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What Apps Are We Using This Month? with Deborah McMillion

Welcome to TheAppWhisperer’s new section, “What apps are we using this month” series, where we discover which apps you are particularly enjoying. Kicking us off today is non-other than Award Winning Mobile Artist, Deborah McMillion.

Hello, I am Deborah McMillion and I live in Phoenix, Arizona USA.

At the beginning of the Internet, I joined a university-hosted discussion group on Gaslight-era detective/ghost stories. I met authors, scholars, librarians and small press publishers. We were a tight-knit group connecting with people who loved the same things. Just like the Flickr group for app arts, like-artists found each other. l just wanted to say thanks to Joanne Carter and many members of this TheApp Whisperer community for continuing that all-important Connection.


I also had one of the first online portfolio galleries. I got a “Quality “ badge for my website from “Yahoo”. Of course, at that time there was ONLY Yahoo. I’ve seen so many apps come and go, from raspberries to short-sighted gamers for killing Stamp My Face. Why? Why TileDeck? No! Not Phoster! And I have Formulas but not Stackables.


What was the thinking there? None of my work is just one app now. And because I work in layers when I add blending modes not even layers are one app. I do keep the collapsed and blended layers separate.


Because my work is so detailed (horreur vacuui) I like the back background simple with textures like fresco, and Adobe, so I take photos of walls. Solid blue skies can lead to madness relentlessly day after day. So I give cloud boosts (Formulas distressedFX) or my Monsoon Season clouds. I keep Photowizard for the plaster FX It adds a 3D-bas relief texture of those clouds, skies and desert or add water beads to a figure using Repix, flowing scarves with Flowpaper. Or make it all look more illustrated with Tooncamera.


Tooncamera because it can make my old photos sharper w/o making them artificial. Finally, I like the accessory tier of apps used on finished images like making your own comic books with Halftone2, PopDots Stripdesign, Mixerpiece and Bamboo books.



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Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website—— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: [email protected]