Hello Rachel - I teach Jewelry Design-Rendering at Minneapolis
Community & Technical College in our Jewelry Department program. You
definitely are headed in the right direction ! Here is a short list
of items that will be very helpful to you in getting started.
GOOD LIGHTING IS A MUST.
1. A fine acid-free marker such as a Micron 03
2. Bristol or Vellum paper
3. Grey paper - various shades & textures.
4. Magic Rub eraser
5. Erasable colored pencil set (at least 24 colors)
6. Template set
7. 6 inch ruler
8. Fixatif spray for your finished piece
9. 4x6 or 5x7 matte boards
10. A white 'gel' pen for reflection and hilights
11. Tracing paper
Make sure you do your drawings on a hard surface (no paper or tablet
under your design paper)
If you're right handed try to work from the top left side to the
bottom right side of the design so you don't smudge your work.
Finally, I advise all students to use reference materials or jewelry
magazines to observe/study the light reflections, shadows, and color
tone variations in photographs of jewelry. There are some fabulous
books out there on jewelry illustration Adolpho Matteo (not sure if
I spelled it correctly) is one of the best.
Best of success to you, and never, never throw anything away that
you've drawn..... keep it in a journal. I can also email some of my
colored renderings to you if you want to see my technique..... but
everyone is a little different, so I hope more people add to this