To achieve four different and distinct tones of hatching I used pen and ink, pencil, ballpoint pen and charcoal.
I’ve not really used a dipping pen before and found this very tricky. Next time I will use a finer nib, as the nib I used for this exercise was a little too big. However, I was able to produce some dark and wide hatching with the larger nib.
Then I used an HB pencil to create some fine, light hatching which produced a pleasant, light tone that was very distinct from the ink hatching!
I used a ballpoint pen to create some rounded style hatching which created a tone that was somewhere in the middle of the two previous media I used, in terms of tone.
Lastly I used charcoal to create some textured and soft toning, that in my opinion is very pleasing to the eye and is my favourite.
I completed this exercise in artificial light; an incandescent bulb and an adjustable daylight drawing lamp. I placed my items on white paper because my desk is made of glass, but I wanted to have distinct shadows to draw.
Firstly I drew a quick sketch of a tea cup. It was interesting to see and draw the two different shadows, each with a different tone, shape and position including a darker tone where they overlapped. I tried to ensure the tones followed the round shape of the cup. There were some interesting areas of light within the cup that were not necessarily nearest to the light source e.g. the cup handle and rim I think they may have been reflecting more light because of their shape and angle in position to the light sources.
I found the apple drawing the hardest. Because of the markings on the apple it was difficult to ascertain the differences in tone, despite the strong side lighting. The shape of the apple was also difficult to depict I think because of my difficulty depicting the tones and markings correctly. The shadow on the other hand was very distinct. The apple had a very strong area of shadow beneath it. Something I noticed in all of my drawings of the objects in this exercise.
Drawing the box in ball point pen was very enjoyable. I was very pleased with my initial results along the nearest end of the box in particular. Using tonal hatching on this subject gave the box immediate 3 dimensional form which was also gratifying. I think this will be a technique I’d like to practise and use a lot more in future.
The olive oil bottle was lots of fun to draw in felt tip pen. Once I had sketched the bottle, it was interesting to use the tonal shading to depict the different areas of light and dark on the bottle. Although I made one or two mistakes in different areas, the results were very pleasing. The bottle cast a very strong shadow as well as a lighter and much bigger shadow, which I was able to capture using fine and very wide hatching.