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Exercise 27 Results: Candy Study Step by Step by CGCookie Exercise 27 Results: Candy Study Step by Step by CGCookie

Check out the Exercise and Download the Practice Sheet HERE

Artist: Tim Von Rueden (vonn)

This exercise was a truly sweet! Below is a step by step on how I created each of the gemstones from the exercise practice sheet. I broke it down into each significant step on what was included or added:

  1. Outline - Begin with the overall look and shape to each candy, remembering to either have them be on a surface or nor.
  2. Solid Base - Choose a color and try grabbing colors from reference!
  3. Initial Detail Pass - Before laying down another color, focus on where you want your light source and stay consistent throughout! Also bear in mind whether the light will pass through the surface and be absorbed or will it be mostly reflected.
  4. Remove Outlines and Add Gradients - This will give the gem a solid foundation from here to detail further! Subtle gradients will add that extra touch of realism.
  5. Surface, Highlights, and Bounce Lighting – This is the hardest step. Really focus on the lighting on how it interacts with each candy. And for bounce lighting try working with the color in the local surrounding environment (in this case a neutral grey) The subtle surface textures will add a sense of realism as well.
  6. Highlights - This is a good exercise to see how color can pass with the lighting into the shadow, depending on the material you are working with. A gummy bear will pass color into a shadow far more than a piece of licorice. So it’s all about observing and analyzing how lighting interacts! 
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:icondarknessonly13:
DarknessOnly13 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Wow, this is so helpful! Thank you so much, I'll definitively follow it when I find some spare time.

PS- I'm seriously craving some Twizzlers right now. And to play Candy Crush.
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Vizzy387 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  New Deviant
Looks real!
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:iconepixelle:
Epixelle Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
?!?!?!??!!
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:iconamilie-va:
amilie-va Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Such a helpful tutorial! ThanksXD
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:iconcheckeredpanda:
CheckeredPanda Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015  Student Digital Artist
THIS IS MAKING ME HUNGRY 
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:iconsonson-sensei:
Sonson-Sensei Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this looks real, like holy crap. 
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:icontecsinom:
Tecsinom Featured By Owner Edited Nov 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS, MAN
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:iconshydandere:
ShyDandere Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015
REEEEEEEEEED! Amazing. o.o i love red..... <3
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:iconusagiprojects:
UsagiProjects Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It all looks so yummy and I'm not even into candy really, but I sure would like that gummy bear! ^.^
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:icongalaxydawn:
GalaxyDawn Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Student General Artist
Wtf it looks so real *^*
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:iconkcinkc51:
KCinKC51 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015
Awesome! Definitely needed. A subject I've never seen done before.
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:iconx-scribbles-x:
x-Scribbles-x Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Can anyone tell me what the last one is?
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:iconhong-t:
HonG-t Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Twizzler
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:iconx-scribbles-x:
x-Scribbles-x Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
What's that?
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:iconhong-t:
HonG-t Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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x-Scribbles-x Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Oh. Cool thx.
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:iconkyouzins:
kyouzins Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing
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:iconcarney-gd:
carney-gd Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the most realistic candies ever.. <3
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:iconradicaun:
Radicaun Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015
:iconhomerplz: :iconsaysplz: Mmm...digital candy...
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:iconmadanpatil:
MadanPatil Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks for sharing! :) :thumbsup:
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:iconmrcarik:
MrCarik Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thx
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:iconradarai:
Radarai Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
wow, very cool! nice info
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:iconneedlegirl:
NeedleGirl Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist
I know this is probably a very stupid question, but what is the medium? It looks like digital art, but I wanted to make sure... >.<
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:iconegxe:
Egxe Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its digital
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:iconxvannix:
XvanniX Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks so cool and realistic...! O.O This sure helps a lot as tutorial... Nice! :D
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:iconkrazykitty304:
KrazyKitty304 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist
Wow, this is awesome!
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:iconkuronoshimo:
kuronoshimo Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow those look really... real. O_O Great job!
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:iconmadiineko:
MadiiNeko Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Holy crap it looks so real!
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:iconsoulfire402:
SoulFire402 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is so cool. Thank you for showing this ~
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:icondarthpepo1:
Darthpepo1 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so incredible
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:iconsaberune:
saberune Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015
Impressive.  Well done.
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:iconladytsukikage:
LadyTsukikage Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
They look so darn real!!!!
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:iconblueyellowmacaw:
BlueYellowMacaw Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015
The thing to the top right and the sugar coated thing looks amazing! Looks freakin' real.
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:iconeif-ka:
Eif-ka Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible tutoriel! 
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:iconmartsuia:
Martsuia Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
tutorial*
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:iconeif-ka:
Eif-ka Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry!  ^^'
My French spellchecker mocks me. thank you for correcting.
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:iconsnowfall-the-cat:
Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Almost like a computer renders 3D models!
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:iconkaoimhin7:
Kaoimhin7 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015
Thanks for sharing this! Awesome work!
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:iconm-renoir:
m-renoir Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015   Digital Artist
How is the best way to remove the outlines? Just erase ou blend them in the solid base?
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:iconhong-t:
HonG-t Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Best way is to make them on a separate layer, lower the opacity while painting on another layer, and delete them at the end.
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dragonhalf13570 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I want to know this too for a project I'm working on now, where I want to remove the outlines completely.  Trickier than I thought it would be.
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:iconmartsuia:
Martsuia Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you blend it
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:icondragonhalf13570:
dragonhalf13570 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, I sorta guessed that last minute, but I wanted to confirm it. 
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Aikonni Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
*swallows*
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starpanemily Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks you for your guideline about how to draw candy
Here is my practice-3->>>

starpanemily.deviantart.com/ar…

THANKS THANKS THANKSS!!!!!!

Love all your tutorials=/////=!!!
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Spottedclawlovescats Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015   Digital Artist
THEY LOOK SO REAL *chomps on screen*
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:iconbloodsuckingqueen:
bloodsuckingqueen Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial was..... Sweet... Ok, I'll go sit down
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