Art from the Archives: Great Fire Dragon

Happy Friday!  Are you looking forward to the weekend?  I know I am! =^w^=

Welcome back to the third installment of Art from the Archives!  Today’s picture is the companion to last week’s post.  It’s the Great Fire Dragon!

Great Fire Dragon by RiverJust like Blue Mountain Dragon, Great Fire Dragon looks better in print than on my monitor.  It’s a mystery~

The process was much the same for this photo.  I started from a sketch, but skipped clean inks and went straight to blocking out colors and layering complementary shades.  The glowing blue light from the orb was a little more difficult to do – deciding where the light would probably be reflected took a while.  I should have added more lighting from the fires surrounding him, too.

Great Fire Dragon is the second and currently the last in the Elemental Dragons series.  I also planned to do an Earth dragon, a Water dragon, and a Air/Wind dragon, and maybe one day soon I’ll get back into it. Goodness knows that these two were among the most fun I’ve ever painted. 😀

Don’t forget, next Friday is the last Art from the Archives installment for now!  Check back then to see what else I found!  Though I can give you a hint – it’s not a dragon, unfortunately. 😉

Art from the Archives: Blue Mountain Dragon

Hello and welcome back to Art from the Archives!  Today I’m sharing with you one of my favorite pieces that I made, oh, about five years ago, I think?  Simply titled Blue Mountain Dragon, it took about 8-10 hours to complete and was the first in a planned series of elemental/nature dragons:

Blue Mountain Dragon by RiverThis picture (and the one I’ll post next week) actually looks better in print than on my monitor.  I don’t know why?  I feel like it’s usually the other way around, but eh!  I’ll take it. 😄

The process for Blue Mountain Dragon was the complete opposite of structured.  I was really only just getting into digital painting and used it as an opportunity to try whatever I wanted.  I blocked in the dragon first, then used complementary blues, purples, and greens on various opacity settings to get that translucent, flowy look.  The setting, sky, and moon were all done afterwards.  As solid objects, it was hard to achieve that same layered look and still make them relatively realistic.

I’m really happy with how it turned out, considering my skill level at the time. So if I ever re-do this picture, it will probably be more of a touch-up than a from-scratch deal.  I’m actually looking forward to it, but gotta finish the Gemstone series first~!

Don’t forget to check back next Friday for the third Art from the Archives post!

Art from the Archives: Angel

Angel, a digital painting by River featuring Cloud's original character Alicia.

Hello hello and welcome to the first in my series that I’ve suddenly decided to call, “Art from the Archives!”  Basically, old art that I recently found again.  Most of it’s never been posted anywhere, and only seen by my family and friends. . . because back when I drew them, I was not posting regularly. . . .

AHEM.  Anyhoot, the first piece I’d like to share with y’all is titled Angel.  It features Cloud’s OC Alicia from the Tales From New Bruntum role-play.  It’s one of the few pieces of art I made for that project before it went on hiatus, and I think the only finished one.  The style is very different from my current style, no?

As it’s been a few years since I drew Angel, there are naturally things I’d do different now: more delicate lines, update the style, correct the perspective. . . . The one thing I’m very happy with is the color scheme!  I think the soft tones and gentle shading convey the mood very well. =^__^=

I hope you enjoyed this look into the archives!  Tune in next Friday, when I reveal another piece! 😄

Onyx and Sardonyx wip

Hi everyone!  How’s it going?

Since the end of the Gemstone Challenge, I’ve been focusing on the webcomic buffer and on another project Cloud and I started just recently.  I’ve also been working on painting the Gemstone sketches, starting with the last one, Onyx and Sardonyx!  I’d hoped to have finished it by now, but as I continue painting, I find more that I want to change or improve, so it’s an ongoing process.  Here’s what it looks like now:

Onyx and Sardonyx work-in-progress by River

(There are more in-progress pics on my twitter, so check that out if you’re interested.  ^u^)

I think it looks a lot better than the last WIP I shared on my twitter about a week ago:

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Still, I think there’s a lot to be done, so the painting continues! I’m not sure how much longer it will take, but. . . maybe more than a week. .  . ? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

In the meantime, I don’t want to leave y’all in the lurch, so I’ve got some things planned!  I’ll be posting my daily warmups on twitter, and I have posts lined up for the next few weeks.  They’re all old paintings that I’ve never posted anywhere before!  What could they be. . . ? 😛  They’ll post on Fridays, so keep an eye out!

‘Til Friday, then!

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 13: Tiger Eye

A digital painting of a woman modeling a tiger-eye pendant.  Made with GIMP 2 by River.

Day 13’s theme is Tiger Eye.  I intended to stop after doing the sketch, but I was having so much fun that I kept going until I finished the flats!  I had fun painting the tiger eye pendant and trying to capture the way the colored bands seem to glow within the gem.

Tools

  • GIMP 2
  • Wacom Intuos 3

Don’t forget to check out the Gemstone Streak Club page!  There are a ton of creative submissions – over 70, last I checked – and everyone is doing such a wonderful job.

See you all later tonight for the final theme, Onyx!

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!