Drawing Texture

Texture is an important quality that adds to the realism of your work. By using different shading techniques and a variety of lines, both in terms of size and type, one can create the illusion of any surface texture. By incorporating a variety of textures within a piece, you can enhance the effectiveness of each by way of contrast, particularly when the different surface textures are side by side. I.e. smooth surfaces will appear smoother and grainier surfaces, grainier. Avoid drawing all elements with the same texture.

Below are a few samples of different textures one can create using different shading techniques. Read each description and try for yourself.

A - This technique uses a progressive, blended, circularism to create a slightly porous, weathered texture. Could be used for stone, leather, and other surfaces. Use a soft pencil such as 4B to create.

B - Using a 2B pencil, draw curved lines to simulate the look of the grain of wood. Then, create knots with a circular motion. Finally, use graduated cross-hatching to create natural wood tones.

C - Using a 2B pencil, hatch at alternating angles and varying tones to create different depths, resulting in a rippling or fold-like appearance.

Other pages of interest

Drawing technique: Mapping
Drawing texture
Rendering form with different mediums
Drawing tips: Blending
Drawing tools: Erasers