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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.

Archimedes – the Man who invented the Death Ray

Archimedes lived over 2,000 years ago in Syracuse on the island of Sicily.

He was a mathematician, astronomer, physicist, engineer and inventor.

Many of his great inventions came about while defending Syracuse when it came under attack from the Romans.

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The leader of the Roman army was Marcus Claudius Marcellus. Eventually Marcellus won the war. Archimedes died in the Siege of Syracuse, even though Marcellus had given strict orders that Archimedes should be captured alive. Marcellus admired the genius and knew that he had more invention to offer the world. Who knows how history may have changed if Archimedes had lived to live the rest of his life in peaceful study and contemplation?

In this book, Marcus Claudius Marcellus looks back on his life and explains to his young son exactly why Archimedes was possibly the cleverest person that ever lived.

Here are a few videos that show you how to draw Archimedes and how to get to grips with drawing circles and spheres, the subjects that fascinated Archimedes so much, a fascination that led him to his greatest invention Pi – the number that lets us work out the circumference of circles and the area of the surface of a sphere.

 

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!