Painting Popper Heads

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Big E, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. Big E Moderator

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    I'd like to draw your attention to the art of stippling popper heads. Ron Braud was the first to introduce me to this art form and has been amazing in his sharing of knowledge to others.

    Basically, it is using dots to shade. Here's an example:


    This art form is also closely tied to pointillism which uses colored dots:


    So here it is when applied to poppers:




    Here's a very thorough manual on how you can also do this written by Ron himself. One note is that Wasatch now makes a eye paint tool set to assist in applying paint.

    Using Stipple Dots to add Detail on Fly Rod Poppers and Sliders

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  2. flyfishmt Active Member

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    Now, that is just way too cool!
  3. jessejames Flyslinger

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  4. Mark Mercer Member

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    Little works of art!!! Really nice...
  5. Chad Lewis NEVER wonder what to do with your free time

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    Big E, thank you Sir. I do like poppers, and this is great motivation. May the smallmouth of the Columbia river and it's tributaries like them too!
  6. Steve Knapp Beach Bum

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    Very cool, I'm gonna have to start experimenting. So far I've only been using solid colors, but this adds some depth.
  7. Brad Niemeyer Old School Member

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  8. Jim Wallace Smells like low tide

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    Big E, Brad, you guys ARE fine artists! Thanks for sharing the pics and technique.
  9. triploidjunkie Active Member

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    And I thought my hand made, hand painted poppers were cool. The holo-graphic effect is amazing
  10. cabezon Sculpin Enterprises

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    Hi Big E,
    Those drawings are wonderfully done and thank you for linking the resource that Ron Braud put together. That one is going into my stash of fly tying gems.

  11. RonBraud New Member

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    Thanks for the favorable comments about my work.

    I don't want anyone to come away with the idea either fine drawing was by me.
    BigE only meant the images of the drawings in his initial post to illustrate stippling.
    Pen & Ink Drawing is where I first worked with the stippling technique during the
    1970s. Here is one created for a series of notecards. I keep telling myself to take the
    pen back up. But painting poppers still has my interest.

  12. GAT Active Member

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    Man! They sure come out beautiful!