Paris-trained jewellery designer Rémy Rotenier of Rémy Design has introduced a third DVD course – Advanced Jewelry Design – in addition to his popular instructional DVD series.
All three courses teach designers, jewellery-makers, students, and retail sales associates how to professionally draw and render jewellery. The new course will appeal to those who are already well-versed on the basics of rendering jewellery, and who want to move to the next level.
In a growing marketplace for customised jewellery designs, improving the ability to quick sketch clients’ ideas is key, remarked Rotenier. “Regardless of whether you’ll ultimately be designing with a CAD program, it’s still great to be able to professionally respond to your clients on the spot with free-hand drawing. When you sketch in real time, you gain a customer’s trust that you have skills as a jewellery artist.” Hand drawing can also be useful in pre-visualising CAD renderings, or for use in brand development, the designer added.
In his new DVD, Rotenier teaches advanced techniques for drawing complex ring designs, with thorough training in top, profile and through-the-finger views. Students will also learn how to draw rings at a 45-degree angle, build a braided solitaire, create channel-set solitaires, and render a pavé cocktail ring (as well as other pave ring styles).
In the third DVD of the 4-DVD set, however, Rotenier also tackles how to render earrings. Recent studies, such as the De Beers 2017 Diamond Insight Report, show that, of the jewellery women buy for themselves, earrings are the second-most important category after rings. Among the lessons on the DVD are how to draw earring posts, short and long dangles, hoops, left and right styles, and alternative styles.
Finally, Rotenier also instructs students how to draw a variety of jewellery chains, a chain bracelet, bangle bracelets, brooches, a pendant, and cufflinks, using designs from the natural world, as well as historical motifs.