Rather than using paint, he utilized stencils to fill up regions on canvas with little dots known as Ben-Day dots. The mechanical, commercial aspect that the Ben-Day dots gave Lichtenstein's artwork appealed to him. Ben-Day dots are named after Benjamin Henry Day Jr., an illustrator and printer who devised the method in 1879.
Lichtenstein got his start in the art world by copying other people's paintings. He then started creating his own work which consisted of mostly abstract images done in a pop culture style. His early paintings were not very popular but over time they have become more valuable.
In 1963, Lichtenstein moved to New York City where he had more opportunity to show and sell his work. That same year he created his most famous piece, "Drowning Girl," now held by the Brooklyn Museum. In 1964, he created another well-known painting called "Girl With Ball." This painting is also owned by the Brooklyn Museum.
During this time period, Lichtenstein was experimenting with different media including ink, pencil, and charcoal. He came up with the idea for Ben-Day dots when he was trying to add detail to an image that was already based on shapes and colors. The dots give the appearance of depth to the painting and make it look three-dimensional. They also help the viewer see how large or small certain elements are in the picture.
Dots of Ben-Day Roy Lichtenstein was influenced by newspaper advertising and comic strips, and he frequently used these everyday imagery in his work. He applied many different colors and styles of dots throughout his career.
Ben-Day dots were first introduced in 1955 by the advertising company Ben-Day Drying Oil. They provided a cheaper alternative to traditional oil paints at a time when many American artists were moving away from using them entirely. Although other painting materials have been developed since then, the term "Ben-Day dot" is still used today to describe any small dot used in art or graphic design.
Lichtenstein's early works in particular use large blocks of color with little more than a few dots here and there for effect. But over time his style changed and he started using smaller, more detailed images that were hard to define as just one thing. For example, in The Way Some People Wash Their Dishes (1967), every piece of silverware is dotted with black dots.
He continued to develop this technique until it became the main subject of many of his paintings. For instance, in 1967, he created Two Black Dots, which is all black except for two tiny white dots positioned exactly opposite one another.
Dots of Ben-Day The use of Ben-Day dots in many of his paintings and sculptures was a trademark of the American artist Roy Lichtenstein, who expanded and exaggerated them. In print media, several artists and graphic designers have employed bigger Ben-Day dots to achieve a similar effect.
Ben-Day dots are small, flat, white plastic pellets used as a paint additive. They become embedded in the wet paint while it is still soft, causing light and dark spots to appear on the painted surface.
Roy Lichtenstein used them in many of his paintings from 1963 to 1967. Thereafter, he used other methods such as grid lines and solid colors to create the same effect.
Ben-Day dots were very popular in the early 1960s when they first appeared. They are now regarded as one of the founding works of Pop Art.
Lichtenstein's colleague, Jasper Johns, also used Ben-Day dots in some of his works from 1966 to 1968. However, unlike Lichtenstein, who sold most of his paintings for $125,000 or less, Johns' paintings usually sell for much more than that. This shows that although Ben-Day dots are a simple method of creating visual interest, they cannot replace more complex techniques used by professional painters.
Another famous artist who used Ben-Day dots is Andy Warhol.