Crayons? Yes Crayons!
Ready to try something a little different? Looking to break away from the traditional fine-art mediums you normally use? Or perhaps you have a friend who would like to get started in art but isn’t sure where to begin. In her latest book, Amazing Crayon Drawing, North Light author and best-selling artist Lee Hammond proves that crayons are not just for kids anymore but can hold their own as serious (if unexpected) art medium. Get ready to rediscover the creative thrill of opening the “big box” and infuse your art with a fresh sense of play as you follow Lee’s step-by-step demo to create your own beautiful flower in crayon.
Paper: White Stonehenge
Crayon Colors: Blue Violet, Dandelion, Mango Tango, Pine Green, Red Violet, Scarlet, Yellow Orange
Other: Craft knife, Kneaded eraser, Pencil, Ruler
1. Create a Line Drawing
Use this graphed line drawing as a guide to draw the flower. Lightly draw a 1-inch (25mm) grid on your drawing paper in pencil. When you are sure of the accuracy of your drawing, carefully remove the grid lines with a kneaded eraser.
2. Add Color
Add a layer of Dandelion to the pods and the left side of the base of the flower, using firm pressure. The color needs to fill in and cover the paper. Add Yellow Orange to the right side of the base of the flower, pressing firmly. Move up to the petals of the flower. Fill in the two petals on the left with Mango Tango. Add this color to the center strip on the right petal. With Scarlet, fill in the rest of the right petal. Also use Scarlet to outline the other petals of the flower. Use Mango Tango to outline the pods.
3. Deepen the Tone and Add Detail
Fill in the petal on the far right with Red Violet. Add this color to the middle of the flower and down the center of the lower right side of the flower’s base. Fill in the stamens with Yellow Orange. Use Dandelion for the tips of the stamens, since they are lighter there. Use Blue Violet for the darker areas of the flower. These are shadows and recessed areas that help create the flower’s roundness and form. Use Pine Green for the pod and stem.
4. Finish the Drawing
Continue to build up the color of the flower. You can see where the Blue Violet has been used over some of the colors to deepen them. On the petal on the far right, apply Blue Violet over the Red Violet and Scarlet. On the petal on the far left, scratch out fine white lines with a craft knife. Continue adding color to the base, stem and pods. A few streaks of green and orange are all it takes to make them look more realistic. For the background, add a random light layering all of the colors in the flower. The overlapping colors create the illusion of more flowers and nature in the background. Have fun when creating the backgrounds on your artwork. If yours doesn’t look exactly like mine, it doesn’t matter a bit. Experiment with color. Maybe you can create something even better.