Calla Lillies

Here’s another piece of traditional art! Today it’s Calla Lillies, which I happen to like quite a bit. Again, River provided the sketch, and I did the inking and coloring.

I’m much happier with how this one turned out, though I can’t put my finger on exactly why. Maybe because there’s more detail?

Detail pic. I stippled the spadices, but it doesn’t really show in the picture, does it? :’)

I’ve been trying to work on some more digital paintings as well, but I’ve run into the same problem River was struggling with–for some reason GIMP thinks I’m trying to use two tools, so it ends up switching between them very quickly and keeps leaving unsightly blobs everywhere. T-T It’s very frustrating. So I may have to stick with traditional art until I can figure out how to get rid of this glitch. Wish me luck!

~Cloud

Cherry Blossom

It’s been quite a while since I did any traditional artwork–all of my inking and coloring recently has been digital, with a pen tablet. So the other day, River sketched a few things out for me and I sat down to try my hand at doing things the old-fashioned way.

This was actually my first time inking something traditionally. It was a little nerve-wracking, honestly, but also weirdly zen at the same time–there’s no Ctrl-Z button if you aren’t happy with a line, so once you’ve put something down, you have to leave it. I tend to redo lines a lot when I’m inking pictures digitally, trying to get everything just right, so I end up spending a lot of time on a single piece. Inking this only took me about 10 minutes, and the entire drawing was finished in a couple of hours. And while I’m not wholly satisfied with how everything turned out, I think trying this taught me a few things.

Here’s a close-up. I think you can see the colors a bit better in this picture.

A few more drawings are in the works, so once I finish I’ll post about them, too. See you then!

~Cloud

What do you guys think about traditional vs. digital art?

Of Dress up Dolls and Silliness

So I was playing around with this game, by Rinmaru Games, and just for fun I tried my hand at depicting a character of mine. She’s known for her stoicism.

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Ta-da!

Then I got to the hands section, and while all of the selections are lovely, most of them…did not fit her character. Silliness ensued.

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She’s totally humoring someone. Who, I’m not sure, but someone.

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*deadpan voice* “Pikachu. I choose you.”

lycoris-gaming

What’s she playing that has her so nonplussed? The world may never know…

lycoris-a-rose-by-any-other-name

“A rose by any other name…would have thorns just as sharp.”

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I call this one ‘Across the Interrogation Table.’

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“You see this face? This is my ‘unamused’ face.”

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“What’s in the glass? Nobody knows. Care to try a sip?”

Aaaaand, last but not least:

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“…It’s too early for this.”

That one might be my favorite. ^w^ Anyway, hope you enjoyed the dash of silly!

How about you? Do you guys like dress up doll games?

~Cloud

Haiku. Just Because.

River came up to me today and said, “Let’s write haiku!”

So we wrote six haiku together, and split them up to post on our respective blogs.

Enjoy~!

Chocolate for a Valentine

Sweet dusky velvet

Cocoa, vanilla, and cream

Chocolate for you ❤

Flowers

If I had no words,

these would carry the message

I would send to you.

Breeze

Whispering secrets

Only trees will ever know

Laughing caresses

If you’re in the mood for poetry, why don’t you go check out River’s three as well?

~Cloud

Imagination

The neighbors were not happy about my choice of yard art. Or rather, with the latest addition to my yard. I didn’t understand why— it was only a plastic flamingo.

But they objected to it’s presence, saying that it unnerved them, the way its ‘beady black eyes’ followed them around.

The claim was absurd, of course—who ever heard of a fake bird watching the neighbors? And besides, I had grown attached to it. I had found it in the attic, in a box full of my Great-Aunt Janice’s things. I wouldn’t deny that she had been a bit odd, always muttering to herself and brewing the strangest concoctions in her kitchen–but that had nothing to do with her old flamingo.

And if it seemed that it was in a different spot every morning, or that it looked rather smug the day the Millers’ daughter took a fright and went shrieking to her mother…well, surely it was just my imagination.

~

This is part of the Mondays Finish the Story Challenge! If you like reading or writing flash fiction, you should check it out–it’s quite fun! ^^

Patience

The old typewriter had a mind of it’s own. And it waited, perched comfortably on the old desk, softly-worn keys shining invitingly. It had been years since anyone had sat down to write with it–but it didn’t mind. It was patient.

One day, someone would climb up the attic stairs and see it waiting–a child, perhaps, curious eyes lighting up when they spotted it. They would clamber up onto the creaky chair and run chubby fingers over it, hitting a key here or there and giggling with glee as they watched the black ink appear on the aged paper that it still carried. And then, maybe, just maybe, they would write, their fancy taking wing and spilling out onto the paper. And it would sing with the words, once again filled with the joy and life of a story.

And for that moment, the typewriter would wait.

~

So, River recently introduced me to Mondays Finish the Story…this was the result. ^w^

I hope you like it!

~Cloud

Join Us in the Fight For Net Neutrality

…This is what happens when I don’t check my reader for two weeks. -_- I miss things like this. *sighs*
Anyway! Yes, I know I’m late–but late or not, this is important! If you haven’t read this, then go read it.
Go read it now.

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“Net Neutrality” is the simple but powerful principle that cable and broadband providers must treat all internet traffic equally. Whether you’re loading a blog post on WordPress.com, streaming House of Cards on Netflix, or browsing handcrafted tea cozies on Etsy, your internet provider can’t degrade your connection speed, block sites, or charge a toll based on the content that you’re viewing.

Net neutrality has defined the internet since its inception, and it’s hard to argue with the results: the internet is the most powerful engine of economic growth and free expression in history. Most importantly, the open internet is characterized by companies, products, and ideas that survive or fail depending on their own merit — not on whether they have preferred deals in place with a broadband service provider. Unfortunately, the principle of net neutrality, and the open internet that we know and love, is under attack.

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