Anybody else a Steven Universe fan? The cartoon follows the Crystal Gems and their adventures. With cute animation, catchy songs and intriguing themes, it’s easy to see why the show continues to get high ratings.
Today we’ll follow the gem trend and show you how to draw gems with easy to follow tutorials from the IMPACT book, Manga Magic by Supittha “Annie” Bunyapen.
Painting gemstones is similar to painting glass or crystal in that it’s crucial to get the reflections right. For a round gem, the gleam appears smooth, while cut gemstones are made up of many facets and each reflect light differently. Gemstones come in many colors and can be used to convey mood and meaning. Use this handy color chart to practice:
How to Paint Round Gems
Draw an oval shape, leaving a space for the highlight. Paint a graded wash of Cadmium Yellow from top to bottom, leaving the highlight white.
Apply a glaze of Permanent Carmine. Leave some unpainted areas to indicate the highlights. You can use a paper towel to lift up the red paint as well.
Paint the shadows with a mix of Permanent Carmine and Payne’s Gray. Refine the shadows under the highlight and edges of the gem. Soften the paint with clean water.
How to Paint a Cut Gemstone
Draw an oval shape and sketch the facets within. Lay a flat wash of very diluted Manganese Violet on the entire gem.
When dry, use a smaller round to apply a glaze of Manganese Violet on a few of the facets.
Mix Manganese Violet with a bit of Payne’s Gray to darken some of the facets. It’s okay to overlap some of the facets painted in step 2.
Manga Magic is 160 pages of awesomeness. Packed full of great instruction, you’ll learn how to draw and color fantasy characters, costumes, accessories and more! You can order your copy of Manga Magic by Supittha “Annie” Bunyapen now!