Gemstone Challenge, Day 14: Onyx and Sardonyx

A sketch of a mysterious cloaked woman. By River.

The final theme of the Gemstone Streak Challenge was Onyx.  Before yesterday, I thought that all onyx was black, but apparently onyx comes in many colors! And it also has streaks, like tiger eyes. Besides the standard black, the variety of onyx that caught my eye was sardonyx, or red onyx.  So this piece was … Continue reading Gemstone Challenge, Day 14: Onyx and Sardonyx

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Gemstone Challenge, Day 13: Tiger Eye

A digital painting of a woman modeling a tiger-eye pendant. Made with GIMP 2 by River.

Day 13's theme is Tiger Eye.  I intended to stop after doing the sketch, but I was having so much fun that I kept going until I finished the flats!  I had fun painting the tiger eye pendant and trying to capture the way the colored bands seem to glow within the gem. Tools GIMP … Continue reading Gemstone Challenge, Day 13: Tiger Eye

Gemstone Challenge Day 12: Turquoise Amulet

A pencil sketch of a child wearing a protective turquoise amulet and bracelet.

The birthstone of December, turquoise has also been known for its protective qualities.  I imagine that it's the perfect gem to create an amulet for those you love, so today's sketch is of a child wearing a turquoise amulet and bracelet.  They were given to her by her parents and grandparents to protect her when … Continue reading Gemstone Challenge Day 12: Turquoise Amulet

Gemstone Challenge, Day 11: November’s Child (Sketch) for Topaz

She said that topazes always reminded her of Autumn, when the maple leaves fell. It was her favorite season.

Another sketch day. . . .  This piece is more melancholy than most of my works, though I like to think that there is a good side to it as well.  I don't know if I'll finish this piece, but I already have a color scheme I'd like to use! Haha.  It goes like this: … Continue reading Gemstone Challenge, Day 11: November’s Child (Sketch) for Topaz

Gemstone Challenge, Day 10: Opal-Eyed Animals

Today's concept comes courtesy of my mother, who suggested I do animals with eyes like glowing opals.  (Thank you, Mom!)  Here we have a cat, a fox, and a mouse sitting together at dusk, their eyes glowing in the low light. This piece took me about five hours from start to finish, and it's the … Continue reading Gemstone Challenge, Day 10: Opal-Eyed Animals

Gemstone Challenge, Day 9: Sapphire Potion

An apothecary holds her sapphire potion up to the light.

Yesterday's theme was Sapphire!  In the past, sapphires were believed to be a medicinal stone.  It was said that they were an antidote to poison, and that it could cure stomachache, colic, and other complaints.*  So here we have an apothecary who has made a sapphire tincture for a patient!  (Hopefully, in her world, it … Continue reading Gemstone Challenge, Day 9: Sapphire Potion

Gemstone Challenge Day 7: Peridot Clover (wip)

Today's theme was Peridot!  Up until now, I've seen each day's gemstone at least once in-person, but peridot is the first that I don't think I've seen before.  When I looked it up, the cheerful green reminded me of clover flowers, so today we have peridot-colored clover! I was able to take this piece a … Continue reading Gemstone Challenge Day 7: Peridot Clover (wip)