This week’s prompt from Inktober52 was “spooky”. My idea was to have the word spooky written out in tree branches, starting with one of my own photos. In Photoshop, I would have approached this using the clone tool. Adobe Fresco has a multi-color eye dropper tool that can be used somewhat like a clone tool, but it wasn’t working for this project. Instead, I found that using a pixel brush with a basic hard tip size 6 would make small circles. If I reduced the flow to give some transparency, and used the Apple pencil to make overlapping dots, it mimicked the light coming through the branches well. I used a separate layer to write the word to use as a guide, then worked the dappling magic around each letter before darkening the centers with a larger brush size. I restarted this image four times before finding a technique I wanted to use!
I’ve combined two weekly prompts again. This was purposeful, as “yin yang” can be styled to so many things. I was very excited about the prompt, as I believe life is about balance, and have seen and used this imagery for many years. My business logo even incorporates a version in the background for the air and earth.
I even have photos of my cats and dogs forming yin yang poses.
So I waited for the next week’s prompt, which turned out to be “golden”. Hm. Golden yin yang. I do need to work on making things look gold, so the prompt is helping me develop my skill set for certain. I used Adobe Fresco again, and made heavy use of soft, semi-transparent pixel brushes.
For the Inktober52 prompt “doorway” I went back to my word art theme. I learned quite a bit on this piece, most importantly, if you are filling a pixel layer, you can avoid the artifacts (stray background color), by adjusting the fill settings. So much easier than cleaning up the artifacts with a brush! (I still like vector graphics better, but this was a good exercise.) I made the first door, then made duplicates of the layer and adjusted the accessories of each door. And, because all those doorways are slightly creepy (or maybe that is just my mood this week), I had to do another version with the creep factor increased. Which door did you choose?
Yup, I combined three prompts this time. Rather than skip a week when things get busy, or struggle to play catch up, I float outside the box a bit and look at a different angle. I had some ideas for the prompt “tranquil”, then along came “angel” which focused the possibility field nicely (you were spared image of the angel with a tranq dart in the rump, you’re welcome), then time slipped sideways and “light” was suddenly the next prompt. I already had my reference photos for tranquil angel, and it wasn’t hard to imagine that it was the cat emanating the light. Done in Adobe Fresco on an iPad with an Apple Pencil, I did a sketch with a pencil brush, then used pixel brushes (“natural”) to lay down the colors using the sketch as a guide on a separate layer. I blended the colors at the end, since pixel brushes overlay, but don’t mix like the oil or watercolor brushes (about half-way through I realized I could have used oil brushes instead, but I was already committed).
I’m combining two prompts again: “Newt” and “ink”. To satisfy the ink aspect, I looked for an ink brush in Adobe Fresco and settled on the “natural inker”. This brush has an interesting texture that I don’t normally associate with ink drawings, but I liked it. I did start with a “pencil” brush sketch, then made each element a different layer using different sizes of the same ink brush (so if I didn’t like an element, it was easily removed or shifted). I did use the circle ruler to make my circles nice.