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The art of stippling involves covering an area with dots. What comes right to mind is a wildly time-consuming technique, done with a technical pen and ink (usually black), in which an image is drawn dot...by dot...by dot. The resulting image contains no lines. It is a collection of dots, strategically placed to suggest forms, shapes, contrast and depth. It is left to the viewer's eye to complete the picture, a proposition which seldom fails.
Stippling, put to its basic form is using dots to make an image, or at least as much of an image that dots can make. The dots are of various sizes and spacing apart so that they convey light and shadows to make the eye "see" what it is that the dots are forming. There is, of course, no real image there, just an arrangement of dots. Creating the degree of depth is the biggest challenge in this type of work. There are no areas of gray in a stippled drawing, as the illusion of gray is made up of varying densities of dots.