Being able to quickly and skillfully render a piece of jewelry while
standing at the counter and talking with a customer is a huge trust
builder. The clients can see that you know what you are really
talking about and can make their ideas come to life. Plus it is so
satisfying to have pencil and brush in hand and to be able to make
things pop off the page and come to life.
My sweetie Timothy Green is really great at this. I'm better at
doing water color renderings that take longer and are shown to the
client at a later date. Though my renderings are pretty, the ability
to quickly sketch at the counter is a the best sales closing device
For black and white illstraition I like the book Jewelry
Illustration by Dominique Audette. For color renderings I love both
The Art of Jewelry Design and Designing jewelry by Gali, Riviere, and
Li. Beautiful books.
Oh and one last thing. Only draw what you can make. My late father
was an amazing illustrator. When he took jewelry classes in his 60s
while getting his MFA in painting he would draw these amazing ideas
and then spend an entire term trying to complete just one project.
Have fun and make lots of jewelry.