Duncan Osborne has had a professional career as a designer and illustrator for 25 years. He is now re-discovering his love of pen and ink drawing. The technique that fascinates him is Pointillism. The accuracy and tonal depth offered by this technique enables him to commit himself to an exploration of detail and texture in his subjects.
He studied at Manchester Art College during the 70s and progressed as a designer and illustrator in the Medical, Educational and Commercial sectors. His first professional post was that of a Technical Illustrator and that love for
detail pervades his work. The technique that fascinates him is Pointillism.
Duncan also runs two Art Clubs at Crafty Praxis in Huddersfield and Multicraft Cabin in Homfirth where he teaches beginners and tutors more experienced artists passing on his professional experience, on Thursdays and Mondays respectively.
Multicraft Cabin 24 Victoria Street,
Holmfirth, HD9 7DE
Telephone: 01484 684050
Crafty Praxis7-8 Byram Arcade
Telephone: 01484 968 078
Pointillism is a method of painting or drawing with dots. When working in pen and ink, by varying the distance between groups of dots , the artist can create different tones that represent shades of grey. In this way a detailed picture can be created of any subject the artist desires. Some artists use a variety of dot sizes for different effects. Duncan uses only one size of dot, which is 0.3 mm in diameter, to produce all his artwork. Each piece of work can consist of thousands of dots which are precisely placed. During the 18th Century stipple-engraving used the technique of pointillism, marking directly onto metal plates with fine tools.