Making a point


Sailing-point-to-point_web  Sailing point to point 8″x10″

Technical pen and ink on Bristol one ply paper

I have found doing small ink pictures of sail boats is really fun but time consuming. Doing them in pointillism (small dots) does give a different look, but It is very labor intense. The use of this technique is an artistic rendering choice more than a media selection for best way to render this image.  Many great pieces of art have been rendered in pointillism and in color as well. When in color the mixing is done in the human eye more than in the paint. For black and white the grey tones are mixed in the eye as well and that is where the artist must use their experience to create a tonal expression of the image. This image is not a total pure pointillism image, there are pen line passages, and total black field fills within it. At best it is a mixed technique with major pointillism passages.

Pointillism often seems to point to the artist work and skill more than the image developed. The only time pointillism really works is when you don’t notice that it is pointillism or don’t notice the artists hand in it until you get done looking at the image and then see that it is rendered this way.

I love doing pointillism, for a really successful image, the artist should disappear and the idea should emerge, when properly done the use of pointillism is fantastic. These images work better from a little distance.

Here are some great examples of pointillism

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2 thoughts on “Making a point

  1. bgbowers

    I love this technique, but can only imagine how time-intensive it must be. Still, you must enjoy getting totally lost in the process. I looked at the example’s link – I din’t realise that Seurat was pointillism; you learn something new everyday.:)

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    1. eightdecades Post author

      Thank you and yes it is time consuming, but so is eating ice cream, it brings pleasure, and often I am disappointed when it is over. Actually we all see in a form of pointillism as our eyes are made up of many tiny cone receptors, much like a digital screen, but we meld them together in moving images and so it is interesting on many levels.
      Your comments are always appreciated.

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