August 19, 2009

Stipple vs. Pointillism

I did a little research the other day on the differences between pointillism and stippling - two words I often use to describe my art, but have never known their formal definitions. Well I pulled up trusty old wikipedia, and here is what I found...

"Stippling is the technique of using small dots to simulate varying degrees of solidity or shading. In a drawing or painting, the dots are made of pigment of a single color, applied with a pen or brush; the denser the spacing of the dots, the darker the apparent shade - or lighter, if the pigment is lighter than the surface. This is similar to - but distinct from - pointillism, which uses dots of different colors to simulate blended colors."

and...

"Pointillism is a style of painting in which small distinct dots of color create the impression of a wide selection of other colors and blending."

No paint and no color in my artwork. So now I know I am officially a stippler!

2 comments:

  1. You know what...I have learned something today :)
    Thanks! Great work by the way. I have seen a few pieces of yours and am very impressed,and can tell you spend a lot of time on them. I love the London bridge scratch piece. Beautiful
    I too work with pen-n-ink, also oils.
    Keep it up!

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  2. I HAVE THIS PROJECT ON POINTILLISM AND I WAS SORT OF CONFUSED BETWEEN TWO AS THEY LOOK SIMILAR . THANKS !! THIS HAS HELPED ME A LOT.

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