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Exercise 26 Results: Shading Gems Step by Step
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Published: June 20, 2014
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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's avatar
Zapdiamond|Student Digital Artist
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Anubis-hound's avatar
First try!
Emeralds by Anubis-hound  
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Nichrenegado's avatar
How I add gradient? Need to Select and add gradient in every part? Or are simple method?
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illumnious|Hobbyist Digital Artist
need to try this one Illustrator
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TheEducationalNerdEdited |Student Traditional Artist
This was fun! Great tutorial! How'd I do?
Definitely going to try the other gems!
Different Gems by TheEducationalNerd
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LaurensZSide|Hobbyist General Artist
That was really good!
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Topaz by JonathanJRule  
thanks bud 
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KhaoticSheep|Hobbyist Artist
Bejeweled: the resurrection
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Justexplosions|Student Traditional Artist
I used this to texture my emerald 3d model 3d Emerald by Justexplosions
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needs to look deeper. 
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AxelTheArtist2018|Student Digital Artist
I LOVE your art :D
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Cexxloc's avatar
this is great for my gems of time thanks for the tet i shall use it when i can afford photshop
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Shayha|Hobbyist General Artist
WOW this is awesome tuts ;o
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JazNotJazz|Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhh... Bejewled nostalgia XD 
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Kilanky|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for thoses tutos :D
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Vixenflame-Natari|Hobbyist General Artist
that is amazing! 
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Sereida-Arts|Student General Artist
Thanks for makin this!
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BloodOrangeSangria|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I need to create a tutorial folder. These are really cool! 
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Chialu99's avatar
I see that gradients were used. Did you use any? Just as.
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T t😃😃😑😎😷 🍇🍖🍆🐐of 🍊
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I don't read emoji.
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