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Hatching Techniques

The quality of these images is not great - I apologise.  The coloured ballpoint, in particular, has not reproduced well in photos. Next time, I will scan. 

Here are my pen personalities. This was a useful activity because I hoard black pens (and have just bought a Tombow as well as a couple of other Japanese brush pens just before the course).  An overview of what they can all do is going to be helpful. 

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The hatching exercise was harder than it looked.  It requires lots of patience and huge amounts of practice. I have a way to go yet. 

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I used coloured ballpoints for most of this. I realised afterwards that I do have some coloured fineliners somewhere. I used a slightly thicker felt tip (second column from the right) - not a good idea but could be useful on a much larger scale. I concluded that certain combinations produced a pleasing result, colourwise, including turquoise and green, orange and blue, and blue and purple. 

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I decided to try these out in a leaf design.  I wanted to create different tonal values.  Again, this requires patience and quite subtle hatching, which I have not managed overall. 

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I noticed that Jen had used a wax resist in one of her images. I decided to try this and drew random lines across the paper with a birthday cake candle. Over this, I painted a random background in watery gouache, and over this I added some hatching marks. 

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Finally, I repeated the candle resist and drew three abstract figures on a pale watery ground and cross-hatched within the lines. 

             

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I found the videos / course useful - thank you, Jen.  Cross-hatching is an essential technique to master in drawing and the course brought home to me how much I should continue to practise it. 

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