Colored Pencils is one of the easiest media to handle since they're pencils and you can control your strokes well. There are also a lot of available colors to choose from. First, cover the entire drawing with light strokes. Then, you can proceed with the thick lines to add texture and effect to your drawing. You can also add some more details in your drawing like this one. Soft pastel was used for the blue shadow_effect.
These extra sheet of paper will stop your coloring being affected by the texture of the surface you are working on. Colored pencils will easily pick up even the smallest dents, divots or wood grain textures. For smoother coloring give your page that little extra cushion! It is also useful to add paper between your page and the next when you are using a coloring book, the paper protects the design underneath from being damaged.