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Jewelry Design Course - Sketching and designing jewelries (Part 1/3)

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Lessons in This Class

25 Lessons (1h 52m)
    • 1. Class Overview

    • 2. Shading a sphere

    • 3. Shading a cube, a cone and a cylinder

    • 4. Exercise n° 1

    • 5. Shading basic shapes

    • 6. Light source

    • 7. Diamond parts

    • 8. Shading a diamond

    • 9. Shading different stones

    • 10. Shading faceted stones

    • 11. Shading cabochons

    • 12. Shading beads and pearls

    • 13. Exercise n°2

    • 14. Sketching jewelry pieces

    • 15. Sketching earrings

    • 16. Sketching Brooch

    • 17. Sketching a ring

    • 18. Sketching a pendant

    • 19. Exercise n° 3

    • 20. Shading with colorpencils

    • 21. Coloring round stones

    • 22. Jewelry with round stones

    • 23. Coloring different stones

    • 24. Final project

    • 25. Thank you :D !

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About This Class

This course is the first step of the mile stone journey into jewelry design. We are going to learn how to draw gemstones, different cuts and shapes. And we will sketch together several jewelry pieces. We will start by understanding lights effects on basic objects, gemstones, cabochons, and pearls. We are going to have exercises to practice what we learned all along the class. And as a final project you are going to sketch a very unique piece of jewelry. After this course you will be able to draw and sketch jewelries and turn your ideas into reality.

I still remember the first jewelry drawing I made, and believe me practice makes perfect. Knowing technical side of drawing will allow you to improve considerably.  In the exercises section, I only gave you the minimum and it is always good to double or triple the amount of exercises asked.

Please share anything you drew with me, I will be very glad to see the results and give you any advices or further explanations.

This class is part (1/3) of the series that I will be making about jewelry design, it is beginner friendly and easy to follow.

Part (2/3) is how to paint jewelries using watercolor

Part (3/3) is how to draw jewelry digitally, and I will be designing a real jewelry order with you.

So if you are interested to join my class, I thank you sincerely for enrolling :D !

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1. Class Overview: Jewelry design is therapeutic to me. It gives me a chance to really dive into gemstones and ignore the outside world. Hi, my name is Soundous. And I am a Jewelry designer, Goldsmith and Jewelry painting teacher based in Germany. I designed jewelries for clients from all over the world. And I would like to share with you the information that I got through the past few years. We're going to learn how to draw gemstones. in different cuts and shapes. And we will sketch together several jewelry pieces. All you need is a paper, pencil, a ruler, and color pencils. We will start by understanding lights effects on basic objects, gemstones, cabochons, opaque and transparent one. And pearls. We're going to have exercises to practice what we learned all along the class. And as a final project, you're going to sketch a very unique piece of jewelry. this class is part one from three of the series that I will be making about jewelry design. That's why this part is beginner friendly, easy to follow, and doesn't require prior knowledge. Part two is how to paint jewelries using watercolor. And part three is how to draw jewelries digitally. And I'll be designing a real jewelry order with you. So if you're interested to join this class, I think you sincerely for your support. And let's dive into it. 2. Shading a sphere: The way light hits an object determines the light and shadows that it will produce. The way you will see best is if you set up your own object in front of you. And I recommend using a lamp right over the object, starting with a simple sphere or an egg, also to be perfect. And then ask yourself, where is the light coming from, where is the shadow? Take a second or two to think about this before you begin shading. I actually like to start off one way, then crosshatch over. This helps creating like a seamless smooth shade. I recommend holding the pencil a bit further as well. This will help you control the amount of pressure that you put onto your pencil. When we hold the pencil from afar and use the side of it to shade. We are able to go from light to dark very, very easily. And of course, holding your pencil this way may take a little bit of time. With practice. The pressure depends on how dark you want the area to be. So if I were to hold my pencil much closer, it would create more more streakiness and they wouldn't be a soft transition. The cast shadow here is the dark area on an adjusted surface where the light is blocked by the solid object. And the highlight on the top of the sphere is the brightest area of the lightest values. And it is where the light source is directed. The shadow is the part that receives little or no light. We have a core shadow, we have a shadow, we have a cast shadow. And in this case, we have a reflected light. Because I considered the surface as a bright one. And I will be given an example. So you understand this more in the next part of the video. So here, highlight, light, midtone, which is between light and shadow. And then this is the core shadow. In this example, it is darker than the shadow itself, and then reflected light in the bottom of the sphere and the cast shadow. In this first example, you can see that the egg has a lighter value just right here in the bottom of the egg. And the reason for this is the light coming from the source that was reflected by the surface on the egg. And we're gonna see another example where the tissue is non-reflective. It's going to be a dark tissue. Here in this ball. We see that in the bottom of ball there is only dark or very dark values. And the reason for this is the non-reflective surface. 3. Shading a cube, a cone and a cylinder: Be patient with your drawings and take your time. Practicing basic forms is extremely crucial because these forms are what make up big and complex objects. Make sure that you are creating a high contrast of the values, meaning that you have a clear shadow, a clear highlight. And a clear midtone, at least. Think about the direction that you put your pencil in. Practicing value scale exercise will help you improve your shading skills. It's basically a value study going from light to dark. Simply draw a long rectangle and separated into eight sections. Numerise the sections from one to eight. One is the lightest, eight is the darkest. In that exercise, make sure that all sections are different and no value is repeated. It's important to start paying attention to things around us. Lights and shadows are literally everywhere. In the cone. The dark and light values are going in straight lines from the base of the cone until the peak. If we have metals, then the shadings are going to be sharper. And same thing for the cylinder. Shading is usually in straight lines, but this time parallel to each other. When you're shading any object, think about the direction where the object is going. All of the objects around us are made out of a combination of basic shapes. This class is for jewelry. But I wanted to go through this little basics very quickly for people who don't know them. And as a reminder, for those who already do, because they are crucial for drawing in general. I suggest that you look for different references on internet or around you. And try to analyze how does the light effect the objects? How are the curves showing the shadows? It can be an apple, a glass, or even your hand. You can find the drawing of this four forms in the downloadable resources. If you want to check it up later. 4. Exercise n° 1: The questions are the following. Where is the light source situated? Is there a significant highlight? And why, to which direction is the cast shadow dropping? How large is the cast shadow and what is the reason for this? This exercise will help you start noticing shadows and lights around you. Right now, I want you to post a video and describe every object by answering these four questions. 5. Shading basic shapes: In this part, we're going to see the different parts of a diamond. As well as how does the light effect a diamond? 6. Light source: Before we dive into stone shading, I would like to mention the light source. The sun is so distant that its rays seem to reach the Earth in parallels. When having a close lead source such as a lamp, the light is then directed in a cone of light. While drawing jewelries, we usually consider having a distant light source. And the reason for this is their tiny size. So the light will be traveling in parallel lines. 7. Diamond parts: In this class, we are going to draw a full cut-stone in different views. A side view, a top view, and a bottom view. view. And we will get to know the facets names and the stones parts. A diamonds table is the largest facet of the stone. It is the flat surface on the top, That's sits at the top of the crown, the girdle is the thin perimeter of a diamond dividing the crown above from the pavilion below. It is forming the outer edge of the diamond, and it is the widest part of a diamond. The star facets are eight triangular facets extending from the table to the upper girdle facet. Bezel facets are eight kite shaped facet that connects the table to the girdle. And together they make the crown upper girdle facets, the 16 triangular upper half facets. Then they connect the girdle to the base of the star facets. The lower girdle are 16 triangular lower half facets that extend from the bottom of the girdle toward the culet. Their length determines how wide the pavilion main facets will be. Pavilion facet. These eight kite shaped facets extend from the girdle all the way to the culet. These facets are the primary drivers of light return. The culet is the smallest facet of a diamond and is located at the very bottom. The crown is the top portion of the diamond, located above the girdle and extending below the table. The pavilion is located at the bottom of the diamond and bridges the girdle and the culet. 8. Shading a diamond: Lights effect on a diamond. There are many factors that affect the brilliance of a diamond. The most important is its ability to reflect light. The higher index of refraction of a diamond is what's making. It looks so shiny. When light enters the surface of a diamond, a portion of it, is reflected back out of the table. We talk about the reflection. The remaining rays of light travel into the center of the diamond and bounce out of its internal walls. We talked then about refraction. As light exits the diamond, dispersion causes the light to be separated into multiple colors. Light is directed to the stars facets top-left. The stars in the other side will have shadow. Light that enters to the diamond, made the pavilion lighter from the left bottom side and darker from the right. We would see from the top view the sparkles in the pavilion facets as well as darkness at the highlight on the table to make it look sparkling. By adding the cast shadow, I could say that this shading is enough for sketching a round diamond. Its size is big and that's why we have several details going on. But when we draw a smaller sizes, the drawing is way simpler. I start by drawing a circle, then draw two squares inside of each other, forming an octagon. I attach the corners of the squares to the circle and add V form in-between. I'm shading the top left side of the table. Adding some Pavilion facets in the lighter side of the table. I then shade the bottom right side of the crown. And in the end, I add four prongs that are going to hold the stone. It also depends on the shape of the stone. For an even smaller version, I'm drawing a circle and then adding two hashes across each other. I shade top-left side of the table in the bottom right side of the crown, and add the prongs. 9. Shading different stones: In this part, we're going to learn how to shade different stone cuts. Transparent and opaque cabochons, beads, and pearls. 10. Shading faceted stones: We saw together the round shape, in this class will see it four other shapes, which are from left to right, oval, pear, marquise and emerald cut. There are some templates for geometric shapes that you can use to draw the outer form. Or you can draw manually, as I do, I personally have only this circle template. So as you can see, I draw two squares inside of each other forming an octagon. For the emerald cut you can draw three rectangles inside of each other and cut the corners, at 45 degrees. I attach the corners of the squares to deform and add a V form in between. There are several ways to draw gemstones. I find it simpler to draw them this way. Please draw two stones of each shape and share them with us. And for now, enjoy the rest of the drawing. 11. Shading cabochons: We will treat in this class the difference between transparent in the left and opaque cabochon in the right in the top i am representing the side view. In the bottom, the top view. I consider the light source from the top-left. As the light enters the transparent cabochon. You can see as a viewer, an intense color in the center. And of course, the highlight is where the light is directed. The distance in the center of the cabochon is wider than the borders, which makes the borders darker, as you can see in the top view. Concerning the cast shadow for the transparent one, we can see the color of the stone on the surface as well. As the light hits the opaque cabochon, it will be reflected and it doesn't enter to the inside of the cabochon of the shading will be same as the first sphere we drew in the shading class. 12. Shading beads and pearls: Drawing a transparent bead is very similar to the transparent. The most visible difference, is in shadows shape. As the light enters the bead. The color is reflected into the surface. The opaque bead is like this sphere we drew in the shading exercise Drawing a pearl can be different from a person to another. I prefer making two lighter dots and some darkness in between. The dots can be equal or not. It is important that the shading is smooth and do not forget to cast shadow. Please draw three bracelets, one of each type. Take your time and enjoy the process. 13. Exercise n°2: Before moving into the next lecture and with your pencil, draw 20 round shaped diamond, 10 transparent Cabochons and 10 opaque ones. Ten transparent beads and 10 or opaque ones. You draw them in different sizes, different light sources and shade them. Please do not use the same light source for all the stones. Remember that this is a minimum and it would be better for you if you draw more, because practice is the key and please share your results with us. 14. Sketching jewelry pieces: In this part, we're going to learn how to sketch jewelry pieces and combine what we learned in the previous lessons. 15. Sketching earrings: In this video, I wanted to talk about finding inspiration. First thing you have to do is to accept that it's okay. And maybe even advisable to look to others for sources of inspiration. Take a camera outside and photograph everything that looks beautiful to you. Go for a walk in nature. Practice mindfulness, and lose track of time for a while. Brainstorm for ideas for a new project. Search keywords on Pinterest, for example, or any inspirational websites, and create a vision board with pictures of all what you like. Combine shapes and try different sizes, forms and combinations. You can draw curves, circles pr any geometric shapes as a guide and then position the stones on top of it. Or in the sides maybe, think if you want to design symmetric jewelries or asymmetric ones, do not put any borders to your imagination. Shading the stones is always related to the source of light. Take this into consideration and do not forget to add the prongs for each stone. I doesn't have always to be prongs, sometimes it can be a channel setting or so. I'll let you now, watch the rest of the video with this spontaneous designs that I just drew. I hope you enjoy it. And in the end. Please draw a set of earrings from your imagination. Do not hesitate to use references from nature or Internet. 16. Sketching Brooch: A brooch is an important decorative jewelry item designed to be attached to garments. it can be a luxurious piece or a very simple item The design I'm drawing right now is also very spontaneous. To give you an idea that the guidelines are important to help you make a design that Looks organized and it's not very complicated. By the end of this video, I want you to draw a brooch, but as I said before, it doesn't have to be symmetric. You can make a butterfly brooch for example. Or it can be an animal and insect you like maybe a fruit as well. Take your time, find references and enjoy the rest of the video. 17. Sketching a ring: This two rings i drew here are only basic and simple sketches as examples from the top view. Normally when we want to design a ring, it is common to show it from different view to make it more visible to the gold or silver smith. I'll be showing you this in an upcoming class. Please. After watching this video, I want you to draw two rings from the top view. 18. Sketching a pendant: While drawing a pendant. Don't forget to think of the way it will be hanged to the necklace Please be creative and draw two pendants using stones or beads or maybe combine them together. 19. Exercise n° 3: Before moving into the next lecture, and with your pencil, please draw three sets of earrings, three brooches, three rings from the top view and two pendant. I wanted to use all materials we learned that far. This means beads. Cabochons, stones, etc. Combine different stones, shapes and sizes, get inspiration, make a vision board, and please trust your creativity. 20. Shading with colorpencils: In this part, we're going to color different shapes of gemstones with few jewelry examples. 21. Coloring round stones: I'm drawing round shaped stones as we did in the previous lecture. And I'll be coloring them using watercolor pencils. By the end of this exercise, I would like you to draw five round shaped stones that you are going to color with any colors you want. In my case, I'll be coloring a ruby. a Citrine, a Sapphire and a emerald. For the Ruby i am using only Red color pencil and controlling the pressure on it depending on the shading rules we saw before. I avoid coloring the lighter spots and focus on darker ones. If you have several grades on the same color, you can use them as well, but the pressure is the key. For the Citrine stone. I'm using yellow, and orange because even with the pressure the yellow stays very light, you can also add some brown or ocre if you do have it. I am using light and dark blue pencils for this beautiful round sapphyre. Light and dark green for the emerald one. 22. Jewelry with round stones: Let's see few examples for round stones. In some jewelries. I'm drawing two curves, making a path where the stones are going to be set. The channel gets tighter in the middle. I'm using a red color pencil. Please note that it's better to have the pencil pointy in the summit. Mine isn't in the videol, but it will help you to have exact coloring and reach the corners easily. The second example is this curved line with tiny emeralds connected to a bigger round emerald. This can be turned to a minimalistic pendant or we can, for example, rotate it 90 degrees and it can become a earring. Over here. I'm drawing 2 halfcircles, one is on top of the other. In this case. And when we have overlapping shapes, there is fewer light hitting the hidden stones, which is making them look darker. I let the stones facing to the top in white, because it has way more light. And when the stones are tilted, this means that the table won't be in the center of the stone, but slighter to the left or to the right depending on the direction. Let's try a simpler ruban or maybe an S pendant with gold and round sapphires. I start by placing the stones on the top and bottom line. And coloring with a light blue pencil first, then adding darker shades with a dark blue. I am adding thickness to the metal and coloring it using a yellow pencil and adding an orange where I feel it needs to be darker. The places where the curve begins or ends are darker and I leave the center light as a highlight. This last example is a simple circular pendant that can be a gift for Mother's Day. I'm using yellow, orange, and brown in parallel lines while leaving some white space between each other. This pendant has three stones, two rubies for daughters. And one sapphire for the son, I am not using any prongs, because this is a flush setting. 23. Coloring different stones: In this exercise, I would like you to draw four stones of each type. By this I mean, three pear shapes, three marquises, and three oval shaped stones with the colored pencils you like. I'm showing you here the case when mixing pencil shading as well as colored pencils. And the case when you use the colored pencil only, Enjoy the rest of the video and please share your drawings with me. 24. Final project: This time with pencil and color pencils as well. I want you to draw one jewelry piece of your choice. The theme is Holiday. I want you to take your time and think, how can you make a unique and memorable piece related to it? Maybe mountains, beach, a plant, a fruit, an animal, a specific sport, a hobby, or a music that reminds you of holidays in your life. It can be a person or a country. Please use references either from nature or Internet. Get inspiration, look for other people's work. And please share your work with us. And I'm already very excited to see the results. 25. Thank you :D !: If you made it until here, I think you 100 times for being so motivated to learn jewelry design and taking from your precious time to learn and support me, I really hope this class was helpful to you and that you learned at least one or two new things. And if you're interested in water color jewelry painting and, or digital jewelry drawing, I'll be uploading two more classes very soon. And if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me. I'll be very glad to answer you. You can either contact me on my social media that you can find on my profile, or directly in the website. Good bye :D !