Stippling for Beginners | Bianca Haeck | Skillshare
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5 Videos (1h 38m)
    • Lesson 1: A Brief Introduction and Needed Supplies

    • Lesson 2: Getting a Grip on How Your Tools Work

    • Lesson 3: Let's Map It Out: Dark to Light

    • Lesson 4: Final Project

    • Lesson 5: Final Thoughts


About This Class

In this class, students will learn the basics of stippling, or the monochromatic use of dots to create an image.

Lesson 1:

The first lesson involves a quick introduction to what stippling is, comparing it to pointillism, and then delving into the materials needed for the class.

 You will learn:

  • The difference between stippling and pointillism
  • What kind of pens I recommend for stippling
  • Other ways stippling can be used (i.e. with watercolors)

Lesson 2:

The next video, we will begin with what pen types to use, what kind of dots they can make, and paper types, and their reaction to different pens. Once this basic step has been covered, students will create their own gradient strip, where they practice going from dark to light using stippling.

You will learn:

  • What kinds of supplies to use
  • What kind of marks you should be making
  • Techniques for holding the pen
  • Gray scale gradients

Lesson 3:

In the next lesson, students will do a quick practice on light-source, with the use of a ball as subject matter to lay out dark and light areas.

You will learn:

  • How to use a light source
  • Stippling in practice

Lesson 4:

For the next lesson, students will be shown how stippling could potentially work on traced, detailed images, or their own free-hand drawings. Students will be expected to make their own project of choice, either from a traced image as their base, or their own free-hand drawing that they will fill in with stippling.

You will learn:

  • How to apply the tips collected along the way
  • How to create semi-realistic looking images
  • Different styles of stippling

Lesson 5:

The last lesson will recap what we have done slightly, and give a few more tips and final thoughts.

Please join me on this fun journey!





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Bianca Haeck

Drawing on Inspiration!

I have been an artist from the moment I learned how to wield a crayon as a kid. There was no end to the fascination that a world of color, shapes and ideas could bring! I try to carry that kind of passion into my teaching in the present as well. I like to consider myself a multi-functional artist, as I work in several different mediums. I say "functional" rather than "talented", since I think it's a bit presumptuous to think I alone can say if I have a talent or not :) I love to experiment an...

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