Golden flecks and glow
I want to add a few free floating flecks to add touches of gold around the rest of the image, rather than just the threads. I also want to use those flakes to add some other elements that are glowing, besides the character. I’m painting the flecks opaquely, then adding a soft airbrushed glow above them. A dab of Overlay above helps to make the glow stand out.
Last touches and textures
We’re in the home stretch now! It’s just a case of adding those last little touches to tie everything together, which always takes so much longer than you think it will, funnily enough. I’m adding a little bit of a grungy texture over the top of everything (set to Overlay) to introduce a bit more grit. I’m also adding a few more flakes of gold here and there to finish things off.