Starfall by River

It's been a while!  How are you all doing? Today I'm back with something a little different.  Backgrounds are one of my weak points, so I tend to avoid them. . . which means I need to draw more of them.  orz  So I'm starting with simple things, like landscapes, where it's not necessary to … Continue reading Starfall


Digital Painting “Heiress” – Finished!

"Heiress" by River - watermarked version.

After weeks of work, "Heiress" is finally finished!  ~(˘▾˘~) (~˘▾˘)~ If you've followed along with my progress on "Heiress" from the start, you know that there's been a lot of changes from the beginning.  From a gray-scale lighting test, to adding color (and adjusting it!), to this polished final image, "Heiress" has been both a … Continue reading Digital Painting “Heiress” – Finished!

Heiress – Progress

Work-in-progress image of "Heiress."

Since I posted the grayscale version of "Heiress" last week, I thought it would be nice to show you how far I've come with the colors! I think I mentioned before what a struggle it is to color over a grayscale layer.  As you might expect, the grays make whatever color you paint over them … Continue reading Heiress – Progress

Heiress (Digital Painting WIP)

Work-in-progress digital fantasy portait of an elf lady.

I meant to post this earlier and forgot! Haha.  This piece, "Heiress," evolved slowly from a warm-up sketch, and I've been working on it whenever I want to - instead of for a deadline.  It's very relaxing. 🙂 This screencap is from the lighting check.  I painted it in black and white first to get … Continue reading Heiress (Digital Painting WIP)

Digital Painting: Falling (finished!) + Thoughts on Improvement

"Falling" - An Alice in Wonderland-inspired digital painting by Studio Luminessa's River. Postcard size version.

Today I am happy to share with you the final version of "Falling"!  It took a bit of work, but I think I finally managed to get the dream-like atmosphere I was aiming for.  \(^o^)/ Stats Time: ~20 hours Materials: GIMP 2.8, Wacom Intuos 3 "Falling" is definitely inspired by Alice in Wonderland, but personally, … Continue reading Digital Painting: Falling (finished!) + Thoughts on Improvement

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

Art from the Archives: Great Fire Dragon

Great Fire Dragon by River

Happy Friday!  Are you looking forward to the weekend?  I know I am! =^w^= Welcome back to the third installment of Art from the Archives!  Today's picture is the companion to last week's post.  It's the Great Fire Dragon! Just like Blue Mountain Dragon, Great Fire Dragon looks better in print than on my monitor.  … Continue reading Art from the Archives: Great Fire Dragon