How To Draw A Sapphire! Blue Sapphire Drawing!

How To Draw A Sapphire! Blue Sapphire Drawing!


Hey, friends, this is
Sketch Dirt, and I’m Marla. I’m so glad you’re here. Today, we are drawing sapphires. Okay, so to get started,
I’m drawing sapphires today. I’m gonna be drawing
three different views. I’m gonna be drawing a top view, a side view, and a 3/4 view. And I’m doing that so
that way when you are drawing your pictures,
whichever view you need, you kinda have this as a reference to apply and kinda refer
to for your own drawings. I also wanted to draw this
at like a medium skill level. I didn’t wanna draw it too
simple because that would take away from the dimensional
and realistic elements. But then I also didn’t wanna
draw it too advanced because it would be a bit more time-consuming than just drawing at like a medium level where you kinda get the
best of both worlds. It’s gonna be fairly quick to do, but then still keep the dimension and the realistic elements that
you’re gonna be looking for. Also, when I was drawing this, I wanted to use just a
few key tools for drawing. I didn’t wanna have like
a lot of different colors or a lot of different instruments. I just picked a select few so that way that also keeps
it at that medium skill level. So I’m gonna go through
that real quick here, and then we’ll start drawing. The first thing is, is
I’m using a 2B pencil to draw out the initial shapes. I’m using a bit darker pencil
than what I normally use. I normally use like, I will use a 2B, but I
like to use like an HB because that kind of lays
in like a medium amount so you have a bit more
control over the shading. But for this, I want a 2B. And the reason is, is because
I want the lead to show up under the Sharpie marker because I’m gonna go through
and color over the whole thing with a blue Sharpie marker. This is just a regular drugstore Sharpie. It’s not a special blue, it’s
the classic Sharpie blue. I am using a brush tip marker. I really love these. The color just covers on
really smooth and quick. But a regular drugstore
Sharpie works exactly the same. I tried both of them. The next thing I’m gonna
use are colored pencils. And I’m using three different
colors of colored pencils. I’m using a white, I’m using a blue that is the same color as the Sharpie marker I used, and then I’m using a
very dark blue Sharpie that’s darker than this medium color. It’s a little tough to tell
on camera the difference. If you don’t have this darkest blue color, you could also use a black. You’re just gonna wanna be more careful and more sparing with the color because the dark shading is gonna
build up that much quicker. The specific colors and the specific tools are listed in the description
box of this video, the way it is for all of my videos, so definitely you can check
there for the specific colors so you know what to get. The last thing I use is an ink pen, just a white ink pen. This, you can find at any craft store or you can find it at the drugstore. If you can’t find anything like this or you just don’t wanna go out and get it, you can use Wite-Out,
you can use nail enamel, you can use acrylic paint. Just grab a toothpick or a
very like fine, small brush, and you can just dot in
the details very easily. And I’m just saying that because this might be one of the tools that you just don’t wanna go out and get. But I’m pretty sure you’d
have any of these other things around the house that’ll work
just as well for your drawing. And that’s about it, I’m
super excited to get started so let’s go! Okay, so I’ve drawn squares that measure three inches by three inches. And then I’ve taken
them and split them half both vertically and horizontally. To get started here, I
am drawing the top view. And I went ahead and drew in the diagonal lines at each corner. And that is to help with
drawing the circle shape and then drawing in the facets
that’ll be coming in next. I really wanted to be able to
draw this circle free-handed, but you still need some
guidelines to do that. As you can see here, it’s
not a perfect circle, but as we go along, you’ll
see how everything shapes up. There’s just like little
corrections, a little erasing, and then by the end, everything looks exactly the way I want it to look. I’m putting in the facets now. And if you’ll see the way I’m doing this where it’s very kind of
orderly and organized, I found that this is
the best way to do this when you’re working with
such a complicated shape. You just kinda wanna take your time and put some logic into it. I don’t normally do that when I’m drawing, I like to kind of be all over the place and just kinda of go wherever I wanna go. But when you’re drawing
something that’s very technical and the measurements are pretty precise, you wanna keep with that and keep your drawing very organized
in terms of how you proceed so that way you’ll like don’t get confused and you have everything exactly
where you want it to be. So I’ve started on the side view now, and as you can see, I’ve
put in all the measurements, I’m starting to put in the facets. And this portion right here,
these facets that look like Xs, I am drawing each line individually because what I’ve found is
when I drew them like Xs, it didn’t look quite right, it didn’t look like a faceted shape. And, again, that’s just
where being very technical, being very organized in your drawing will come in really handy. I’ve already gotten started
on the 3/4 view here. And you will see as we go along
that this is a combination of the top view and the side view. It, naturally, is already like that, but for this drawing, I wanted very logical steps that match each other. I did that on purpose
so that you could see how each part of the
drawing works for each angle and then it fits in a very orderly way. If you were drawing this
in a more realistic, much more dimensional way, it wouldn’t quite work out like that. I wanted this to be simplified enough so that you could do something like this where you could draw all three views and they all kinda match
and make sense together. So I’m going through now
and I’m erasing everything. I do not normally talk
about erasing in my video, but it’s pretty important
for how I’ve drawn this because, really, at this point, you’re kind of drawing with the eraser, you’re picking and choosing
what to keep on the paper, and that’s as important as
drawing with the pencil. So as you see here, I am taking my eraser and I am going through in a very orderly way just going through and erasing things one by one. You don’t wanna skip around because it gets very confusing
as to how these lines go. I tried doing that, I tried just jumping
in and getting started and realized that I kinda
needed to approach the erasing the same way I did with the drawing and keep it very organized
and do things one by one and not skip around a lot, particularly on this top view where these little faceted shapes like, it can get very confusing
what’s supposed to stay and what’s supposed to go. But if you look at this
top view of the circle, you’ll see now this looks much
more like a perfect circle than it did when I started. And so that’s why I say just jump in, don’t start over a whole bunch, just kind of like keep
going and work it out as it’s on the page. So right now I’m taking my pencil. This is a 2B pencil. It’s a little bit darker
than what I normally use. I like to use an HB, but I’m using a 2B pencil here to go through and just go over all of the lines to make sure they’re clear
and that you can see them. I’m not pressing too hard, you don’t want the the
lines to be too dark, but you do want them to be dark enough so that way you can, what I’m gonna do next is color over everything with the Sharpie marker, and you wanna be able to see the lines through the Sharpie marker. As you can see here,
this blue is very dark. So I had to use that darker 2B pencil so that you could still
see those pencil marks through there. Again, you don’t want it
to be too dark because of all the coloring and all the shading that’s gonna go into the picture. That underneath pencil portion
is, basically, a skeleton, and it holds the whole drawing together. It isn’t, like you don’t see your skeleton on the outside of your
body or through your skin, your skeleton is on the inside and it just kinda frames
everything and holds everything up. And what this Sharpie marker is doing is it’s really putting the skin on everything and it’s really kind of like
covering up that skeleton but giving it the entire look. Also, with the Sharpie marker, I took my time, I moved the paper around, and just drew everything in because I wanted really sharp, crisp lines and really wanted… ‘coz that’s, again, it’s the skin, it really makes the shape of the piece. So I’m going through now
with the white colored pencil and I’m drawing over all the pencil marks. And this is why you don’t
want the pencil to be too dark because then you can’t cover it up with the white colored pencil. I tried that, I tried like, what if I just color this really dark so that you definitely see it? Because it’s kinda tough
to see through the blue. And it turns out that
it ruins the picture. It just doesn’t work out because, again, you don’t want that skeleton showing underneath the skin, you want it to be tucked
underneath that blue color. Then this white colored pencil
is gonna be your guidelines for all of the shading and
everything that you do next. So I’m taking my medium blue pencil, this is the blue that
matches the Sharpie marker, and I’m going through and
covering everything evenly. You might be wondering, like why did I take the white colored pencil and then draw this and then cover it up. It’s because, basically,
what I’m doing at this point is I’m creating like layers of color. And that’s because there
isn’t a lot of faceting. I’ve replaced all that faceting and all those dimensions
of the actual jewels with, basically, more color and kind
of richer dimensional color. And so that white colored
pencil puts in the first layer. This medium blue pencil is
gonna put in the second layer. And then what you’re gonna see is we’re gonna put all the
elements and all the details, and you’ve built up this kind
of like all these layers. And so they just glide on very smoothly and kind of like not evenly. As you can see here,
I’m going through again and outlining everything. And you see that the color is
not smooth and not perfect, and it’s got this like
beautiful kind of uneven look. Because what you want this to look like is you don’t want this to
look like edges, necessarily. You want this to look like light, you want it to look like
the light is shining through your gemstones, your
sapphires, your diamonds, any jewels that you’re drawing. This kind of sandwiched
color helps do that. It helps kinda break it,
makes things a bit uneven just like the way light is,
and it’s not very smooth. Now, if you did want really smooth color, it would still work, it would make your jewels
look more graphic, more bold, and less dimensional. It would make it look a
little flatter on your paper, which is a technique that
could work really well. So, really, shading that I’m doing, I did figure out a system for this. I wanted it to be very organized, I wanted it to be very logical. If you were drawing this realistically, it wouldn’t necessarily be like this, but I wanted this to be a
medium skill level drawing. So a combination between being very simple and then very difficult. Something that you could do
in a couple hours, basically. It wouldn’t take you all day to do. So I’ve colored in the three triangles at the top portion of this view, I’ve colored in three triangle, like 2 1/2, 3 1/2 triangles at the bottom. And then for the top portion, I’ve colored in half of the area with the white colored pencil. I’m now applying that same system with the dark blue colored pencil, but I’m doing it in reverse. So the top triangles are
getting like 2 1/2, 3 1/2… 3 1/2 of those triangles colored in. And then I’m gonna do
the bottom triangles, like three of ’em the same way I did, the white area at the top. And when you’re doing this,
you just wanna take your time, think it through. It’s kind of, even though
this is very kind of logical the way I’m doing it or
there’s kind of a system to it, when you’re doing your drawing, you’re also just kind of feeling it out. Keep in mind, this is,
actually, pretty large. It’s three inches by three inches. And I would imagine that when
you’re doing your drawings, I bet these are not gonna be that large. They might be, but I don’t think so. I think they’re gonna
probably be a lot smaller. And so you’re just gonna adjust as you go and add in the details as you go. And I would think, like if it was even larger than three inches, you would probably want
a few more details, but this is a jumping off point for whichever direction you wanna go. And you just kinda keep
moving back and forth in the areas where you
put the light color. On the opposite side,
you put the dark color, and vice versa. So for this top portion, when you draw those facets on the inside, keep in mind that you’re
looking through your sapphire. These are not at the top, and so you very gently
color those portions in. So for this side view, you’re gonna see, what
I’ve done is taken the same thought process for the top view and applied it here, but
it’s for the side view. And then that’s gonna
translate over to the 3/4 view. So on this area on the side, there’s gonna be three angles about… well, there’s one full
one and then two half ones that are colored in. And then the triangles on
the side, they’re colored in, but, again, not all the way through. There’s only one of ’em
that’s solidly colored. I color the top edge of top
area of one of the facets and then I put a little
shading on the side. I wanted the color to be a little, again, keeping that faceted,
clear kind of see-through look where the light is shining through. Now, these are those
three dark blue triangles. The same as you see on the top view, it’s just now we have the side view. I’m putting in half of
the color of the blue on one of the angles, and I’m gonna go through
and just fill in more blue in those areas and just kinda work to even things out. As you’re going through,
again, just take your time, just kind of draw things in as it looks. You kinda can’t mess this up because I tried it a whole
bunch of different ways, and even though this is very systemic and there’s kinda like when
you do this, you do this, your own drawing doesn’t
have to be like that. It still works out if you’re kinda just putting the color all over. I know this because I tried it. For the video, I wanted to make sure that anyone could pick this
up and do it themselves and just kind of draw it the
way they wanted to draw it. So you don’t necessarily
have follow this exactly for it to work out. And, again, well, if you’re
just drawing like one view, if you’re not drawing like
all three of the views, you have much more like freedom to kinda go where you
want to with it because you’re not comparing it to any
other side or any other angle of the gem or the sapphire
that you’re drawing. I’m drawing the 3/4 view now, and this is a translation of both that side view and that top view. So I’m going through and
kinda following that. And it’s a lot easier
now because I have those other two views drawn to go through. And as you can see here, I’m putting in the color pretty gently, I’m letting the pencil
kind of move the pigment and the wax around on the page because all of that, that build
up was for this purpose so that like kind of you get that smeary, beautiful blue effect and that it would add dimension in the place of adding
actual extra facets in. I drew in half of the white shading. And now I’m going through
with the dark blue pencil and adding in those triangles and just kind of like not
filling in too many parts fully or just kinda shading it
in as you go along here, and just moving through
all over the piece. I really love this series. So far I’ve drawn a ruby, I’m gonna be drawing an emerald, I’m gonna be drawing a diamond. I’ve drawn a very simplified
diamond in pencil. I have that video, I’ll link it in the
description box down below. And that was really
kind of the inspiration and the jumping off point
for this whole series of jewels in color. Like I wanted to just expand on that and make it a little more advanced. So I’m going through here still
with that dark blue pencil. All three of these drawings
took about an hour to draw. And I had practiced this quite a bit. I’ve been working on this series, and so I think I’m a bit
quicker now than when I started. Don’t be surprised if it
takes like a couple hours. Just take your time and enjoy it and get the look that you want. Again, these jewels are very large, and so that’s why it took longer. If yours are smaller, it’s
definitely not gonna take this long to go through
and draw everything. So now I’m at like the fun
part, the part I really love, is where I’m taking this white
ink pen and I’m going through and I’m putting little blobs
of color at each faceted point. And then I’m dragging that white
ink around the jewel shape. I’m being really careful to
not put in super solid lines. Again, we’re drawing the light. This is the light, this is the sparkle, this the dimensional shine of the piece. And so you’re not putting in like really thick blocks of color because that’s gonna flatten it out. You really want this kind of like rough looking shine and
this rough looking color on top of your piece. And you’re really just like once you get those blobs of color in, you’re just dragging that
across the piece with your pen. And then I apply that same
technique with the side view. I’ve sped this up, but
definitely take your time, kinda gauge whether how much is too much and how much is too little because like at this point, you’re almost done, so you don’t really wanna overdo it. But I can understand like how easy it is to get like excited and
just kinda keep going because it’s super fun
to put this element, this final element into your drawings. And it’s probably, like
it’s what I was waiting for for the whole drawing, like I was just, oh, I can’t
wait to put in the white ink and all the sparkle and just watch everything
get more dimensional and just start to pop on the page. And that is about it. Thank you so much for watching this. Like I said, I have a couple
more drawings in this series. I’m gonna be drawing an emerald, I’m gonna be doing a diamond, and then I’m gonna be doing a pearl. It’s so much fun, I love doing this. Thank you so much for watching. This is Sketch Dirt, and I’m Marla. Bye!

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