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.

I show you a hatching drawing technique that is simple to apply.
If you need it, you can train at drawing straight lines freehand first.
Make sure you draw also with the proper drawing posture.

They are the must-do habits for the daily drawing.


hand-sketch-pencil-chou-tac-chung

Hatching is great for shading and creates contrast

Chou-Tac Chung – Hand sketch, 2008


How to get evenly spaced lines

Alan-Levine-Syncopated Art

  • TIP: 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

Random-shape
  • Draw a random shape.
  • Use random form to draw hatching insideFill 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:

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

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About The Author

Chou-Tac

Hello! My name is Chou-Tac. I am a Product Designer from France. If the sketching methods I’ve acquired aid me in my life and in my industrial design career, I believe that they can also help you reach your design goal as a student or professional. My aim to help you all along with your design projects and journey. Anytime, feel free to leave a comment in the blog or send me an email at choutac@thedesignsketchbook.com : )

4 Comments

  • 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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