Step-by-step: Draw and light a delicate piece of gold jewellery
1I begin by blocking out the main shapes of the piece of jewellery, starting with a line drawing that then gets filled with the main local colours. I use a dark greenish background, which relates to the green of the jewel I plan to set into the jewellery.
2I want some of the finer chains to glisten, so this requires some sharp contrasts between light and dark along the surface of the material. I use adjustment layers to test out various lighting schemes set them to Color Dodge or Multiply.
3Once I’m happy with the lighting on the sheets of material, I duplicate the layer a few times and start trying out a few filigree design combinations. I use a layer mask to allow for any mistakes and once I’m happy, I add more cast shadows to the skin.