Lightly Stump


Step 6 is light stumping

You can use a
small stump or the tortillons in these areas, in order not to lift too much chalk away. Ghostly traces of hatch direction are permitted.

The lightly stumped white hatch running parallel to the length of the thigh became the final treatment. It remains unchanged to the end of the drawing.


The following is a diagram of the approach I am leading you through:

We have already done {A}, and we are presently at stage {B}.

First hatch in one direction

Lightly stump (as drawing above)

Re-hatch in new direction (oblique here)

Stump again

Hatch again with the form direction


You can direct hatches across form over and over, running the hatches in different directions with each new pass. I suspect that Prud'hon typically softened each directional series before adding new hatches over the top. If the area is not stumped first, we could straightforwardly call that "crosshatching." But since stumping is used between hatches, this is enough of a variant of crosshatching to say it's not -crosshatching.

For the most part, Prud'hon finalized all hatching by running the last hatches generally
with the form's length, as in figure E.


Next Page: Demonstration: Step 7 -- Apply White Again
Updates | Discovering Prud'hon: Introduction to a Lesson on Technique | Why Is His Drawing Unique & Obscure? | Observations: Prud'hon's Materials | Discussion: Modern Materials | How to Make Your Own Better Black Chalks | Supply List: Black and White Chalk on Blue Paper | Observations: Parameters of Technique | Theory: Best Guess at Prud'hon's Step by Step Approach | Demonstration: Step 1 -- Outline | Demonstration: Step 2 -- Bold Hatching | Demonstration: Step 3 -- Stump Out Hatches | Demonstration: Step 4 -- Hatch White | Demonstration: Step 5 -- Hatch Black | Demonstration: Step 6 -- Lightly Stump | Demonstration: Step 7 -- Apply White Again | Demonstration: Step 8 -- Add Black Again | Demonstration: Step 9 -- Hatch, Tortillon, and Hatch Again | Demonstration: Step 10 -- Finishing Refinements | Demonstration: Steps 1 through 10 -- Visual Summary

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