Seven Great Techniques to Create Textures in Your Pencil Drawings

Besides being cheap and handy, colored pencils are simply unique since they can offer not just a drawn look but as well as a very colorful painted appearance. Do this exercise to discover your skill with colored pencil.

Besides being cheap and handy, colored pencils are simply unique since they can offer not just a drawn look but as well as a very colorful painted appearance. Through learning some basic techniques on creating textures using colored pencils you may be able to achieve what you desire for your drawings. Do this exercise to discover your skill with colored pencil. You do not need an enormous box of pens - you can begin with whatever you have.

Here are some of the few techniques that will help you in creating different textures using your colored pencils.

Paper Surface

The texture of your paper is really the main factor for you to be able to create texture in your colored pencil sketches. The toothier the paper you have, the rougher the top. Choose hot pressed paper when you have a smooth texture like that of a drafting film or scratchboard. As for achieving a graded look, use cold pressed paper since its rough texture offers “hills and valleys” that leave small flickers of whitened space.


Cross Hatching

To be able to build texture, crossing and cross-hatching which is composed of lines and marks are used. To do this, make a layer of hatching marks, after which go over all of them using cross hatching. Make use of both coarse and fine hatching to hatch at right angles. Use similar colors in addition to complementary ones, covering multiple layers for greater depth.


Surface Distressing

Surface distressing is adjusting the surface of your paper in order to produce impressed lines. This technique is used for obtaining fine white lines, like whiskers, details in flowers and many more. When using this technique make certain the instrument you utilize doesn't have sharp point, because it will tear the paper's surface. Apply layers of light color and then create the impressed line over that layer you’ve made.

A technique performed by making layers of color on top of each other with the use of small circular strokes and light pressure.


Spot Layering

In this technique, the use of color for enhancing an already colored area is applied. You’ll be able to save your drawing time by utilizing spot layering since you do not have to do continuous layering.


A technique wherein you dots are being applied thinly or thickly using multiple colors, based on the effect you want to accomplish.



This technique is simply adding and mixing colored pens on the top of each other, covering every area of the surface. Burnishing is great for presenting a shiny effect just like in metals. To start burnishing, use first lighter colors so you won’t drag darker colors from neighboring areas. After that, layer lighter colors on the darker ones, repeat the process until the surface is approximately two-thirds covered with pigment. Then, apply intense pressure to be able to burnish or blend the layers of colors all together. Go over it again until the paper is entirely soaked with pigment.


If you really want to learn and become an expert, practice the various techniques on creating textures. You never know, you might just be able to discover a brand technique on creating textures which will give your colored pencil drawings an authentic rendering.

To have good results, keep your pencil sharp and use good quality drawing paper. Also, don’t forget to note the colors you used for future reference and always have fun when drawing!

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