Blogging break! + Random question!

Just wanted to let you all know that I’ll be on a blogging break for the next 2-3 weeks as I will have limited access to a computer.  I’ve scheduled a few posts to show you some of the work-in-progress paintings I’ve been working on in my free time, but I won’t be around to respond to comments – sorry! 😦  But I’ll do my best to get back to you as soon as I can.

And, so this post isn’t just depressing news, how about a random question?  For all you artists, writers, and crafters out there, this one’s for you: What’s your favorite technique to use, and what new technique are you excited to try out?  Let me know in the comments below!  I’m looking forward to seeing your responses when I get back! ^^

By the way, my current favorite digital art technique is to use a grayscale layer to check values.  I did this for Onyx and Sardonyx, and whoa did it help me with the lighting!  For example, here’s a wip of the grayscale layer that I saved but never posted LOL:

Screencap crop WIP of Onyx and Sardonyx.

She looks kinda scary in black-and-white. (^_^);;

So yeah! Let me know what your favorite technique + new technique you’d like to try are in the comments!  And I hope you all have a wonderful few weeks! (^u^)

Cloud Finished Painting a Mermaid!

Today I’m happy to share with y’all that Cloud finished the first of the mermaid paintings!  ~(˘▾˘~) (~˘▾˘)~  This sketch:

Mermaid Chibi Cloud Sketch by River

. . . is now a lovely watercolor!  I’m so happy. (。◕‿◕。)  Please head on over to Cloud’s World Of: and check it out!

A Little Announcement: What I Used for Inktober Review Series Starts Tonight

Starting tomorrow, I’m pleased to begin a series of reviewing art supplies!

We’ll start with the supplies I picked up last year for Inktober.  As I started NaNoWriMo right after Inktober ended, this series is a little late in the game, but hopefully my review will be useful no matter what time of year it is. :3

As last October was the first year I challenged Inktober, I had only a few inking supplies: a few calligraphy pens, a set of Prismacolor pens, some gel pens from the dollar store, and a box of Crayola markers left over from my school days.   While technically that was more than enough to do the challenge, I saw an opportunity to go shopping and I took it. :3  I was able to try out a few supplies I’ve had my eye on for a while, so I’m glad for that!

These are what I bought last September:

  • Caran d’Ache Non-Photo Blue Pencils (like animators use!)
  • Tombow Dual-Brush Pens in Grayscale
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen in White

Added to my Prismacolor markers and colored pencils, I had a lot of options for the challenge.  :3  Since then, I’ve picked up a set of Lestrat AquaMarkers and ProMarkers and a set of Staedtler colored pencils, so I’ve been having a lot of fun experimenting with those as well.  I’m pleased that I’ll be able to share them with you!

Since I have supplies that cover the whole drawing process from sketch to final touches, I thought it’d be interesting to use all the supplies to draw and paint a picture (or two!).  Here’s a sneak peek of what I’m working on, starting with the blue animator pencil:

Sketch for the review series – comic!River!

Reviews will start later tonight with the blue animator pencil and will be published every Tuesday for the next few weeks!  (Posts on Friday / any other day will continue to be “what I’m working on” and process posts. 🙂 )  I hope you enjoy!  And if there’s any art supply I’ve used before and you’d like it reviewed, let me know and I’ll add it to the pile. :3

 

Announcement: I’m now on Twitter!

I have a small announcement:

I now have a Twitter account!

You can now follow @Rivers_Reverie to keep up with what I’m doing. As we’re in the middle of #Sketchtember, I’m mostly just posting the daily sketches for the moment, but I’m sure I’ll be using it more in the coming months.  :3

Stay tuned for today’s #Sketchtember post!  (Though it’ll probably be in the evening again. (TT__TT) )

A Gentle Wish Sketch Watermarked

 

River and the Muse

I have wanted to write more. . .

I’ve felt it like a heartbeat these past few months.  Every time I sit at a computer, the urge to type out a thousand words is a wave so intense I think it is going to wash me away.

And that wave is just one of the thousand in a typhoon.

. . . and yet, the words wouldn’t come.

They are there in my heart, locked up in a cage.  The bars are loose enough that I can see them, reach my fingers through the gaps and try to reach them. . . but close enough together that each attempt fails.

And I don’t have the key.

It seems the Muse went on vacation. . . and took the key. (Traitor.)

A vacation I did not authorize. And as of this moment, it is officially over.

Strike A Spark is back!  Posting will resume March 2016!

Blogiday

Hello again! River here! And today I have a rather, erm, unusual announcement:

I’m going to take a couple of months off from blogging.

Now, you may think that I’ve done this exact thing before. So what’s so unusual about it?

The fact that I’m actually telling you all about it.

In all seriousness, I need to take a break from blogging for a while. I’m pretty busy these days, partially because I’ve actually been posting regularly on three blogs. Also, the theme/purpose/what I want to do with Strike A Spark has gotten. . . skewed. So I’m going to take a little while to re-prioritize my goals for this blog and work a little on my art and fictional writing.

This will likely take a couple of weeks, so add that to the fact that NaNoWriMo is coming up next month–eeks!–and you have a recipe for a nice, long blogiday. Don’t expect to hear from me for a while, for though I may occasionally polish up one of my 100+ drafts (how did there get to be so many???), I’m not planning on posting regularly. Not here, and not on the other two blogs either.

Anyway, have an interesting few months!  And if you’re looking for something to read while you wait, may I recommend Koko’s blog Lollipops and Rainbows?  She’s currently taking the 30 Day Blogging Challenge, so why don’t you go cheer her on?

~River