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Dot drawing step by step





You already know the talented artist Vendula Tylová from our blog. In the article about fineliners, we also focused on her work, defined by the contrasting use of lines and areas and also bold colors.


We're happy that Vendula shared a tutorial on one of her drawings with her original graphic style. Don't hesitate and start drawing with her!







Considering that my work is characterized mainly by linear drawing complemented by aquarelle, it's necessary to choose the appropriate paper for this technique, ideally with a higher grammage and smooth surface. Then you'll need a graphite pencil, black fineliners and colored pencils Progresso Aquarell.



Choose a theme you want to draw and try to transfer your idea on paper. In my case, I decided on a motif typical for me - a woman's face.



Firstly, gently sketch the illustration with a graphite pencil. I, personally, divide the motif and then mark where there will be lights, shadows, and completely dark places that I mark with a letter C.


Having the illustration pre-drawn, use a fineliner to trace all lines you sketched with a pencil in the previous step.


Now we focus on the highlighting of lights and shadows. Sketch shadows that you will fill using the stippling technique. Thanks to dotted parts, you can create a picture to look more three-dimensional. In places where a dark shadow is sketched, fill the areas with a black marker.



Highlight an area where there is no dark place or shadow, but light instead, by a void bounded shape.


For a more three-dimensional look of the picture are fitting fineliners with tips of different sizes. When I want to have darker shades, I opt for a fineliner that is 0.2mm thick. For lighter shades, I usually use 0.05 and 0.03mm. I start with a thicker tip and gradually move to a thinner tip, accentuating the depth of illustration.



Finally, we can get down to work with aquarelle colored pencils! I use aquarelle colored pencils Progresso that I like to grate and use their lead instead of aquarelle paints.



When you have the paint prepared, take a brush, dip it in water, and use it to dampen a selected area of the paper, then start applying aquarelle paints on the moist surface. Begin with lighter shades and darken gradually.



When it's dry, you can use a small brush to accentuate dark parts and details.



To finish, take a white pen to make selected places lighter. With a blue fineliner, highlight the dark ones. Have fun!


Take delight in other pictures Vendula also shares on her Instagram.


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