I have long been a fan of George Seurat and his pointillism artworks. The way the millions of tiny dots of multi-coloured paint allow the eye to blend colours optically rather than having the colours physically blended on the canvas have always fascinated me.
Pointillism has got to be stippling at its most sophisticated, don’t you think?
Definition of STIPPLE
1: to engrave by means of dots and flicks
2 a : to make by small short touches (as of paint or ink) that together produce an even or softly graded shadow, b : to apply (as paint) by repeated small touches
3: speckle, fleck
So, when I recently came across the fabulously patient and talented Miguel Endara and his Hero work, I was captivated.
Miguel took a n image of his Dad and recreated it using stippling. Hero is composed of approximately 3.2 million black ink dots, using a single Sakura Pigma Micron pen (nib size 005, 0.20 mm). The total number of dots was determined by multiplying the average stippling speed of this piece, 4.25 dots per second, by the amount of time logged in, 210 hours. WOW!
Watch the wonderfully shot video below which condenses 210 hours of drawing to see how Miguel did his amazing work.
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You can also check out his Miguel Endara’s website here. For US$140, you could be the proud owner of a limited edition Hero print. All prints are produced on archival paper. Each limited edition print is signed, numbered and shipped personally by the artist. Certificate of Authenticity included.