Inktober52, Vector Art


Sustained subfreezing temperatures, rolling blackouts, full blackouts, and frozen pipes are true monsters. These little guys are downright cute. I had fun using the end taper vector brush to create them in Adobe Fresco.

Monster graphic created in Adobe Fresco using vector brushes
Inktober52, Vector Art


This week’s prompt is “remote”. I worked with masks in Adobe Fresco for this concept. I was so excited that masks are supported in the app! My concept is being remote from the crowds of cities and suburbia. So my city circle and ‘burbs circle are single hue, simple shapes, done with vector layers and masks. But the little tent out in the mountains uses vibrant color and I made use of the water color brushes in Fresco (and lots, and lots of layers). I did merge the layers before I applied the circle mask. Hmm. I didn’t incorporate the actual word in this week’s prompt. Maybe that is a challenge for another week.

“Remote” image composed in Adobe Fresco
Adobe Fresco, Inktober52, Vector Art


This week’s prompt is “ancient”, I was thinking buildings or ruins, but my eldest suggested a tortoise. A good suggestion! I chose the Galapagos tortoise because they have a long life span and a wonderfully large shell (which makes putting words on it easier). I drew this with a reference photo using Adobe Fresco and an Apple Pen on an iPad. I used the vector brushes and worked from shadow to light using layers. I have to admit, this wasn’t pushing my envelope very much. I enjoy making images this way, but the experience was improved and streamlined using the pressure pen.

Vector drawing of an ancient Galapagos tortoise
Adobe Fresco, Inktober52


This week’s prompt was “reflection”. I decided to try out the oil painting brushes in Adobe Fresco to make a reflection in a lake. It has been a long time since I painted with real oil paints, so I’m not sure how to rate the digital brushes. To “dry” the paint I made a new layer so as to not mix into the previous layer’s wet paint (as a plus, the paint is always workable). I do miss my fan brush, but I did try to make some happy little trees. I absolutely used the magic of digital to make the reflection by flipping a duplicate of the image and decreasing the opacity of the layer.

Lake reflection digital painting made with Adobe Fresco and an Apple Pen
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.