How do I draw good hatching?

Remember, draw your lines in a clean way. Begin cleanly, and end cleanly.
Meaning, try to keep even pressure and speed from beginning to end.

Chou-Tac Chung – Hand sketch, 2008

Alan-Levine-Syncopated ArtHOw to get evenly spaced lines
  • Count in your head steadily, like a metronome. For each beat, you draw a line.
  • Keep a steady speed in the drawing hand and wrist throughout the exercise.
  • Try different counting speeds, but remember that it’s not a race!
  • Alan Levine – Syncopated art, 2010

    Hatching in limited areas
  • Draw a random shape.

  • Random-shape-with-hachureFill this shape with hatching. For the first two or three lines, use ghost drawing as necessary. Your brain will “calibrate”, or memorize the shape.
  • Cover the whole page with random shapes and nice hatching.

  • In summary

    Draw lines that are:

  • Parallel, ensuring that you have the paper angled comfortably.
  • Equidistant, by using the metronome method.
  • Lines which do not exceed the calibration of your brain-hand connection gained by the ghost-drawing.

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    If the sketching methods I’ve acquired aid me in my life and in my career, I believe that they can also help you to learn, and help you with your projects. Whether Design is a job or a hobby it doesn’t matter, so long as you do what is important to you.


    • Hernán

      Reply Reply March 1, 2015

      Muy bueno!. Great! . Want more guides!

    • Majik Hudson

      Reply Reply September 7, 2014

      Thanks for adding the tidbit about Ghost drawing as a way for the brain to “Calibrate” the movement before making the mark on paper. That alone has helped me a great deal!!!

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