Recently I became interested in doing watercolor renderings of jewelry designs again. I took the jewelry design course at GIA in 2001 and learned how to do watercolor renderings, but within a year of finishing the class I had completely stopped doing them. I like the look of them, but they were usually just too much work. Living in a small apartment in Korea I am really limited with the kind of jewelry work I can do here, so I decided to relearn to draw and paint. In December I ordered some books and jewelry illustration and rendering. I also asked my parents to send me all my drawing and painting supplies and all the instructions, handouts, notes and samples from my design class. After I finished that class I had kept all my papers organized and in a folder because I felt I would need them again someday. I have never been so organized with any class materials before or since then.
Since there is no school all January and February, but I am still required to be at school, I have had a lot of time to practice drawing and painting here. So far I have been doing the technical drawing exercises in Jewelry Illustration by Dominique Audette and the painting exercises from my GIA design class. I recently got the book Techniques of Jewelry Illustration and Color Rendering by Adolfo Mattiello, which seems like a good book. I did a few of the exercises in the beginning but I think I will wait to start on that after I have done most of the GIA design class assignments since they use a different painting technique.
There are some designs I did in the design class in 2001: