How to Draw a Brick Wall

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Drawing takes some talent. The talent comes naturally for some, and for others it takes instruction, practice and confidence in yourself to bring out the talent. It's amazing what the human hand can produce with a few simple strokes of a pencil. Find out how you can draw a realistic brick wall with nothing more than a a repeated series of pencil strokes, shading and a lot of patience.

Things You'll Need

  • Charcoal or Red and Black Color Pencils Art Paper (medium grain)

How to Draw a Brick Wall

  • Draw your bricks one row at a time. Don't worry about making them perfectly even. The final look of your brick wall will be more realistic if they aren't. You have to draw a brick wall by drawing the bricks one at a time. There's no way around this, so the hardest part of drawing a brick wall is the process of drawing individual bricks. Be patient.

  • Stagger the rows. Begin your second row of bricks slightly off set and repeat the process of drawing the bricks individually. Do this again with the next row and continue the process until the bricks are finished.

  • Go back over the entire brick wall, thickening the lines around each brick. This creates the spacing and the cement area around the bricks. It will also add depth to the wall when you finish. Keep the lines dark and thicker, but you don't want them too thick. The goal is simply to create the space between the bricks.

  • Now go back to the beginning and start coloring each brick. Use a dark brick red or reddish-brown color pencil and a black color pencil. Color each brick red. Vary the pressure of your hand to create variations in shading. One solid color will not produce the realistic effect you're after. Add very light strokes of the black color pencil on top of the red to give each brick a finished look. When you've completed this process, stand back and look at your drawing. You'll be amazed by the realism.

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