Colored Pencil Effects

Applying a colored pencil effect over a photograph

Lately I’ve been working on a series of photographs over which I apply a colored pencil effect.

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There are five main ways to apply colored pencil techniques, the 5 main ways that you make marks with colored pencils: stippling, hatching, cross-hatching, back and forth stroke, and scumbling. These basic colored pencil techniques form the foundation for any type of colored pencil art.

Basic colored pencil techniques


The basic technique used in this series is hatching. Making a series of straight lines to color image.  hatching – Hatching involves drawing a series of parallel lines. These lines all go in the same direction. The lines can be close together, far apart, or any variation in between. The pencil is lifted from the paper after each line and then placed down again to create a new line.  My lines don’t always follow a parallel line but chance with the complexity of the underlining photograph.

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The scenes in this series of color pencil effect photographs follow a theme of New England, mostly from the fall season and feature old barns, colonial era homes, fall scenes with brilliant foliage and old cars.


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This classic historical colonial era home with a white picket fence and autumn leaves was found in historic Old Deerfield which is home to two museums; Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association and Historic Deerfield, Inc. Historic Deerfield, Inc. is a museum with a focus on decorative arts, early American material culture, and history. Its house museums offer interpretation of society, history, and culture from the colonial era through the late nineteenth century. Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association has Memorial Hall Museum which opened in 1880, as well as the Indian House Memorial Children’s Museum and Bloody Brook Tavern. The district has been designated a National Historic Landmark and is a center of heritage tourism in the Pioneer Valley near the Connecticut River.


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This old classic red barn was found along the way out of Lyme, NH towards Orford, NH.

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Another view from Old Deerfield, MA highlighting the classic white picket fence, old Colonial home and Autumn leaves.

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This old blue Ford pickup truck was for sale long the main street running through Thetford, Vermont.

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Another classic scene of a Vermont farm featuring a New England red barn.


Some tips for using colored pencils: