How to Draw A Rock

Learn how to draw a rock using this simple step-by-step drawing lesson! Creating a cool rock is now a difficult task. All you need to do is be creative and sketch a shape with irregular lines. Color this shape with various grey colors and you are done!

Of course, there are a few important tips to be aware to end up with something visually appealing. Let me show you how to draw a simple cartoon rock using the template available below.

How to Draw A Rock

A simple video version to start with

You can start with a simple version using the video tutorial below. A more complex rock can be drawn using the written tutorial found after the video. Have fun! :)



Step 1

First, draw the rock using a few broken lines. Some edges can be sharp and pointed. Rocks can be made of many different shapes, but it's important to keep a look that is relevant with the shape of a common rock. Don't hesitate to use references. 

How to Draw A Rock

Step 2

Next, add a dark grey color inside the rock. All lines are also colored with a grey color, but this color must be darker than the one used to fill in the object. 

How to Draw A Rock

Step 3

Most modern vector application comes with a gradient fill tool. This tool is perfect to add a second color to a shape. In this case, you can notice below that the bottom of the rock is darker while the top of the object is slightly brighter. 

How to Draw A Rock

Step 4

It's now time to add a few darker shapes on the rock. Draw new shapes like shown on the illustration below. You can use a little bit of transparency to partially hide the top of these shapes. For readability purposes, these new shapes are shown with a pink outline.

How to Draw A Rock

Step 5

Now you can see the shapes added in the previous step. Repeat the same process by adding new darker shapes inside the rock. Once again, transparency can be used to partially hide the top of these new shapes. 

How to Draw A Rock

Step 6

Below you can see the result once all dark shapes are added. The rock seems solid and shadows are subtle and present enough to add some volume to the object.

How to Draw A Rock

Step 7

In this step, the goal is to add lighter shapes on the rock to simulate the effect of lighting on the rock. This object is not shiny nor bright, so this effect must be used with caution. We don't want to end up with something that looks smooth and soft. 

How to Draw A Rock

This lesson on how to draw a rock is now done! :)

That's it! You can now see the final result once all effects are done. The biggest challenge you might face is adding these effects properly and accordingly to the shape of the rock. I hope you had fun with this lesson and don't forget to practice as often as needed. 

How to Draw A Rock


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