Exploring the stippling technique


Today let´s talk about exploring the stippling technique! I follow lots of YouTube channels and blogs about illustration and the other day I found a really inspiring post talking about this technique.

The author is an amazing artist. Her name is Helen Cousins and I recommend you to take a look at her blog, as she explains how she works (mainly with watercolours). You can check it here.

Uff, I don´t know about you, but I always feel very inspired after watching other artists artworks so I am always rushing to start working on my own compositions.

I heard about this technique before, but I had never tried it, so I thought it would be very interesting to give it a go to practice a bit with ink, as October and Inktober are around the corner and this year I have the firm idea of completing it!

I chose as my reference picture  this one from PxHere, copyright free. I recommend you to have a look at this web, as it is really worth it to find beautiful pictures.

I started with the sketch of the tulip, using a H pencil and a propelling pencil (I use the  Pentel GraphGear 1000)

Once my sketch is finished, I transfer the illustration onto tracing paper, using the light table. I use the Sakura Sigma Micron markers.  Therefore, the copy on the tracing paper will be available to do other works of the same tulip, even I can repeat it in the future to test my progress.

After this, I transfer again the illustration onto the final paper. I trace everything carefully, marking all the internal strokes that I consider and I start doing the funny part of the stippling.

The logic is simple: more concentration of dots in the darker areas and less dots in the lighter areas.


The target is that the dots remain always dots and not small strokes, so you have to be very patient!.

Here you can see another picture of the process. My considerations after this first attempt are that maybe I shouldn´t have included so many strokes inside the petals and leaves and use dots instead. Also you always have to keep the direction of the dots, instead of doing random dots.

Also it is very clear that I have to practice much more!  🙂

Finally, I have scanned my illustration and with Photoshop I have coloured it, creating a final happy and colorful composition.

What do you thing about the result? Have you tried this technique on your illustrations?

As usual, I will be very happy to read your comments!!


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