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Real or Rendered: Can You Spot the Virtual Jewelry?

Although my time at the drafting table these days is focused on hand-illustrating my whimsical “fashionistas,” I still am interested in jewelry design trends and keep up with them as much as I can.  So it was with interest that I read this article published online by GIA, the Gemological Institute of America.  As you can see, GIA has paired photos of two similar jewelry pieces.  In each case, one of the pieces is actually a “virtual” jewelry piece – designed and rendered entirely using CAD or Computer Aided Design.    The other is a photograph of a real piece of jewelry.  How good are you at detecting the real versus the rendered pieces?

real or rendered Click on the photo above, or here, to go to the gallery and see the nine pairs of pictures.  After having a chance to study each picture, the answer will be revealed in the following  gallery frame.

Note: I got a 100% the first time around, but I’ll confess that one pair did give me pause… (and the second time around – a few weeks later –  I actually got it WRONG!)

How did you do?

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A Design a Day – Day 361 (Going with the Flow)

This rendering isn’t perfect (none of my renderings are!), but I had fun letting my imagination wander, and I enjoyed pairing unusual stone cuts and colors in this pendant design:

Watercolor and Gouache Multi-Colored Gemstone Pendant Rendering on Vellum Paper by Joana Miranda

Watercolor and Gouache Multi-Colored Gemstone Pendant Rendering on Vellum Paper by Joana Miranda

And, to close this post, a wise observation…

“There  is no royal road to anything.  One thing at a time, all things in succession.  That which grows fast, withers as rapidly.  That which grows slowly, endures.”

(Josiah Gilbert Holland)

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A Design a Day – Day 356 (Out and About in NY City – Finding a Seed of Inspiration)

The sights and sounds of NY -

Blinding sun glinting off the Hudson River by Riverside Park yesterday,

a rude heckler yelling “Yah! Go!  Keep it up” as I did my jump-roping and “burpees” in the park,

Jews gathered in groups along the parkway path reading and singing in observance of Rosh Hashanah today,

the “fwap-fwap” of my Nike windbreaker as I braced head-first into the 30 mph wind gusts on my early evening walk,

and this curious seed pod I picked up, put in my pocket, (and only remembered when I laid on my side and thought my hip bone was going bad),

Photo of seed pod found in Riverside Park by Joana Miranda

Photo of seed pod found in Riverside Park, NY by Joana Miranda

all led me to create this pendant rendering tonight:

Watercolor and gouache gold and diamond ball, chain and tassel pendant rendering on black silk cord by Joana Miranda

Watercolor and Gouache Gold and Diamond Ball, Chain, and Tassel Pendant Rendering on Black Silk Cord by Joana Miranda

I’m dedicating this rendering to my parents, who are celebrating their 42nd anniversary tonight.

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A Design a Day – Day 337 (Remembering the Turkey Prize, or How to Avoid Creating a Total Flop!)

One summer when I was teaching violin and coaching chamber music at a music camp for middle school and high school kids, we decided amongst us faculty to award a “turkey prize” to the coach of the worst sounding group.  Cruel as that sounds, it helped take away some of the competitive edge among us, as well as adding an injection of much needed humor.  Having the best sounding group AND the worst sounding group became lofty goals to which to aspire.  (Needless to say, this was a private prize – not something that we shared with our blossoming music students.)

I was reminded of the turkey prize as I worked on tonight’s rendering:

Watercolor and gouache diamond twist pendant rendering by Joana Miranda

Watercolor and Gouache Diamond Twist Pendant Rendering by Joana Miranda

Interestingly, even though my eyes were tired as I rendered this design and I was convinced that I had created a real “turkey” of a pendant, taking the time to make it still look as good as possible resulted in a not-so disappointing finished artwork.

Much like the process of doing this rendering tonight, caring enough to try to transform music for some of the less naturally-gifted or interested students at the chamber music camp usually ended up giving decent results.  I’m proud to say that I escaped being awarded the “turkey prize” that summer.

Oh, and by the way, the prize was a bottle of  Wild Turkey Bourbon…maybe I missed out on a good thing?

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A Design a Day – Day 334 (Peaceful Reflections)

In the spirit of serenity (and an ode to a lovely 2 1/2 day spa vacation my husband and I are wrapping up) I’m posting this gentle design with these thoughts:

Watercolor and gouache amethyst, gold and pearl drop pendant rendering by Joana Miranda

Watercolor and Gouache Amethyst, Gold and Pearl Drop Pendant Rendering by Joana Miranda

“We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.”

(Dalai Lama)

“What is the good of having a nice house without a decent planet to put it on?”

(Henry David Thoreau)

“The best things in life aren’t things.”

(Art Buchwald)

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A Design a Day – Day 327 (Exploring New Diamond Rendering Techniques Using Gouache Paint on Vellum Paper)

Tonight’s diamond Lotus Pendant design is maybe not the most original design.  However, I was more interested in experimenting both with using only gouache paint on vellum paper, AND trying out a new technique for rendering the diamonds.  Interestingly, this diamond rendering technique is actually simpler than what I’ve been doing in the past, and the effect is maybe even more brilliant.  Plus, it takes less time…which in my book is also

brilliant!

Basically, I’ve rendered the diamonds by painting a circular outline of the basic shape using a very pale grey gouache paint over a darker grey ground.  Then I’ve added the illusion of a raised table to the gemstone with just one dot of pure white gouache paint per gemstone.  The icing on the cake is tiny strategically-placed white gouache “x” marks in the upper left of the diamond, finished with dots on either side of the diamond to suggest bead setting.

The result?

A feast for the eyes, and another fun technique to add to my arsenal!

Gouache on Vellum Rendering of Diamond Lotus Pendant by Joana Miranda

Gouache on Vellum Rendering of Diamond Lotus Pendant by Joana Miranda

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A Design a Day – Day 322 (Looking for Destiny in My Heart)

If we would see the color of our future, we must look for it in our present; if we would gaze on the star of our destiny, we must look for it in our hearts.
(Canon Farrar)

Colored pencil and gouache looped heart pendant rendering by Joana Miranda

Colored Pencil and Gouache Gold and Diamond Looped Heart Pendant by Joana Miranda

I couldn’t have said it better.

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