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Counter Sketching and Color Rendering with Rémy Rotenier

Thursday, May 21, 2020 - Monday, May 25, 2020
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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Cost: $1,075.00

Learn how to express your jewelry designs on paper for yourself and others with master illustrator Rémy Rotenier.

This course is broken down into 2 parts: three days of black and white sketching and two days of color rendering.

In this workshop you will be taught how to get more familiar with sketching with a pencil, including developing sketching skills, learning how to utilize source materials, sketching a design element or stone, and successfully representing your concept as a jewelry design. Then you will learn rendering techniques to transform a black and white sketch into a color illustration of your design, including the use of transparent and opaque water colors, and true-to-life metal and gemstones techniques.

Rémy will cover the whole process: from a rough sketch to a wonderful colored painting with the crucial step of turning a quick drawing into a reality without losing its energy. This class is excellent for students wanting to develop the skills necessary for custom design as well as creating their own jewelry collections.

The class starts with basic black and white sketching and rendering skills, understanding and depicting the difference between opaque, metallic, and transparent materials, and developing abilities to rapidly express ideas or visually explain a project to a customer.

You will learn how to draw straight bands with different profiles, tapered dome rings, and sketching gemstones and putting them in perspective. These techniques help build confidence to create powerful drawings which will help communicate ideas, work out problems, and refine designs on paper.

The class concludes with basic techniques for rendering lustrous metals and brilliant gemstones in professional-quality presentation paintings in the classic European tradition. Through the masterful demonstrations by Paris-trained instructor, Rémy Rotenier, students observe metal, gemstones, and other materials as they come to life on paper.

During class, you will develop unique designs from diverse source materials provided by the instructor. Each student will employ these same techniques to create individual gouache paintings of their own designs. With these tools, students will complete the course with greater confidence, prepared to create renderings of exceptional realism, vitality, and sparkle.

40 hours of instruction.

A $175 dollar kit fee is due the first day of class and payable to the instructor. The rest of your materials and use of tools are included with your class fees. 

Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.



No prerequisites. This class is open to anyone wanting to learn jewelry illustration techniques. 

Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA


Instructor: Rémy Rotenier

Upcoming Dates
Date(s) Times
Thu. May 21, Fri. May 22, Sat. May 23, Sun. May 24, Mon. May 259AM-6PM


Counter Sketching and Color Rendering with Rémy Rotenier

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