Step-by-step: Light up a head of hair
1 I draw the face and establish the hair’s colour, the light source and the main area of glare. I also apply the colours of the environment to the hair. I paint strands of hair with a Soft brush, especially those close to the glare. I paint the darkest areas of the hair and add reflections. 2 I smear strands that are further away from viewer with a little brush water. This results in a more artistic look. I illuminate the glare on the forelock with the Soft brush on a separate layer, and lighten the background. I add volume to the forelock with Overlay layers. 3 To finish, I add detail to the hair using a separate Overlay layer. For shady areas, I prefer to add a little purple colour. I continue to add rays of light sparks, dust particles, reflections in the eyes and details to the skin. I aim to give the picture a tangible air of fantasy!