Adobe Fresco, Inktober52

Xray Soar

Last week’s prompt was “xray”. So many possibilities. I admit I waited a week to see this week’s prompt to narrow the field: “soar”. Hm. The consensus in the household was that combining the two necessitates a drawing of an xray of a bird. My eldest, when asked to name a bird, said albatross. So here is my rendition of a radiograph of an albatross! I used a picture of an albatross skeleton as a guide, and used pixel brushes with white to sketch the xray. It helps to think of drawing the shadows, but with light, to get an xray effect (or thinking where the bone would be thickest). Dropping in a black background completes the illusion.

Adobe Fresco drawing of an albatross radiograph
Adobe Fresco, Inktober52, Vector Art


This week’s prompt from Inktober52 was “cube”. As I intend to continue to use these prompts to strengthen my Adobe Fresco skills, I attempted to make the word “cube” into a cube using the in-app ruler. While this helped considerably, it bothers me that it is not precise. So I pulled up Adobe Illustrator on my computer and recreated the idea using the 3D extrude effect. Let’s just say that it took considerably less time in Illustrator than in Fresco. This is a good example of using the right tool for the project.

CUBE graphic drawn in Adobe Fresco using the ruler tool
Cube graphic drawn in Adobe Fresco
Cube graphic created in Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Fresco, Inktober52

Swimming Pool

This week’s prompt was swimming pool. Swimming pool. Hm. I decided to go back to trying different brushes in Adobe Fresco and after some experimentation, made the choice to do the entire piece with only the ink roller brush. I varied the color, size, flow, and opacity to achieve different effects, but only used the one brush, which has quite a nice texture effect. The inner tubes were made by tracing the circle ruler (now over with the regular ruler tool, rather than the shape tool). The pool noodles were made by painting down, then holding at the end, which made the line snap straight (love this feature). I did employ the eraser on occasion, and some layers were deleted entirely and redrawn a few times. The end product (although really, nothing digital is ever done), has a rather retro feel, which is nice.

Adobe Fresco, Inktober52, Vector Art


Octopus word art made in Adobe Fresco

This week’s prompt from Inktober52 was “octopus”. With those fascinating flexible tentacles, this was perfect for word art. It is unfortunate that the word has only seven letters, but easy to have the eighth appendage reaching forward to give more movement. (And I always count the legs in octopus art, doesn’t everyone?)

Adobe Fresco, Inktober52


This week’s prompt from Inktober52 is “flow”. When I think of the word flow, first comes the images of water, then the idea of work flow. Interrupting all that cogitation was a timely new tutorial on the multi-color eyedropper tool in Adobe Fresco. So this post is about this nifty feature! When using the eyedropper tool to pick up a color, I can now select the multi-color option and basically make a tiny stamp from existing pixels. This color sampling can then be used with any pixel brush (there are more options, but this is what I explored today). My favorite thing is making 3D-like lines. The way the color is laid down depends on the direction of the stroke, so I wrote “Flow” from left to right, then drew the swirl from right to left to demonstrate. I kept my sample color swatch in the upper right so you can see how that translated into the stroke. And because it is 3D-like (I say that because the light and shadow aren’t quite right), I had to add a shadow. I haven’t found a shadow option in Fresco yet, so I set my brush to slightly larger than my line, in a soft round opacity, and traced the line in opacity reduced black on a separate layer. Then offset the “shadow” using the move tool. I’m very excited about this feature and the possibilities!

Word “flow” created in Adobe Fresco using the multi-color eyedropper feature