The biggest mistake beginner jewelry designers make is scaling the jewelry design sketch properly when drawing them. As the jewelry models like rings, pendants, earrings and charms are usually small items it will not be very comfortable to draw them with a 1:1 scale (life-size). That’s why you may want to change the scaling, for example to draw a double size piece to get a close-up look at the tiny stones or some complex texture. It is very common to mix scales when working on zoomed jewelry sketches. So it is important to be very attentive, especially during close-ups.
Jewelry sketch proportions
The same problems occur with the jewelry sketch proportions. If you don’t maintain the right proportions; your jewelry design will lose the initial shape and look like a different piece. As we know most of the jewelry models are pretty small and usually very detailed. Thus a slight difference in proportions will make a big and visible change toward better or worse.
One more important thing to remember is that the jewelry design sketch that you draw will be produced and someone will wear it, someone is going to wear. So you certainly might want to take into account the wear-ability and comfort of your design. But you might plan to design something that is not meant to be worn. Like something big and extravagant. In this case you may just skip this note.
Drawing your own jewelry
Being able to draw your own jewelry design sketch may be extremely straightforward in many situations. If you are planning to start your own hand-made jewelry line, being your own designer will allow you to differ from others. Thus offering something new to your clients. You are the one making the decorative decisions, and you are the one bringing your ideas to life. It will also make the communication with your 3D jewelry artist, who is making the 3D jewelry models for you. You may be able to fully explain what you are looking for. No matter what your plan is, being able to draw your ideas on a piece of paper is something very useful. If you stay attentive, and don’t go too much into 3D design and unrealizable, you will always succeed.
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