Describing Form with Crosshatching

I spent a lot of time today describing form with crosshatching. I’m don’t have a lot of experience here so it’s slow going.

By removing the ability to shade with smooth gradations and forcing myself to use linear hatch marks I find myself focusing hard on the form of Sheldon’s head. Every time I see a value change I know that there must be some kind of change in the plane of the face. But, determining which way to angle the hatch marks to describe that area of the form is difficult.

I’m switched to mostly using graphite for his face because all the darkest parts are already done with charcoal and graphite is easier to erase when I mess up the crosshatching.

It’s a slow process but one that best describes his character.

Sheldon cooper drawing

Previous Sheldon Drawing Posts

Warm-up and DrawABox exercises

The normal 15 minute warm-up in graphite.


The challenges continue with the 250 box challenge. I spent 30 minutes on this page alone by drawing the boxes and deeply analyzing my mistakes. This way of working teaches me a lot.

I’ve found that when I’m drawing the lines for the back side of the box I make the angles of the lines a bit too extreme which makes the convergence happen too rapidly. But, I’ve also noticed that my mistakes are only off by a very small degree.

draw a box exercise

One Minute Gestures

Loving the gestures still. The smaller figures and moving across the figure seem to work better for me. Nicolaides indicates that we should work the whole figure at once so I need to get back to that and stop worrying about how my gestures look.

Daily Composition and Daily Sketch

I drew a clutter of workout equipment in our living room/gym. Then I remembered a figure that passed in front of me the other morning while I was walking. I tried to indicated the silhouette effect caused by a street light but It turned out kinda messy.

daily composition and sketch

What went well?

A great art day and exercise day with Pattie and I’m enjoying sitting and working slowly describing form with crosshatching. It’s quite a change from my last Fandom Fitness drawing.

What needs work?

I need to make sure I get out more so that I have more material for my daily compositions.

What did I learn?

Crosshatching is a very subtle art but can be done with beauty and grace. See below for a great example by Franklin Booth, he was amazing!

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