What is Stippling?
Stippling is the creation of a pattern, representing various levels of opacity, through the use of dots of different sizes. The spacing and density of the dots will illustrate such opacity levels. These various opacity levels are used to create shading in illustrations:
But how did it all start, and who invented this technique?
In the 1500’s, an Italian engraver named Giulio Campagnola (father of artist Domenico Campagnola), invented the “Stippling Technique”
The technique originally involved engraving with dots or little flicks of the burin (which is a steel cutting tool used by engravers), instead of using normal lines. This would allow the engravers to achieve different intensities of dots, instead of using c