Summertime Portraits

Summertime Cloud - a painting by River of Studio Luminessa.

I've been collecting professional artists' markers for a while, but I've always been a little nervous to use them.  Unlike digital art, traditional work - with paints, with pens, with markers - has no "undo" button.  Yes, there are techniques to cover and incorporate mistakes; still, it is nerve-wracking for an artist who grew up … Continue reading Summertime Portraits

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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 … Continue reading Pencil Sketch: Cloud, the Lady of Spring

Another Sketch for #Mermay! Chibi Mermaid Nutmeg

Chibi Mermaid Nutmeg - Small Version - by River on Strike A Spark

And the mermaid sketches keep on coming! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧  Today we have Mermaid Nutmeg swimming with her yellow tang friends! Last time Nutmeg appeared on Strike A Spark, she was a witch.  This time she's a mermaid.  Fantasy just seems to follow her around, doesn't it?  She's super cute as a mermaid, but I kind of … Continue reading Another Sketch for #Mermay! Chibi Mermaid Nutmeg

#Mermay: Chibi Mermaid Claire

Mermaid Chibi Claire - Small Version - by River on Strike A Spark

Hello hello!  Hope you all had a good weekend. :3  Today I have another sketch to share with you!  Presenting Claire, another character from our upcoming webcomic, in chibi mermaid form!  😀  Can you spot all the fishes swimming around her? Mermaid Claire was a lot of fun to draw, even with the difficulty of … Continue reading #Mermay: Chibi Mermaid Claire

Chibi Mermaids for #Mermay

Mermaid Chibi River Sketch for #Mermay by River on Strike A Spark

On Twitter this week, I've seen a lot of people drawing mermaids for May (Mermay, get it?), so I was inspired to draw some, too!  I won't be doing one every day as I'm working on a few other projects right now, but I've had fun with these sketches. ^u^ These pictures are a collaboration … Continue reading Chibi Mermaids for #Mermay

What I Used for Inktober 2016: Prismacolor Premier 0.005 Fine Line Pen vs Dollar Store Gel Pen

River sketch - Inked with the Prismacolor Premier 0.005 fine line pen

This post contains Amazon Associates links for your convenience. Check out my Disclosures page for more information. Welcome back to my Inktober supplies review series!  Last week, we started with the blue sketch pencils by Caran d'Ache and finished up with a sneak peek (?) of the inking for today's post.  Here's the picture inked … Continue reading What I Used for Inktober 2016: Prismacolor Premier 0.005 Fine Line Pen vs Dollar Store Gel Pen

Header for Cloud’s Blog WIP

Last Thursday I shared a sketch for my new header design.  Today I'm happy to show you a sketch for Cloud's new header design!  \(^o^)/  And again we have a nice gradient background, so the sketch isn't so monochrome; I think even a splash of color helps bring an image to life. Just like Strike … Continue reading Header for Cloud’s Blog WIP