Learn how to create believable and authentic crosshatch drawings.

Crosshatching is much more than just laying down overlapping lines. Professional illustrator, Bryan the Girl, teaches you her approach to crosshatching which is based on historical printmaking techniques. Bryan the Girl teaches how to understand and breakdown what you’re seeing in order to create believable crosshatching. 

In this class you will learn:

  • Bryan’s approach to crosshatching

  • How to create a tone chart/spectrum and how it applies to crosshatching

  • How to divide subject matter into different tone maps

  • What are contour maps and tricks for converting 3D shapes into 2D lines

  • Using horizontal hatching to convey shadows

  • When and how to add a layer of vertical hatching

  • How to know when crosshatching drawing is nearing completion and how to finish it

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About the Instructor

Illustrator

Bryan the Girl

Bryan is a professional artist and educator. She works in pen and ink using a crosshatching style. Since graduating in 2017 with a degree in South Asian and Islamic art history, Bryan has been traveling the world, drawing, writing, and teaching wherever she goes. Her work has been featured on Blick Art Materials, Inktober, Sakura of America, The Pigeon Letters, and more.

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

    • Introduction

    • Course tool list

  • 2

    Learning to see Shadows

    • Learning to See Shadows

    • Exercise 1 PDF

  • 3

    Learning to see Shapes

    • Learning to see shapes

    • Exercise 2 PDF

  • 4

    Markmaking

    • Markmaking

    • Exercise 3 PDF

  • 5

    Two-tone Hatching

    • Two-tone hatching

    • Exercise 4 PDF

  • 6

    Crosshatching

    • Crosshatching

    • Exercise 5 PDF

  • 7

    Finishing a Drawing

    • Finishing a drawing

    • Exercise 6 PDF

  • 8

    Final Assignment

    • Final Assignment

    • Final Assignment PDF

  • 9

    Full Pomegranate Demonstration

    • Pomegranate Demo Part 1

    • Pomegrantate Demo Part 2

  • 7

    Exercises to help you jump into the art of crosshatching

  • 10 Videos

    Over 1 hour of video instruction and demonstration.

Reviews

Crosshatching in Ink - a great systematic approach to lea...

Charity Munoz

This course came at just the right time for me. I was scouring the internet for videos on crosshatching and trying to come up with a clear process. The dif...

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This course came at just the right time for me. I was scouring the internet for videos on crosshatching and trying to come up with a clear process. The difference between flat crosshatching and contour crosshatching always seemed to compete when I watched demonstrations, but this course incorporated them both and made it much clearer as to how to go about using them together. I love the clear steps demonstrated and am looking forward to seeing my own progress as I practice over the next weeks. Anytime you want to expand and offer more, I would love to see how you do textures like fur and scales. Thank you!

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Accurate and Informative

Fynn M'Llyr

The course was designed well, breaking down the steps into manageable pieces so beginners can easily follow along. I especially like that a homework/practice...

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The course was designed well, breaking down the steps into manageable pieces so beginners can easily follow along. I especially like that a homework/practice component was available after each lesson, instead of lumped together at the end.

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Fantastic course!

Edward Rivis

I’ve always wanted to learn the ‘secrets’ behind crosshatching, but never seen anything as simple and effective as the training here. Thank you! Now, wh...

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I’ve always wanted to learn the ‘secrets’ behind crosshatching, but never seen anything as simple and effective as the training here. Thank you! Now, where did I leave my Micron... ... ...

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In-Depth and Concise

Debbie Jones

Very in-depth discussion, exercises to get you started and very concise details about the process of inking as well as inks, paper and so much more. I'm ret...

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Very in-depth discussion, exercises to get you started and very concise details about the process of inking as well as inks, paper and so much more. I'm returning to inking after being out of it for decades. I did not think I'd initially like the chat portion, but once I sat back, relaxed and really listened > I found valuable information as well as insight. Really liked how I was able to quickly connect with understanding the exercises and how everything was explained as I went. I'm really glad that I invested in this course. It was just what I needed. I was skeptical since it was the first one I selected - and most of us are aware that generally it takes going through hundreds to find the one that you click with - and that teaches you everything you need to know. I was lucky to find this course first.

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Great Introduction to Crosshatching

Mike Louie

Great, explicit instructions and exercises. A little on the short side in terms of content but very easy to digest – would have loved to see more drawing sam...

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Great, explicit instructions and exercises. A little on the short side in terms of content but very easy to digest – would have loved to see more drawing samples from the artist.

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Great Demonstrations

Holly Winters

I thoroughly enjoyed this class and I think my awareness of light and shadow has improved. Breaking it down to just two tones in the early stages really hel...

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I thoroughly enjoyed this class and I think my awareness of light and shadow has improved. Breaking it down to just two tones in the early stages really helps me not to overthink. If it's just light or dark, you can make pretty quick judgements and move forward in your drawing rather than sweating every detail along the way. Thanks!

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Great class!

Lauren White

Succinct, helpful teacher, great tips for improvement if you feel stuck in a rut, overal great class.

Succinct, helpful teacher, great tips for improvement if you feel stuck in a rut, overal great class.

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