Rondo of the Rising Sun Character Profiles #4: Luna (Plotober #6)

Inktober 6: Luna from Rondo of the Rising Sun

Dear Plotters,

Today we round out the first (?) batch of character profiles with Luna, the reserved & mysterious girl who is Lazuli’s friend!

Inktober 6: Luna from Rondo of the Rising Sun
“. . .”

Luna

  • Age: Early teens
  • The quiet, reserved type
  • She often hides inside her cloak
  • She can sneak past people without even trying to, but it’s not a skill she enjoys – on the contrary, she actually hates feeling “invisible”
  • Somehow, her stealth stat keeps going up with no effort on her part. . . .
  • Her preferred weapons are thrown weapons like small, swift daggers which allow her to stay further away from the fighting
  • She often goes out materials-hunting with Tiria
  • Lazuli is her best friend
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Rondo of the Rising Sun Character Profile #3: Tiria (Plotober #5)

Inktober 5: Tiria from Rondo of the Rising Sun

Dear Plotters,

Character profiles continue with quest leader Tiria! With Tiria at the helm, all of the Rondo’s quests are sure to go well~!

Inktober 5: Tiria from Rondo of the Rising Sun
“We’ve got this!”

Tiria

  • Age: Early 20s
  • Quest leader of the Rondo
  • The energetic & reliable type
  • Her primary weapon is a spear, because it looks cool
  • Approaches everything she does with determination and enthusiasm
  • She helped Ruby form the Rondo during the crazy first weeks after they were trapped in The Third Turning
  • She prefers the easygoing, supportive vibe of the Rondo to the intensity of the hardcore gamers
  • Her secret skill is crafting

Rondo of the Rising Sun Character Profiles #2: Lazuli (Plotober #4)

Inktober 4 Lazuli (Rondo of the Rising Sun)

Plotober graphic. Made by River using photo resource from Mark Levin.

Dear Plotters,

Time for another character profile! Today, it’s Lazuli, the “mascot” of the Rondo of the Rising Sun!

Inktober 4 Lazuli (Rondo of the Rising Sun)
“Don’t worry!  Let’s just take each day as it comes!”

Lazuli

  • Age: Early teens
  • Family: Ruby (older sister), Onyx (older brother)
  • The “mascot” of the Rondo, the optimistic little-sister type
  • Uses a short-sword for melee fighting
  • Through her optimism and gentle manner, she supports everyone in the guild
  • Wants to go home, but tries not to dwell on it so that she doesn’t bring the others down
  • Hates it when her sister – or anyone, really – has a frown
  • Her best friend is Luna
  • Like cooking and singing

Rondo of the Rising Sun Character Profiles #1: Ruby (Plotober #3)

Inktober 3 Ruby (Rondo of the Rising Sun)

Plotober graphic. Made by River using photo resource from Mark Levin.

Dear Plotters,

This week for Inktober, I’m drawing larger portraits of the main characters of Rondo of the Rising Sun. So I’ll be sharing each girl’s character profile with you as I finish their portraits. :3  First up, we have the Rondo’s guild leader, Ruby!

Inktober 3 Ruby (Rondo of the Rising Sun)
“Beating the game is useless if we don’t survive. So we have to live.”

Ruby

  • Age: Early 20s
  • Family: Lazuli (younger sister), Onyx (younger brother)
  • The protective “big sis” and guild leader of the Rondo
  • Prefers to use long-range weapons to stay further away from the fighting, so her primary weapon is a longbow
  • She founded the Rondo as a way for the four of them to support each other and other players while they are trapped in the game world
  • Likes to feel that the situation is under control
  • Hates not knowing where the others are

Challenge 1 Complete. . . Challenges 2 + 3 Begin! (Sketchtember, Inktober, Plotober)

As of two days ago, Challenge 1 for Autumn 2017 is complete!  I’ve updated my portfolio with a project page gathering all eighteen drawings I did for Sketchtember, so you can check that out here. Here’s a little preview:

(Psst. . . There’s also some character designs + other sketches for our NaNo project!  And I’ll announce the project’s details this week, so please look forward to that!)

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The Calm Before the Storm; or, The Impending Doom I Myself Created

As September casually rolls around, there is a breath of crispness in the air.  Even in the hot, humid area where I live, the nights have a touch of coolness.  Autumn is definitely coming, and with it, several events that inspire both excitement and nervousness.  Chugging along with my everyday work as I am, there is also a sense that this is the final calm before the craziness that will be Autumn 2017.

I am speaking, of course, of the no less than the three-plus events I have looked forward to all year: Sketchtember (this very month!), Inktober (which will also be my Plotober), and NaNoWriMo in November.  Three events – plus prep for the third, which in itself may be its own event – and three months of intense creative effort.  Am I crazy to try to tackle all this?  Maybe so.  Especially since I’m also juggling making the buffer for Upcoming Webcomic.  We will just have to see. . . .

Sketchtember

Cloud as the Lady of Spring - small version - by River on Strike A Spark
A sketch I am particularly proud of: Cloud as the Lady of Spring. I want to paint it soon – just in time for winter, haha! XD

Sketchtember is by far the most low-key event.  Every day for a month, artists sketch something every day and share their sketches with the hashtag #sketchtember.  For me, September is a month to return to the foundations of drawing and reinforce the habit of daily warmup sketches.  Though September is half over, and I’ve only just begun – oops!  May the rest of the month fare better.  (If you are interested in following along, head on over to my Twitter. . . . )

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What I Used for Inktober 2016: Tombow Dual-Brush Pens

Welcome back to the What I Used for Inktober series!  Last week, we looked at the Prismacolor Premier 0.005 black pen for inking, and today we’re looking at Tombow Dual-Brush Pens.  Which means we’re at my favorite part: Coloring!  \(^o^)/

Last year, I wanted to try coloring with markers after seeing so many amazing marker paintings on the Web and so many amazing speedpaints on Youtube.  As a beginner, though, I didn’t want to heavily invest in a huge set of markers or purchase the most expensive professional materials (looking at you, Copics!) – or not yet, at least.  So I chose to try the water-based Tombow Dual-Brush Pens after hearing that they are a good brand and (luckily) were on sale at the time.  Better yet, they were reported to be durable, self-cleaning, and even blend well.  Sounds good, right?

Long story short, yes, they’re great!  I like them a lot,  though I’m also using other brands these days.  Tombow markers do have a few downsides, mainly due to the nature of water-based markers; but the water-based vs alcohol-based debate is a post for another day.  Let’s get started!

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