Pen and Ink Cross Hatching Masters Edition

I've been asked to do a series of illustrations on spiritual themes and I've decided to do them in a storytelling style this is one of my pencil sketches which wasn't quite large enough when I finished it so I scanned it in my computer and print it off a little bit larger and I've chosen to do the illustrations in pen and ink on vellum the reason is partly of course so that I can trace them but with a light table I could have traced it on opaque paper more because it gives me just the texture that I need to do my cross hatching I'm going to be using the old fashioned pen and ink a larger quill pen to do the outline and a tiny crow quill pen to do the cross hatching let me show you a couple of finished illustrations that I've already done this one's showing the concept of Hope which if you look carefully you'll see hope there in the waves and this one being on the concept of faith here's the kind of crossing I'm going to end up with it's quite fine quite detailed takes a lot of time and creates this beautiful texture before I get hours of work without a piece of the same vellum that I'm going to be drawing on over here to the side that I can practice making sure that the pen is functioning just the way I wanted to you'll see even as I'm turning the pen upside down to get different widths of line that's why I'm not using a repeater graph or a technical pin for this illustration because I want the freedom of doing thick and thin lines just see me doing so I have finished the first layer of cross hatching all the lines going in the same diagonal direction covering a large portion of the illustration the second layer will go in the opposite direction and cover slightly less area than the first so the second phase of my cross-hatching is finished the first phase went at one angle as you can see and then the second meant at the opposite angle now the third layer of cross hatching is going to go at a 45 degree angle or horizontal so here's a section of the illustration that has cross hatching going in three different directions the next class a thing I'm going to do will be essentially a vertical and that will be my fourth layer cross section I've decided to switch over at this point to a ricotta graphic pen this is what is it a triple off you think three zero four paragraph pen and I'm doing that even though the lines are slightly heavier than the pen that I have been using it's okay because with each layer of cross hatching the impact or the significance that the darkening effect of each layer gets diminished so it's okay for the lines at this point to start getting just a little bit heavier here now if you will is a another form of cross hatching that I would call scribble cross hatching if there's an area in the drawing that I want to have a particular texture I'll just move my pen as you see me doing here in a squiggly pattern these are supposed to be roots hanging down from the overhang above and you know what roots are like they're all a tangled mess so I think it'll look a little bit more like roots if I do this random kind of cross hatching let me take just a minute and explain something here I think you're understanding this but I want to be as clear as I can cross hatching has a direction or a grain the first layer of cross hatching if the grain goes this way then the second layer of cross hatching I will do at a 90 degree angle to that then at least theoretically the third layer of cross hatching will go at a 45 to that and then the next fourth layer of cross hatching will go at a 90 degree to that last one so now I have lines going in four different directions does that make sense okay once you're done with the fourth layer however it gets a little bit complicated either you have to try to calculate the distance between these two angles and do something like this which I do sometimes but honestly what usually happens is that in the course of doing four layers of cross hatching one or the other will get slightly off they won't all be perfect like this so they'll be as I look at it very closely there'll be one angle that is just a little bit more open it has more open spaces and that's what I'll fill in so that's what I'm about to do here and finally the last layer of cross hatching in this darkest for these darkest areas I've thrown my neat orderly careful strokes to the wind and I basically just come in here and scribble away just the way if you were child doing a coloring book and coloring in the lines you would just scribble back and forth to get that color is got to do wanna you

35 thoughts on “Pen and Ink Cross Hatching Masters Edition”

  1. This is so cool. I'm an artist myself, but I can't do cross hatching like you did.

    Like you say, it takes too long. But keep going man, you're doing great!

  2. In my view, the type of cross hatching you used makes the scene look a bit too flat. You could define the form better by cross hatching in a way that is based more strictly on the form of the objects themselves. Anyway, I think there is a lot more to pen and ink drawing than this pedantic time-consuming way of cross hatching.

  3. You use vellum paper, but mostly is not the case, I use very smooth paper, nevertheless thank for this film!

  4. I was cross hatching on a napkin while on lunch break. And now I'm being recommend this!?? Ok explain that 😂

  5. hermoso arte. Siempre me gustó, e hecho algunos dibujos de ese tipo, pero quiero aprender más de esta tècnica que tuvo su auge en siglos anteriores. Gracias

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