Watch illustrator Dan Nelson bring an illustration to life using thousands of tiny little strokes to build tone. Cross hatching is among the more complicated techniques in an illustrators tool-kit, and requires a fair bit of courage. Overworking the illustration is a constant anxiety that plays at the back of the mind until you gain a degree of proficiency with the technique.

Dan Nelson's Cross hatching technique

Watch the video below to see Dan break down the technique.

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