The Technique of Pointillism

I enjoy several mediums to create my artistic visions: Coloured pencils, watercolour pencils, graphite pencils, acrylic paint, and pen & ink. One of my favourite techniques is pointillism.

Pointillism began in France during the 1880's as an offshoot of Impressionism -- classified as a Post-Impressionist (or Neo-Impressionist) school of drawing. Artist Georges Seurat is most closely associated with the roots of the movement. Given the time and patience required to produce works using this technique, relatively few artists worked in this style. This stands true to today and is just one reason why I personally practice this style.

The concept of pointillism is to create solid space by using dots... hundreds upon thousands of dots. Viewed from a distance the dots cannot be distinguished and blend optically into each other, giving an almost photographic quality to the work.

Click on the image to the right for an example of the technique up close. -->

The majority of my works are done in pointillism as I find it the most rewarding personally. It is original in its form alone due to the simple fact that it is not widely practiced. It is a highly detailed style of art and at the same time, very forgiving. I use technical pens -- acid-free, archival quality, lightfast, waterproof, fade-proof, non-bleeding -- to create my works in this style.

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