Four Simple Sketching Techniques With Sketch Pens

A sketch pen in any colour leaves very deep and attractive lines on paper. But because the lines from a sketch pen are so deep, that’s why a sketch pen is not a good choice for colouring inside a drawing. The spreading ink will really make the drawing look very heavy. In case a figure needs to be drawn and then coloured with a sketch pen, then it is a much better idea to use the sketch pen to draw simple lines, dots and other shapes to give the impression of colouring, without actually wetting the page. The 4 most common techniques are listed below.

Hatching: This involves a series of straight lines drawn parallel to each other. Once hatching has been done on a particular part of a drawn figure, the figure looks filled up and coloured at that part, and also gives a sense of shadow and light. The thing to keep in mind is that hatching invariably involves straight lines instead of curved ones, so the figure might look flatter.

Crosshatching: This is the next level of hatching, in which a set of cross hatch lines are drawn over the original set of hatched lines. So there are two sets of hatched lines crossing each other, hence the name.

Cross Contouring: This technique is similar to cross hatching, with the only difference being that the two sets of crossing lines are curved, or they follow the shape of the figure being filled.

Stippling: Instead of lines, this method involves the use of dots drawn close to each other to give a sense of colouring. The artist can vary the distance between the dots to vary the effect of darkness, and also a slight element of form to the figure.

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