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Stippling Techniques

 

VINCENT VAN GOGH (1853-1890) 'View of Arles', 1888 (ink on paper)

VINCENT VAN GOGH (1853-1890)
'View of Arles', 1888 (ink on paper)

In our stippling worksheet below, the stippling technique is applied with great precision to convey the smooth tones of some basic forms. In Van Gogh's 'View of Arles', stippling is used in a more expressive manner to suggest the natural texture of a wheat field. With the exception of Pointillism - a style of painting where form is constructed from coloured dots - stippling is seldom used as a technique on its own. It is nearly always combined with cross-hatching in order to enhance its effect.

Stippling Worksheet

 

Stippling Worksheet.

Stippling Worksheet.
Download an A4 version of this worksheet.

Stippling is an ink drawing technique where you apply tone and texture in small dots. You can adjust the depth of tone and the roughness of texture by varying the density and distribution of the dots. To assist you in developing your technique, we have devised a simple stippling worksheet to help you practice.

 

Stippling Examples Worksheet.

Stippling Example Worksheet.
Download an A4 version of this worksheet.

To illustrate different examples of stippling we have created a worksheet that displays a full range of techniques from rigid mechanical renderings to expressive freehand styles.

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