Starfall

Starfall by River

It's been a while!  How are you all doing? Today I'm back with something a little different.  Backgrounds are one of my weak points, so I tend to avoid them. . . which means I need to draw more of them.  orz  So I'm starting with simple things, like landscapes, where it's not necessary to … Continue reading Starfall

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Here’s an awesome trick for editing photos of your art in GIMP

After painting digitally versus traditionally, there's a couple of advantages I've noticed: There's the lovely Undo button to help fix mistakes, you can move layers and effects around as much as you like until it looks "just right," and you have access to the whole range of colors without investing tons of money in art … Continue reading Here’s an awesome trick for editing photos of your art in GIMP

Real Neat Blog Award!

I'm honored that Jenna Gee of ArtsyChic Creations nominated Strike A Spark for the Real Neat Blog Award!  Thank you, Jenna!  On ArtsyChic Creations, Jenna shares her artwork and art inspirations she's found.  Please check it out! The Rules for the Award Place the award logo on your blog. Answer 7 questions promptly to the … Continue reading Real Neat Blog Award!

2017 Creator’s Meme: My Top 5 Projects of 2017!

An underwater scene of a mermaid holding an aquamarine gemstone.

Rules: it’s time to love yourselves! choose your 5 favorite works you’ve created last year (fics, art, edits, etc) and link them below to reflect on the amazing things you’ve brought into the world in 2017. Tag as many writers/artists/etc as you want so we can spread the love and link each other to awesome … Continue reading 2017 Creator’s Meme: My Top 5 Projects of 2017!

Sketching Fruit & Flowers: Breaking Out of a Creative Slump with Wendy Hollender’s “Botanical Drawing in Color”

Sometimes, it feels like I'm stuck in a rut - drawing the same type of pictures over and over or editing the same scenes over and over, without any forward momentum at all.  You know the feeling?  There's nothing wrong with perfecting a technique,  of course, or with polishing a scene until it gleams, but … Continue reading Sketching Fruit & Flowers: Breaking Out of a Creative Slump with Wendy Hollender’s “Botanical Drawing in Color”

Pink Dance

Pink Dance by River on Strike A Spark

❤ Happy Valentine's Day! ❤ I hope you have a wonderful day with the people you love. While I don't have a Valentine's-specific artwork, I thought today was the perfect day to post this sketch I did for the Colour Collective challenge on Twitter.  This week's color is Boto Pink, a sort of dusky, mid-tone … Continue reading Pink Dance

Shine a Light in the Dark (Chibi Animals #2)

Shine a Light in the Dark - a Chibi Animal painting by River

After finishing up the chibi bunnies a few weeks ago, I simply had to do another chibi animal.  This time, we have a cat dressed in a cute furisode (swinging-sleeve kimono). Two of my favorite things: cute animals + cute kimono! "Shine a Light in the Dark" took almost two weeks to draw, from sketch … Continue reading Shine a Light in the Dark (Chibi Animals #2)