Counting the dots

The time is now to get influenced by this french artist, David Bayo, who has an original and exquisite collection of drawings.

1. Please tell us about yourself in brief.

I'm David Byo, a French self-taught artist. I'm 26 and mostly known for my Stippling drawings.

2. What's art for you and why did you choose art as your career? 

Art means everything to me. I can't imagine doing something else. Surprisingly, It came really late in my life (last year of High School) because I was the kind of kid who drew occasionally. It fell on me almost out of no-where and became my deepest passion.

3. What material do you use to create this art?

For the Stippling technique (also known as 'pointillism', is a type of drawing that involves creating shapes and images by making many small dots), I'm only using an Ink pen on a drawing paper. You can find all the material I use on my Instagram Page under the section 'Art Supplies'.

4. How much time does a painting takes?

It really depends on few factors such as subject, size and complexity but for this specific series I've been working on for 2 years now it's always in between 200-400h so far. So, I'm actually starting some smaller pieces that will be less time consuming (50-100h).

5. Out of curiosity I wanted to ask, do you really count the dots?

I do. Not one at the time obviously, it would be mental. But it's not that difficult to make an accurate estimation. 

You simply have to know how many dots you make per minute on an average (for me it's almost always 200 on a large amount of counted areas) then multiply by 60 to get the total for an hour and multiply again by the overall time spent on your piece.

Thus a small piece of art contains 200 (dots/min) * 60 mins * 100 hrs = 1.2 million dots.

6. How are you able to give details in such small scale?

I guess it comes from my those days when I was still learning with graphite. At that time, I was fascinated by hyperrealism and my attention was mainly focused on the smallest details. Now, I tend to see things a bit differently but still in love with the tiny details that enhance the portrait.

As it's even more difficult to represent in Stippling, I think it's reliable to patience. You can't rush if you want to achieve such results.

7. How are you so patient ?

Well I don't know, haha. This is a natural thing for me. I'm a very patient person and you simply have to if you want to master this particular style. 

However, this is something that you learn with the years. You begin with smaller pieces that take few dozens of hours and gradually increase to go over the hundred and so on. But I like the challenge though!

8. How did you get the inspiration?

I get my inspiration from the various things I'm interested in. It can go from Architecture to Astronomy, Haute couture to History or Nature to Wild Life and many more.

It's not something that I'm processing really, it's unconscious but it comes from what I like and feel attracted to.

9. How did you cope up with the difficulties that you faced while choosing art as your career?

When it comes to Art in general (should you be a painter, dancer, musician, actor etc.), people tend to have a very specific vision about who you are and what you'll become. And even though they might give you a nice response at first, I always have the feeling that they don't really believe that you're going

to make it and live from your work; even from the people in this Industry. So, this is something that you learn to handle. I'm lucky to have a very supportive family so that was at least a really good start, I didn't have a lot of issue from that side.

10. What do you want to tell the folks out there and aspiring artists?

 Well, I reckon the best advice I'm able to provide for Art beginners is to practice. Practice over and over again. Be patient, work hard, believe in yourself, in your ideas. Don't be afraid to spend time on a piece or make mistakes, your efforts will pay off.

It's okay to copy at first, to take inspiration from artists you like, we all start this way and it's not a bad thing but try as much as you can to find your own style, something unique others don't have. This will make a huge difference. Good luck in your journey and have fun!

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