Learning Objectives:
  •  Understand how cross-hatching can be used to create tone
  •  Explore how cross-hatching can be used to add texture to a drawing
  •  Practise using a line of symmetry to improve measuring skills and accuracy of proportions
  •  Understand what makes successful cross-hatching.
What you will need: ​​​​​​​
   • ​​​​​​​Drawing pencils
   • Cartridge paper (or your sketchbook)
   • ​​​​​​​Ruler
   • ​​​​​​​Eraser
   • ​​​​​​​Pencil sharpener
   • ​​​​​​​Black fine liner pen
Your Task:
  1. Read the PowerPoint below, titled 'What is cross-hatching?'
  2. Watch the demo video beneath the PowerPoint.
  3. Have a go at copying the same exercise as the work in the video, following the advice in the video and the tips at the bottom of this page.
What is cross-hatching?
Mr Lax's example:
Extension Activity
If you are confident at drawing you might choose to draw a more challenging vase. Pick one with a more unusual shape and/or with more variations of tone (lights and darks).
Top Tips
  • Try to press as lightly as you can with your pencil when drawing your initial outlines
  • Plan your initial outlines carefully, making sure the vase is symmetrical (the left side should mirror the right side)
  • Don't use a ruler when drawing cross-hatching
  • Vary the tone by placing your cross-hatching lines closer together in the shadows and further apart in the highlights
  • Consider what direction the light is shining
Examples of previous students' drawings:
What have they done well and what might they have improved on?