Cross hatching involves the use of fine, intersecting lines, drawn closely together in various directions to produce a mesh-like pattern, giving the illusion of three-dimensionality. The lines may be straight, or curved. The technique is often used to fill in large areas of solid black, but can also be used to produce tonal variations within a single area of grey or to suggest volume and form.
Cross hatching is often used in conjunction with other drawing techniques, such as stippling or line work, to create a more complex and detailed image. It can be used to create areas of darkness and shadow or to suggest texture and surface detail.
Cross hatching is a versatile technique that can be used to create a variety of effects in your drawings. Experiment with different line thicknesses, directions, and densities to find the look that you’re after.