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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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:iconanubis-hound:
Anubis-hound Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2018
First try!
Emeralds by Anubis-hound  
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:iconnichrenegado:
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?
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:iconillumnious:
illumnious Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
need to try this one day.....in Illustrator
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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
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LaurensZSide Featured By Owner May 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
That was really good!
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JonathanJRule Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018
Topaz by JonathanJRule  
thanks bud 
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:iconkhaoticsheep:
KhaoticSheep Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Bejeweled: the resurrection
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Justexplosions Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
I used this to texture my emerald 3d model 3d Emerald by Justexplosions
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extremegigerartist Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018
needs to look deeper. 
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AxelTheArtist2018 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I LOVE your art :D
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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
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:iconshayha:
Shayha Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW this is awesome tuts ;o
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:iconjaznotjazz:
JazNotJazz Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2017
Ahhh... Bejewled nostalgia XD 
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:iconkilanky:
Kilanky Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for thoses tutos :D
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Vixenflame-Natari Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
that is amazing! 
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:iconsereida-arts:
Sereida-Arts Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017  Student General Artist
Thanks for makin this!
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BloodOrangeSangria Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I need to create a tutorial folder. These are really cool! 
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Chialu99 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2017
I see that gradients were used. Did you use any? Just as.
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LiliMasterSS Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017
T t😃😃😑😎😷 🍇🍖🍆🐐of 🍊
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Chialu99 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2017
I don't read emoji.
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Chialu99 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2017
Asking
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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 
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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!! ^^-
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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! 
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mycomputerman Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2017
mailyspit this is cool.
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sephryngrey Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2017  Professional General Artist
OOhhh this is so useful, thank you :)
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CrookedCandle Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017
Thanks so much for posting.
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SUPERMIRA247 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017
Thank you for doing this 
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:iconchiptunebrony:
ChiptuneBrony Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It’s a fire ruby! :heart:
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AMBERCASAUBON Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2017  Professional General Artist
very nice...
get abstract inspiration...
www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYfeVR…
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:iconcupric:
Cupric Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so so much for uploading this^^
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kimjam Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wooow so good!! I have the first one!
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Pinimal Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for your tutorial.
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wooooow this is great! Thanks for sharing ^_^
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SushiiGurlGamer Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
is there a way to use ur brushes in sai? thx!
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PurpleAbyss Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
Awwww, I feel I need to watch you... Your schematic structuring manner is wonderful!
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StephenPig28 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
The egg looks delicious...to this guy:King Pig Upset Icon 
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Callyzah Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016  Professional General Artist
Amazing work!! :omg:
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:iconkosmoci:
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? 
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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 :)
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:iconkosmoci:
Kosmoci Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017  Student Digital Artist
So basically blend out the colors/lines with appropriate colors of that gradient? 
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:icondiluculi:
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 :)
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:iconkosmoci:
Kosmoci Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Okie dokie, thank you ^^
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Diluculi Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hope it works out :w00t:
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EcstaticMind Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
A very instructive and useful tutorial. Thank you very much!
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Keldeopony167 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh~ So pretty!
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KseniyaKinaru Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016
Great exercise! Here is my result (even though it's not full) kseniyakinaru.deviantart.com/a… Thank you so much for your tutorials! 
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BelgianGirl1150 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016
Exactly the tutorial I was looking for!!! so many thanks!!!!! <3
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YelZamor Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for these fantastic tutorials!
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xoWish Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2016
Can you use the brushes on paint tool sai?
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