Creating stone texture with coloured pencils

Stone texture can be quite tricky to create and I have used several methods to create it in the past.  I found one way that is better than others and is quite simple to do.  I add layers of colour starting with the lightest, which is what you want your highlighted areas on the stone to be.  In the video below, I used several greys, black and some green.  I blend it out using odourless solvent, and then layer again.  After another blend, I then take an electric eraser and go over the area using a random scribble pattern.  I am not too worried about being exact, but just want to lighten areas.  It adds a rough texture to the stone.  You can add colour like green and yellow to make it look like the stone is covered in lichen as well.

Check out the video below as I show you exactly how I created this effect.

Tutorial: how to draw a squirrel



Hello!  I have created a new tutorial for you guys.  It is focused on drawing a squirrel which has lots of short fur, with some longer fur on its tail.  I also draw the side of a tree trunk in the tutorial and explain how I get the texture for the tree bark.  This tutorial was a lot of fun for me.  I have been wanting to draw a squirrel for a while as they have the cutest little faces.  I thought that this would be a good chance to do a tutorial as well as it is a good example of short fur and how to get the texture of the fur.

Creating the texture is quite simple.  I start by putting down the lightest colours and then add the shadows between the fur clumps with darker colours.  I keep the pencil strokes short as that helps give the effect of short fur.  I blend it out and then repeat.  The extra layers gives more depth to the fur and helps to make it look more realistic.

To get the texture of the bark, I start by blocking in the shapes of the bark.  I am not too careful, as it is quite an abstract texture, you just want to get the shapes going in the right direction, with strong vertical lines.  I then darken the shadowed areas with black, and a brown.  I added a light tan to the lighter areas.  I then blended it out again, before repeating to get the right intensity of colour.  I added white highlights to the parts of the bark where the light was hitting it from the side.

Squirrel Tutorial video:

Watch the video below to see the whole drawing taking place.  I explain what I am doing and how I create the textures using coloured pencils.  If you enjoyed the tutorial, subscribe to my youtube channel ( so that you don’t miss out on any videos!