Many, many, many tiny dots later the leopard piece is complete. Stippling uses tiny dots to create solid and shaded areas. Sections that contain large concentrations of dots close together, as seen in the eyes, create depth. Fewer dots with greater spacing are used to form the leaves producing a soft presence of the leaves.
For this particular piece I used tinted paper.
Size: 15 X 12 completed in 2012
The technique of pointillism which incorporates colored dots was developed in late 1880 by George Seurat, a French painter. http://www.georgesseurat.org/
Also check out Artsy which features 16 artworks by George Seurat, exclusive articles, related artists, and exhibit listings of Seurat works
For this weeks sketch I decided I would try another Pen and Ink. The technique used is called stippling. Both pointillism and stippling use tiny dots to create an image. Pointillism uses primary colors and relies on the eye and the mind to blend them when viewed from a distance. Stippling uses dots to produce solid and shaded areas. I am finding this piece a lot of fun, but it is more time-consuming than a sketch. I have only posted a picture of the eye for the simple reason that the rest of the sketch has not yet been completed. 😉 Hoping to have the completed piece posted in the next couple days.
In the meantime, enjoy these pointillism pieces by Henri-Edmond Cross and Paul Signac. Make sure you stand back from the picture when you view it to get the full effect as the eye and the mind blend the colors.