View Full Version : New Crayola Crayons WIP - Blue and Gold Macaw

01-23-2017, 09:33 AM
Here's the WIP of my second try at a Crayola crayons drawing. This time I chose a blue and gold macaw from the RIL and I am now working on Strathmore Coloured Pencil paper 9x12, so it's paper with less tooth than the cold press WC paper I used previously. I do find that it is harder to layer with that one but still very workable.

So here is what I have so far:

01-23-2017, 10:24 AM
Mnnn , last time I used a crayola I was in school.... very long time ago... in a galaxy far far far far away......
It looks nice :)

01-23-2017, 10:46 AM
Very good work! I find Crayolas will take a lot of patience to use. Do you use thinner or turps or anything other than straight-off-the-crayon stick crayon?

01-23-2017, 11:33 AM
Thanks Fedetony and Eyepaint! And no I don't use anything else than the crayons themselves, I'm not a big fan of toxic stuff :P

chammi kaiser
01-23-2017, 01:24 PM
Terrific colours. Looking great so far Virginie.

01-23-2017, 04:34 PM
Wonderful vivid colours. Looking good! :)

Equus Art
01-23-2017, 08:30 PM
Fun! I love blue and gold Macaws!


Vivien Maloney
01-23-2017, 10:35 PM
Virginie -Lovely work, the colors sing! It's going well.

01-23-2017, 10:41 PM
Great start!

01-24-2017, 09:31 AM
Looking fabulous so far! Very nice vivid colours. :thumbsup:

01-25-2017, 10:09 AM
Thank you Chammi, Kay, Cat, Viv, Christel and Sheila :D

Here are 2 updates of what I have done on it over the weekend:



01-25-2017, 11:05 AM
Very good Virginie

01-25-2017, 11:43 AM
Very nice work and bright colours!
I haven't used crayons in decades either, for anything other than melting to colour soap. Your work makes me think I should get some to draw with :)

01-25-2017, 02:00 PM
He's beautiful. Lovely colours.

01-25-2017, 11:00 PM
Well done!

chammi kaiser
01-26-2017, 12:06 AM
You certainly are doing a fabulous job with those crayola crayons.:thumbsup:

Deborah Susan Hill
01-26-2017, 10:10 PM
Lovely! what support are you drawing on with them! I am amazed at how brilliant the colors are in your Macaw drawing. The bird is very true to life in terms of its plumage and coloration. I have never seen a crayola crayon drawing of this quality and so skillfully rendered before this. Nice work! It will have me rethinking about crayons. I have several sets of vintage german made crayons that are really heavily pigmented and brilliantly colored as well as some by stabilo..Those handle differently than my crayolas used to in grade school!

01-27-2017, 05:31 AM
Lovely.... I'm wondering if they allow to blend the colors?

01-27-2017, 03:51 PM
Thank you Robert, Sheryl, Penny, Christel, Chammi, Deborah and Fedetony! :D

Deborah – I am currently drawing on Strathmore 400 Series Colored Pencil paper. It’s a 100lbs, acid free, medium surface white paper. I quite like it for colored pencils and now for crayons too. I also tried to draw with crayons on cold press watercolour paper and I liked it too but found it was harder to fill the white gaps on it since the crayon was flaking at places.

Fedetony – From what I have done with them so far, crayons are semi-transparent and behave somewhat like my Prismacolor Premier coloured pencils I would say. Here are a few little swatches I just made. On it the left colours are applied first and the right colours on top, pressing hard to try to blend. As I am rather new to arts and colour mixing in general, take my highly scientific observations with a grain of salt :P


And, finally, here is where I am now at with my macaw. I think I might call it finished but wanted your opinions first. I tried to do an “abstract-ish” background.


chammi kaiser
01-28-2017, 10:17 AM
It's great. Sign it.:)

An Artist's Life
01-29-2017, 08:10 PM
What a gorgeous picture! Nice colors, nice details! Just fantastic!

01-29-2017, 08:14 PM
So richly textured for crayons. You achieved great depth of color.

01-30-2017, 08:41 AM
it looks Great... thanks for the color mixing mat :)...

01-30-2017, 12:33 PM
It is beautiful.
Are you warming the crayons, or using a warming tray? Do you press hard? I have new crayons, but have to press hard to get much color, so don't use them. Please tell us the secret to your vibrant thick colors!

01-30-2017, 01:43 PM
Thanks so much everyone for the nice comments and you're welcome, Fedetony :)

Ntl: I am not warming the crayons at all but I am pressing firmly on the paper and layering quite a bit. With crayons, don't worry about overdoing it I find that the thicker you layer, the more vibrant it looks.

And I'll take a photo with better lighting and my name signed tomorrow and post it :)

01-30-2017, 06:33 PM
Gorgeous Macaw!