Step-by-step: Draw and light a del­i­cate piece of gold jew­ellery

ImagineFX - - Imaginenation Artist Q&A -

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.

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