Controlling Density

When crosshatching, you can create denser tone by increasing line frequency, adding more layers of lines, by pressing harder, or by using a thicker point to your pen.

Now switch to the F pen. Begin reinforcing and bringing out the lines within the drawing, and add more fine crosshatching to the shadow areas: at this point the drawing should gain real depth.

Continue refining tone and building line with the finest S pen. Allow the crosshatching to spill over at the bases of the objects into areas where the shadow is intense - this helps to ground the objects on the surface.

Crosshatching lends itself perfectly to this still life composition, where surface and reflection are the true subjects of the drawing. Very subtle differences in tone are achieved by varying the frequency and strength of the lines.

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