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Get to the point: drawing with dots.


Can you imagine filling in a space in your coloring book with tiny dots of color? Some artists do exactly that. They draw entire pictures using just dots. This method of drawing is called pointillism.

Artists who use pointillism place tiny dots or points close together on their paper or canvas. An artist may start with a simple line drawing, but the details are done with dots--lots of them. Imagine how long it must take to create an entire picture using dots!

Pointillism can be done with paint of course, but it is usually done with pencils, pens, markers, pastels, or even chalk!

The colors in pointillism are never blended. Instead, artists use the colors in a way that tricks your eye when you look at them. The colors seem to blend themselves together when you look at the picture from a distance. For example, blue and yellow dots can be grouped together to make the appearance of green.

But what about a black and white drawing? Shading is done with dots too. With a pencil or black pen, grouping the dots very close together forms dark shadows. The farther apart the dots are, the lighter the shadow will be!

You can try pointillism yourself, and you don't even have to take an art class. Try a simple shape at first like a circle. You can make the circle look like a ball by adding a shadow. Here's how:

1. Draw a circle shape. It can be any size you want.


2. Decide where to place the shadow. It should be on the inside edge, either on one side or along the bottom. A shadow on a ball will be shaped like a crescent moon. If it helps, use a pencil to lightly draw a line marking where the shadow is.


3. Next, begin shading by filling in the shadow with dots--the dots are simply points from the tip of your pen or pencil, like dotting a 'j.' Press harder for darker dots. The dots closest to the edge of your ball should be very close together and get farther apart as you move toward the inside of the circle.


4. When you are finished, erase the pencil line. You should have what looks like a 3-dimensional ball.


If you aren't happy with your drawing, don't worry. Just try again. Eventually you can try pointillism using colored pencils or oil pastels. Then, you can move on to other simple shapes like apples or pears.

Have fun with pointillism! You can only get better with practice.

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Author:Gomez, Rebecca J.
Publication:Fun For Kidz
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2008
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