How to Design a Pearl Ring from Two Angles

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Capturing the Glow

A primer on drawing in lifted and classic perspective

By Rémy Rotenier

Born from a defense mechanism of oysters, pearls have been a favorite of jewelry lovers for a very long time. Unlike gemstones, which can display many optical phenomena, pearls just quietly glow, as if animated from their core. Pearl rings are a visual treat for the wearer to enjoy, as it allows her to notice the changes in the pearl as it plays in the light. This month, I will demonstrate how to draw a pearl ring from two different views—the lifted perspective and a classic perspective. After practicing both, you may have a favorite direction for capturing a pearl’s glow.