Gabriel Vasquez Talks About the Coolest New Instagram Trend


All of a sudden Instagram became covered in glitter and sparkles and everyone seems to be in complete awe of this new trend. Digital glitter effect is masterfully applied to certain elements of the photograph, like a dress, a cocktail, or the ocean to create a dreamy mood.

We talked to one of our favorite glitter artists Gabriel Vasquez - to learn more about this new sparkly trend.


Hi Gabriel, please introduce yourself.

Hello! My name is Gabriel Vasquez and I’m 27 years old. I was born deaf in Santa Ana, Ca and raised in Norco. Photography is my passion. I got my first toy camera on Christmas when I was about 6-7. Later, I broke it and lost interest for a few years. When I was in college, I bought my first DSLR and fell in love all over again. My camera (?) changed every day and the best way to document these changes was to capture them in a photograph. Recently, I learned photoshop and learned how to add extra glitter on photos to create beautiful shiny images.


What is glitter art and how did you get into it?

Glitter art is when you add magical glitter to a photo to make it look more beautiful and come alive! How did I get into it? I was inspired by an artist and figured it out on my own, then fell in love. I will never forget my first photo edits and the best feelings that came admiring my work!


What images are best suited for glitter art?

Pre edits (Lightroom presets) are best, but I can’t edit photos with sun light in it because it is already bright and there is no need to add glitter.


How long does it take you to edit each photo?

Well it depends on the photo! Simple edits take me 45min to an hour. The dreamy edits take me 1-2 hours or more, but I never get bored, it’s so much fun to edit and I love it!

Where do you get your inspiration?

@Paigearminta @Kyliekatich @Officiallyquigley @sarashakeel

My fans inspire me the most. They support my art and make it happen! Their images and ideas keep me creating new work. They are the reason I made a new IG art account.

What is your dream collaboration?

Ohhhhh! My dream partnerships/collaborations are @h&m @forever21 @nyledimarco @tezza @badgalriri @Vogue @Voguemagazine @Adidas @arianagrande and more!


Anything else you want people to know about you, the creative process, your work or glitter art?

I want to bring joy to people with my glitter art. I hope that they are lifted up when they see my work. I also want people to know that they can accomplish anything and fulfill their dreams. I am deaf and sometimes people think they can’t do what they love because they have limitations. I want to be an example to the deaf community in particular to let them know they can work hard and realize their dreams.

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