I have avoided cross hatching for three decades … I haven’t even talked about it … until this past weekend in the line and value modular workshops.
I adore Morandi’s cross hatched bottle drawings. I spent three years attempting to achieve some level of success using cross hatched lines. I failed so miserably that I didn’t draw with ink at all for at least another decade or maybe even two. When I returned to ink, I avoided even contemplating the cross hatch technique. I shared my experience, for the first time, with my students a few days ago, adding that I may never attempt to cross hatch again.
This morning, as I sat in Battle Cat Cafe drinking my huge cup of coffee, I ran into a design problem when I drew a door jam behind the knight and bishop. I spent the next hour attempting to deal with that strong vertical shape and value in every way possible … except the only option I was finally forced to try … a bit of cross hatching.
I’ll watch what I say a little more carefully in the next workshop. If I don’t, I might have to go underground for awhile and master cross hatching … ouch!
Drawn first with ink, followed by gray and black marker, followed by ink lines, followed by gray and black marker, followed by a few dark watercolor washes, followed by more ink lines, more watercolor washes ….. until finally throwing in a bit of cross hatch.