The close up view of the drawing reveals the hatching and cross-hatching that I wrote about a few posts ago.  The technique is a lot like what you get from traditional pastels except that there is no dust. 

This is like your traditional kids’ Crayola crayons except with a very rich, heavily pigmented and highly workable texture.  As a drawing medium it is extremely responsive and flexible.  As a consequence you can fully enter into your idea without any hassle about the medium.  And you can find a kid-like joy in this portable, scribbly crayon. 

They’re a little on the expensive side, though.  If one rolls under the couch, it’s worth diving under there to retrieve it!

4 thoughts on “Why crayons are wonderful

  1. Aletha! Hiiii! how have you been? Thanks so much for posting on my blog! You always are working hard so its no surprise to see some more work from you. My notepad of blog friends were erased on my corrupted hard drive so I lost all of you alls blogs. I can keep in touch once again! I’m still doing abstracts but I’ve noticed that people are doubting my drawing/painting skills. I’ll show them!

  2. I am going to love the finished work. It’s like you are teasing us with these closeups and technical explanations. They are fascinating, I’m learning from every post but I’m also so keen for the final painting. Sorry, that’s a but rude, no hurry. You are amazing.

  3. Paul,
    I’m glad you like the pictures, though I’m starting to get a little nervous … the pressure is on!

    Just kidding. Thanks for all your kind words.


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