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.
Ok, so this is a bit of a stretch for the prompt “stand”, but I was standing and spinning and have had this design on my to-do list for over a year. It seemed a perfect opportunity to fulfill a weekly sketch, and knock off a to-do item!
I made a black and a white print version, and have loaded them up on Redbubble (click links to go to the designs). Mine are already ordered. A tshirt to wear when I’m walking the neighborhood, and a canvas bag to hold my spinning stuff.
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”.
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.
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.