Watercolor Galaxies

The landscape I posted last week isn't the only watercolor practice I've been doing. . . I've also enjoyed making these galaxies.  They were originally inspired by this tutorial on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckd8eObFFtc Unfortunately, this method didn't work for me exactly.  My paints are less pigmented and have a smaller variety of color - so, for … Continue reading Watercolor Galaxies

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Experimenting with Watercolor: Mountains and Rivers Landscape

Watercolor painting of mountains and rivers, with birds flying above.

As I mentioned before, I've been sketching on watercolor paper with the full intent to paint them traditionally, rather than digitally - but I'm a little nervous to start.  What if I ruin it?!  You know the feeling?  With digital art, you always have CTRL+Z, but with watercolors, you can't change it once you put … Continue reading Experimenting with Watercolor: Mountains and Rivers Landscape

Pencil Sketch: Cloud, the Lady of Spring

Cloud as the Lady of Spring - small version - by River on Strike A Spark

I'm still in a flower-inspired mood, so have a sketch of Cloud as a Lady of Spring!  In keeping with the witch drawings I did last Inktober, Cloud is the character I turn to when I want to draw flowers and spring-like themes.  She's just so optimistic and sweet herself that it seems a natural … Continue reading Pencil Sketch: Cloud, the Lady of Spring

Draw Everything June II: Week 1

DEJ2 Day 2: Practice - SMALL version by River on Strike A Spark

For the month of June, I've found a new challenge: 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 (so at least weekends are off - phew!).  I've decided to do this challenge as a daily warm-up, which means it's … Continue reading Draw Everything June II: Week 1

#Mermay Sketch: Starfish

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 … Continue reading #Mermay Sketch: Starfish

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

Pencil Sketch: The Queen of May

The Queen of May Sketch - Small Version - by River on Strike A Spark

Since GIMP and/or my tablet drivers and/or my laptop in general have been making it difficult to paint digitally, lately I've been doing a lot of pencil sketches! Today's piece, "The Queen of May," was inspired by all the flowers in bloom - the apple blossoms and lilies a few weeks ago, and the daisies … Continue reading Pencil Sketch: The Queen of May