Handmade Art Gifts

The MarketPlace·Shop prides itself in supporting a collection of artists who create affordable hand-drawn illustrations that are uniquely South African and perfect to give someone as a gift. You’ll also find a collection of handmade pottery pieces that are simple yet imaginative items, and have more character than mass-produced items on sale in retail outlets.

In this modern world of computer-generated illustrations, it’s refreshing to note that many artists continue to produce amazing pencil and pen drawings. Hand-drawn illustrations are a favourite pastime of many artists who fall back on this purest form of art as a cathartic act of expression.

There has been somewhat of a resurgence in the trend of self-expression through handmade illustrations where artists use a combination of mediums and drawing techniques, ranging from simple line drawings to more complex sketches. Hand drawn pen art allows an artist to experiment with free drawing which often helps the person to be more loose and free with his or her strokes.

Flexibility is key in self-expressive art and whether an artist is doodling or honing his or her drawing skills with complex sketches, pen and ink illustrations allows the person to develop an individual drawing style. Leonardo da Vinci was famous for his painting of Mona Lisa and The Last Supper but he was also known to fill hundreds of notebooks with refined finished sketches and spontaneous doodles.

Pencil sketches and pen illustrations come in different forms including the following:

 

Stippled illustrations

Stippling is the ancient art of creating a pattern simulating varying degrees of solidity or shading by using small dots. Artists frequently use the stipple technique to emulate patterns that occur in nature.

By stippling hundreds or even thousands of dots, an artist is able to build layers of light and shadow. The result is an incredibly realistic image where the dots take on the form of drawn lines to create the finished artwork.

The effect of light and dark is created by drawing the dots further apart to create a lightened effect or closer together to produce a shadowed or darkened area. This simple use of dots creates a three-dimensional sketch, often combining drawing techniques such as contour hatching and crosshatching.

Famous artists who favoured the stippled illustration technique were Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci.

 

Pointillism

Pointillism is a style of pencil or pen drawing that is also created using dots combined to create an image, but it’s quite different from stippled artwork. The key difference is pointillism uses several primary coloured dots which overlap each other or are set close together. The different coloured dots are optically mixed directly on canvas, paper or any other medium; as opposed to being mixed on the artist’s palette.

When you look at a creative design using pointillism up close, you can see a series of dots clustered together. From a distance, the cluster of dots blend into colours and form a picture. The pointillism technique requires the artist to have a sound knowledge and understanding of the theory of colour.

 

Photorealism

This is creative pencil or pen art that we’re more familiar with and see more often in pencil sketch drawing. As the word sounds, photorealism is looking at a drawing and thinking it’s a photo because it’s so realistic. An artist would study a photograph and then attempt to reproduce it as a pencil or pen sketch as realistically as possible. Photorealism is more commonly used for portrait sketches.

 

FIND THE PERFECT HANDMADE ART GIFT ONLINE

 

The MarketPlace•Shop has pen sketch art for sale that is affordable and easy to buy online. The best thing about buying from our site is you’re supporting a local artist. We’re proud to showcase South African artists who create beautiful pen and pencil artwork and to provide an online platform for local artists to promote and sell their illustrations.

 

Whether you are looking for a Birthday Gift, a Mother’s Day Gift, a Father’s Day Gift or just a gift for someone special in your life, we offer a wide range of must have gifts and products to choose from. The MarketPlace•Shop is the best site to buy handmade clothing and accessories from at reasonable prices.

 

Like what you see but not ready to check out yet? Add it to your wishlist and continue your shopping spree.

 

If you are wondering where to sell your handmade art gifts, contact us to find out more how you can promote your homemade products and gifts on our online craft shop.

 

We offer nationwide delivery to your door because we know you can’t wait to get your hands on the perfect gift. 

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