Improve Your Ink Drawing with Hatching Techniques

Jen Dixon, Abstract and figurative artist, tutor.

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7 Videos (15m)
    • Introduction

    • Let's Talk About Hatching

    • Materials Needed

    • Project: Pen Personality

    • Project: Hatching Patchwork

    • Project: Taking It Further

    • Thank you

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About This Class


This is an introductory level class, in a bite-size format, to build skills through drills.

Improve Your Ink Drawing with Hatching Techniques is about creating confident lines with control to express unique tones or patterns in your drawings and illustrations. Although aimed at beginners, this class is useful for building skill or getting out of a rut at any level.
There are three projects in this class.

First, you'll create a Pen Personality reference sheet. Then, using a grid, you’ll practice linear hatching, crosshatching, and contour mark-making by creating a Hatching Patchwork. Finally, using your new, ink hatching confidence, experiment with layering lines and combining marks to create unique textures and effects, perhaps using mixed media.



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I liked this class as a reminder what what simple exercises I can do for practicing (cross)hatching. Great class for beginners or "retornees" to art. But I wished there where more projects to take the hatching further, because I know the "plain technique" but struggle with using it and thought this class will cover that too.
This is a great video for people who need a starting point or who want a simple exercise to strengthen their crosshatching and mark-making skills.
I loved the practice activities introduced by this class, but was a little disappointed that there wasn't much about how to use hatching in artwork, just suggestions of examples and options for where it could be used. The projects were priceless though, I definitely recommend the class, I just feel that I was misled by the title.
Billy Bratty

Wee little artist man.





Jen Dixon

Abstract and figurative artist, tutor.

Jen Dixon works mostly in mixed media abstract and figurative painting. She is also an illustrator, writer, and teaches privately both groups and individuals. Originally from Indiana, she now lives in a windy village on the North Cornwall coast of England.

Having led her first drawing classes at the age of six, she continued with art throughout her school days by selling portraits and sign-painting for local businesses. She taught art to young teens before achieving a degree in Industr...

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