Day 19 is on the list as “Something New” – not exactly clear, so I discussed it briefly with my wife.
“Today’s topic is ‘Something New’.”
“Something New? Let me guess, tomorrow is ‘Something Blue’?”
“Nope. Something Orange.”
Should I draw something materially new? Fresh from the store? I could draw just about anything and tell you it was new. Should I draw something new in the sense that I’ve never drawn it before, so it’s “new” to draw it?
I decided I’d try a new technique today.
The knowledge of the technique is not new to me, but I’ve never tried it before, and here’s why:
In school, my art teachers would occasionally decide to show us a technique called “stippling“, alternately “lots of freakin’ dots“, where you create tones and shapes using simple dots.
And every time, I thought “Ugh, that looks horrid. Why would you want to do that?!”. Recently though, after seeing some really excellent and beautiful examples of stippling, I’ve concluded that I formed an erroneous conclusion about stippling based on the simple fact that every single one of my art teachers happened to be really bad at it [there’s a couple great examples on the Wikipedia article here].
If any of my old art teachers are reading this, sorry, you were good at everything else though.
So here’s my first attempts at stippling; I made a deliberate effort not to draw outlines with overlapping dots (because that would be more “making lines” than “making dots”) and instead tried to work in little chunks.
I used a medium tip felt pen on the back of an old cover letter (I didn’t want to risk bleed-through in my new sketchbook). Surprisingly, this is actually a really fun way to draw, although I obviously need more work on creating specific tones with my dots.
It’s slightly more time-consuming than drawing normally, but not much more. I also find myself wondering about the possibilities of ASCII art stippling using periods and colons.
Also, I’ve stumbled across another blogger doing the 30-Day Challenge, but she’s closer to the beginning (although not really; she says she’s blogging on a 10-day delay). I asked her permission to link to her and got it, so you can find her blog in the links at the bottom.
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