Q&A: Stained glass window
Fairy Bomb Squad, US
I start by drawing the shape of my glass that will be included in an arched window. Then once I’ve decided on the subject, I use a large, hard-edged brush to simulate the strips of lead that hold the glass together.
Once I have a finished drawing of the window, I move on to choosing what colours to use. Then I add a texture to simulate the irregularity of the painted glass. I flatten the layers, select my stained glass and insert it into the context of my artwork: in this case a fantasy temple. I adjust the perspective and set the glass to a Screen layer. This results in all elements that are black taking the colour of the background, while everything that’s a light colour appears brighter – just what I need!
When transforming the image of the glass I take into account the perspective using Edit> Transform>Distort.