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Hatch drawing

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Do you ever doodle automatically on a piece of paper while you're phoning? That's the same principle as hatching: drawing parallel or spontaneous lines to create darker areas. 

What you need to know

The closer together you draw the lines, the darker the overall shading will look. Conversely, the farther away you space your lines, the lighter the shading. Hatching allows you to shade your drawings.



1. Parallel hatching


To tone down hatched areas, from darkest to lightest, you can:

  • Use various pencils:
  • with soft lead (2B, 3B) for dark, thick hatching
  • with hard lead (2H, 3H) for lighter, fainter hatching.
  • press down more or less forcefully while drawing.
  • Varying the density when drawing lines closer together or farther apart: closer together for darker shading, farther apart for lighter shading.
  • Darken the tone by adding cross-hatching: another series of parallel lines crisscrossing the first ones.
  • Draw the parallel hatching freehand: using a ruler would look too constrained.


2. Randomized hatching


Freehand hatching: for a more luminous drawing.

  • Continually change hatching direction by pivoting your wrist.
  • Press down harder on the pencil and multiply your pencil strokes for dark values. Do the opposite for light values.

Curved hatching: ideal for adding volume to the drawing of a round object.

  • Draw a series of hatching lines along the object's horizontal curves.
  • Then draw a series of cross-hatching lines on top by following the object's vertical curves. 

Suggested products

Canson® Universal Art BookTM

See also

Eraser drawing
Dessiner à la gomme
An eraser isn't just for erasing! It also allows you to draw in the negative.