Hello Tombow friends! We’re here today with a fun technique by our Signature Designer Marie Browning. She’s going to walk you through how to draw gems with our markers and colored pencils.
- Tombow Dual Brush Pens
- Tombow Irojiten Colored Pencils
- Tombow Colorless Brush Blender Pen
- Tombow Sand Eraser
- Tombow MONO Drawing Pencils – 2B & F
Now that you have your supplies ready to go, we’re going to go step by step with how to draw gems using markers and colored pencils to create beautiful shaded effects.
Draw an oval with a permanent black pen (the Tombow MONO Twin Permanent Marker works great for this). Add the light Dual Brush Pen color, leaving a highlight at the bottom. Add the darker Dual Brush Pen color in a crescent form.
With the Colorless Blender Pen, blend the colors together and let dry.
With the Irojiten Colored Pencils, soften the blend. Use the dark color to deepen the crescent shadow at the top of the gem. If needed, use the Sand Eraser to bring back the highlight at the bottom of the gem.
With a white gel pen, add the highlight. Add a shadow under the gem using the Drawing Pencils.
Colors for Specific Gems
Rose Quartz: Dual Brush Pen 761–Carnation, Dual Brush Pen 743-Hot Pink; Irojiten Colored Pencil P-2 Coral Pink, Irojiten Colored Pencil D-12 Maroon
Ruby: Dual Brush Pen 761–Carnation; Dual Brush Pen 847–Crimson; Irojiten Colored Pencil V-1 Cherry Red, Irojiten Colored Pencil D-12 Maroon
Amethyst: Dual Brush Pen 620–Lilac, Dual Brush Pen 452–Process Blue, Dual Brush Pen 636–Imperial Purple; Irojiten Colored Pencil P-18, Irojiten Colored Pencil Celeste Blue, Irojiten Colored Pencil P-9 Lilac, Irojiten Colored Pencil V-9 Iris Violet
Sapphire: Dual Brush Pen 491–Glacier Blue, Dual Brush Pen 476–Cyan; Irojiten Colored Pencil P-8 Forget Me Not Blue, Irojiten Colored Pencil V-8 Lapis Lazuli
Turquoise: Dual Brush Pen 451–Sky Blue, Dual Brush Pen 243–Mint, Dual Brush Pen 452–Process Blue; Irojiten Colored Pencil D-19 Teal Blue, Irojiten Colored Pencil P-5 Lettuce Green, Irojiten Colored Pencil P-17 Turquoise
Emerald: Dual Brush Pen 173–Willow Green, Dual Brush Pen 346 Sea Green; Irojiten Colored Pencil P-5 Lettuce Green, Irojiten Colored Pencil V-5 Parrot Green
Topaz: Dual Brush Pen 062–Pale Yellow, Dual Brush Pen 025–Light Orange; Irojiten Colored Pencil V-3 Dandelion, Irojiten Colored Pencil D-14 Bamboo
Amber: Dual Brush Pen 062–Pale Yellow, Irojiten Colored Pencil 912 Pale Cherry, Irojiten Colored Pencil D-13 Terra Cotta, Irojiten Colored Pencil D-14 Bamboo, Irojiten Colored Pencil D-1 Crimson
Opal: Dual Brush Pen 703–Pink Rose, Dual Brush Pen 195–Light Green, Dual Brush Pen–673 Orchid, Dual Brush Pen 452–Process Blue; Irojiten Colored Pencil V-3 Dandelion, Irojiten Colored Pencil D-10 Taupe
Obsidian: Dual Brush Pen N60–Cool Gray 6, Dual Brush Pen N35–Cool Gray 12; Irojiten Colored Pencil V-10 Ivory Black, Irojiten Colored Pencil D-10 Taupe
Ready to try them for yourself? Download a free coloring page illustrated by Marie Browning and put your new gem drawing skills to use!
This is a wonderful tutorial! Thank you so mùch Marie!
Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us
This end result is stunning! TFS –
All I can say is…wow.
Thank you for a wonderful gem tutorial as well as all of the color suggestions to make other gems! My question: What is the process and which Tombow tool do you use to make the very thin lines in the finished gem? I feel that is what makes it really look like a gem with the inclusions that naturally form! Thank you for your response.
Thanks so much for this VERY informative tutorial on making gems! I’ve been looking at some online through my zentangle wanderings and decided I really want to try this technique. I already have a large set of Tombow markers so don’t even have to run to the store. Is there a kind of paper that works better than others? Your instructions make it look really easy so I’m going to get at it today. You are so very generous.
Ruth, a fellow Canadian
Fantastic colours….thank you Marie
Amazing! Thank you.
Thanks so much for this Marie, do not know how I missed this tutorial! Have been wanting this exact thing.
Thanks so much for the gem colouring tips and the dragonfly download. I had so much fun using my Tombow dual brush markers again!!
Any suggestions for substitute pencils if you don’t have the Irotijen & Mono ones please?
Thank you so much. Perfect..
Thanks for sharing
Wowww sooo beautiful and so neatly explained…love it…
Son una belleza de gemas llenas de color. Mi piedra es la Turquoise y me he quedado enamorada de ella. Congratulations. Todo arte.
Admiro toda clase de arte, me parecen increíbles todas estas bellezas que estoy viendo. Es la primera vez que las veía y me he llevado una gendisima sorpresa. El artista, los colores que utiliza, que nos lo mueste en un tutorial ……. estoy en shock!!!!
Es demasiada belleza para un sólo día. Tengo ganas de saber y de ver más. Ha sido todo un placer. Thank you so much.
Wow! You would think they were the real thing ,they take time but, are so worth it
Can yo do just with pencils if you do’t have any markers?
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So great and beatifull
I really love this .
Thank you so much
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Absolutely awesome. Thank you so much for this information, it’s greatly appreciated.