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Exercise 27 Results: Candy Study Step by Step
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Published: July 5, 2014
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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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manuauad's avatar
I'm crying holy shit
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Im drooling in bed
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Holy these look realistic! O_O
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FOPITA|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
é muito legal
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HEARTSONGDROWNED|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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Holy crap! These are so realistic we have a hard time believing a few of these aren't just photos.
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Images on WikiHow stop at about the 3rd step.
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NiGHTSintoMemes's avatar
Step 1: draw construction shapes
Step 2: draw some fucking candy
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InfamousOnionNinja|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|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really helpful! I love how you made it step by stepF2U | Pink Candy Cane Icon   
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Great touch! Accept my knees now!
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PepperMintSollie|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm hungry now.
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septlaxer|Hobbyist General Artist
I dont draw candy but this is incredibly helpful regardless!
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Qué trabajo tan bien detallado, muy bueno!
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I don't even know what to say about this. This was absolutely stunning ability. Your realism is amazing. 
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I loved it! Amazing! Llama Emoji-21 (Speechless) [V1] Llama Emoji-01 (Laughing) [V1] 
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This is amazing.
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The-Ugly-Rabbit|Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are so life-like they make me want to eat entire package of gummy bears. ;u;
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such good suckers! 
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