I consider my stipple portraits to be realistic interpretations of a photo, and since all details and tones are included in the drawing, adding color is not necessary. The process turns a nice, b&w portrait into a muddy, brown mess and to tell you the truth, looking at some color stipple drawings out there, I haven't seen a good one yet.
But, since I get asked to do this more and more frequently, I have been experimenting quite a lot.
My answer is a more graphic looking portrait, with the black layer behind the color rather than on top. I also have an easy control over the color, to get it exactly to the client's liking.
Here are a few versions on Barack Obama drawing I did for the Wall Street Journal special use.


Anonymous said...

the airbrushed color on your goat looks a lot better than these imho. just offering a little constructive feedback. these look choppy and kind of amateurish, but the treatment with the photoshop color washes is better and blends well.

Noli said...

As I explained in the post, there is a problem adding color to a fully "toned" stipple drawing: it often ends up looking muddy. The goat's background has very little stippled information, so the color stands out and it looks cleaner.
In the case of Obama hedcuts, I intentionally went for very sharp, graphic color separations to avoid the muddiness. Thanks for your feedback.