In this part of the “Basics of the Ink Drawing Technique” series, we’ll talk about hatching and cross-hatching in ink artworks.
Basically saying, hatching is a body of hatches grouped together. The most important feature of hatching is similarity – we can see the unity and uniformity that is inherent to the lines as a whole.
Hatching is like a choir where every singer (hatch) makes a contribution on a piece of music.
So, let’s have a closer look at the hatching and cross-hatching techniques, and learn to apply them in your ink drawings!
This post is a part of the series “The Basics of Drawing with Ink.” I had to publish the articles of the series separately because there is just too much information for one.
Everything starts from those basics. You can build any texture in your ink drawing, and exactly the knowledge of the basics gives you endless possibilities.
You may also find interesting these parts:
The Basics of Ink Techniques: How to Draw Beautiful, Expressive Lines
Introduction to Dotwork (Stippling) Technique in Ink
Which Tool Is the Best for Hatching and Cross-Hatching?
You can create hatchings with almost any of the artistic supplies that are used in the traditional ink graphics. I prefer using ink liners (pens) because they give me the full control over the line behavior – this is great for achieving unity.
The choice of the brand of an ink liner is up to you; there are several well-known names that are associated with the high quality – Faber-Castell, Copic, Pigma Micron, UNI Pin, and others.
Some Faber-Castell ink pens from my artistic supply
You may also be interested in these articles:
Artistic Tools for the Ink Drawing
Learning How to Draw with Ink (there is a part about the art supplies)