Crosshatching, anyone?

This started out as a simple line drawing, nice and clean, and I was going to leave it that way, for once. Then I thought I should just add some hatching to show that the wood inside this secretaire is darker than the outside, so I did that. Then the drawing looked kind of empty, like it was missing something. So I added some shadows in the deepest parts behind the computer, and then I was doomed. I had to go on hatching and crosshatching until I felt I had caught the most essential shadows and hightlights of this little workspace.

I love drawings with crosshatching, I like to be able to see how the tones and shadows were done, but I HATE doing it. It gets on my nerves.

15,5 x 15,5 cm, Lamy Safari with Noodler´s black ink, on Arches satiné watercolour paper in sketchbook.

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