This week’s Inktober52 prompt is “Travel”. In Adobe Fresco I laid out the letters individually, then applied a photo from six different trips to each letter layer to mask. To add the glass bubble effect, I converted the photos to pixel so I could add shadow and highlight within the letter mask. (If you don’t convert, Fresco makes a separate layer that floats above the mask.) The shadow I made from duplicate letters offset below the other layer letter.
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.
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.
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.
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?)