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.
Pointillism is a form of painting using many tiny dots of primary colors to create secondary colors. This form of painting is very long and laborious and not a very common form used by many artists, however it does create beautiful optical results. Even though the sleeping dog above is not “painted” using color, it is still created using many tiny dots (points) using pen and ink. This technique is known as stippling, using dots to create a variety of less and more dense areas. This technique creates the optical feel of depth where the dots are more concentrated.
In my snow leopard piece titled,Watching I also used stippling to create depth and form.
This technique 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