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Topic: Dr. Girlfriend (Venture Brothers) dot painting  (Read 10409 times)
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« on: August 14, 2009 02:08:52 PM »

I just wrapped up this dot painting this week for a friend's birthday -- Dr. Girlfriend, by special request. I love to do these paintings, they're sort of a simplified pointilism, that are kind of repetitive and tedious but it just clicks for me. As a bonus, the dots are raised slightly off the canvas, so there is a great texture to it as well, and since it's acrylic it is very durable and so you can run your fingers over it all day long! Smiley

I start with a canvas or canvas board (8x10" board, in this case) and prime the background in a single color. I usually use a bright blue, because it seems to set off the other colors nicely and provides a bit of light in the background. After the canvas is primed, I start my main outline: the face. I hand-place each dot, by dipping the back-end of my paintbrush into a puddle of paint and going back and forth ("dip, then dot...dip, then dot") between the pallette and canvas.

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After the hair and face were filled in, I started on the background. I like to make concentric circles, where ever I can (even in the face and hair) but they usually show up more prominently in the background. I used a matte purple paint this time, so that it would really set off the high-gloss black in her hair (and outline).




Finished! But I realized after I mailed it that there was a fingerprint on my camera lens, so these pictures have a smudge in the right corner. Oops! Sad In any case, you can click on the pictures to see the images larger.




I've made something like 50 of these paintings in the past year - too many to post them all on Craftster! - but if you're interested, I upload pictures of them all to Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/giddygirlie/tags/dotpainting

I've even made other Venture Brothers characters (which are always very popular). Thanks for looking! :-D



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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2009 02:14:18 PM »

This is really cool! I thought I saw circles in the hair, but I was wondering if it was just my brain. How do you do the different sizes of the dots? Just different sized paintbrushes?
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« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2009 02:16:49 PM »

That's really great!  It's like stippling, with paint!
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« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2009 02:22:12 PM »

This is really cool! I thought I saw circles in the hair, but I was wondering if it was just my brain. How do you do the different sizes of the dots? Just different sized paintbrushes?

Not only the hair but other places on the other ones. Psychedelic. lol
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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2009 02:24:26 PM »

I love the dotting!! TOtally doing this!
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« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2009 02:26:23 PM »

Very nice!  I love them all!  Wisted and *Rocked*  Grin

Great job!
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These are wonderful.   I would probably being touching them too much after they were finished, I'm into texture.
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« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2009 02:53:21 PM »

cool! i love venture bros!
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« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2009 03:04:06 PM »

I am so wisting this! Awesome!!!
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« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2009 03:05:12 PM »

Thanks everybody!

Thesingingllamas - I usually just use the one paintbrush for everything, so the "bigger" dots are something like 3/16" of an inch? Maybe? Since it's basically a drop of paint, they vary pretty widely. For the smaller ones, it's just a matter of being more precise with the paint flow, just trying to gently touch the canvas before too much paint comes off. That probably doesn't make any sense to anyone - sorry! Long answer short: there's just one paintbrush. Smiley

audio-astrophysics - it really doesn't take as long as you'd think either. Maybe a couple of hours in total, and since there isn't much paint, it dries pretty quickly, so you don't have a lot of wet areas to work around.

I've also done this same type of painting with a flat-ended brush (I didn't mention before - oops! - that the paintbrush that I use has a tapered end). The flat end gives this 'kiss' effect on the paint, especially if it's thicker paint, that is really cool. I painted a coffee table out of boredom (how I got started doing this in the first place) with a flat-ended brush (you can also use a dowel) that looks neat AND feels really great under your fingers. Smiley

Pictures of the 'kiss' stippling (I saw someone else on Flickr call it "marquee pointilism" which I really love):


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