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The Appeal of Hatching

The Appeal of Hatching

Portrait sketches by Ronnie Rayner Larter Compared to how I use to draw, hatching with graphite pencils is relatively new technique to me, one, thanks to the Drawing Academy, I have found interesting. The variety of marks that can be made with this technique is quite amazing and more varied, more lively and more appealing than smudging graphite.

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The Skills of Hatching

The Skills of Hatching

Drawing by Ronnie Rayner Larter

Almost all my drawings over the past years have been drawn and toned by smudging graphite pencil. On this course however, we are taught not to smudge graphite, but instead use hatching and cross-hatching techniques when using pencil, which I have tried. Although some of my earlier drawings of simple basic objects were reasonably successful…

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Portrait by Jasmin, Drawing Academy student

Portrait by Jasmin, Drawing Academy student

Head of Venus – First attempt

After being a member of the Drawing Academy for so long, I finally found the courage to start practicing methods of classical drawing.
I had this bust of Venus at home and chose it as my subject.

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Drawings by Samantha Leeming, Drawing Academy graduate

Drawings by Samantha Leeming, Drawing Academy graduate

A New Day

Prior to taking the Drawing Academy course I considered myself a fairly decent artist. I worked with both graphite and charcoal, as well as some oil painting and watercolour. I enrolled because I want to keep learning, I want to be better than I was yesterday…

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