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 … Continue reading Summertime Portraits

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How to Paint a Galaxy in Watercolor (Beginner Tutorial)

All done!

Remember these? 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 … Continue reading How to Paint a Galaxy in Watercolor (Beginner Tutorial)

Another Sketch for #Mermay! Chibi Mermaid Nutmeg

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 … Continue reading Another Sketch for #Mermay! Chibi Mermaid Nutmeg

What I Used for Inktober 2016: Sakura Gelly Roll Pen

River Painting: Finishing Touches with Sakura Gelly Roll SMALL

This post contains Amazon Affiliate links for your convenience.  Check out my Disclosures page for more info.Welcome 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, … Continue reading What I Used for Inktober 2016: Sakura Gelly Roll Pen

Chibi Mermaids for #Mermay

Mermaid Chibi River Sketch for #Mermay by River on Strike A Spark

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^ These pictures are a collaboration … Continue reading Chibi Mermaids for #Mermay

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

This post contains Amazon Affiliate links for your convenience. Check out my Disclosures page for more info. 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 in Grayscale.  Which means we're at my … Continue reading What I Used for Inktober 2016: Tombow Dual-Brush Pens