View Full Version : straight edge issues

08-15-2007, 09:41 PM
I've been examining the work of several inkers who really know what they are doing with cross hatch. What I'm seeing is the repeated use of a strait edge, causing the ink to be drawn evenly, almost as though the space between the lines was measured to get this effect. Can anyone tell me how the lines are so evenly spaced? Every time I try drawing lines for toning with cross hatch, I get uneven space between my lines. Is there a secret to keeping this space even?

08-20-2007, 04:19 PM
Well, this probably isn't what you want to hear, but practice, practice, practice. I went through a good ink drawing instruction book that talked about hatching and cross-hatching and the author's suggestion for making clean, evenly-spaced lines was to keep trying to make clean, evenly-spaced lines until it works, then keep it up so the skill doesn't fade. Good luck.

08-20-2007, 06:57 PM
you're right. it's not what I wanted to hear, but it was what I have come to expect over the last week. Thanks for replying, Alecto:)

10-15-2007, 04:52 PM
try a letting guide. they are a nifty little tool to draw lots of parallel lines at a consistent rate. (at work I sell an Ames Lettering Guide for $1.99 (http://op3.triadinet.com/artsupply/nlcatalog.asp?rt=1).)


11-06-2007, 01:52 AM
If you want a mechanical approach, try a Linex (brand) liner. It's similar to the Ames lettering guide, but much more accurate.

http://www.paperinkarts.com should carry it.