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