Gemstone Challenge Day 7: The Lady of Rubies (Sketch)

Today's theme was Ruby!  I debated between several ideas, and settled on the Lady of Rubies, Princess of the gemstone kingdom where her parents, the Diamond Queen and the Onyx King, rule.  The Lady of Rubies is sweet and diplomatic, but she has a cunning side that few know about.  It will serve her well … Continue reading Gemstone Challenge Day 7: The Lady of Rubies (Sketch)

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Gemstone Challenge Day 6: The Pearl Moon (Sketch Version)

A lady in Eastern dress views the moon from a tree.

Another sketch for the Gemstone Challenge!  I'm quite looking forward to coloring this one in. :3 Today I wanted to try something a little different for the composition. Instead of an actual gemstone, as I've done all week, I used a figurative 'pearl' - the moon. I think it will be quite pretty painted all … Continue reading Gemstone Challenge Day 6: The Pearl Moon (Sketch Version)

Gemstone Challenge: The Emerald Knight (sketch version)

A black-and-white digital sketch of a knight holding a sword with an emerald pommel stone.

And so the Gemstone Streak Challenge continues with the theme Emerald! So here we have the Emerald Knight, loyal vassal of the Diamond Queen (who I will draw in the future!).  Naturally, the gemstone in the pommel of his sword is an emerald. ^^ Today I was quite busy and only had the energy left … Continue reading Gemstone Challenge: The Emerald Knight (sketch version)

Gemstone Streak Challenge Day 4: Diamond

A digital study of a cut diamond gemstone.

Today I took a bit of a breather and decided to do a study rather than a full painting.  Diamonds are fairly reflective, and they fragment the light - that gives them that sparkly effect ✧ - so I had a bit of trouble even with this, haha.  My first few tries were too. . … Continue reading Gemstone Streak Challenge Day 4: Diamond

Gemstone Challenge Day 3: Aquamarine

An underwater scene of a mermaid holding an aquamarine gemstone.

Today's theme was Aquamarine, so naturally I had to draw a mermaid! \(^o^)/ This piece took about. . . oh, five hours, I think.  Funny thing, I've tried to have a simpler, quicker style with these pieces by using cell-shading and gradients, but each day's painting takes longer!  Tomorrow I'll definitely try to cut down … Continue reading Gemstone Challenge Day 3: Aquamarine

Gemstone Challenge Day 2: Amethyst

Here's the piece I completed yesterday for the Gemstone Challenge.  Amethyst!  I really wanted to capture the lovely purple of amethysts and the translucency of the gem, so I worked hard on painting the crystal she's holding.  I'm not sure I "got" it yet, but I feel I'm closer than yesterday! This time, I tried … Continue reading Gemstone Challenge Day 2: Amethyst

Gemstone Challenge Day 1: Garnet

Today was the first day of the Gemstone Challenge! The theme was Garnet, so I used that for the color scheme.  I'm not so happy with the background, though; maybe if it were a cooler tone, the garnet necklace would "POP" more.  What do you think? This piece took 4-5 hours, from sketch to finish.  … Continue reading Gemstone Challenge Day 1: Garnet