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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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Ryfaku Featured By Owner 4 days ago
can i download it?
MasterVule Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have download button at right. Click it and you will get the full resolution picture. After that just right click at it and select save as and save it
infinityfractals Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
Izz-noxfox Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
Neat, I rarely ever painted such gems and hadn't thought of segmenting the shapes first.
dudgus2429 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
MasterVule Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for tutorial :)
p-l-u-m-b-u-m Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The last gem is too real :0 Awesome! 
RealTimeBrush Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
Another excellent piece, love the step by step and gridded break down
luchojimenez Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
muy bonitas  , me gustan  ,tratare de  emularlas  con acuarelas
TheBlueDreamMaker Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is so amazing!
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