Stippling of an Old Man

“Stippling of an Old Man,” 5″ x 7″, Pen and Ink on Watercolor paper

Usually I work in pencil, but sometimes it is nice to throw in some new medium and technique.

Stippling is the creation of an image by using small dots…a LOT of small dots. This technique is similar to pointillism, which is what happens when an artist really wants to play with blending shadows and colors. Stippling was made popular in illustrations for publication because they were so easy to replicate in simple black and white. What makes this technique so fun is that the viewer’s eye blends the dots together to make the final image recognizable. After all, it’s just a bunch of specks on paper. The Wall Street Journal still utilizes stippled portraits today.

If you prefer more color and want to see work by a true pointillist master, look up George Seurat. His painting “A Sunday Afternoon” made a huge impact on modern art and is famous for starting Neo-Impressionism. The painting took him two years to complete. Even though he is now celebrated for his artistic accomplishments, in the 1800’s Seurat’s early work was rejected (as was his penchant for living with young models).


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Stippling of an Old Man by Artistry by Lisa Marie is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
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2 thoughts on “Stippling of an Old Man

  1. Stipple portraits are created out of many tiny dots of ink. It is often confused with Pointillism. Stipple Portraits are only created out of a single color of ink. Areas of dark and light are created by how close or far away the dots are placed to each other. Stipple portraits can be considered as black and white pointillism. Pointillism generally means works of art that are created out of tiny dots of colored ink or paint, and when the various colors are put near each other, they create a new color for the viewer. These colors seem to blend as the viewer moves farther away.

    • Absolutely! Stippling and pointillism can be quite similar. But utilizing color in pointillism definitely differentiates it from (traditionally) black and white stippling. Thank you for the comment!

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