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
Adobe Fresco, Inktober52

Cat planet

Last week’s drawing prompt was “cat”. Oh my. A photo search on my phone alone yielded 1,009 photos. So very many possibilities, and work and home life were hoppin’ so I decided to see if I could combine prompts again. This week’s prompt: “planet”. Hmm. Cat planet. Alrighty then. That does narrow the possibility matrix, but in very strange ways. My first idea was a cat playing with a planet, maybe even gripping a hapless Earth in its celestial jaws. But wait, what if the cat WAS the planet, and the drawing captures the moment that an orbiting moon catches the sleeping interstellar feline’s attention?

Cat Planet drawn in Adobe Fresco with an Apple Pencil

Fresco’s shapes helped me achieve perfect circles and ovals. The cat is very loosely modeled on our gray tortoiseshell house cat.

P.S. I forgot to hit publish. Oops.



This week’s prompt was waves. I forced myself out of my vector comfort zone and experimented again with the oil brushes in Adobe Fresco. Happily, the issue with merging oil layers and the paint heights multiplying is now fixed! I painted one wave, then duplicated it to make the letters, sometimes flipping, sometimes turning, to get the right look. I merged all the oil layers (which now works as it conceptually should), then refined with more brush strokes. I think this will do for a weekly sketch and experiment with concept. More needs to be done for it to be a fully realized piece, but for now I will let the waves wash away, perhaps to be visited another day.

Waves as word art using Adobe Fresco