I will try to answer the technical question over several blog posts. Today Stippling, the art of making little tiny dots all over the paper. I put together a little slide/film that runs through the process pretty quickly. Starting with the materials I used: India ink, pens (black and white), mixed medium paper (because it takes moisture from the ink wash) and I made a template of the pin oak leaves.
To begin with I take the photo reference into photoshop and create a B&W line drawing. I used this as the guide for the pencil sketch, pen outline and cut the drawing out to make a protect cover. Once the cover was secured to the pin oak leaves. I used a spray bottle with a 50/50 mix of water and India ink, spraying it over the paper. Allow this to dry completely before trying to remove the protective shield.
Next I used the white gel type pens to start building up the background leaves. The 3 main pin oak leaves were left white because of the protective cover. I went into these leaves with black pens.
The final layer came with a 50/50 water to ink wash, brushed over the background to make it darker, allowing the leaves to pop out more. The whole process took 2 1/2 days. Doing the dots, I would work a couple hours, take an hour break to rest my hand and back at it late into the evening. I do not count the amount of hours I work on a piece but it was more than an 8 hour day.
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