How to Draw Using Pointillism
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How to Draw Using Pointillism

An old, yet popular art style, pointillism is easy for the novice artist to recreate on their own.

A Little about Pointillism

Pointillism is an art form that was born from the impressionists of France and Italy at the end of the 1800's, and early 1900's.  The concept behind pointillism is that the artist, instead of using brush strokes to create images, use points of color to display their images on canvas.  

The way that the artist can convey their art in a realistic method is determined by the colors used as well as the density of the points of paint on the canvas.  Where the points are closer together, the color is more intense and the shadows are more prominent.  Where the points are further apart, the illusion of light comes through.

Even though pointillism is an art form, it is better observed, many times, from a distance of a few feet, rather than the up-close scruitiny that is done by critics and art lovers for paintings that use deliberate brush strokes.  The further from an impressionist-style or pointillism art work the viewer is, the more they can appreciate the beauty of the intended images.

To create pointillism paintings or drawings of your own, the following steps can guide you through the process.  It is a really easy art form to duplicate and the artist will be able to make their own beautiful pointillism paintings or pencil drawings within a small amount of time.

Items needed for the project:

  • Tracing paper
  • Pictures to trace (gray-scale images work best for pencil)
  • Pencils or water/acryllic color paints
  • Fine-point paint brushes (if using paint)
  • Plastic wrap
  • Paper clips


Research images using a computer and print out one to duplicate using pointillism, or you can use a favorite portrait or photograph, as well.  Once the image has been determined, place the tracing paper over the image. This can be held in place with two paper clips, one on each side of the paper, if this is necessary.

Pencil Method

Use a pencil to make points on the tracing paper. If the original image has darker shadowed areas, the dots will be closer together. If the original image has lighter areas, the points will be further apart. Varied scales of gray will have different density of points.

Paint Method

If using paint, the artist would simply dot the colors that are showing through the tracing paper.  If you do not wish to damage the image being duplicated, a piece of clear plastic-wrap can be placed between the original image and the tracing paper to protect it from the water colors.  Simply follow the above instructions, but instead of one single black pencil, the colors would be used. You can even change the colors if you would like. For instance, if you are duplicating a summer scenic image, and want to change it to be autumn, just change the color palette you are working with.

Completing the Artwork

When the image is completely duplicated the tracing paper can be removed from the original image and the artist will see that their pointed dots have duplicated the original image.  You can now frame your completed art work and display it proudly on your own wall or give it as a gift to a loved one or friend.  


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Nice share!