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Shading a Gem Step by Step

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Published: September 12, 2013
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Check out the Exercise on shading Gems and Download the Practice Sheet HERE

Artist: Tim Von Rueden (vonn)

REFERENCE:  Here's a standard step by step on how to shade a gem. 

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QueenOfCakes04 Digital Artist

I tested to make this using MS paint and FireAlpaca

Lil test
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lYuunalStudent General Artist
Thank you for this wonderful tutorial. 
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FeistySinsHobbyist Digital Artist
What brushes do we use to paint with?
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Now THAT is a fine piece of work! ;D
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ObsidianAPearlyWolfHobbyist Digital Artist
These tutorials of yours are so realistic!! I love them!
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MadkastStudent Digital Artist
Awesome! thanks for sharing this, in the beginning is kinda difficult to make the lights and shades effect in a drawing, so this is very helpful as a reference to paint something.
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ImPuceHobbyist Digital Artist
how do you do a gradient of color digitaly. its easy on paper but im lost on digital
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Oh wow, I've been putting your pages into my references folder and I never even realized you had your own website! I feel like such a derp! I'll have to explore around a bit more after work :meow:
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tikanasketchHobbyist Digital Artist
he also has his own youtube channel
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:dummy: I shall have to find, thank you!
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tikanasketchHobbyist Digital Artist…

this is his youtube channel
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tikanasketchHobbyist Digital Artist
lol your welcome. you'll learn a lot. hes an amazing teacher
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Thanks for sharing this 😁
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MalaPuppyStudent Digital Artist
This is awesome. Will def try this out later.
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LameonBlazeItStudent Digital Artist
  I Did A Gem by LameonBlazeIt  
I did this is FireAlpaca. Is it good?
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Thx... Now I know how to do a golden egg
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MiClovProfessional General Artist
Thank you for the tutorial ^^
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JoAsLiNProfessional Digital Artist
Used it here  Fetishchann By Joaslin Soc by JoAsLiN  =)
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thaismolStudent Digital Artist
wow, that's amazing!
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is there a way to do this in clip studio paint? cause that's what i use
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kiitenclawsStudent Digital Artist
well, im not the op, but i also use clip studio paint!
im pretty sure you would be able to do this, just with slightly different tools?
if you're using a similar version to what i use, i would suggest mainly using the 'paint and apply', 'soft airbrush' and 'running color on fiber' tool to create a similar effect. mess around with the tools!
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brettaknightHobbyist Traditional Artist
nice, thanks
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