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

Check out the Exercise and Download the Practice Sheet HERE

Artist: Tim Von Rueden (vonn)

EXERCISE:  To define and interpret features that distinguish a recognizable face. 

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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Zapdiamond Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Anubis-hound Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2018
First try!
Emeralds by Anubis-hound  
Nichrenegado Featured By Owner May 15, 2018  Hobbyist
How I add gradient? Need to Select and add gradient in every part? Or are simple method?
illumnious Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
need to try this one Illustrator
TheEducationalNerd Featured By Owner Edited Mar 6, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
This was fun! Great tutorial! How'd I do?
Definitely going to try the other gems!
Different Gems by TheEducationalNerd
LaurensZSide Featured By Owner May 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
That was really good!
JonathanJRule Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018
Topaz by JonathanJRule  
thanks bud 
KhaoticSheep Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Bejeweled: the resurrection
Justexplosions Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
I used this to texture my emerald 3d model 3d Emerald by Justexplosions
extremegigerartist Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018
needs to look deeper. 
AxelTheArtist2018 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I LOVE your art :D
Cexxloc Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2018
this is great for my gems of time thanks for the tet i shall use it when i can afford photshop
Shayha Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW this is awesome tuts ;o
JazNotJazz Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Ahhh... Bejewled nostalgia XD 
Kilanky Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for thoses tutos :D
Vixenflame-Natari Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
that is amazing! 
Sereida-Arts Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017  Student General Artist
Thanks for makin this!
BloodOrangeSangria Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I need to create a tutorial folder. These are really cool! 
Chialu99 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2017
I see that gradients were used. Did you use any? Just as.
LiliMasterSS Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017
T t😃😃😑😎😷 🍇🍖🍆🐐of 🍊
Chialu99 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2017
I don't read emoji.
Chialu99 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2017
TL211153 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2017
:happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la 
heroes-of-thedas Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
The last three heart gems look like I could reach out and pluck them from the screen!! ^^-
HopefulZero Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this wonderful exercise! I gave it a try, and I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out! ^.^ (My results: Gem Shading Exercise). Thank you again for your fantastic resources! 
mycomputerman Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2017
mailyspit this is cool.
sephryngrey Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2017  Professional General Artist
OOhhh this is so useful, thank you :)
CrookedCandle Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017
Thanks so much for posting.
SUPERMIRA247 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017
Thank you for doing this 
ChiptuneBrony Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It’s a fire ruby! :heart:
AMBERCASAUBON Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2017  Professional General Artist
very nice...
get abstract inspiration...…
Cupric Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so so much for uploading this^^
kimjam Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wooow so good!! I have the first one!
Pinimal Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for your tutorial.
ElementalJess Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wooooow this is great! Thanks for sharing ^_^
SushiiGurlGamer Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
is there a way to use ur brushes in sai? thx!
PurpleAbyss Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
Awwww, I feel I need to watch you... Your schematic structuring manner is wonderful!
StephenPig28 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
The egg looks this guy:King Pig Upset Icon 
Callyzah Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016  Professional General Artist
Amazing work!! :omg:
Kosmoci Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Now, I used this tutorial for something im making in  Paint tool Sai and I dont get step 4 can someone give me a brief tip for that one? 
Diluculi Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
in case the question is still rwlevant:
I think it's meant that the different areas get either overlaid or replaced by a gradient (judging from the differences in the emerald). At least, that's how I understood this step :)
Kosmoci Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017  Student Digital Artist
So basically blend out the colors/lines with appropriate colors of that gradient? 
Diluculi Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I think one of the colours is the base colour and the gradient either goes lighter or darker from there. Otherwise yes. I could be wrong though, it's just my interpretation of the step :)
Kosmoci Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Okie dokie, thank you ^^
Diluculi Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hope it works out :w00t:
EcstaticMind Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
A very instructive and useful tutorial. Thank you very much!
Keldeopony167 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh~ So pretty!
KseniyaKinaru Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016
Great exercise! Here is my result (even though it's not full)… Thank you so much for your tutorials! 
BelgianGirl1150 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016
Exactly the tutorial I was looking for!!! so many thanks!!!!! <3
YelZamor Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for these fantastic tutorials!
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