Art Techniques

Hatch and Crosshatch Art Technique
A hatch and crosshatch illustration of an apple.

This hatch and crosshatch art technique uses lines to create highlights and shadows in your drawing instead of coloring it in. The hatch-crosshatch technique uses small lines to create dark areas (shadows) and light areas (highlights) in a drawing.

Hatch marks are lines drawn in the same direction, and crosshatch marks are lines crossed over each other in two or three directions.

What You'll Need:

  • Drawing paper
  • Pencil
  • Ballpoint pen, or felt-tip pen


Step 1: Sketch an outline of a picture, such as an apple, on a piece of drawing paper. Make hatch and crosshatch marks to "color" in the apple.

Step 2: Create shadows along the side and bottom of the apple with crosshatch marks. Highlight the center and the top of the apple with hatch marks.

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