Draw Everything June 2: Week 3 Roundup

 Today wraps up the third week of Draw Everything June!  Run by Sailor Sakky on deviantART, Draw Everything June is a figure-drawing challenge with a new reference photo posted every weekday.  You can read the rules here: Draw Everything June 2: 2017 Edition.  There were some ups and downs for me this week – some poses were really difficult! – but overall I think my time is improving and I’m becoming more comfortable working from reference photos. ^^
DEJ2 Day 11: Quiet Moment by River.

When the going gets tough, it’s important to take a moment and remember why you fight.

 

DEJ2 Day 12: Relax by River.

After training, it’s nice to relax a little!

Hope you enjoyed this weeks’ sketches!  See you next week for the fourth installment of this series!

Draw Everything June II: Week 2 Roundup

Welcome back to Week 2 of Draw Everything June!  Run by Sailor Sakky on deviantART, Draw Everything June is a figure-drawing challenge with a new reference photo posted every weekday.  You can read the rules here: Draw Everything June 2: 2017 Edition.  For week 2, there were a bunch of challenging poses – so I’m really happy it’s the weekend and I can recharge a little, haha!  But enough talking, here are the sketches!  Enjoy.

 

DEJ2 Day 3: The Violin Fairy. By River on Strike A Spark. Originally created for Draw Everything June 2.

Sometimes after a victory, Vivi would play beautiful music. The graceful way she played and danced earned her the nickname The Violin Fairy.

DEJ2 Day 4: Infiltration. By River on Strike A Spark. Originally created for Draw Everything June 2.

Annalia: Hey, Leader. Why do I have to be the one to crawl through ventilation?
Leader: Because you’re the quietest.
Annalia: . . .
Leader: What, you thought I’d send Miss Violin Fairy? She’s a great asset to our team, but stealth. . . is not her strong suit. Well, she is a performer after all.
Annalia: . . . 😦
And so, Annalia ended up in the ventilation. 🙂

DEJ2 Day 5 Determination - small version

Sometimes you just have to do what needs done.
A free agent who encounters the Squad, the mysterious gunslinger appears and vanishes again just as quickly. What is her objective? Is she friend or foe? No one knows anything about her. . . not even her name.

DEJ2 Day 6: Resolute. Small version by River on Strike A Spark.  Originally created for Draw Everything June 2.

Time to take care of business.

DEJ2 Day 7 Defender. By River on Strike A Spark.  Originally drawn for Draw Everything June 2.

You thought they left the base defenseless? Think again.

See you next week!

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 fit! (◕‿◕✿)

I’m looking forward to coloring her – but I’m still a little inexperienced with watercolors – so I’m a little nervous. *sweats*  I should start with something simpler, yet I can’t stop drawing such complicated sketches.  orz  Oh well, practice practice!

If you have any watercolor tips, or a good tutorial to recommend, I’d really appreciate it!  Let me know in the comments below!   (^u^)

#Mermay Sketch: Starfish

Starfish: Chibi Mermaid for Mermay Sketch - Small Version - by River on Strike A Spark

For the last day of May, I have one last #Mermay sketch to share with you!  This picture was actually my first concept for #Mermay, but the last finished – there were a few structural flaws with the original thumbnail that took me a while to work through.  In the end, though, I’m glad I stuck with it.  She looks happy playing with her starfish friend, doesn’t she?

Stats

  • Time: 2+ hours
  • Materials: Stathmore 300 gram watercolor paper, 0.7 mm mechanical pencil

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 miss her bunny ears. . . . TT_TT

Again, Cloud will be painting this piece, so please look forward to seeing the finished result! And keep an eye on her blog: Cloud’s World Of: 

Stats

  • Time: 2 hours
  • Materials: Strathmore 300 gram watercolor paper, 0.7 mechanical pencil

Pencil Sketch: The Queen of May

The Queen of May Sketch - Small Version - by River on Strike A Spark

Since GIMP and/or my tablet drivers and/or my laptop in general have been making it difficult to paint digitally, lately I’ve been doing a lot of pencil sketches! Today’s piece, “The Queen of May,” was inspired by all the flowers in bloom – the apple blossoms and lilies a few weeks ago, and the daisies wildflowers which have just burst out.  It’s so refreshing to see all the color and hear the birds singing whenever I go outside. (✿´‿`)

The watercolor paper I’ve been using is such a joy to work on – I like the smooth paper in my sketchbook, but the textured Strathmore paper holds pencil so well and gives an interesting effect even to quick sketches.  It’s so much fun, that the hour I spent sketching seemed to go by in the wink of an eye.  It should be fun to paint, too – but I think I want to practice with watercolors some more before I try it. . . .

Stats

  • Time: 1 hour
  • Materials: Strathmore 300 gram watercolor paper, 0.7 mechanical pencil

#Mermay: Chibi Mermaid Claire

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

Wow ~ the colors are very dramatic today ~ OwO

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 drawing her hand(s).  I feel like my style is slowing evolving towards a style that is consistent and something I can be happy with.  I’d like to improve my sketching speed, but I’m sure that will come as I continue practicing. 🙂

Cloud noted that the watercolor paper we were using was a little thin, and rippled when she was painting, so today I sketched on a thicker 300 gram paper from Strathmore.  The texture was different, more like little blocks – a more mechanical texture.  It holds pencil well, though, so I was happy with that!  I’m looking forward to seeing how it looks when painted. :3  If you paint with watercolors, what’s your favorite paper to use?

Stats

  • Time: 2 hours
  • Tools: Strathmore 300 gram watercolor paper, 0.7 mechanical pencil

 

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