Gemstone Challenge, Day 14: Onyx and Sardonyx

A sketch of a mysterious cloaked woman. By River.

The final theme of the Gemstone Streak Challenge was Onyx.  Before yesterday, I thought that all onyx was black, but apparently onyx comes in many colors! And it also has streaks, like tiger eyes. Besides the standard black, the variety of onyx that caught my eye was sardonyx, or red onyx.  So this piece was … Continue reading Gemstone Challenge, Day 14: Onyx and Sardonyx

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Gemstone Challenge Day 12: Turquoise Amulet

A pencil sketch of a child wearing a protective turquoise amulet and bracelet.

The birthstone of December, turquoise has also been known for its protective qualities.  I imagine that it's the perfect gem to create an amulet for those you love, so today's sketch is of a child wearing a turquoise amulet and bracelet.  They were given to her by her parents and grandparents to protect her when … Continue reading Gemstone Challenge Day 12: Turquoise Amulet

Gemstone Challenge, Day 11: November’s Child (Sketch) for Topaz

She said that topazes always reminded her of Autumn, when the maple leaves fell. It was her favorite season.

Another sketch day. . . .  This piece is more melancholy than most of my works, though I like to think that there is a good side to it as well.  I don't know if I'll finish this piece, but I already have a color scheme I'd like to use! Haha.  It goes like this: … Continue reading Gemstone Challenge, Day 11: November’s Child (Sketch) for Topaz

Gemstone Challenge, Day 9: Sapphire Potion

An apothecary holds her sapphire potion up to the light.

Yesterday's theme was Sapphire!  In the past, sapphires were believed to be a medicinal stone.  It was said that they were an antidote to poison, and that it could cure stomachache, colic, and other complaints.*  So here we have an apothecary who has made a sapphire tincture for a patient!  (Hopefully, in her world, it … Continue reading Gemstone Challenge, Day 9: Sapphire Potion

Gemstone Challenge Day 7: Peridot Clover (wip)

Today's theme was Peridot!  Up until now, I've seen each day's gemstone at least once in-person, but peridot is the first that I don't think I've seen before.  When I looked it up, the cheerful green reminded me of clover flowers, so today we have peridot-colored clover! I was able to take this piece a … Continue reading Gemstone Challenge Day 7: Peridot Clover (wip)

Gemstone Challenge Day 6: The Pearl Moon (Sketch Version)

A lady in Eastern dress views the moon from a tree.

Another sketch for the Gemstone Challenge!  I'm quite looking forward to coloring this one in. :3 Today I wanted to try something a little different for the composition. Instead of an actual gemstone, as I've done all week, I used a figurative 'pearl' - the moon. I think it will be quite pretty painted all … Continue reading Gemstone Challenge Day 6: The Pearl Moon (Sketch Version)

Gemstone Streak Challenge Day 4: Diamond

A digital study of a cut diamond gemstone.

Today I took a bit of a breather and decided to do a study rather than a full painting.  Diamonds are fairly reflective, and they fragment the light - that gives them that sparkly effect ✧ - so I had a bit of trouble even with this, haha.  My first few tries were too. . … Continue reading Gemstone Streak Challenge Day 4: Diamond