Superhero (Sketch)

Grayscale sketch of a girl in a cloak.

Playing in GIMP again.  This sketch took around ~30 minutes (threw a couple attempts away first, haha).

I like working in blue first for the sketch, even in digital art.  Added some quick grayscale shading to check lighting/values. I intended this to be a fantasy piece, but it looks more like a panel from a superhero comic now! XD

If I continue painting this piece, what do you think the colors of her dress and cloak should be?  I was thinking black & red, but I’m already using those for the Onyx and Sardonyx piece, so hm.  Any suggestions?

Draw Everything June 2: Final Week

Welcome back!  This week ws the final week of Draw Everything June II. Run by Sailor Sakky on deviantART, Draw Everything June is a figure-drawing challenge with a new reference photo posted every weekday.  You can read the rules here: Draw Everything June 2: 2017 Edition.

I’m very pleased with the progress I made over the month – looking back at the first few days, even drawing from reference the poses seem more awkward.  Now I feel more comfortable with reference photos and with using a (slightly) more realistic style.  Mission success! \(^o^)/  But I’m also a little sad it’s over.  Well, there’s next year’s challenge to look forward to!

Here were the last five drawings from the challenge.  Enjoy!

DEJ2 Day 18 Obstinate

“. . . No.”

DEJ2 Day 19 Catch Me

Thought I was falling, but then you caught me.

DEJ2 Day 20 Dance of the Tiger

Lithe grace, aloof beauty, quiet deadliness. . . this is the Dance of the Tiger.

DEJ2 Day 20 Sensei

A kick is just a kick.

DEJ2 Day 22 Dance

Time to dance the night away!

And with that, we are officially done!  Thanks for joining me this month as I attempted Draw Everything June 2!

Now I’m going to try to take a breather from daily challenges. . . at least until Sketchtember rolls around. XD  Until then, I have some paintings I want to finish and a couple of other fun posts to work on.  So see you next week!

River

Draw Everything June 2: Week 3 Roundup

 Today wraps up the third week of Draw Everything June!  Run by Sailor Sakky on deviantART, Draw Everything June is a figure-drawing challenge with a new reference photo posted every weekday.  You can read the rules here: Draw Everything June 2: 2017 Edition.  There were some ups and downs for me this week – some poses were really difficult! – but overall I think my time is improving and I’m becoming more comfortable working from reference photos. ^^
DEJ2 Day 11: Quiet Moment by River.

When the going gets tough, it’s important to take a moment and remember why you fight.

 

DEJ2 Day 12: Relax by River.

After training, it’s nice to relax a little!

Hope you enjoyed this weeks’ sketches!  See you next week for the fourth installment of this series!

Draw Everything June II: Week 2 Roundup

Welcome back to Week 2 of Draw Everything June!  Run by Sailor Sakky on deviantART, Draw Everything June is a figure-drawing challenge with a new reference photo posted every weekday.  You can read the rules here: Draw Everything June 2: 2017 Edition.  For week 2, there were a bunch of challenging poses – so I’m really happy it’s the weekend and I can recharge a little, haha!  But enough talking, here are the sketches!  Enjoy.

 

DEJ2 Day 3: The Violin Fairy. By River on Strike A Spark. Originally created for Draw Everything June 2.

Sometimes after a victory, Vivi would play beautiful music. The graceful way she played and danced earned her the nickname The Violin Fairy.

DEJ2 Day 4: Infiltration. By River on Strike A Spark. Originally created for Draw Everything June 2.

Annalia: Hey, Leader. Why do I have to be the one to crawl through ventilation?
Leader: Because you’re the quietest.
Annalia: . . .
Leader: What, you thought I’d send Miss Violin Fairy? She’s a great asset to our team, but stealth. . . is not her strong suit. Well, she is a performer after all.
Annalia: . . . 😦
And so, Annalia ended up in the ventilation. 🙂

DEJ2 Day 5 Determination - small version

Sometimes you just have to do what needs done.
A free agent who encounters the Squad, the mysterious gunslinger appears and vanishes again just as quickly. What is her objective? Is she friend or foe? No one knows anything about her. . . not even her name.

DEJ2 Day 6: Resolute. Small version by River on Strike A Spark.  Originally created for Draw Everything June 2.

Time to take care of business.

DEJ2 Day 7 Defender. By River on Strike A Spark.  Originally drawn for Draw Everything June 2.

You thought they left the base defenseless? Think again.

See you next week!

Pencil Sketch: Cloud, the Lady of Spring

Cloud as the Lady of Spring - small version - by River on Strike A Spark

I’m still in a flower-inspired mood, so have a sketch of Cloud as a Lady of Spring!  In keeping with the witch drawings I did last Inktober, Cloud is the character I turn to when I want to draw flowers and spring-like themes.  She’s just so optimistic and sweet herself that it seems a natural fit! (◕‿◕✿)

I’m looking forward to coloring her – but I’m still a little inexperienced with watercolors – so I’m a little nervous. *sweats*  I should start with something simpler, yet I can’t stop drawing such complicated sketches.  orz  Oh well, practice practice!

If you have any watercolor tips, or a good tutorial to recommend, I’d really appreciate it!  Let me know in the comments below!   (^u^)

Draw Everything June II: Week 1

For the month of June, I’ve found a new challenge: Draw Everything June!  Run by Sailor Sakky on deviantART, Draw Everything June is a figure-drawing challenge with a new reference photo posted every weekday (so at least weekends are off – phew!).  I’ve decided to do this challenge as a daily warm-up, which means it’s perfect for pencil sketches! XD

To keep organized, I’ll be posting my sketches for Draw Everything June once a week – probaben ly Friday or Saturday.  Other content (paintings, WIPs, essays, & project updates) will continue being posted as well.

Here’s the first week!  A bit short because there’s only been two weekdays in June so far.  Presenting Annalia Goldburn:

DEJ2 Day 1: Recruit - SMALL version by River on Strike A Spark

Day 1: Recruit
Nice to meet you. . . . I’m Annalia Goldburn. . . I hope we can get along. . . .

 

DEJ2 Day 2: Practice - SMALL version by River on Strike A SparkDay 2: PracticeEven the simple spells are a lot of fun!

For my own amusement, I’ve decided to follow Annalia’s adventures for the duration of the challenge.  So it will be a challenge of consistency as well as figure drawing!  😀

See you with Part 2 later this week!

 

#Mermay Sketch: Starfish

Starfish: Chibi Mermaid for Mermay Sketch - Small Version - by River on Strike A Spark

For the last day of May, I have one last #Mermay sketch to share with you!  This picture was actually my first concept for #Mermay, but the last finished – there were a few structural flaws with the original thumbnail that took me a while to work through.  In the end, though, I’m glad I stuck with it.  She looks happy playing with her starfish friend, doesn’t she?

Stats

  • Time: 2+ hours
  • Materials: Stathmore 300 gram watercolor paper, 0.7 mm mechanical pencil
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