Dot art – otherwise known as pointillism – covers many forms of art but they all have one thing in common: the dot. More and more artists, graphic designers, photographers and illustrators are experimenting with the technique, leading it to become one of the most exciting art techniques around.
We've selected 30 striking examples of pointillism-based artwork to inspire you to give the technique a go. Some are more traditional whilst others have elaborated the technique to create something entirely new.
01. Phan Thu Trang
Born and based in Hanoi, Phan Thu Trang uses a limited palette and bold dabs of colour to bring the rural Vietnamese landscape to vivid life.
Using oils and a palette knife to render the amazing impasto trees that dominate her work, she always tries to use colour and light to create different sensation for each piece of her art.
02. Yuriy Skorohod
Hailing from Minsk in Belarus, Yuriy Skorohod describes himself as a dotwork artist.
"The 'dot' is an abstract object in space having neither volume, area, length nor any other measurable characteristics," he says. "This way, out of nothing, my drawings are getting born."
03. William Wilkins
Having graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1960, William Wilkins started developing his own pointillist technique in the 1970s.
His earlier work tends to be concerned with tone and colour and frequently employs many layers of paint, while his more recent work is more interested in luminosity and opacity, with seldom more than one layer of paint on the canvas. He lives and works in Wales, but also works in Venice.
04. Kevin Sprouls
Kevin Sprouls spearheaded the style of drawing now referred to as "hedcut". Using a stippling method of many small dots and a cross hatching method of many small lines, Sprouls created drawings that emulated the look and feel of old newspaper woodcuts and engraving.
In 1979, the illustrator approached The Wall Street Journal with his ink dot work and was subsequently employed by the publication until 1987, helping to create their signature look and illustrating portraits with his hedcut method.
Following in his footsteps, there are now five hedcut artists at work at The Wallstreet Journal continuing his legacy.
05. Dr Woo
All tattoos are essentially pointilism, typically using eight needles at once, each one penetrates the skin at high speed to create lines.
What is so unique about Dr Woo's work, however, is that he uses one needle, meaning his tattoos are created not from a machine, but by hand dot after excruciating dot.
While this style of tattooing isn't unique to Woo, and can be created by using old school tattooing techniques, his designs are incredibly intricate and beautiful and have inspired many. The L.A.-based artist has inked celebrities such as Drake and Ellie Goulding, to name a few.
06. Tamara Lee
Tamara uses geometric shapes and dots to create her spiritually inspired designs, mainly focused on mandalas. The artist uses dots in her work as a tattoo artist at London's The Circle tattoo studio.
As well as her use of ancient symbols in her body ink work, she recreates these stunning designs on homeware via her website – from candles and incense holders to skateboards and even phone cases. If you'd like some of her work without the commitment of it being on your skin forever, check it out.
Another tattoo artist, Nano uses the ancient form of hand poking to create his subtle yet bold skin designs. Living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he may very well be the only professional to be using the technique in the country.
"I got to know this tattooing technique by the hand of a Brazilian girl who I was dating back in 2011," he says. The tattooist travelled to Brazil to learn the artform and has been using it ever since.
"My goal has been always to do fine tattoos, delicate tattoos with fine lines and soft shadings. But that has been changing a bit, mostly last year, when I found I wanted to do maybe more complex tattoos, using less lines and more dotted work, to explore the technique a bit more."
08. Sandro Freitas
Brazilian artist Sandro Freitas specialises in creating some of the most surreal and beautiful dot art in the pointillism industry. Often starting with pencils and pens, Freitas also tends to add colour to his finished drawings for that extra special finish.
09. Xavier Casalta
Hand letterer and illustrator Xavier Casalta is an expert when it comes to creating inspiring dot art. Producing everything from his very own logo to a few adorable badger portraits, Casalta manages to combine the technique with the utmost creativity.
10. Brezinski Ilya
Russian based artist Brezinski Ilya creates beautiful pointllism based artwork that is often incorporated into tattoo designs. The attention to detail and the unique stature of the work is impressive in itself but once it's on skin, it's a whole different, inspiring story.
11. Lex Wilson
We've featured work from Lex Wilson before on Creative Bloq and it's easy to see why. The London based illustrator has a knack for creating incredible examples of pointlissm and dot art. This is just one example from his extensive portfolio – you can even watch a making-of video.
12. Maria Florencia
Combining our loves for geometric patterns and dot art, Argentinian artist Maria Florencia employs pointillism to brilliant effect here with this gorgeous execution. Simple, elegant and engaging, Florencia uses the dots to create texture and depth within the sides of the cube.
13. Andrew Pons
Florida-based student Andrew Pons clearly knows a thing or two about creativity. Using gorgeous colours, Pons has transformed the humble feather into a work of beautiful dot art.
14. Jared Muralt
One of Muralt’s most dedicated and ambitious undertakings is his series Deep Sea Anglers, which grew out of the artist’s desire to practice the technique of pointillism on a daily basis. Creating a number of entrancing sea creatures, his dot art technique is right on target. We can't wait to see more!
Pablo Jurado Ruiz is a Spanish artist who specialises in pointilissm art, using black and white drawing to create beautifully realistic portraits of innocence. "I try to tell stories through a minimalist and subtle vision," he explains. "My current work focuses on simple but realistic drawings worked in an impressionist technique."
French Post-Impressionist painter Georges Pierre Seurat spent over two years creating his beautiful, and probably best-known, painting Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.
An early example of pointilism, Seurat finished the piece, which is estimated to consist of approximately 3,456,000 dots, in the late 1880s.
17. Sakura Chrno
This beautiful Touch the Sun piece was a school project developed by Hungarian artist Sakura Chrno in just three days. The atmospheric image uses a simple colour palette, brought together by clusters of thousands of dots.
An eye-catching image, we love how the beautiful, silhouetted young girl stands out against a vibrant yellow, orange and red background.
At a quick glance, it'd be easy to mistake this image for a beautiful black and white photograph. But it's actually an amazing example of pointilism, created by Canadian-based artist Joe aka Casa-nova.
Featuring intricate detail, lighting and shadows, it's not hard to see why it took him roughly 50 hours to complete.
19. Róbert Oláh
Róbert Oláh is a 21-year-old student of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design. And these illustrations are the result of him exploring typography meeting pointilism.
The project, titled 1018, features a dot art drawing in each of the four numbers, each depicting a different, complex scene.
20. Colin Williams
Student Colin Williams created this mind-blowing illustration as a project for his high school drawing class during sophomore year. There are no details online unfortunately as we wondered just how how long this piece took or how many dots it required to complete.
Originally published on his Behance portfolio, you can see the progression of this piece in a series of cool images posted by Williams.
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