Detail: General Concepts

1. Detail is disciplined and controlled
2. Detail takes time and patience to produce
3. Be prepared to spend some time - maybe hours
4. Most quality art has some attention to "detail".

Characteristics of Detail:

1. Detail is composed of small lines, marks, or shapes
2. Detail interprets tone as "rendering" with small lines or marks
3. Detail is part of the secondary spacial development
4. Because of nature of detail work, the picture(designs) are smaller


1. Use fine line or shapes close together to produce a picture,
2. Do not use blended strokes to make tones, but separate small marks
3. You may use a photo for a guide or invent your own subject
4. Use pencil, colored pencil or fine pen point to do the drawing
5. Think about how to use the whole space as part of the design
6. Trim drawing and mount the work to set off the design

DETAIL PROJECT 2 (Pointillism)

1. Use four prepared colors of poster paint and q-tips for applicators
2. The four colors will be blue, red, yellow, and black,
(the same four color which color printers use to produce all of the color tones in their printing
3. Keep your paint in the small plastic containers with covers.
4. Use only dots to make the design. Use dots for lines. Use dots for tone
Use dots to make color blends
5. The subject matter is open to choice, show your creativity in your choices
6. Use 9x12 paper, larger if you choose