Will bookmark

15 03 2014

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted a bookmark, and I drew this one a while ago but it’s one I still really like because it’s fairly accurate. This is Will, yet another character from Forest.

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Will is a laid back, fun-loving person who has Water element (like me! :D), so he loves swimming and summertime (okay maybe not so much like me!). This is one of only two accurate drawings I’ve ever done of him, despite several attempts over the years from 2006 to now, so even though the background on this is a bit wonky I’m still super proud of it.

Check it out on deviantART: Will Bookmark by Silverwatermist

This was done in 95% marker and 5% colored pencil for touch-ups. Started off with a sketch, inked it, and worked up from there with color. Credit for some stock photos that were a huge help goes to Melyssah6-Stock on deviantART.





Iva in the Cabin

8 03 2014

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Next in my slowly-being drawn-and-colored series of Forest characters with full backgrounds (last time I posted my character Garizole), we have someone that I’ve never posted about or talked about before, because she doesn’t even feature in the first book and likely will never be in the main series at all: Avery’s mother, Iva, who is the current Queen of the Elves.

This is her when she was younger, in the “cabin” (more like a house) that her husband/Avery’s father built as their get-away place for their honeymoon/vacations.

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As usual this is done in marker with colored pencil touch-ups for some parts. She was a lot of fun to draw (since I’ve never really drawn her accurately before and only have one short story where she shows up) but the room itself was a challenge because of all the wood grain. I guess that’s what you get for creating a world that’s a giant forest though!

I’m working on more of these! One is currently in the coloring stage and is, once again, a character I’ve never drawn accurately before so I’m pretty excited about it. Stay tuned ^.^





Writing Wednesday: The History of the Unicorn

26 02 2014

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I’ve just begun collaborating with this great blog called The Curious Beast, which posts articles on humanity, fictional characters, mythology, snippets of unfinished novels, and more! I’m going to be working on a series called Mythical Beasts where we explore the history and origins of various creatures from legend. Here’s a preview of my very first article!

MYTHICAL BEASTS SERIES: THE MAGICAL UNICORN

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A dazzling pure white horse; a bearded and cloven-hoofed goat; a wild donkey with a white body, red head, and dark blue eyes. Each sporting a single horn. Each, in fact, a unicorn.

Anyone in our modern world could identify the unicorn as the pure white single-horned horse of the first description. We know it to be a highly magical creature, featuring in such works as Harry Potter, where the tail hairs are used to power wands, the horns are used in potions, and the blood can both sustain your life and curse you. In modern times, the unicorn has a fairly concrete and established image. All us know what one looks like, and if asked to describe it, would generally list the same details.

For people living in ancient times, however, their knowledge of the unicorn was gained by word of mouth from travelers around the globe, who told stories of sightings in distant lands. When the ancient Greeks wrote of unicorns, they were included in accounts of natural history because at that time, they were thought to be real.

So how did the unicorn go from expansive, varying myths across the globe to the unanimous image of modern times?

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The first article in the series, done by the lovely Sara who runs The Curious Beast, can be found right here. It’s on the Sphinx!

This is my first paid writing venture and I can’t tell you how excited I am! For those who don’t have tumblr but want to stay up-to-date with the happenings on The Curious Beast, you can like their facebook page here.

For the next article in the series, we’re thinking of concentrating on mermaids. What would you like to see?





Garizole in the Library

23 02 2014

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It’s been months since I’ve done a post and that’s far too long. I’ve been working a LOT on writing and just regular life things right now, but I have been doing some drawing that I want to share.

Here is my original character from my novel Forest, complete with a background and everything:

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This was sketched in pencil, outlined and colored in marker, and then touched up with colored pencil. I recently got a set of Copic skin tone markers and they’ve been amazing! Prismacolors are great for objects and bold colors but I find that Copics are better for things like skin and the sky; anything that needs to be light, transparent, or sheer.

I also posted this drawing up on deviantART!

WANT A COMMISSION LIKE THIS? Contact me with your idea either through this blog or on my facebook page and we can discuss the details and price. Including backgrounds will cost more.

Garizole and Forest are © Krystal Johnson/Silverwatermist 2014





Cactus Calendar Images

26 11 2013

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All of the images for the Cactus Calendar have been completed!! Hurray!!
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If you’re interested in purchasing the calendars, I will be ordering them on December 1st. Please make your purchase before then, otherwise you might get charged extra shipping/not receive your calendar by the holidays.

ORDER THE 2014 CALENDAR HERE:

Thank you so much to those who have pre-ordered the calendar so far. You’re helping me pay my bills and you have no idea how much that means. You can find more updates/additional cactus drawings for the calendar on the other posts on my blog so far:





October Cacti: 2014 Calendar

11 11 2013

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I’m really upset that this one is late, but some life circumstances kind of gave me no choice. I wish it had been done in time for Halloween, but here it is, a little late:

The cacti are out trick-or-treating this time. Looks like one of them’s a bit confused over the purpose of the bag, though.

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ORDER THE 2014 CALENDAR HERE:

Thank you so much to those who have pre-ordered the calendar so far. You’re helping me pay my bills and you have no idea how much that means. You can find more updates/additional cactus drawings for the calendar on the other posts on my blog so far:





June Cacti: 2014 Calendar

22 10 2013

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The cacti are having a birthday celebration for June, although it seems to be getting a bit out of hand. Whose brilliant idea was it to give them access to balloons??

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PRE-ORDER THE 2014 CALENDAR HERE:

Thank you so much to those who have pre-ordered the calendar so far. You’re helping me pay my bills and you have no idea how much that means. You can find more updates/additional cactus drawings for the calendar on the other posts on my blog so far:








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