Cross hatching is a popular artistic technique used to add shadow and dimension to drawn objects. All art depends on technique at some level but cross-hatching is something you get good at and can get good at fast in just a few dozen short practice sessions. Shading Exercises In a Drawing Notebook. 1.Cross hatching With cross hatching you are drawing parallel lines, varying the direction of the lines and layering them to obtain different intensity of shading. (Each of these techniques are explored and demonstrated further down this page.) They can be long, short or a mix, to break up tonal areas or indicate shapes and planes. Cross hatching, a layer of hatched lines drawn at an angle over an existing layer of hatched lines. One appeal of drawing with pen and ink is the clean, finished appearance that can be created. It's one of the few skills that really rests on technique. Crosshatch your second set of lines… Cross-hatching is a learned skill, a technical skill. Cross hatching can be applied as simple straight lines, just like parallel hatching, or it can follow the contours of the subject as below. Crosshatching begins with the application of our second set of lines. It involves filling a space with at least two sets of lines, with the second set crossing over the first to create a darker effect. These techniques include hatching, cross hatching, random lines, and stippling. Up until this point we really only have hatching. Start with a set of parallel lines. 4. Assignment: Do the following as often as needed Draw a long thin rectangle on a page in your drawing notebook. Creating Values through Lines: Hatching and Cross-hatching; Practice hatching & cross-hatching the forms (following contour of forms) Additional Activity: Students draw geometric forms from direct observation, then apply value with hatching and cross-hatching lines. This is the richest and most subtle form of crosshatching, and it might even read as a tonal or pencil-shaded drawing from far away. Linear hatching, simply hatching in parallel lines. Notice how great care was still used for keeping the lines parallel and evenly spaced! There are a few subtleties with this technique that are often overlooked. Project Suggestions: Chex Mix Cross-Hatching Drawing and Still Life Preliminary drawings can completed using graphite and then drawn over using ink. Hatching & Cross-Hatching Techniques with DrawingTeachers Master the fine art of hatching and cross-hatching shading techniques with this lesson, which includes a cross-hatching exercise using a rose as the subject. Fine crosshatching. We want to draw another set of lines only this time we want these lines to be on a different angle. Layering creates darker tones. The most important is to watch the angles of the cross lines, avoiding right, and sharply acute angles. I like to start by the lightest area and then add layers of cross hatching until I reach the darkest area of the drawing. Basically cross hatching is an illusion created by sets of roughly perpendicular lines that looks like shadow, the darker the shadow the closer together the lines get. Row 2: cross hatching - pencil ; Row 3: contour - pencil; Row 4: lines - ink ; Row 5: stippling - ink [Note: The shading exercise is related to drawing.] Cross hatching is a fundamental technique to deepen values.