Developing Visual Creative Ideas For Jewelry Design
How many times did you have a great image in your head, something that you were sure will give you a terrific final product and yet when the time came to actually sit in the work shop and give it life you weren’t able to do it justice?
This sort of thing can happen to the most experienced of jewelers and creative designers so if you are only beginning your way, don’t be too frustrated and accept it as part of the learning process.
That being said, there are some very simple techniques that can help you to bring actual life to visual creative ideas that you see in your mind. Let’s take a look at some of them.
Learning to Draw your Designs
Personally, I think every person that wants to earn a living from professional design should learn how to draw. I know that a lot of people rush into actual design work without properly developing their drawing abilities and I think this is a big mistake. Taking a serious drawing class will help you to draw your visual ideas with accuracy. We all know how ideas can come and go in a matter of minutes, a good designer is never without his sketchbook so he could immediately draw new ideas. Trust me on this one, I had some amazing visual ideas that were lost forever simply because I didn’t have my sketchbook with me. That’s a mistake that I rarely make.
Look for Practical Solutions
A lot of times, even if you do manage to accurately draw your visual idea, the result is impractical. If you still think you came up with something that is visually striking and has commercial potential, you can look for practical solutions simply by going to the library and looking at the work of other jewelers. Browsing through jewelry and design books always provides me with unexpected solutions.
If you want to take this a step further, try to look at your design and think what historical period could it belong to. Searching through designs of that particular period can help you to modify your design in a way that will be influenced by past designs yet will still retain a very modern and original look.
Last, but not least, if you don’t come up with a practical solution put your design aside once you have carefully drawn it and get back to it only after a week or two. I sometimes discover old design drawings in my drawer that I’ve struggled with for weeks and when I fish them out I find practical solutions for them in less than five minutes.
Doron Heifetz is an expert designer, jeweler and the owner of the monogram necklace and wall monogram website.