Rémy Design Produces Ground-Breaking Video Courses

Rémy Design is thrilled to announce the release of two new instructional videos featuring Rémy Rotenier’s brilliant techniques for jewelry sketching and rendering. After teaching at prestigious jewelry and design schools for many years and sharing his techniques with hundreds of students, Rémy has finally recorded these lessons and made them available in a video course on black and white development of designs, and a second course on advanced color rendering in the European tradition.

There is no step by step instruction video on jewelry rendering available anywhere else, and no teacher who can so clearly break down the process in such a thoughtful manner. Rotenier was taught the basics of these techniques during years of rigorous training in Paris, but he has refined the classic methods, developing a process that is uniquely his, resulting in astonishingly lifelike drawings and color paintings. In these two courses he shares his secrets with anyone interested in jewelry design.

The courses were produced in conjunction with New Approach School for Jewelers in Franklin, Tennessee.  Filming was done during a week-long course at the school, and in subsequent studio sessions employing the advanced technology used every day at New Approach.  Each course can be purchased for $175.00 through the Rio Grande catalogue at RioGrande.com or at New Approach School for Jewelers at NewApproachSchool.com



The first video course, Counter Sketching Jewelry with Rémy Rotenier is an instructional breakthrough on how to draw and design jewelry. It begins with black-and-white sketching and rendering skills, developing an ability to rapidly express ideas and visually explain a project to a customer or client. Following the step by step instructions, jewelers and designers will build the confidence to create powerful drawings which communicate ideas, resolve technical problems, and refine aesthetics on paper. Students watch over a master teacher’s shoulder as he covers topics including values, rendering of various materials, rings and gemstones shown in perspective, and many other important skills. The course emphasizes drawing in front of the client, the most powerful communicative tool in the custom design process. This allows the customer to see immediately their dream come to life, develops their trust in the design process, and greatly increases custom sales at fine retail jewelry stores.

DVD cover black and white

Cover for Counter Sketching Jewelry dvd course



The second course, Color Rendering of Jewelry with Rémy Rotenier illuminates hand painting techniques for dynamic designs. In the classic European tradition this video course goes beyond basic techniques for rendering lustrous metals and brilliant gemstones in professional-quality presentation paintings. Through the masterful demonstrations jewelers and designers will learn to bring metal, gemstones, and other materials to life in full color. The step by step course explains the techniques to create astonishing gouache paintings of exceptional realism, vitality, and sparkle.

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Cover for Color Rendering of Jewelry dvd course

For a video preview of the course, click here.

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Read more: Teaching DVD, Color Rendering

Teaching Yellow and White Gold

Gouache yellow and white gold demonstration.

Teaching Gemstones in Colored Pencils

Colored pencil gemstones demonstration.

". . . Not only is [Rémy] an extremely skilled artist, but he is a very good teacher. His classes are well prepared, his materials very helpful, and his attitude is friendly and caring.

". . . Everyone in the class walked away with a vastly improved skill level, no matter what level they came in with.  I believe that anyone who takes a class with Rémy will be making a valuable investment in their future career as a jeweler, metal smith or designer.

"At the end of his workshop they will be able to sell their work just by drawing it!"


Elichai Fowler

Designer and Owner

Paradise Ring Works, Livingston, Montana

“I had no compasses, no rulers, no vector based software---but there I was designing, as part of a fantastic counter-sketching workshop with Rémy Rotenier. . . [He] had us drawing without tools or templates. And though it took me a few hours to get past the initial discomfort, I soon was scribbling and drawing and having fun.

“Ditching my usual tools helped me to explore new facets of creativity. . . I am having fun getting lost in the creative process, without the distraction of my tools. And getting lost on purpose takes me to the place where magic happens.”


Kate Wolf (from MJSA Journal, Jan. 2011)

Jeweler, Educator, Tool Queen, and Wicked Wench of Wax

Portland, Maine

"I had the pleasure of working with Rémy Rotenier in which some of our time was dedicated to his teachings of jewelry rendering. I have been designing for many years but will be forever thankful for the techniques he showed me.

"It has opened up a new way for me to look at and improve my own work by guiding me to a way to see things differently than what I was able to easily do on my own."


Jill Suddendorf

Corporate Designer

IB Goodman Company

teaching workshop demos

colored pencil class sample for website

Colored pencil rendering demonstration

Teaching at Wolf Designs


teaching diamond demo

Band Ring structural sketches

Quick structural study of band rings.

Dome Ring structural sketches

Quick structural study for a dome ring.

Teaching Diamond