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What is Crosshatching? – Pen and ink drawing 101

Cross hatching is the method of using black and white lines to give the illusion of tone or shade in a black and white drawing , which by definition, has only two tones or shade – Black and white

Hatching is filling in an area with parallel lines to create an illusion of tone or shade.

Adding another layer of lines, drawn in a different direction, gives the illusion of a darker shade.

Adding more layers in different directions, darkens the filled area more with each layer.

Used simply it is a way of filling areas with tone or shade.

Used creatively, cross hatching can also give the illusion or impression of depth or 3Dness.

It requires fine motor skills, patience and persistence to learn to draw lines at equal distances and make the tonal vale look even.

Practice a little bit everyday and you will soon be a master of Coss hatching.

A Morning Sketching in Hereford – Sketchbook Tour

I had to take my car to the county town of Hereford, for a service. That meant I had the whole morning to spend wandering around sketching. What a great idea. First I went to the museum, which has quite a lot on display about the agricultural heritage of the county,

The Hereford is famous for cider and beef – the Hereford beef cattle breed being famous around the world. I found references to hereford Bulls all over the place – not so much the cider though – perhaps I wasn’t looking hard enough.

Here are the sketches I made in a morning off from drawing for work – I must be a glutton for punishment!

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How to Draw an Apple

In this video I show you how to work out the shape of an apple – how to draw it and then how to paint it in watercolour.

When you have drawn or painted yours, why not share it on Instagram or twitter @shoorayner with the hashtag #shoorayner.

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Have fun and remember to practice, practice, practice! Make sure you subscribe and I’ll see you next time!