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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! 
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
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   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:
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