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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

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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dudgus2429 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
Nafsi-chan Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's nice! A little complicated, but still looks pretty manageable.
D-Rock92 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll be keeping this in mind. Thanks!
Morningvalley Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it is so cool . i just love .
MarianaErwin555 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Nice! :)
HexKor Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These gems are truly outrageous.
ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
truly, truly outrageous ;)
HexKor Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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
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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