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).
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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