Daily Doodle for 8/7/20

Here is something I see a lot these days. I work in the performing arts industry, so the transition to virtual performances is all over the place. It’s all we can do these days.

This is a “Zoom” version of the classic theatre symbol of the Comedy and Tragedy masks. I am interested in exploring this concept in more styles and interpretations like more iconic and abstract. Something that could be used in a logo format for my company’s virtual events perhaps. This very sketched version is the one that has been floating around in my head these days.

I used Adobe Fresco again. I really do like the program and I’m becoming much more familiar with the tools and quicker at switching between brushes and what not.

Daily Doodle for 7/29/20

Portrait of Madonna circa early 1980s.

For #WomanCrushWednesday I wanted to do a sketch of Madonna! I have loved Madonna since I was a kid. Her music got me through a lot of tough times as a teen, and I always looked up to her for her openness and confidence.

I used for reference an image I believe was part of the photo shoot of her first album “Madonna” released in 1983. A classic ’80s Madonna look. I so want to do this to my hair.

I used Fresco on this one again. Using various pen, pencil and brush settings, but wanting to stick with a simple black and white sketched tone.

Daily Doodle for 7/24/20

I really wanted to do something abstract and simple today. Something that I could zone out to and not get caught up in details, styles, or perspectives. A mandala came to mind. Mandalas are an ancient concept that has many meanings to many cultures. I was aware that a mandala’s creation can be a form of meditation, and I definitely let my mind go as I created – which felt great.

Here’s Wikipedia’s page for more details on mandalas.

While I was making this mandala in Adobe Fresco, I did happen to be listening to the Giants vs. Dodgers game on the radio, which inspired the color scheme. I’m sorry they lost, again, to the stinky Dodgers, but I still love them. Go Giants!

I still really am enjoying Adobe Fresco, but I may have come across a limitation. All of these shapes I created with the shape tool, but had to be conscious of the single layer I was working with. In Illustrator you can simply move vector shapes between layers individually, as almost anything you create in Illustrator is an independent object. In Adobe Fresco however, without creating a whole new layer for every additional shape, that layer is constantly flattened. In other words, that square you just created is now one with the whole, and it cannot be moved independently any longer. Oh and it also obliterated anything beneath it. Once I got used to this I just had to be careful about the scale of shapes I’d choose next.

Also, as those shapes are not independent, I could not find any tool for alignment. Which is like my best friend in Illustrator. Granted I understand that this is a simplified version of a combo of Photoshop and Illustrator, and in order to keep it simple, for the sake of the user, you have to lose some features. But I almost would object to losing the alignment tools and keeping vector shapes independent.

Of course these things, alignment and independence of objects, you get in Adobe XD, which is lovely. Maybe my next doodle will be with Adobe XD.

All that being said, I still really enjoyed creating this Giants mandala!

Daily Doodle for 7/23/20

More fun with Adobe Fresco! I’m telling you guys, the mimicry of paint interacting with paint, of various types, is just so much fun. I started this tree with general vector shapes, then blended those shapes with mixer brushes, as well as added a layer of different washes. So fun! I am still exploring the feel and tools of this program, but I am having a lot of fun doing it.

Daily Doodle for 7/14/20

Original (really old) copy

I have always wanted a dragon tattoo. Maybe for my midlife crisis someday I will finally get it. I found an image that I wanted to be my tattoo somewhere back in the early 2000s, printed a copy of it, and have kept that piece of paper for years. For today’s doodle I have turned that decades old (very crappy) copy into a digital vector image. I do not know who the original artist is – again I found it back in the early ’00s and did not have the foresight to write down such things. So this is not my design, but a digital copy made with both Photoshop and Illustrator. I did enjoy using the new enhanced object selection tool in Photoshop to isolate the tattoo from the background. That is a GREAT addition to the program.

Daily Doodle 7/8/20

Today’s doodle was inspired by today’s NY Times The Daily podcast. Host Michael Barbaro talked briefly to Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley and Chris Cassidy, NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station. He asked them about what it feels like to look upon the Earth from space, especially at a tumultuous time like this one. I really appreciated the question and their response which was (paraphrased) that the perspective of the Earth floating in space is a life changing one. It makes one realize how we only have this one planet. We are one world, and we must do what we can do take care of it.

This doodle was also very fun because I used a totally new program to me – Adobe Fresco. It’s essentially a digital canvas, a little more simplified, but maybe more focused on creating art than Photoshop. It was really fun to explore. The brush/pencil/pen settings and types are pretty wide spread, and it’s very easy to figure out. I made use of the water color as well as the oil brushes, and even some vector shapes. I look forward to creating more doodles with it!

Daily Doodle 7/7/2020

I decided to do another #fanart creation, this time for my favorite Marvel TV show: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. I am watching the final season now. I’m sad it’s ending, but I am so glad I stuck with it despite my lukewarm feelings towards the first season. Seasons 3, 4 and 5 were AMAZING! Season 7 so far is great, and I appreciate that they have brought along for the journey a character from Agent Carter – another Marvel TV show that I really enjoyed, and which was cancelled too soon.

I’m a huge Marvel nerd and love almost everything that Marvel Studios produces. I would love to create more fan art for my favorite franchise, so today’s doodle I had a T-Shirt design in mind. Fans of the show will understand the meaning. I created this purely in Illustrator.

Daily Doodle 7/2/20

Here is the final evolution of my Lady In A Mask! I’ve made various versions in different colors in Illustrator, and turned those various files into a GIF! I created the GIF in Photoshop. I think it’s fun to see so many colors at once.

This has been a fun project to evolve and share. Thanks for joining me on the journey!

Daily Doodle for 7/1/20

Here is the next evolution of my Lady in a Mask sketch – Color! It took me a little time to generate the layers of shapes that were to be my sections of color, but it was good exercise to do it. Now I can change them to all kinds of colors super easily.

I did all of this in Adobe Illustrator, and had a lot of fun with gradients and colors. I think tomorrow I will make a gif – there are just too many awesome colors to choose from I want to share all of them. But I liked this version a lot.

Daily Doodle 6/30/20

So yesterday’s Daily Doodle actually became a two day Daily Doodle. I should have broken the steps down into two, which I have done now. And here is the next step.

So I took my Daily Doodle from the day before, 6/29/20, the sketch of the lady in a mask, and made it a digital vector image. I brought the scan of the sketch into Photoshop to clean up and darken the lines. Then I brought the image into Illustrator to do an image trace. And here is the result!

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