How to Draw Using a Crosshatching Technique
Learn how to draw using a dip pen and ink; and how to shade with crosshatching.
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The first thing you need to do is create an outline of your subject. I like to do this either by freehanding or using the grid method. In this tutorial, I am using the grid method. You basically input a grid over a photo of your subject (I have done this in Photoshop; but you can print out the photo and draw your grid manually if you'd like); then you draw your own pencil grid and create the object outline by mimicking what you see in the original grid.
Once I am satisfied with the pencil outline, I use a dip pen and ink to go over my outline. The nib I use is extremely thin — it’s like drawing with a tiny needle. I utilize it in concert with India ink. However, if you’re not comfortable with a dip pen quite yet, you can most certainly make line drawings with regular pens.
Just keep referencing your image and adding shadows and midtones as you see them. Also remember to let your lines act as contouring agents. Essentially, try to see your subject as a series of shapes. Is the particular bit you are working on a sphere? A cone? A cylinder? My piece is a cylinder, so I let the lines on the sides of the jar showcase that cylindrical curve.