Hi there!

I'm Eni Oken, artist and author of hundreds of articles, tutorials and books in print and online. For over 30 years I've explored art, color theory, fantasy and ornamental design.

Certified Zentangle® Teacher

Certified Zentangle® Teacher

Purple and Green Gems

Purple and Green Gems

Learn to color and shade smooth glassy gemstones
Learn to color and shade smooth glassy gemstones

I'm still totally addicted to Gems. Here's a piece that I hope to shade and complete while on holiday during the next week, so it's work in progress:

Update Dec. 7, 2015: Holiday shmoliday. What a fiasco, got horribly sick with the flu and the vacation went down the drain.

Anyway, only today I felt well enough to shade this piece:

Learn to color and shade smooth glassy gemstones
Learn to color and shade smooth glassy gemstones

Base shading was done with gray copic markers. Crevices and corners darkened with 2H pencil -- no blending stump, just hatching.

Gems created using techniques described in my ebook 3DTangle: Shading Smooth Gems, using markers, colored pencils and white pen pen.

I wanted to really separate each one of the bezels, so that they could were a little bit more understandable than in the original line art. The secret to it is to separate with large portions of dark shading between them. I think I was successful.

Copyright 2015 Eni Oken

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