What is Hatching?
Areas not only originate from bordering lines, but also from similar structures. The most common structure is the hatching. When drawing, the designer makes use of his perception – close lines and points get perceived as surfaces with different gray-tones. Lines move in the background and different areas consisting of gray-tones move in the focus of the illustrator.
Hatches usually consist of parallel lines, which can be crossed (“cross-hatching”) to achieve an illustration of dark areas. Drawing “fitting” and “coherent” hatches require not only practice and a trained visual perception of the object or view that is being drawn, but also a certain “sense” of choosing the “right” lines that fit the “character” and “style” of the drawing. Whereas a smooth and precise line that conveys experience may look perfect on a certain drawing, it might look completely unfitting and unharmonious on a different drawing. Thus, an illustrator should also aspire to sharpen and develop his/her certain “aesthetic sense” to better form and understand the character of the illustration in his/her mind and in this regard, to maintain a certain consistency, having the certain style in mind.
Things to keep in mind
Beginners often tend to draw with a faster speed than more experienced illustrators. The more time you devote to drawing a line, the more inner emotions you can pour into the illustration. On the other hand, doodling quick lines express spontaneity and leave less room for the thinking mind. That being said, there’s no universal recommendation concerning time and drawing slowlyier doesn’t make you a better illustrator. It can be helpful though, to become aware of your general speed of drawing – self-awareness is a crucial factor to focus on when striving to further develop your drawing skills, since emotions, mood and thoughts are driving influencers in the illustration process.