I need help paint­ing glitter on my princess character. Can you help?

Nigella Lim­par, US

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Sara replies

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.

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