How to Draw Realistic Wood Grain Details with Colored Pencils
To render wood grain, I’ll be using Prismacolor thick lead pencils and heavyweight white drawing paper. EmptyEasel has made it easier for artists to have their own website. Click here to learn more and get your own simple art website!
1. Always find a good resource
Different woods have different grain patterns, densities, and colors, so choosing the right one requires a lot of thought.
2. Start by drawing your board outlines
I prefer Prismacolor Raw Umber, but any color will do as long as it’s a light colored pencil. Leave some areas of the paper blank, such as on either side of the line where two boards meet.
3. Draw the wood grain and knots
The illusion of light coming from inside the wood grain is created by a few cracks radiating from the knot in the middle of the plank.
4. Add extra detail by drawing old nails and cracks
I sketched in the wood grain with a freshly sharpened pencil and light pressure after adding nails; at this point, I’m more concerned with establishing the shape and placement of wood grain than creating detail, so I’ve only used Raw Umber.
5. Layer more colors into the wood, nails, and knots
In Section A, I used Sienna Brown as the base color, Dark Umber for the shaded edge, and Jasmine for the lighted edge of the nail. In Section B, I used the tip of the pencil to apply layers of Warm Gray 60% to create overlapping, vertical strokes.
How do you make texture with colored pencils?
Using hatching and cross-hatching, stippling (tapping), circular strokes, and random strokes, layer colors to create texture. Each layer of color adds depth to the texture, creating light and dark patterns that mimic the texture of your subject.
How do you draw texture?
How to Put It Into Practice
- Lay your paper on the textured surface, using tape to hold it in place if the surface is vertical.
- Make side-to-side strokes across your paper with the side of your drawing tool (not the tip), trying to keep the strokes together and avoid any gaps.