One imperative aspect of this image was the sense that reality was being distorted by the faerie. Brent and I looked at several options before going with the Radial Blur filter (with Zoom on). I applied it to the outer edges, then painted over the filter to blend it in.
I used photographs of speckles on Soft Light and Overlay modes to add random variation to the background. I also used custom brushes to spice up the painting’s texture.
A sense of motion
I used the Queen’s hair and dress to add motion to the picture. Their spiral shape also centres on the Queen’s face, which helps to emphasise it as the focal point of the image.