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Microscopic spaceship

I combined two prompts this time. The spaceship prompt was giving me trouble, then along came the prompt “microscopic”, so I thought it was completely appropriate to envision a tiny spaceship destroying COVID viruses. This is a photo collage, done in Adobe Fresco. The electron microscope image of COVID-19 is from NIAID, and the image of the X-wing fighter is an actual electron microscope image of a 3D printed model by Microlight. Not to scale. Much artistic license applied. I did reduce NIAID’s image back to monotone, then added subtler color. The X-wing image was monotone, and I added the faded red paint and the lasers were done with a physical straight edge and the basic brush “soft round”.

Image collage of microscopic spaceships attacking a COVID virus
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Powerful

This week’s prompt was “powerful”. I could not get storms out of my head, so tornados and lightning made it into the art. I used Adobe Fresco and an Apple Pencil (not ink, sorry Inktober52, but I do love the prompts). Because the photographs of spectacular lines of tornadoes usually have a mottled appearance, I chose the watercolor brushes in Fresco for the background and the funnel clouds. Lightning was a little trickier, but there is a basic pixel brush with a solid core and soft edges that worked spectacularly with the Apple Pencil! I merged the watercolor and pixel layers with a white background (if you don’t the watercolors remain transparent), then applied the scene to the letters to mask them.

Tornados and lightning make up the word “powerful” created in Adobe Fresco
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Egg

A new week, a new prompt, and another deviation from the word art theme. The reason is that I have a design running around in my head and the prompt “egg” was the perfect excuse to work on a sketch. Our front doorbell recently broke (Winterpocolypse? Maybe.), and in searching new farmhouse door bells I saw many cute animal surrounds, but no chickens. So that needs rectification. The idea is the round button will replace the egg and it will look like the hen has raised up to check her egg. Done in Adobe Fresco with an Apple Pencil with copious use of layers and vector brushes. I prefer vector since resizing is immensely easier.

Vector drawing of a Faverolle Hen in a nest with an egg
Egg replaced by a representation of a button (I love, love, love layers)
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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:

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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.

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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 Redbubble.com of my design (not me!)
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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.

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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