French graphic designer and artist Xavier Casalta uses a stippling technique with black ink and
thousands of tiny dots requiring as the top illustration says great â€œpatience and disciplineâ€. He uses a 0.10mm pen to create incredible hand lettering and illustrations with most pieces needing hundreds of hours to produce. On Kuuva blog he says this about his process:
â€œI started (hand-lettering) with solid black, but Iâ€™ve always been attracted to realistic drawings. I tried different techniques and the stippling one appeared to be my favourite. Not the best one for productivity but the rendering is really interesting.â€
â€œI guess the process is pretty basic. I start with a simple sketch, with not a lot of details. Once itâ€™s done, I start inking with a first layer to figure out how to place my shadows and volumes. I try to work on small zones to keep the illustration as detailed as possible. Once itâ€™s finished, I clear the entire piece with an eraser.â€
Images: Courtesy of Xavier Casalta.