For the Inktober52 prompt “doorway” I went back to my word art theme. I learned quite a bit on this piece, most importantly, if you are filling a pixel layer, you can avoid the artifacts (stray background color), by adjusting the fill settings. So much easier than cleaning up the artifacts with a brush! (I still like vector graphics better, but this was a good exercise.) I made the first door, then made duplicates of the layer and adjusted the accessories of each door. And, because all those doorways are slightly creepy (or maybe that is just my mood this week), I had to do another version with the creep factor increased. Which door did you choose?
I’m combining two prompts again: “Newt” and “ink”. To satisfy the ink aspect, I looked for an ink brush in Adobe Fresco and settled on the “natural inker”. This brush has an interesting texture that I don’t normally associate with ink drawings, but I liked it. I did start with a “pencil” brush sketch, then made each element a different layer using different sizes of the same ink brush (so if I didn’t like an element, it was easily removed or shifted). I did use the circle ruler to make my circles nice.
For the Inktober52 prompt “poppy” I chose to take the remembrance aspect of the poppy plant, but have the stamens resemble people and the pistil be grave markers. I started with a medium red background, then used water color brushes in Adobe Fresco to give definition to the petals. The stones I made with the ruler and shapes tools, and the people I drew with a basic hard brush.
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.