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!

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Tutorial Feature #1: Nature Scene Tutorials for Digital Art by Kanekiru, ryky, and Minna Sundberg

Beautiful nature vignettes - thanks to Kanekiru's helpful tutorials!

Lately I've been determined to power-up my art skills, and I've found a lot of help on the web.  So many kind and talented artists have shared their techniques and skills with the world!  So in this new Tutorial Feature, I'd like to share the tutorials, process videos, and helpful tips that have aided me … Continue reading Tutorial Feature #1: Nature Scene Tutorials for Digital Art by Kanekiru, ryky, and Minna Sundberg

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

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”