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

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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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Aphilien Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015
All of these are absolutely fantastic :3 thank you so much
BDTite1919 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Student General Artist
Koiyaki Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for making this! This has to be the best gem tutorial I've seen in a bit o.o
psycho23 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am terrible at making anything look realistic and these are just gorgeous! Thank you so much!
Ookami-Luna Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful, thank you!
MichiIsAlone Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
i ain't good at the simetry :(
milaink Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
thank you very much for the tutorial! it looks amazing! oooh, stars 
ArinceWang Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015
Oh my! I should've seen this earlier! Thank you for the turorial
magoleth Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this great tutorial ^^
limmiar Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
Perfect! ^^
IgorLevchuk Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for tutorials. Very useful. Going to spend my free time for study it.
GinsengLag Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Thank you so much for this! I dove into trying to draw a gem so fast that I didn't even think to look up a specific cut. This is so helpful.
monion Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
This is great! Thank you so much!
EMPERADO-RFELOZO Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Honeebunny Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for this, it helped me figure out why some gems i were coloring didn't look right! :3
tunngart Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
Thanks for the helpful knowledge!
Rune-Sorceress Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool tutorial. Some of the more advanced ones look so professional in outline already. Envious of the skill!
ruamsa144 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
It looks so realistic! O.O
Neruvous Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014
I need surpass to 6 and 7 level Blankface Workout 
Thank you very much for post 
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DannexReloadex Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow is great!!
Ryfaku Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
can i download it?
ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You sure can! Visit… ! the .psd file is on the page!
MasterVule Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  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! 
hana623 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
I know :O My purity ring has a heart ruby as the main gem and it looks just like that!
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!
centauries Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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…
TifaxLockhart Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Awesome! Thank you for sharing this! :)
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! 
Cockerbear Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank for showing this, and all the other examples.
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;
Doodlz18 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014   Artist
these are so beautiful *o*
wonderful tutorial c:
passionatepremise Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student General Artist
The heart one though... O____O
LMRX-Arsenthall Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
Looks Pretty awsome. Congrats. 
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)
ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Amber, Emerald, Amethyst, Yellow Garnet, Diamond, and Ruby!
Leshie-Leshie Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015
Emoticone 2 
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. 
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
Scylla225 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is a great reference not only for drawing, but simply breaking down the shapes in a gem. Thanks!
Junkienen Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This sure is really helpful. Thank you!
WhiteflameTheAlicorn Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry but...

:icondeaththekidplz: :iconsaysplz: YA BETTER KEEP THE SYMMETRY!!!!!!!!!!!!
ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
"I'm going to keep fighting until this world is the way it should be. Until the world is balanced."
CaptainAma Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the heart one looks real o uo
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