I start by drawing the shape of my glass that will be included in an arched window. Then once Ive 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!
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Words: Sara Forlenza
Sara creates art for book covers, cards and RPGs. After many years with traditional techniques, she was introduced to digital art. It was love at first sight.
This article originally appeared in ImagineFX magazine issue 112.
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