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 inspired by those colors.  The setting is the dark of night (for onyx), and her dress, the gems on her cloak, and the fairy lights will be red (for sardonyx), I think.  We’ll see how it goes when I do the color test. ^u^

Thanks for following along with me as I tackled this challenge!  It was a lot of fun, and I hope you enjoyed it as well!

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 they could not.

Unfortunately, my hand became a little cramped today, so we’re back to posting the pencil sketches.  I’m still planning to complete the Gemstone Streak Challenge, but I’ll probably stop at the pencil sketches for the last two themes as well.  After my hand’s had the chance to rest up, I’ll go back and ink and color them.  It should keep me busy for a little while. ^u^

Today marks the end of the monthly birthstones!  Tomorrow’s theme is Tiger Eye.  I’m looking forward to it!

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.

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: A cool blue for the wallpaper, either natural wood or painted white for the table, orange for the topaz ring (naturally), and bright red for the maple leaf.  That way, the ring and leaf will hopefully pop!  And I want to color the portrait nicely as well. ^u^

This was inspired by/created for the Gemstone Streak Challenge.

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 actually works. 😛 ) I really like this character design, so we’ll see if she pops up in a story one day. ^^

I was pretty tired last night, so I was only able to finish the pencil sketch.  Normally, my process goes mechanical pencil sketch –> digital inks –> digital coloring.  If I’m planning to color traditionally (like I did for Inktober), then I’ll use my non-photo blue pencils instead (link to Amazon, review coming soon-ish), but they were expensive and too precious to use if I’m planning to color digitally, haha.  (Also, they’re non-photo blue.  So they don’t scan too well, I hear! XP I should probably try it anyway though, hmm. For science.)

Today’s theme is Opal, and I’m excited to share it with you!  I’m hoping that maybe I can paint it today, depending on when I finish my homework, so it might be uploaded really late tonight.  Keep an eye out!

In the meantime, you should really check out the Gemstone Streak Challenge main page if you haven’t already.  Everyone’s done such awesome work!  Really creative!  And really inspiring, I don’t know if I’d have made it this far if I didn’t have their work to look forward too as well.


Gemstone Challenge Day 7: Peridot Clover (wip)

gemstone-challenge-peridot-clover-sketchToday’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 bit further than the last three and begin flatting.  I was happy with her hand when I drew it, but now something seems a little off. . . hm. . . I may have to redraw it.  😦  Despite that, overall I’m happy with this piece.  It was a bit of a struggle for such a simple composition, but of course the most important thing is that I sat down and drew it, no?

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 in pastel shades. Also, I am not sure how I want to render the leaves, so I just used a preset, textured brush as a placeholder. 🙂

Fun fact: Her outfit and hairstyle are inspire by ancient Chinese court dress, but are by no means accurate!  Historic Chinese costumes are so intricate, flowing, beautiful – I’d like to draw more outfits inspired by these fashions.

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. . . hmm. . . busy, so I simplified it to get this style!

I’ve had some questions about the program I use, so I’ll mention it here.  All of my recent digital pieces are done in GIMP, though I usually do the sketch by hand.  I know it seems like most artists prefer Photoshop or Paint Tool SAI, but I find that GIMP works for me!