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How to Create a Sea Sunset Painting in Pointillism Style with Stipplism in Illustrator

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tutorials / Effects/ Comments: 0
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In today’s tutorial you will learn how to create pictures in pointillism style, and for that you don’t need to know how to draw. Paints and brushes are not required. All you need is Stipplism and a few bitmap images that you can work with using the help of Rasterino and Phantasm, without leaving Illustrator. So let’s start painting together!

Step 1

To create a landscape in pointillism style I’m going to use “Beautiful sunset above the sea” and “Yacht sailing against sunset” images from Shutterstock. Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image (Wikipedia). Insert the first image into a new Illustrator’s document (File > Place…) and embed it by clicking the Embed button on the Control panel.

Step 2

In my plan the texture should differ in different areas of a landscape. This can be achieved through the direction of color smears. Horizontal direction is suitable for water, while for the sky it is best to use circular smears that defines the shape of the sun.

I will have to divide the bitmap image into two parts along the edge of the water surface. I also want to crop an image in a different way, so that the sun is closer to the right hand edge. Horizontal and vertical guides in the image below illustrate cutting lines.

Step 3

To crop an image directly in Adobe Illustrator we use Rasterino. Select the image, take the Crop Image Tool, then move the bounding box towards the vertical guide.

Now click Check Mark icons in the annotation or press Enter / Return key. The unnecessary pixels are immediately removed.

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