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!

Gemstone Challenge, Day 11: November’s Child (Sketch) for Topaz

She said that topazes always reminded her of Autumn, when the maple leaves fell.  It was her favorite season.

She said that topazes always reminded her of Autumn, when the maple leaves fell. It was her favorite season.

Another sketch day. . . .  This piece is more melancholy than most of my works, though I like to think that there is a good side to it as well.  I don’t know if I’ll finish this piece, but I already have a color scheme I’d like to use! Haha.  It goes like this: A cool blue for the wallpaper, either natural wood or painted white for the table, orange for the topaz ring (naturally), and bright red for the maple leaf.  That way, the ring and leaf will hopefully pop!  And I want to color the portrait nicely as well. ^u^

This was inspired by/created for the Gemstone Streak Challenge.

Gemstone Challenge, Day 10: Opal-Eyed Animals

gemstone-challenge-opal-eyed-animals-v1Today’s concept comes courtesy of my mother, who suggested I do animals with eyes like glowing opals.  (Thank you, Mom!)  Here we have a cat, a fox, and a mouse sitting together at dusk, their eyes glowing in the low light.

This piece took me about five hours from start to finish, and it’s the first colored piece I’ve completed in about a week.  It’s actually a crop of the full piece; I wanted to really feature their eyes.  I’m pretty happy with it!  (Though I’m sure tomorrow I’ll think of things I want to change. . . .)  I’m glad I was able to try something a little different!

Now it’s really late and I’m ready for bed!  See you tomorrow for Topaz~

EDIT: I forgot to mention this, oops!  Today I used custom Fur Brushes by Lhuin on dA.  They were free and very cool!  Even though they’re Photoshop brushes, they work in GIMP too; just put them in the Brushes folder like other GIMP brushes (here’s the article that taught me how to do this).  Thank you, Lhuin!