From random dots to DOT ART – 3D pointillism. (Tutorial Part 3) 1

The 3D Gold fish

This tutorial is based on the pictures provided by Liubov Beloschitskaya (lubasik) from Russia. Only a few years ago, she did not think that she could create something so beautiful. She became captivated by 3D Dot patterns, intricate ornaments and paintings that could be created using this technique. Nowadays, Liubov’s work covers a wide range of subjects and consistently demonstrates a superb artisanship and creativity. What started as a hobby became a passion.

3d fish

Could you tell what makes this drawing stand out? It temps you to touch it!

From a first glance it is hard to establish the technique used. Maybe it is some sort of embroidery, or beads work? No, it is all done with acrylic outliners (aka contours, or relief paste). It is 3D pointilism or dot art or point to point technique. For more details on working with outliners, see parts 1 and 2 of this tutorial.

To paint a 3D fish, in this way, you will need:

Acrylic outliners.

A sketch of a fish of your choice on a piece of paper or printout (see below for some ideas).

A piece of glass (a picture frame with a glass works best).

A piece of black velvet, or dark mulberry paper with texture.

Tip: you will need something for the background after you finish this painting. Black background is always the winner for Dot painting, but do experiment with colours and textures!

Hand wipes or some ethanol.

fish sketch

  1. Prepare the surface ( clean it from debris, spots etc., with dish soap, ethanol or hand wipes).
  2. Put your sketch under the glass and start tracing the fish with one color of outliner. All dots should be the same size and close together, to form a distinctive uninterrupted line.

Tip: it is easier to paint one side (one sector) of the fish first, let it dry and in the meantime continue with another sector. This way, you will not smudge the fresh dots.

fish sketch2

Start filing the gaps with ornaments and patterns of your choice. If you are using a lot of colours, make sure to test, first, how the colours combine with each other.

Tip: Use the darker shades to separate one body part, or motif from another. For example, to separate fins and flipper from the body an so on.

You can alternate making dots of different shapes and sizes with lines. You can fill some sectors with acrylic paint first and then put dots on it. The list is endless. Let your fantasy loose!

3d fish final

The final Product.

3d fish detail


Some more images to help you “catch” your perfect fish! Happy fishing!







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