Blogging break! + Random question!

Just wanted to let you all know that I’ll be on a blogging break for the next 2-3 weeks as I will have limited access to a computer.  I’ve scheduled a few posts to show you some of the work-in-progress paintings I’ve been working on in my free time, but I won’t be around to respond to comments – sorry! 😦  But I’ll do my best to get back to you as soon as I can.

And, so this post isn’t just depressing news, how about a random question?  For all you artists, writers, and crafters out there, this one’s for you: What’s your favorite technique to use, and what new technique are you excited to try out?  Let me know in the comments!  I’m looking forward to seeing your responses when I get back! ^^

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Draw Everything June II: Week 2 Roundup

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

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.

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#Mermay Sketch: Starfish

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

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

Cloud Finished Painting a Mermaid!

Mermaid Chibi Cloud Sketch by River

Today I’m happy to share with y’all that Cloud finished the first of the mermaid paintings!  ~(˘▾˘~) (~˘▾˘)~  This sketch:

Mermaid Chibi Cloud Sketch by River

. . . is now a lovely watercolor!  I’m so happy. (。◕‿◕。)  Please head on over to Cloud’s World Of: and check it out!

Falling (Digital Painting WIP)

Falling (WIP) by River. Digital sketch produced in GIMP 2.8 using a Wacom Intuos 3 tablet.

Falling (WIP) by River. Digital sketch produced in GIMP 2.8 using a Wacom Intuos 3 tablet.I was going to add this to a sketchdump later this week, but as I finished the inks today, I thought I’d go ahead and post it. (^u^)  Here is the finished inked version of a new print, “Falling”!

Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland (one of my favorite books), this print features a girl falling in a dream.  I wonder if she was watching Alice in Wonderland before bed?  Or is she Alice, herself, falling down the rabbit hole. . . ?  I haven’t quite decided yet, so we’ll see what happens when I color it. \(^o^)/

Fun fact: This piece took me three days to ink.  Whew!  All those little details were quite intense.  Any bets on how long coloring will take. . . ?  Haha.

Tools

  • GIMP 2
  • Wacom Intuos 3

Sketches and Ramblings

Work is going slowly this week. I don’t have any finished pieces to share, so here’s a page of sketches I shared on Twitter:

(This is probably a good time to mention that I usually post daily sketches on Twitter.  They just seem to fit better on Twitter vs this blog.  But maybe I should do like a  weekly round-up of sketches?  A sketchdump?  What do you think?)

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Gemstone Challenge Day 12: Turquoise Amulet

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

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!