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

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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!

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