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What is the best hatching style for drawings?

What is the best hatching style for drawings?

Question from Elizabeth

I want to ask a question regarding graphite strokes used in drawing.

In these videos you mention that hatching is best:

http://drawingacademy.com/help-i-cant-draw

http://drawingacademy.com/12-most-essential-skills-every-fine-artist-must-have

However, I use little circles (like what colored pencil artists use).

My question is, is this an inappropriate stroke to use for graphite drawings? Thanks!

Feedback from Vladimir London, Drawing Academy tutor

Hi Elizabeth,

Many thanks for your question.

There are no “bad” or “good” strokes as such. Every stroke style tells a story, and a proficient fine artist would benefit greatly from using the one that describes best what the artist would like to say.

I want you to be good in drawing and therefore advise you to learn various tonal rendering techniques, including linear hatching, crosshatching, and contoured hatching styles.

Every stroke is like a character in a word. Thousands of words make a poem. It is the same in drawing – your strokes reveal what you want to convey in your art.

Using only small circular movements is like writing a poem using single letter “o”. I’m sure you can go beyond that.

By the way, even with colored pencils, I do not use little circles:

What is the best hatching style for for graphite drawings

What is the best hatching style for for graphite drawings

What is the best hatching style for for graphite drawings

Every stroke is your “hand signature.” It is unique to you and recognizable as your own style. Variations of strokes give a certain breadth to an artwork. You want to have rich and vibrant work.

I hope this clears your doubts and helps you decide whether to learn how to hatch with graphite pencil.

Best regards,
Vladimir

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  1. tometeacher says:

    I beg forgivness as a guest but I have said this too many times, and it continues to be born out time and again, the critiques are always educational. Hatching, cross-hatching, contour hatch (not so easy to master). The concept presented is worth a complete, long chapter. It never ceases to amace me about how much information is given in these little viginetts. The drawings by Valadimir are a testiment to fine art training. It saddens me to be aware of the thousands of hungering artist being fed crap, their funds being stolen from them as had happened to me.
    Thank you for permitting me as a guest to have the privilage to these viginetts.

    Tom

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