Olivia Knapp is the talented artist beind these detailed and intricate cross hatching illustrations, she is inspired by European line engravings from the 16th and 17th centuries. Olivia has an online shop selling limited edition prints that you can check out on her website.
Her tight cross hatching technique involves long slow and steady curved lines that articulate the surface contours of her subjects; creating supple and tangible imagery. These un-swelled lines incorporate a “line to dot” rendering method as well as an, extremely rare “dot and lozenge” rendering method. “Dot and lozenge” is a practice that was used by 16th century masters, in which a dot is placed in the center of a diamond shape made by a cross hatching pattern, helping to refine the transition between values.