Summertime Portraits

Summertime Cloud - a painting by River of Studio Luminessa.

I’ve been collecting professional artists’ markers for a while, but I’ve always been a little nervous to use them.  Unlike digital art, traditional work – with paints, with pens, with markers – has no “undo” button.  Yes, there are techniques to cover and incorporate mistakes; still, it is nerve-wracking for an artist who grew up with the safety net of CTRL+Z.  So while I sketched these portraits in June, they remained only sketches while I thought about what to do with them.  Leaving them as a sketch was no good, of course, so with a little nudging from Cloud, I finally sat down to ink and paint them last week.  And if I messed up horribly, I could always re-do them digitally, after all. . . .

Luckily, I did not mess up horribly, so here they are!
Summertime River - a painting by River of Studio Luminessa.
Summertime Cloud - a painting by River of Studio Luminessa.

The markers were a mix of Promarkers and ShinHan Touch markers (both alcohol-based) and a single pink Aquamarker (water-based).  I found that the Promarkers and Touch markers blended quite nicely, and the Aquamarker layered nicely after the alcohol layer dried thoroughly.  My Sakura Gelly Roll pen provided highlights – a real life-saver when you accidentally color over, say, the whites of the eyes, haha!

Stats

Time: 22 hours for both

Materials: mechanical pencil, Prismacolor Premier .05 pen, ShinHan Touch markers, Promarkers, Aquamarkers, Sakura Gelly Roll (white)

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How to Paint a Galaxy in Watercolor (Beginner Tutorial)

All done!

Remember these?

Watercolor galaxies!

In this tutorial, we’re going to take a look at how to make these galaxy pictures in watercolor!   They’re simple to make and look spectacular – my favorite kind of technique. :3  In only three layers of color, and only an hour or two from start to finish (including drying times!), these galaxies are quick and fun to make.  Best yet, you can finish several in an afternoon!

Let’s get started!

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Another Sketch for #Mermay! Chibi Mermaid Nutmeg

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

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

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!

What I Used for Inktober 2016: Sakura Gelly Roll Pen

River Painting: Finishing Touches with Sakura Gelly Roll SMALL

River Painting: Finishing Touches with Sakura Gelly Roll SMALLWelcome back to the fourth and (for now) final installment of What I Used for Inktober!  Today we’ll be looking at the Sakura Gelly Roll Pen in White, a gel pen that I like to use for accents, outlines, and highlights, like I did in the picture above!  (I also added a blue background using a Promarker – but that’s a review for another day! 😛 )

When I committed to Inktober, I was worried about highlights.  In digital art, it’s easy to add a white outline or highlights at the end of a painting – just make a new layer!  But with markers? o~o  Luckily, with the Sakura Gelly Roll pen, it’s easy to add highlights and finishing touches after the main shading!  At about $5 USD for a set of 3, these pens are budget-friendly. . . and, I would say, well worth the price.

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Chibi Mermaids for #Mermay

Mermaid Chibi River Sketch for #Mermay by River on Strike A Spark
Mermaid Chibi Cloud Sketch by River
Cloud as a mermaid!

On Twitter this week, I’ve seen a lot of people drawing mermaids for May (Mermay, get it?), so I was inspired to draw some, too!  I won’t be doing one every day as I’m working on a few other projects right now, but I’ve had fun with these sketches. ^u^

Mermaid Chibi River Sketch for #Mermay by River on Strike A Spark
And River as a mermaid!

These pictures are a collaboration with Cloud, who will paint them!  Recently, Cloud has been enjoying painting with watercolors, so these sketches were drawn on watercolor paper.  I really like the toothy texture – it picks up pencil well.  We decided not to ink them to give a softer impression.  I’m really looking forward to seeing how they look painted! (◕‿◕✿)  Cloud will post them on her blog when she’s done, so keep an eye out! ,

What I Used for Inktober 2016: Tombow Dual-Brush Pens

Welcome back to the What I Used for Inktober series!  Last week, we looked at the Prismacolor Premier 0.005 black pen for inking, and today we’re looking at Tombow Dual-Brush Pens.  Which means we’re at my favorite part: Coloring!  \(^o^)/

Last year, I wanted to try coloring with markers after seeing so many amazing marker paintings on the Web and so many amazing speedpaints on Youtube.  As a beginner, though, I didn’t want to heavily invest in a huge set of markers or purchase the most expensive professional materials (looking at you, Copics!) – or not yet, at least.  So I chose to try the water-based Tombow Dual-Brush Pens after hearing that they are a good brand and (luckily) were on sale at the time.  Better yet, they were reported to be durable, self-cleaning, and even blend well.  Sounds good, right?

Long story short, yes, they’re great!  I like them a lot,  though I’m also using other brands these days.  Tombow markers do have a few downsides, mainly due to the nature of water-based markers; but the water-based vs alcohol-based debate is a post for another day.  Let’s get started!

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