Draw Everything June: Final Round-up!

Chained Angel (sketch / inks) by River on Strike A Spark

Welcome back to my last round-up for this year's Draw Everything June challenge!  This is a catch-up for the final week, with poses #17-21 (plus the bonus meme again). In the last week of June, my stress injuries in my elbow and wrist flared up again. (I have cubital tunnel syndrome and tendinitis.) Rather than … Continue reading Draw Everything June: Final Round-up!

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Draw Everything June: Week 3 Round-Up!

Week 3 of Draw Everything June upped the ante with a number of challenging poses: forced perspective, a bird's-eye-view reference, and two group poses. Monday kicked it off with a pose that was absolutely perfect for Luna.  Last time I drew her, she was feeling sad and lonely; finally we get to see her in … Continue reading Draw Everything June: Week 3 Round-Up!

Character Portrait: Xiao Lian Hua

Ryuu-Goi MYO Lian Finished SMALL - cropped version

I've been working on this character design since May, lately in-between Draw Everything June drawings.  I'm so pleased I can finally share it! This is Xiao Lian Hua ("Little Lotus Blossom"), called Lian for short.  She's sweet, elegant, and a little spoiled. (✿´‿`) For Draw Everything June I've been using a limited palette to save … Continue reading Character Portrait: Xiao Lian Hua

Draw Everything June: Week 2 Round Up!

Archer by River.

It's already halfway through the Draw Everything June challenge.  Whew, this week went by quickly! Featuring a (currently unnamed) side character from Rondo of the Rising Sun.I was at a slight disadvantage this week as I was still two poses behind.  It's better to not worry too much about things like that, though, so I … Continue reading Draw Everything June: Week 2 Round Up!

Draw Everything June 3: Week 1 Roundup

#DEJ3 Day 4: Alone featuring Luna from Rondo of the Rising Sun.

Today ends the first week of Draw Everything June 3!  Senshi Stock released six pose references this week with a variety of models and poses.  As I was quite busy this week, I fell behind and so far have finished four of six; I'm planning to make up the other two poses next week. For … Continue reading Draw Everything June 3: Week 1 Roundup

It’s Almost Time: Draw Everything June 3 Starts Soon!

DEJ2 Day 5 Determination - small version

Yep, it's almost time! In just a few days, SenshiStock's Draw Everything June 3 pose improvement challenge will begin! The host of the challenge, SenshiStock, is a free stock / reference provider for artists.  She posts helpful references frequently - almost daily - and there are hundreds of poses in her gallery.  Draw Everything June … Continue reading It’s Almost Time: Draw Everything June 3 Starts Soon!

How to Improve Vibrancy and Contrast in Washed-Out Digital Paintings in Just a Few Minutes: A Quick Art Hack for Digital Artists!

sharp glance sketch SMALL by River on Strike A Spark

Took a break from practicing botanicals & backgrounds to try out a different style.  I quite like how the shading on her eyes and hair worked out!  (Shading skin is still hard though. (T-T) ) Best of all, I learned a useful art hack! With this trick, you can improve the vibrancy and contrast of … Continue reading How to Improve Vibrancy and Contrast in Washed-Out Digital Paintings in Just a Few Minutes: A Quick Art Hack for Digital Artists!