Sometimes designs seem great in concept, yet when fully fleshed out end up looking decidedly not-so-great.   In this design, done a few years back around a fantasy-cut peridot, the final result looked a little more like a piece of pizza than an elegant pendant.  And, the freshwater seed pearls bore an uncanny resemblance to grains of rice!

Watercolor and Gouache Fantasy Cut Peridot, Diamond and Seed Pearl Pendant Rendering by Joana Miranda

Perhaps I was hungry when I designed this?  In any case, looking back on this rendering and critiquing it helps me to learn from my mistakes and grow.


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