Monday, July 16, 2012

Exercise 2 - Cross Hatching (Transcription)



Hello everyone!
In my first exercise video, I put the basis for the technique of cross hatching.
So, let’s spend a few more words on it!
You can shade your picture in many different ways. The very basic one is just called hatching, or sometimes 45 degrees hatching. The direction of the strokes never changes and the angle is about 45 degrees. Darker tones are obtained overlaying layer upon layer, always striving to obtain a regular texture.
Rough and spaced strokes give your drawing a fresh and sketchy effect, while fine strokes and delicate passages may help you achieve more realistic results. Let’s take a fast look at how it works. The angle of the strokes must be the most comfortable for you, so if you are left-handed, you may want to do it in the opposite way. It actually doesn’t need to be in a particular angle. Feel free to try also other solutions,  e.g. a horizontal, or a vertical hatching. The finest your hatching will be, the most realistic, yet vibrant, your drawing will look.  To put some highlights you can use a kneaded eraser (also known as “putty rubber”), like I always do.
About cross hatching, the basic idea is very simple: just as for the classic hatching, we have to proceed layer by layer, but this time we must change the angle on every pass.
In case of curved surfaces, the hatching can also ideally follow the shape of the drawn object, creating a sort of curved grid.
Shade like you were actually drawing on the real surface of the model.  That’s the reason why the best thing would be to draw from life: because you can observe your model from different angles, understanding shapes and volumes. Furthermore, you can better realize if a dark area is a shadow, or simply a differently colored zone. In any case, try to fully understand what you are going to draw. This is the way I do it.
So, In this exercise, we want to copy a bas relief using the technique of cross hatching.
For optimal results, I suggest you to copy from a black and white sculpture (either a real one, or a photo), because color can be misleading, for now.
Try to capture and reproduce the different shadow tones and, remember: always get to black step by step.
You can look at what I do, but feel free to do everything in a different order.  Just try to work on the picture as a whole; complete it gradually, make it emerge from the sheet, as if you were actually carving a stone.
If you wish you can comment on my blog and post a link to your picture, so everyone can see it... and maybe I can give you a few more tips.
Have a great time with drawing! And thanks for watching!

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