Having learned about geometry, perspective and representation of materials in the first volume, this second book in this two-part series delves deeper into the process of designing jewelry, from the first sketch to the final representation, with special emphasis on how to work on ideas, plan a collection, and design and depict a wide variety of pieces, taking the inspiration from natural forms or art history. The fundamentals of drawing different pieces, such as necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets, are carefully explained and illustrated in the book, which includes all the technical details to be taken into consideration when planning a jewelry piece, from the executive point of view. While the first volume focused on the tools needed to be able to accurately convey ideas, draw different materials, facets and effects, and master the use of color, this publication tackles the process from the initial idea, based in natural or geometrical forms, to the final drawing of the completed piece, including illustration techniques and sources of inspiration, all aspects that will stir up the reader's creativity. It is the ultimate tool and resource for jewelry students and professionals, and even illustrators in search of professional guidelines in freehand drawing and painting techniques when representing jewelry.
Manuela Brambatti began her career in the fashion world in the late 1970s working for Style and other fashion magazines. She has collaborated with Giorgio Correggiari, Krizia and Gian Marco Venturi, but her most important and far-reaching experience was her work with Gianni Versace, where she played a crucial role in setting standards with regard to the presentation and illustration of the house's fashion and home collections. She currently freelances as an illustrator in the fashion, jewelry and design industries. She is the author of the best-selling title Fashion Illustration and Design and Fashion Illustration Design for Accessories, both from Promopress. Cosimo Vinci studied jewelry design in Florence and Vicenza, Italy. With a focus on artistic consulting, branding and project design for jewelry, watches, sunglasses and fashion accessories, his clients are international companies both small and large, from high-end to fashion jewelry. The styles he produces range from exclusive and contemporary to young and fun. He has designed pieces for famous fashion brands such as Versace, Versus, Balmain, Montana, Laura Biagiotti, Valentino and Etro. Since 1998, he has taught at the Arts and Crafts School in Vicenza and has conducted seminars in many parts of the world on the subject. In 2011, Vinci won the Bijoux d'Autore design competition awarded by the Associazione Gioiello Contemporaneo (Contemporary Jewelry Association, Italy). Alessandra Possamai is a curator at the Jewellery Museum in Vicenza (Italy) and collaborates regularly with different Italian institutions in the organization of exhibitions on contemporary jewellery. A scholar of Italian Futurism, she was co-curator of the Centenary Futuristic Sculpture and Futurist Exhibition dedicated to the architect Quirino De Giorgio. She has written monographs on contemporary Italian and Veneto region artists, with a particular interest in recovering neglected and damaged cultural assets. A freelance journalist since 2007, she came in 3rd in the Equal Opportunities Commission's National Prize in the Province of Brescia in January 2008 for her article on "Female creativity at the dawn of the 3rd millennium".