In today’s article, our theme is the contour hatching technique and the ways how to use it in your wonderful ink artworks.
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.
In this series, we are exploring the pillars of ink drawing mastery: line, hatching, cross-hatching and contour hatching.
Everything starts with this background. You can build any texture in your ink drawing, and exactly the knowledge of basics gives you endless possibilities.
You may also find interesting these parts:
The Basics of Ink Techniques: How to Draw Beautiful, Expressive Lines
The Basics of Ink Techniques: Hatching and Cross-Hatching
Introduction to Dotwork (Stippling) Technique in Ink
What Is Contour Hatching
The main difference between an ordinary hatch and a contour hatch is that the latter is deliberately repeating the shape (the contour) of an object, emphasizing its three-dimensional look.
By the way, you might have seen something similar in the 3d programs when a shape is formed by the lines.
The contour hatching is an excellent way to show that the depicted objects have volume – they are not just flat shapes. That’s why combining the contrast and the contour hatching makes some ink drawings really impressive.
The contour hatches can have a vertical or horizontal orientation. Which kind works best for your drawing, is up to you to decide; this flair evolves with experience and practice.