Introducing Voyage of Voices


Many artists, illustrators and designers have their own ‘style’ when it comes to their creative work. Just as we recognise the sound of a person’s voice, we can also recognise their “visual voice” through the types of marks they make on the page, the colours they use and the subjects they portray. “Voyage of Voices” will look at the vast range of these visual styles.

Join me as I travel through the creative world, discovering all types of visual “voices”. From cartoons to cubism and pencils to paint, we’ll explore all sorts of territory. The tour will include examples of various artists’ “voices”  as well as my best attempt to create a piece for each in a similar style.

Enter your email address under ‘Follow Blog’ on the right side of this page. I hope this journey will inspire us to try something new. So pack your bags and let’s begin!

First stop is at ‘Stippling’, a method of creating shading using tiny dots. Australian author and illustrator Frank Moffatt demonstrates this technique in his book Stuffed Parrots. I found this in a second hand book store recently. Here’s one of the intricate illustrations, showing the detail top left.

Stuffed Parrots, Frank Moffatt

“Stuffed Parrots”, Frank Moffatt, Pegasus Books 1979

Other books by Moffatt include Dogs Do! Dogs Don’t (2005), Grandma Ollie (1995) and the Farmer Beans series. See more of Moffatt’s work on his website.

Below is my attempt at stippling. I used a fine point pen and worked from a photo.
This is also my week 9 entry for “A Piece A Week 2013“.



6 thoughts on “Introducing Voyage of Voices

  1. Great idea Adriana, very happy to be traveling with you here. I love stippling, have tried it once or twice whilst doodling. It’s quite time consuming but very satisfying when it works, like yours does! I am also honoured to be on your blogroll, thank you.

  2. I recall drawing a lizard this way at art college. I was really pleased with it, but boy its time consuming isn’t it? Couldn’t manage to draw with pen like this any more, but I guess I could try and copy the pointillists 🙂

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