How to Draw a Marble

Learn how to draw a marble in this free drawing lesson.

In this drawing lesson I’ll provide step-by-step steps on how to draw an authentic sketch of a marble using colored pencils.

Marbles are a great subject to draw and paint.  The luminescence and translucency of these small, shiny objects are captivating when they reflect light and produces intriguing reflections. Additionally, when drawing marbles, you create a stunning blend of sharp, detailed details with a wide range of shade.

Because marbles are small, they are ideal to begin a Photorealism Drawing Lesson that will aid you in drawing larger, more detailed objects. In this art lesson for free you’ll learn to:

  • Create your own transfer paper
  • Copy an image for a realistic pencil sketch
  • Blend the layers of pencils in order to give a sense of depth and real
  • Get a sense of luminosity and transparency using colored pencils

This animation illustrates all the steps in making this illustration of a marble

  • Paper I chose Strathmore 400 Series drawing paper. The texture and the weight of this paper are ideal for drawing with colored pencils. Plus, it is acid-free.
  • Drawing Board I utilize the hardwood Panel for drawing boards, as they’re perfectly smooth, durable, and very affordable.
  • Tape Tape is required to attach your drawing sheet to the board as well as to adhere the drawing onto the board for the initial few steps of drawing. Like you’ll see in the images I used regular Scotch tape. It’s an example that says “Do as I say and not as I do” since the use of standard Scotch tape is definitely a major no-no when longevity and conservation are essential to you.
  • You should definitely utilize the artist’s tape (similar to painter’s tape) to secure your drawings on your drawing board since normal Scotch tape is awash in acid that can make your drawing yellow with time.
  • Masking tape has similar effects which is why you should avoid masking tape too. Artist tape is, however does not cause yellowing, and it’s typically easy to take off and leaves no residue. However, as the tape is only in contact with the artwork for just a short period of time in this instance and I do not have any artist tape I’ll let it go… just this one time!
  • 2B pencil I utilized an extremely razor-sharp 2-B pencil to draw the sketch. You could also employ a mechanical pencil to do this, which is preferred since it maintains the sharpness of the point.
  • Pencil 6B, 8B – To create your own transfer paper you’ll require a soft pencil, either 6B or 8B.
  • Marble printout image Download the image here and then print it on normal printer paper. It is recommended to use regular printer paper, not something such as card stock.
  • Scissors The scissors you’ll need are to cut the photo and drawing paper into the desired size.
  • Ruler You’ll need the ruler to measure the size of your drawing on the drawing paper.
  • Pencil Sharpener – Keep a pencil sharpener on hand. When you’re working with photorealism, even on a smaller size, it’s important to keep your pencils clean and sharp.
  • Kneaded Rubber Kneaded Rubber has a moldable eraser which can be used to erase mistakes of any size.
  • COLORED PENCILS!! I favor Prisma color Cultured Pencils over any other brand, as they’re extremely pigmented and lightfast. They are also professional grade. If you are looking to draw photorealistic ally with colored pencils, the quality of the pencils you use greatly.

Colored pencils that are less expensive will produce poor results, even if you have a great drawing ability. So I would highly recommend Prisma colors to anyone who is committed to their drawing.

How to Draw a Marble


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