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Exercise 26 Results: Shading Gems Step by Step by ConceptCookie Exercise 26 Results: Shading Gems Step by Step by ConceptCookie

The Full Results Update and Brush Download HERE.  

This exercise was a true gem! Below is a step by step on how I created each of the gemstones from the exercise practice sheet. I broke it down into each significant step on what was included or added:

  1. Outline - Begin with the shape of each gem, do research if you're looking for a specific cut! Try to do this on a separate layer to hide in step 4.
  2. Solid Base - Choose a color and try working in a darker value shade of that hue.
  3. Color Variants - This is when we start to create the illusion of faceting, when each "plane" of a gem will catch the light and reflect it at a slightly different value of that same hue. Think about where the light source is coming from as well.
  4. Remove Outlines and Add Gradients - This will give the gem a solid foundation from here to detail further! Subtle gradients will add that extra touch of realism.
  5. Sharp Angles Brush - The intense sharp angles that are seen in gems can be recreated with an angles brush set to overlay or multiply. You can download our brush HERE.
  6. Highlights - Work along the edges of the different facets and this will give the gem a sense of realism along with separating the planes from one another.
  7. Detailing and Polishing - Add any final detail and "polishing" to give your gem an extra something to make it stand out. I also like working in the shadows and pop in some color.
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TifaxLockhart Featured By Owner 6 hours ago  Student General Artist
Awesome! Thank you for sharing this! :)
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Katc0m Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Digital Artist
I'm really loving these exercises!! They're really teaching me how to handle gem lighting! 
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Cockerbear Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  New member  Digital Artist
Thank for showing this, and all the other examples.
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Combo89 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my, I absolutely love them! that's hard to do but with pratice can resolve all or parzial, ahaha ;w;
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Doodlz18 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014   Artist
these are so beautiful *o*
wonderful tutorial c:
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oceanserenity Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student General Artist
*gasps*
The heart one though... O____O
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LMRX-Arsenthall Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
Looks Pretty awsome. Congrats. 
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Leshie-Leshie Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
Are there the names of the 6 gems here? 

"Gems, gems are outrageous. They are truly, truly, truly, outrageous." - Taric (League of Legends)
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Early-Art Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This was pretty helpful. I'm painting the cover for my book and I'd never painted crystals before. Thank you. 
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RainbowMarimo Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think the main issue with drawing gems is choosing the correct color tone for each different "surface". I mever get it right and it always looks a little strange XD
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