This author's gonna be real with you: I love black work. I love black work, I love dot work, I love textures made entirely with line. I've loved it in the comics I read, the cartoons I watch, and the tattoos I get and gaze upon. So when I learned about Amy Savage and her fantastic black work, welp, of course I got a little giddy.
Dotwork, or stippling as it's called in the fine art world, is a classic technique. Packing as many or as little dots into a piece as possible, slowly fading the dots away, creates a depth to the piece. The texture the dots create can be used as skin, fur, glistening noses, or simply a form of shading.
A client's skin becomes the high tone in black work. The rest is just an act of shading, of letting an image come through by stippling the details in. Savage uses a minimal amount of lines to create her images — the dotwork does, well, the work.
The end result is an incredibly pleasing feast for the eyes. Textures intersect, dots and lines overlap, all creating a softness that really lets Savage's animals shine.
Savage's work is somehow cute and bad-ass at the same time, as fans have noted. The coupling of her perfected dotwork with her grasp of animal anatomy and facial structures is really a perfect marriage.