Hand-drawn illustrations of jewellery - something that I can honestly say I fear the most because I sucked at it. Okay, I can't use the excuse of saying that I'm not an art major student but then call myself a Jewellery designer/artist right…? Maybe I consider myself the geek-ish type of a designer, if there is such a thing.
The thing is, I did my diploma in computer animation during my polytechnic days so 3D is quite a second nature for me & I do like 3D! When I started out as a designer, the earlier jewellery pieces that I have made were mostly in 3D with Gemvision Matrix. Which is no doubt a really powerful tool, but note that a professional version costs USD $7,000 today and I had the privilege of using it for a trial period then when it was still new and unheard of in the market.
Shortly after trial period for the software ended, I had to scuttle to my school's lab to use the software and it was quite hectic. Sometimes I thought maybe if I could've slept overnight in the school then I won't have to incur all the traveling time & expenses. I guess the truth was that I wasn't ready or willing to jump in & practice my hand-drawn skills. Ultimately I had to, and so I began experimenting, practicing with a Bamboo stylus & Adobe Photoshop CS6.
*Disclaimer - I didn't have the artistic capability to draw that hand in the pictures, they were 3D rendered hands lol
(Above: A combination of citrine & smoky quartz wire sculpted ring, with options of various pairing materials.)
(Below: A client's hand-drawn options with a lavender jadeite statement ring, a stack-able option with turquoise, edgy ring option with black diamonds,etc .)
(Below: Options for pink tourmaline anklets with various stones and wire sculpted components.)
With all that said, I guess my point is that all this time I had underestimated the importance of hand drawn jewellery illustration. Somehow it still holds an intrinsic value for a person or a client, even if it was drawn with its dimensions being out of whack or coloring is off. I think it's the representation of the inspiration behind the design, the tactility of it and the personal touch that connects you to them. I suppose jewellery & accessories by itself no matter what kind, do hold some sort of an intrinsic value.
I am still improving my skills slowly. After all drawing can be quite therapeutic, a good source of food for the soul.