How to draw zentangle 3D gems – At the moment, the tangle community is full of 3D gems in bright colours that look very realistic.
This tutorial will show you how to draw and colour gems or at least, how I draw and paint the gems.
I have painted some in watercolour but for this tutorial, I will use watercolour pencils.
Watercolour pencil gems for this tutorial.
- drawing or watercolour paper
- 2H pencil
- Fine tip marker
- White gel marker (My favourite is Signo pigment ink)
- Brush and water
- 2 complementary coloured pencils – one light and one dark (I chose Derwent Dark Violet #25 and Blue Violet Lake #27)
- Indigo watercolour pencil for the shadows
Lightly draw some shapes and decide where your light source will generate from. Space the gems sufficiently far apart to later draw doodles or zentangles. I chose the light source to generate from the bottom right which will place the shadows at the top left.
Next, we will lay some colour. Because we are working with watercolour, we will start from light and work to dark. Leave some white space for the main highlight and leave space between the dark and light pencil colour for blending.
With the brush and water, blend the pencil. Start with the light colour and then merge the dark into the light colour. Keep in mind where the light source is coming from and make sure that all the gems show the main highlight on the the same side. Wait your work to dry or use a hair dryer to dry it.
Once the colour and paper are dry, lay another layer of dark colour in the shadow area to darken it and give the gems more depth. Wait for your work to dry.
At this stage, I will pencil in some metal work around the gems and some veins in the gems. For this tutorial, I will keep it simple.
If you make a mistake, wet the pencil and mop up the colour with a paper towel. But really, mistakes can be happy accidents so don’t worry too much about them.
Making sure that your work is completely dry, very carefully outline the gems with your fine black marker.
With the white gel pen, add some specular highlights on the shadow side and add some indigo pencil to blend in.
With the indigo pencil, lightly pencil in some shadows in the shadow areas and blend. Some of the ink may run, I don’t worry about it. It’s what I love about watercolour pencils and paints. It’s what watercolour does.
If you don’t like the runs, maybe use straight pencils.
That’s it! Unless you want to add doodles around the gems to connect them, you’re done.
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.
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