I need help painting glitter on my princess character. Can you help?
Nigella Limpar, US
The task of painting glitter can be made easier if you study photo references first. Doing so will reveal that glitter is nothing but a collection of small flat dots made of a polished material. They can have different colours and shapes, and once applied to the skin and clothes they reflect any light that’s shined on them. The trick is to bring attention to this visual effect in the image.
For the example I choose to draw a frost fairy princess, which suits the glitter theme down to the ground! Glitter can be added towards the end of the painting process, so I paint the skin of my character and the details as I would normally. To stay true to the icy setting, I choose to represent simple transparent or silver glitter. However, I can easily alter its colour by adding a Color or Overlay layer over it.
I place glitter on the face, arms and legs of my character. I ensure that it follows the shape of the face and body, and increase its brightness when it’s hit by light, and make it transparent or dark when in the shadows of the frost fairy princess area. This can be done simply and effectively by using an Overlay layer.
I can add an even more realistic effect by changing the size of the brush and combining elements of small and large glitter.