This week’s prompt was “home”. My idea was to make the word from examples of human housing. This was created in Adobe Fresco using vector layers.

“Home” graphic from the cities to the mountains to the ‘burbs
Adobe Fresco, Inktober52, Vector Art


Inktober 52 is a weekly drawing prompt; in October they have a daily writing prompt, which I have participated in for a couple years. I found the Inktober 52 challenge while perusing drawings and decided to take it up in 2021. These are meant as ink drawings, but I now have an Apple Pencil and access to an iPad, and would like to hone my skills in Adobe Fresco, so I’m going to use the prompts, but do a digital drawing rather than ink. It is good practice either way.

Here is this week’s take on “fresh”. I wanted to do word art, and make the letters look like splashed water. I started with a “pencil” sketch, then used the basic taper start vector brush on a separate layer to lay in the colors. The image uses four shades of blue, which Fresco conveniently saved for me. Below is a lower resolution image with my watermark.

My take on the prompt “fresh”

Working on continuous patterns

Continuous patterns are facinating. Not only can the single repeat be interesting, but the patterns that develop at different distances can mesmerize. I had an idea for a repeating pattern, and decided now was the time to start honing my skills. Although it can be fiddly work, it is very fulfilling when the pattern comes together. Here is the application of my first pattern, made with Adobe Illustrator.

Human, with repeating background and rainbow gradient

And here is a zoomed in version of the pattern:


May the 4th be with you

Baby Yoda takes on Faverolle chickens
Playing with Photoshop

I used Adobe Photoshop to make my fan art for May the 4th. These are my Faverolle hens, and getting a picture of them is not too hard: I threw scratch out, then when they were eating, made an alarm sound, which made them all look up. Getting a clear image of baby Yoda is a trick. I had to rewatch Mandalorian (oh bummer) and find the right scene. Once I had the image, I fussed and adjusted, blurred and blended, messed with the hue and saturation, added some extra green, and added shadow. I still couldn’t bring the clarity to match my photo, so I ended up blurring my chicken photo around the child. Still, I think it looks like he is either ready to fight the chickens or defend them. I’m good with that, and it was a fun exercise to hone my Photoshop skills.


Warning Socially Awkward

I’ve had the idea for this design for awhile, but was finally able to get it to come together. The aged wood is from a picture that I took of an old cabin in town. I used Photoshop to make the carved letters using the blending tool and emboss filters, then put the whole thing together in Illustrator (because I like it best). It is available on Redbubble on all sorts of neat products. #findyourthing

Picture preview from of my design (not me!)

Thank you past me

I just want to thank my past self for grouping and organizing my document. It has made these last minute changes before going to press so much easier. It really pays off to organize and properly label your resources, layers, and documents during the creation process.


Embrace Differences design

Embrace Differences word art

I’ve had designs whirling about in my head on how to express what a great thing it is that we are all different. The tumultuous brain storm finally settled down (with a few hiccups) into this design. Simple, straightforward, effective. Nice. Available on Redbubble in a black or a white print. #findyourthing