Adobe Fresco, Inktober52, Vector Art


This week’s prompt was “shield” from Inktober52. This was drawn in Adobe Fresco with an Apple Pencil using vector brushes. I made use of opacity in the brushes, so I could put the eyes on any skin color. This is a similar technique to what I use when painting eyes on rocks with acrylics, and make the rock the “skin”. I drew one eye without the highlights, then mirrored it for the second eye before adding the white dots.

Shield graphic showing a facemask, eyes, and upraised eye brows. Done in Adobe Fresco
Adobe Fresco, Inktober52


This week’s prompt was “brave”. So many interpretations of brave are possible. Is it brave to join the crowd (especially if you are an introvert)? Is it brave to not join the faceless mob? Is it brave to have a different perspective when everyone else is focused on one thing? Or maybe my person is contemplating a new hairstyle, which is another kind of brave. (Thanks to my husband for that insight.)

This drawing is the closest to ink, as I used the ink sketch brush in Adobe Fresco. I made an oval to use as a guide so all my people were of similar size, and only used one size brush. In order to use the word as a mask, I had to merge the face drawings (which were all on separate layers) with a white background. I kept a copy of the original layers, though, because I may need them for another project. For such a simple drawing, it has taken me the longest to complete. This will also stay colorless. It saddens me that we are still surface focused and don’t value people for who they are (or can be) inside. Yes, we are all different, and that is a good thing.

Line drawing of Brave done in Adobe Fresco
Adobe Fresco, Inktober52


This week’s prompt was “camping”, and I used the oil brushes in Adobe Fresco to paint a camping scene using different layers. I don’t like to merge oil painting layers because some bizarre effects occur, so once the painting was done, I used the Creative Cloud app to export the image as a JPG. I then went back to Adobe Fresco and imported the JPG on a layer. I used a text layer to create the word “camping” then pixelated it so I could transform it taller. I made a duplicate of the text. With the painting layer above the pixelated layer, I used the mask button to fill the letters with the painting. Then I offset the duplicated black text layer to make the sharp shadow. And now I’m all caught up after a round of quarantine (my youngest, she stayed healthy), and Texas’ Winterpocolypse.

Camping graphic made with Adobe Fresco and Creative Cloud
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”