Contour cross hatching appeals to me a bit more than linear cross hatching.

Contour Cross Hatched Spheres and Saucers

I started with a sphere and saucer pencil doodle that I blocked out following the contours of the shapes in preparation for cross hatching with ink.

Preliminary Pencil Sketch

After about fifteen minutes I relaxed a bit, loosening my death grip on the fountain pen. The lines flowed with better rhythm and I sensed a bit of spontaneity in the marks I made.  Spontaneity is not a word I thought I would ever use to describe my experience of cross hatching.

I used a Noodler’s eye dropper fill Fountain pen (looks just like a Preppy Fountain Pen) filled with Noodler’s Whaleman’s Sepia Ink.