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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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p-l-u-m-b-u-m Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The last gem is too real :0 Awesome! 
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RealTimeBrush Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
Another excellent piece, love the step by step and gridded break down
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luchojimenez Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
muy bonitas  , me gustan  ,tratare de  emularlas  con acuarelas
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TheBlueDreamMaker Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is so amazing!
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centauries Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
I just wanted to thank CK for their tutorials and especially this one, keep it up guys!
With your help I managed to pull this off centauries.deviantart.com/art/…
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TifaxLockhart Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Awesome! Thank you for sharing this! :)
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Katc0m Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  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   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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