Themes in Art

Hatching & Cross Hatching
Drawing's bread and butter

Hatching is an artistic technique where parallel lines of varying densities are applied to an image to create dark and light values. Cross hatching is the same, but with sets of lines applied at an angle to each other. Hatching and cross hatching are popular techniques in drawing and by extension, are near universal in etching and engraving, where it is often paired with stippling to create an even deeper sense of volume, as in Albrecht Dürer’s Melencolia I.

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Adam and Eve, Albrecht Dürer

Adam and Eve Albrecht Dürer, 1504

Melencolia I, Albrecht Dürer

Melencolia I Albrecht Dürer, 1514

Shepherd by a tree (Cross Hatched), Giulio Campagnola

Shepherd by a tree (Cross Hatched) Giulio Campagnola, 1509 – 1512

The Triumph of Caesar: the Elephants, Giulio Campagnola

The Triumph of Caesar: the Elephants Giulio Campagnola, 1497

Venus Reclining in a Landscape (Hatched), Giulio Campagnola

Venus Reclining in a Landscape (Hatched) Giulio Campagnola, 1515

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