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Exercise 26 Practice Sheet: Shading Gems by ConceptCookie Exercise 26 Practice Sheet: Shading Gems by ConceptCookie
***June 10th Update*** Thank you guys for making this on the front page, but the step by step comes next Friday, that will have more step by step tips and techniques. Still quite the honor, Cookies for everyone =D
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Check out the full post, and download the handout HERE


EXERCISE:  To practice the art of shading gems accurately with confidence.

  • Two (2) Week Exercise!

This exercise is to be confident in adding gems, jewelry, or ornate decorations to your future character designs or adding set details. Adding simple gems around a necklace, head pieces or through other jewelry pieces can add that extra detail your character may need to add more interest. These are simple to create and when you know how to add them accurately, it’s a nice tool you can feel confident working in your character designs! Below is the handout sheet and you can HIDE the layer containing all the wording and “tips” so that you are left with 6 clean outlines of different gems.

The 6 different gems are as follows: 

  1. Smooth Gems, often seen with a translucent color and material. Allow light to pass through the gem and work with the tip chart further down below
  2. What is normally seen as an “Emerald Cut” Start doing research on “Faceted” surfaces and the appearance they create!
  3. This is a look that has similar size cuts throughout, focus on creating a random palette to create the illusion of a shiny gemstone.
  4. Let’s mix what is learned from the last two gems and create the “Pear Shape Cut” and work to create a symmetry.
  5. The Classic Diamond. Let’s start adding subtle gradients to further the illusion of the reflective gemstone!
  6. Bring it all together and put your heart into creating the final gemstone on our chart!

Lastly, try having each gem be a different color and look at reference to see how different gems (emerald, ruby, amethyst, sapphire, topaz, etc.) carry a particular color and how to accurately depict them!

Download your handout and submit it by next Friday to be one of the top submissions entered for this exercise!

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:iconpsycho23:
psycho23 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing!
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dudgus2429 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
awesome!!
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:iconnafsi-chan:
Nafsi-chan Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's nice! A little complicated, but still looks pretty manageable.
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D-Rock92 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll be keeping this in mind. Thanks!
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:iconmorningvalley:
Morningvalley Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it is so cool . i just love .
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:iconmarianaerwin555:
MarianaErwin555 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Nice! :)
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:iconhexkor:
HexKor Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These gems are truly outrageous.
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:iconconceptcookie:
ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
truly, truly outrageous ;)
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:iconhexkor:
HexKor Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:icontaricplz:
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Pyrosaitan1 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
i don't get the illusion of three, it just looks like a pattern of triangles coloured in by an autistic kid who likes green
no offense i just calls how i sees
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ETHorrorGamer Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Um...I kinda take that offenseively...because I have a friend who is Autistic and I have Aspergers...but I understand that you may think that and you didn't indend to offend anyone so I won't hold a grudge on you.
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Pyrosaitan1 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
thats nice... whatever...
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:iconhexkor:
HexKor Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Approximately %40 of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder are actually well above the average cognitive levels of non-ASD individuals. These individuals are usually great artists,  technologically savvy, and knowledgeable on specific subjects.

The rest of the individuals who fall on the spectrum are actually average or near-average. The majority of what people perceive to be "mentally retarded" in Autism is the way they act. Many with ASD do not understand social or behavioral queues and do not act appropriately in a given situation. 

No, as for the specifics of your comment: An autistic would actually be very good at coloring these gems because many are good at understanding the artistic  points and properly placing colors.

I hope you will be a little more informed the next time you consider using that analogy.
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Pyrosaitan1 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
thanks, now i know when i try to say something a million and one people will swarm ass-first to correct me on saying that something looks like it was done by a retard and not an AWTISTIC!!!
je-fucking-sus you people are thick
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:iconhexkor:
HexKor Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do not cast the blame of your ignorance on others.

Educate yourself.
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:iconpyrosaitan1:
Pyrosaitan1 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
wha- it's not my ignorance if YOU didn't understand what i meant!
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:iconperunium-ursogulo:
Perunium-ursogulo Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Same here =/..\=
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:iconeraezr:
Eraezr Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
a lot of autistic kids are better artists than those with full mental faculties.
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:iconpyrosaitan1:
Pyrosaitan1 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
you know what i meant
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:iconpiggykit:
Piggykit Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was definitely something I needed help with!  Such an awesome help!
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:iconjstansantana:
JStanSantana Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wow, thanks!
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:iconarekobaleno:
Arekobaleno Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Thank you soooooooooooo much !
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:iconconceptcookie:
ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You are soooooooooooo welcome ;)
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:iconklutzyninjakitty:
KlutzyNinjaKitty Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Oh my god thank you! I just started a drawing where a specific species has a gem on their forehead and then I see this :D

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:iconconceptcookie:
ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Great timing, hope this helps you with your character design!
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:iconklutzyninjakitty:
KlutzyNinjaKitty Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconwr0:
wr0 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
---E thank you for the tutorial!~ let us make our characters sparkle!
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:iconconceptcookie:
ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
*sparkles everywhere*
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:iconwr0:
wr0 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
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ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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:iconwr0:
wr0 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
---E taste the rainbow! :la:
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Hatty-hime Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such a lovely tutorial.
My character's design had gems in it, it was so complex to figure out how to shade things!
Thanks a lot for your help! <3
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:iconconceptcookie:
ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh that's awesome timing, hope this helps!
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:iconbukittyan:
bukittyan Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Very helpful tutorial! Thanks for making it!
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:iconconceptcookie:
ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You are most welcome! Although the step by step tutorial will be posted next Friday =]
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:icongen-12:
GEN-12 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice!
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:iconloner911:
loner911 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
great tutorial. 
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:iconbagelthebeagle:
bagelthebeagle Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
nice tutorial!
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DerianaTheHedgehog Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is really helpfull! i never understood how to shade them but now i get it XD
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NekoNekoGirl04 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome~ Really helpful for shading gems. :D
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:iconzenkai97:
zenkai97 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
intersting
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:iconouji-loli:
Ouji-Loli Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Let me just hug you for this...
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:iconconceptcookie:
ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
*Hugs back*
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Alyssa-Rice Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The download for this is the influence chart...?
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:iconconceptcookie:
ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh thank you, it's been fixed now =]
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:iconodow:
Odow Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Dude you have to learn to read, it's on the first sentence in bold huge letter.
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Alyssa-Rice Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The download link on the website is the incorrect exercise. Better check before you sass next time. 
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