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?
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?
Filed under art, techniques
As the express subway passed through the 59th street station tonight, a plastic lid with its straw still attached fell at my feet. My nano-second thought of “Where did that come from?” was followed by a dual impulse to kick the lid down onto the tracks where there was a already a plethora of garbage, or to leave it where it was for the station cleaning crew. But a stronger instinct prevailed. With my hands still in their winter gloves, I got up to gingerly pick up the lid and attached straw and drop it into the nearby trash. Moments after I had sat back down on the bench, the lady standing next to me with a lidless Qdoba soda cup looked at me and asked, “Was that my lid?” I felt a moment of mortified panic course through my body as I realized that I had just thrown out her lid; but she reassured me that if it fell on the platform floor it was trash anyway. And she smiled and thanked me for trying to keep the subways neat.
My train approached, and I climbed into the nearest car along with a crush of others. I was lost in thought when a voice next to me asked about my earrings. To my surprise, the voice belonged to the same woman. I smiled and told her that my earrings contained tiny paintings of bluebirds. Small though they are (in reality, an extravagant Christmas gift from my husband) my bluebirds of happiness earrings are sort of like talismans to me.
Tonight they served as a reminder that it takes so little to make a difference.
As I’m finding my “NY City legs” – figuring out how to set up my drafting table, hooking up my printer and getting my scanner to work – today’s rendering felt a bit forced. When I finished it, my thought was
“Oh, this isn’t original…I’ve done this exact same design before!”
So I decided to dig through my design archives to see just how much I had plagiarized myself. Much to my surprise, I realized that while today’s design is, indeed, a reworking of a motif that I seem to love, it is significantly different not only in rendering technique but in feel. In a more critical vein, I’d say that I’m still seeking that “Ah hah!” moment with this motif. However, with a little distance (nice that I’ve saved my designs) I see merit in each of the variations to date; proof, too, as George Balanchine once said
“There are no new steps, only new combinations.”
I’ve posted the new variation below with the previous incarnations, in reverse chronological order underneath:
Pen and Ink Gold and Diamond Leaf Earring with Gold Tear Drop Dangle by Joana Miranda
“Success is steady progress towards one’s personal goals.”
Autumn is just around the corner and along with cooler temperatures comes the colorful turning and then dropping of the leaves. This simple earring design is a tribute to that brief beauty:
Pencil Sketch for Leaf-Inspired Drop Earring by Joana Miranda
“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.”