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Exercise 27 Results: Candy Study Step by Step by CGCookie Exercise 27 Results: Candy Study Step by Step by CGCookie

Check out the Exercise and Download the Practice Sheet HERE

Artist: Tim Von Rueden (vonn)

This exercise was a truly sweet! 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 overall look and shape to each candy, remembering to either have them be on a surface or nor.
  2. Solid Base - Choose a color and try grabbing colors from reference!
  3. Initial Detail Pass - Before laying down another color, focus on where you want your light source and stay consistent throughout! Also bear in mind whether the light will pass through the surface and be absorbed or will it be mostly reflected.
  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. Surface, Highlights, and Bounce Lighting – This is the hardest step. Really focus on the lighting on how it interacts with each candy. And for bounce lighting try working with the color in the local surrounding environment (in this case a neutral grey) The subtle surface textures will add a sense of realism as well.
  6. Highlights - This is a good exercise to see how color can pass with the lighting into the shadow, depending on the material you are working with. A gummy bear will pass color into a shadow far more than a piece of licorice. So it’s all about observing and analyzing how lighting interacts! 
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:iconmikuthesinger:
mikuthesinger Featured By Owner May 14, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I MADE THE GUMDROP ON A THING THAT HAS ONLY 4 BRUSHES HOLY FLIP
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:iconpjsansy:
pjsansy Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Im drooling in bed
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:iconpjsansy:
pjsansy Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
CCCCANDYYYYYYYY
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:iconflippyisadorable:
Flippyisadorable Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy these look realistic! O_O
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:iconfopita:
FOPITA Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
é muito legal
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:iconheartsongdrowned:
HEARTSONGDROWNED Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
XD when I first saw it, I thought it said, "Put damage marks to add relish." Thanks for the tips, though.
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:iconraspeentrinity:
RaspeenTrinity Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017   Digital Artist
Holy crap! These are so realistic we have a hard time believing a few of these aren't just photos.
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:iconlukqmon:
Lukqmon Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017
Images on WikiHow stop at about the 3rd step.
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:iconnightsintomemes:
NiGHTSintoMemes Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2017
Step 1: draw construction shapes
Step 2: draw some fucking candy
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:iconinfamousonionninja:
InfamousOnionNinja Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! I'm gonna start using candy as my still life studies now. Fruits are boring now and I often forget still life can be literally ANYTHING as long as it's in real life. But for now I really want gummy candy.... And a cherry lollipop... *lollipop song starts playing* 
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DodoDuuDuu Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really helpful! I love how you made it step by stepF2U | Pink Candy Cane Icon   
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:iconlosethememoryofyan:
LosetheMemoryofYan Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2017  Hobbyist
Great touch! Accept my knees now!
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:iconpeppermintsollie:
PepperMintSollie Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm hungry now.
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:iconseptlaxer:
septlaxer Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I dont draw candy but this is incredibly helpful regardless!
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:iconredblakmonster:
RedblakMonster Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2017
Qué trabajo tan bien detallado, muy bueno!
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:iconxcherrybombzx:
xCHERRYBOMBZx Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2017
I don't even know what to say about this. This was absolutely stunning ability. Your realism is amazing. 
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:iconyangao:
yangao Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2017
可以的
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:icontiasah:
TiaSah Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I loved it! Amazing! Llama Emoji-21 (Speechless) [V1] Llama Emoji-01 (Laughing) [V1] 
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:iconmatiaspage:
MatiasPage Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2017  Professional Filmographer
This is amazing.
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:icongregstrange:
gregstrange Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
sick
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:iconthe-ugly-rabbit:
The-Ugly-Rabbit Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are so life-like they make me want to eat entire package of gummy bears. ;u;
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:iconssnzhd:
ssnzhd Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2017
such good suckers! 
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:iconfritfeng:
Fritfeng Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, these look so lifelike. 
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:iconsnowfallmountain:
SnowFallMountain Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2017  Student Digital Artist
GOOD GREIF!!!! I have no idea how people do this.... it's so friken cool! I've tried.... and I can't get anywhere near that. LOL!! Looks great though! Kawaii (Jacksepticeye) 
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:iconijon-16:
iJon-16 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2017
can i eat this
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:iconmodo2:
Modo2 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
That looks delicious :L
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:iconmyyyself:
Myyyself Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
-casually eats twizzlers looking at it-

HAH
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:iconunknownsmilyart1:
unknownsmilyart1 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I WNAT TO EAT YOUR DRAWINGS! XD
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:iconasjjohnson:
AsjJohnson Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
wooow... that bear looks real. (or... as real as a gummy bear)
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:iconmartiti55:
Martiti55 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017
Nice!  And helpful! 
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:iconfibrielsolaer:
FibrielSolaer Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent!! The dot and the gummi bear are especially great
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:icondarknessdreaming:
DarknessDreaming Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017
They look good enough to eat. This is the Awesome!! 
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:icondiamondtapir:
diamondtapir Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017
These look so real. Like the jellybean? Almost entirely lifelike. 
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:iconsanddb:
SandDB Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
ZodiacCloud  you need this.
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:iconzodiaccloud:
ZodiacCloud Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I saW?? X'D oof I struggle
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:iconsanddb:
SandDB Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
XD
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:iconsmall-myth:
small-myth Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2017
I'm just drooling for the candy itself :horny: revamp :horny: revamp :horny: revamp 
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:iconestigiakinslayer:
EstigiaKinslayer Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm a fan of the one with "the gold speckle" brush.

JUST NOMNOMNOMNOM Yummy Plz 
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:iconpennybowtie:
PennyBowtie Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Add Battle Damage-" Favorite part about this whole thing <3
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:iconcodbox:
codbox Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Who knew such simple things could take so much time and detail to make?
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:iconoliveroso:
oliveroso Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2017
PURA MAESTRIA, O MAESTRIA PURA, GRACIAS JEFE
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:iconemiliastt:
EmiliaStt Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
God... I got hungry by watching pixels...

Great tutorial, thank you!
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:iconguyverman:
Guyverman Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2017
That finished gummy bear looks literally indistinguishable from the real thing!
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:iconravenclawrain:
Ravenclawrain Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017  Student General Artist
Now i want gummy bears...
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:iconbeaone123456:
beaone123456 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats, now I'm hungry
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:iconkoobiedraws:
KoobieDraws Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
oml the gummy bear and gumdrop look so real Panda Emoji-05 (Drooling) [V1]  
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:icontheemeraldoreartist:
TheEmeraldOreArtist Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
*mouth watering intensifies* Drooling Tard 
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:iconksnellings:
Ksnellings Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017
Incr-edible
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:iconocilas:
Ocilas Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
how do i favorite a drawing
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:iconghostiinq:
Ghostiinq Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017
On computer version next to the drawing is a button that says 'Favorite'

On mobile, there is a star at the bottom of the screen, near the button you press to see the comments, press that, and you should be able to add it to favorites.


Hoped this helped!
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