Exploring the stippling technique

Today let's talk about exploring the stippling technique! I follow many YouTube channels and blogs about illustration and the other day I found a very inspiring post talking about this technique.

The author is an amazing artist. Her name is Helen Cousins and I recommend you to take a look at her blog, as she explains how she works (mainly with watercolours). You can visit their website here.

Uff, I don't know about you, but I always feel very inspired after seeing other artists' works, so I always feel like starting to work on my own compositions.

I had heard about this technique before, but I had never tried it, so I thought it would be interesting to give it a try and practice a bit with ink.

I have chosen as a reference image this one from PxHere. I recommend you to have a look at this website, as it is really worth to find beautiful free photos.


Well, the first part is to make a sketch of the tulip. I have used an H pencil and a mechanical pencil (I use the Pentel GraphGear 1000).

Boceto ilustración

When I have completed the sketch, I transfer the illustration to tracing paper, using the light table. For inking, I used Sakura Sigma Micron markers.
This way, I will have the copy on the tracing paper available to do other possible works with the same tulip, and I can even repeat this same work later if I want to improve it.

This is what it looks like

Ilustración con técnica del punteado o stippling - Fase traspaso a papel de calcar

After this intermediate step, I transfer the illustration back to the final paper. All the lines have to be drawn carefully, marking all the lines of the flower and once this step is done, I can start with the fun part of stippling.

The logic is very simple: we will concentrate more dots in the areas representing the darker areas of shadows and fewer dots in the areas representing the light areas.

Ilustración con técnica del punteado o stippling - Fase punteado

The most important objective in this technique is that the dots always remain as dots and not as small stripes, so it is important to be very patient. This is a technique where patience and concentration are very necessary.

The direction of the dots is also very important. Instead of making random dots, it is necessary to think about the orientation they will follow, in order to give shape to the areas they will occupy, whether it is a fold of a petal or the stem of the flower itself.

Here I show another image of the process.

Ilustración con técnica del punteado o stippling


Finally, in Photoshop I added colour to form this simple illustration, what do you think of the result?

See you soon!