I go through my own photos from back then or if I bump into one on the Internet, I’m slowly but surely using them as reference photos for free hand iPad drawings to post on this illustroblog along with a little story. Here’s a few posts on Jack Fine, Kevin & Wendy’s House of the Rising Sun B&B, and the Missbelieve Tree (or Miss P’leeze Tree or even Loquat Tree) tagged #Algiers Pernt.

Case in “pernt,” couple’a years ago I happened upon a unique photo on Flickr by a Chuck Taggart. Click here for that photo. Setting the stage, he writes: [The store hours sign outside this little neighborhood grocery represents one of those “only in New Orleans” kinda things. My favorite hours-of-operation sign EVER. I was driving around in the Point and had a hankering for a Hubig’s Pie, and thought I’d stop into Bobby D’s. I was pushing it; it was a little after 5. No dice.]

Note: If you do go to that photo, you’ll see my request to use Chuck Taggart’s photo as a reference photo for the following iPad Pro painting, done mostly the Sletch Club app using an Apple Pencil.

Comments always welcome (down below). Here’s to Chuck Taggart, ethnographer and photographer.

Bobby D’s Hours

Ardha Matsyendrāsana Sorta

Here’s one, some variation of the Half Lord of the Fishes Pose, that makes my lower back talk. And my lower back has a lot of stories! I learned one thing about 4 or 5 years ago, the problem with my back is my front. Namaste, Ofie! I’ve illustroblogged before about yoga, check those posts out.

 

Colin Kaepernick

I saw a photograph of Colin Kaepernick on a meme that called my attention. I liked it enough to want to draw it free hand in Sketch Club. The meme’s below. The painting took 1 hour and 10 minutes, and I applied 2,895 brush strokes, 65 undos.

mDAC 2020 Virtual Conference: Jerry in the Top 100!

After a hiatus of two years, 2018 and 2019, the Mobile Digital Art and Creativity (mDAC) exhibition and conference returned. However, because of the pandemic, mDAC2020 took place online in a virtual manner a la Zoom. On the evening of Friday, June 26, 2020 there was the exhibit featuring the top 100, and out of them, the top 11, and on Saturday (6/27/20) and Sunday (6/28/20), two days of digital art workshops (click here to see the top 100 plus other details, including the jurors and the hands-on presenters). And if you had looked closely at the winners, you might have noticed that my piece, entitled Jerry, made in into the top 100!! How cool is that? What’s as cool is that I made it into the top 100 at mDAC2015 and mDAC2016.

Click on image to enlarge “Jerry”

I had already presented something about Jerry in a recent post about how cool it is to spend a little extra time with folks no longer with us in the3 flesh, click here to see that. Jerry was a dear friend whom I had gotten to know while living in Athens, Ohio from 1998 until 2005, but even after Ann and I moved away, we all stayed in touch.  I’m so happy that Jerry was selected because, remembering this honor will always allow me to continue celebrating Jerry’s extraordinary life. See Jerry’s obit here.

Malignant Narcissist in the New Poison Ivy Garden

I saw an interview on TV with Jay Rosen, who had written a compelling piece, brilliantly arguing that 45’s plan is to have no plan at all! It’s the ultimate commission by omission in some ways, and it’s been diabolically effective on those who’ve sadly been marginalized from education and hope. He’s a sociopathic prankster, the magical answer to some people’s hollow prayers. Some say he has a mere learning disability; but no, it’s not that simple or  partial, as his own niece suggests in her book. He has an aversion to learning, and he’s become the patron saint for all those who decided to show up for the exam without cracking a book. He sows discord. He creates chaos. He will destroy others while he destroys himself.

Roger Schnozz

Disgraceful; however, about the illustration: I initially painted it in Sketch Club, used Procreate’s liquify tool to wiggle his nose while doing a screen video record, which I then resized and trimmed in VideoShop and then saved it. I opened it KinoGlitch, which I think I got through iColorama. In KinoGlitch there are several video effect editing features, and I believe I used Pixelate. Hope that helps. Let me know if I can clear anything up.

Camilo José Cela

I’ve been thinking a lot about tremendismo lately even though it’s been years since I read La Familia de Pascual Duarte and La Colmena. I’ll set aside the politics and philosophy and focus instead on Cela’s beautiful face.