The inspiring video below (embedded from Vimeo) shows the making of an ink portrait drawing that involved over 3 million dots.  You can see how the artist, Miguel Endara, began his portrait with a pencil sketch, then spent 210 hours (spread out over an entire year!) stippling this piece with a Micron pen.  Talk about dedication!  The result is stunning, and serves as a supreme example of what can be done with a pen and a lot of patience!

Hero from Miguel Endara on Vimeo.

Be sure to check out the Q&A section underneath the video on Vimeo:

You can also visit Miguel's website to zoom in on the portrait and see all the fine detail:

Tags: art, drawing, ink, pen, portrait, stipple, stippling

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I learned this in commerciqal art class way back (already knowing how to draw.) I can do it better than crosshatching though. I will try to get some of my pictures up when I can get a scanner.

I love Stippling.  It's how I got started drawing.  I drew a picture by Stippling in pencil and fell in love.  Your  portrait is amazing!!! I'm inspired again.  Kip

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