Step-by-step: Craft an ex­am­ple of fan­tas­ti­cal jew­ellery

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1 Us­ing Pho­to­shop I start off by do­ing a range of black-and-white thumb­nails, where I mainly fo­cus on ex­plor­ing shape and size. I al­ready know that I want a bold sci-fi/fan­tasy-in­spired neck­lace. Keep­ing this in mind I roughly block in the shapes with a half-sharp, half-soft brush. 2 Mov­ing on to colour, I add my light sources and start defin­ing the main shape of the neck­lace. I try to feel it out from the rough brush strokes al­ready laid down. I now also de­cide what ma­te­ri­als to use – in this case shiny metal and matte fab­ric for in­ter­est­ing con­trasts. 3 And now, some good old ren­der­ing! I’ve got all my shapes down, so now I fo­cus on de­tail­ing the folds of the dress, the metal work and the re­flec­tions and high­lights. I keep the de­tails fo­cused on the cen­tre of the neck­lace, and make them rougher as I pan out.

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