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Manga Tutorial 2: Chain-Hatch by LOOMcomics Manga Tutorial 2: Chain-Hatch by LOOMcomics
Sequel Tutorial to the one about basic hatching.

This one is a bit more involved. I love snake-hatching, and I think being able to do it by oneself is gratifying. I hope this is useful! Let me know what you think, or if there's anything you want to see in the future...

*This is something modeled after the technique used in Roy Toudo's Pen & Tone Techniques.

This pattern is often sold as a screen tone and is included in Computones, but you can mimic the effect yourself, getting more control over the placement.


Other Tutorials in this Series:
:bulletred: 01: The Big #2
:bulletred: 02: Stepping Down
:bulletred: 03: Hand Gestures
:bulletred: 04: Little 2, Big 2

Other Tutorials:
:bulletblue: Mesh-Hatching
:bulletblue: Chain-Hatching
:bulletblue: Comic Thumbnail PLanner
:bulletblue: Comic Spread Planner
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:icondeleterusa:
DeleterUSA Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Thanks for using Deleter ink and pen!
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:iconloomcomics:
LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Oh, you're welcome! I also enjoy using the line of Neopiko markers! It's got some particularly pretty purple colors that I like.
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:iconhaimokochan:
haimokochan Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student General Artist
So that's how you do it! :la:
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:iconloomcomics:
LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Yes! :iconcute-plz:
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:iconziggyman:
Ziggyman Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Nice tut. Let's see what I could accomplish with your tips.
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:iconloomcomics:
LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Ah, please do! I'd like to see what you do with it!
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:iconotaku-geek7:
Otaku-geek7 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for the tutorial.....But how on Earth do you have the patience for that?! :jawdrop:
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:iconloomcomics:
LOOMcomics Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Eh, I've gotten pretty fast over the years with pen & ink techniques. :) Glad you liked the tut! :heart: Thanks for the comment!
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:iconotaku-geek7:
Otaku-geek7 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Guess I best be practicing than. ><;
Oh you're welcome, it's just lovely tut. :iconiloveitplz: One of the best I've ever seen.

Oh, and if you wouldn't mind me asking, where did you purchase your ink and pens? I know they're Deleter but that's about it. (So sorry if this is an annoying question, ;w; I checked your FAQ and couldn't find it.)
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:iconloomcomics:
LOOMcomics Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Thank you again! ^^

Hrmmm. It's been a while since I did this tut, so let me think... I use a lot of different kinds of inks; I just happened to have Deleter on hand. I think I bought it at Akadot Retail (akadot.com). They're handy for having Japanese products on hand. Heres the link to the Ink portion of the store: [link] ... Jetpens.com carries more variety though, so you can check there, too. > [link] Once you take shipping into account, either could be nice for you. [link] I can't say I've ever been unhappy with the product, I just tend to buy what's around these days. I loved the English Dr. Phil's Black matte ink, too. Mostly I use technical ink pens these days, combined with Kohinoor brand ink. I never thought about including art-related questions on my FAQ. Thanks for the tip!
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:iconotaku-geek7:
Otaku-geek7 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oh wow, thank you so much for the info! :O
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:iconloomcomics:
LOOMcomics Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Aw, you're welcome. I really need to put all this information in one place. Sometimes it can be a little hard to find the reputable online shops. In any case, I hope it helps! Let me know how it goes!
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:iconkessir:
kessir Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for these hatch tutorials :O I've tried to figure out how to make them look plausible but till now I always failed, so I have given up on them, but wanting to do inking with actual ink again soon I want to try these :)
Just a quick question here, how long did it take you to fill the background of the first pic under 'Applications'?
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:iconloomcomics:
LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Student Interface Designer
You're welcome. I'm glad to see that some ppl still enjoy them. As for application 1, I did over 2 years ago, so I don't remember how long it took. I've practiced so much, I'm pretty fast at pen techniques and can do them w/o thinking. ^^ I've been doing these since high school. It was slow & clumsy in the beginning, but over time, one gets really fast at it. ^^
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:iconkessir:
kessir Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, thanks alot :3
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:iconbotasu-orichumo:
BOTASU-Orichumo Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Student General Artist
WOW what a badass effet!!!
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:iconloomcomics:
LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student Interface Designer
^^ I always liked this one! :E
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:iconsnipetto:
snipetto Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the shading tutorials. I never knew how intricate and tedious the process was. I usually just throw in random strokes together to do my shading...I guess that's why it's always so messy XD
I'll definitely try out these techniques. Thanks again :)
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:iconloomcomics:
LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Ah, they're really not bad once you get the hang of it. The good thing is that devoting a lil time to hatching techniques really refines how you use ink as a medium for line contorl, so it pays off. :D
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:iconankh-of-chiaroscuro:
Ankh-of-chiaroscuro Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
You have no idea how useful this technique will be for me...once I get the hang of it XD
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:iconloomcomics:
LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Awww, well have fun. ^^
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:iconelis1412:
Elis1412 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very useful
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:iconloomcomics:
LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Glad you find it so! :>
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:iconpetit-snail:
petit-snail Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
th-thank you so much for ur tut, It rly inspired me ..
but no matter how much I try its not working wth me D": .. dunno y

theres a tricky part I dont get, its always after the three line blocks.. also, does the 2nd block have a specific angle?

I rly admire ur art btw, its so neat :) I read ur manga in mangabullet
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:iconloomcomics:
LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Student Interface Designer
:iconsayhiplz:

Hi there. Maybe I can do a video or stream about it? Sometimes it helps more to see in action. I wouldn't say it's too specific, but I'm not very good at explaining with technical language unless I give it a lot of thought, and sometimes that makes it even less easy to understand. It might be better for me to just do a video tutorial. :love:

And thanks so much! I didn't know anybody read it on MangaBullet, so yay!
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:iconpetit-snail:
petit-snail Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
thank you so much for your efforts, I figured it out :P its easy I just think too much ""
I think the tutorial is good enough, no need for more

sorry for troubling you.. and the VERY late reply ><""

thanks again, wish you the best of luck <3
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:iconloomcomics:
LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Ahh, good! See, you can do it! Sometimes it just requires "getting the hang of it," but once you do it's really fun and easy! <3

And it's no trouble at all!
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:iconpetit-snail:
petit-snail Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
yah, I just tried it several times and quitted over thinking and it worked magically lol XD

thanks so much again~ <3<3
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:iconbasike-crowolf:
Basike-Crowolf Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I canīt say nothing but WOW, thank you :D
this is new idea for me and I will try it soon
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:iconloomcomics:
LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Student Interface Designer
You said plenty. Thank you for the comment and have fun experimenting! :>
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:iconkouri-n:
Kouri-n Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool. I never thought about using it like in the last one. Gotta try it out
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:iconloomcomics:
LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Have fun! It's fun to create new & interesting effects. :D
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:iconwhiskeyii:
whiskeyii Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
I've always been so intimidated by hatching, and then confused when it looked "weird", but this is such an easy, approachable tutorial, I feel motivated to try it again. Thanks! :)
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:iconloomcomics:
LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Student Interface Designer
The thing with ink is the more you do it, the more comfortable it gets! Anyone can take a stab at it, and eventually before you know it, it gets easier and tighter and you begin to love it!
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:iconselenaloong:
selenaloong Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
*A* wow....AWESOME!!THANKS FOR THE TUTORIAL!!IM SURE I WILL TRY IT OUT!
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:iconloomcomics:
LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Student Interface Designer
You're welcome. :)
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:iconchristine326:
christine326 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
for some reason my student pen is really hard to control, it didn't rust, it's almost brand new, and i got rid of the wax on it...but every time i use it it just goes rebel and makes my traditional art lines real crap. D= is there a certain amount of ink for the pen or is it the paper? (or other stuffs?)
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:iconloomcomics:
LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Hi, christine. Barring details, I have a couple of suggestions.

#1: Paper does make a difference; I find bristol or something sturdy like cardstock to be ideal for doing pen & ink work

#2: What kind of nib is it? Certain nib types are made to be more flexible and can present a challenge to control at first. In which case it might be easier to start with a medium stiffness in the beginning. Stiffer nibs I find are ideal for things like hatching anyways. The more flexible nibs give more line variation and organic lines -- i find that those are more ideal for character art. :)

Hope this helps.
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:iconchristine326:
christine326 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
=\....i see, thanks =D
that helps
thank you very much :)
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:iconxs-is-the-shiz:
XS-Is-The-Shiz Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Helpful~! :+fav:
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:iconloomcomics:
LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Student Interface Designer
I'm glad! :dance:
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:icon00rubychan00:
00Rubychan00 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
Wow, your art is so amazing :la:

I could never get it when they showed it in how to books, but this tells me perfectly~! :lol:
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:iconloomcomics:
LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Oh, thank you so much. I'm glad it's clear. I always wonder. It's so much easier to show this sort of thing than to explain... :>
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:icon00rubychan00:
00Rubychan00 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
:D Yeah, just explaining, I missed the "connecting the lines" so they'd always look really odd :|
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:iconlovelynobody00:
lovelynobody00 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
lol, right when I saw the first example, i said: Vampire Fetish! XD
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:iconloomcomics:
LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Student Interface Designer
You did?

Yay. That makes me feel...happeh. :iconhappehplz:
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:iconmstdesigns:
mstdesigns Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
This is way too cool! :D
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:iconloomcomics:
LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Thank you!
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:iconmstdesigns:
mstdesigns Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
Welcome! :D
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:iconj0sero:
J0SERO Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the TUTORIAL!, It's really useful for someone who don't use too much the Photoshop or Manga Studio for Background FX. Thanks :D!
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