How to Draw a Section of a Stone Wall

Written by leslie rose
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Stone walls may be made from irregularly shaped stones or cut stones of a specific size and shape. The stones may be held together with mortar or laid to fit together without any adhesive substance. The type of stone wall you are drawing here are cut stones held together with mortar. The stones will have a regular shape and be relatively the same size.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Draw a series of squares or rectangles with rounded edges. These are the stone blocks in the wall. The sides of the squares or rectangles should be not completely straight but basically straight--don't draw them with a ruler. There should be space in between each block, and they should appear in rows. The distance between each block represents the amount of mortar between each block. The distance between each block should be no more than 1 inch.

  2. 2

    Shade each stone block slightly. Shading should be done with your pencil, not with the side but with the tip. The shading should be slightly irregular, because the stones are irregular---assume that the shading should not be completely uniform.

  3. 3

    Choose the location of the light source. Each stone will be protruding from the wall slightly, so shading will be required on the side opposite from the light source.

  4. 4

    Shade the area beneath the stone on the side opposite the light source. For example, if the light is hitting the stone from above and to the left, the shadows will appear on the bottom of the stones to the right. Shade lightly with your pencil at first, and darken the shadows as necessary.

  5. 5

    Return to shading the stones in the wall. Some stones will be slightly darker or lighter than other stones. Deepen the shadows as necessary so that the shadows stand out from the shading of the stones.

Tips and warnings

  • To draw a stone wall without mortar, eradicate the space in between the stones. Some stone walls that are made without mortar have irregularly shaped stones---they look like stones that have been plucked from a field and were used without being cut. However, some stone walls---as in the case of stone structures built by the Incas---were built without mortar but the stones were still cut to geometrical shapes.

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