About the Artwork Itself November 01, 2013 06:44
Are there any unique constraints to working with crayons?
There are certain colors that just don't work well. Experiment with a different base color and use a softer touch. And Practice!
Also, on a warm summer day - crayons get slippery and mushy. That's when I take the day off!
When the wax gets thick - you just have to know what you are doing. You work carefully. It just comes with time while working with the medium.
Three secrets: Practice, Practice, Practice
Crayons can get blunt so quickly, how do maintain a sharp point while working with them?
You can actually maintain a sharp point by using a crayon and roll the crayon as you use it. At some point you will have to resharpen.
Do you have a special area set aside in your home where you do all your work and do you prefer to work under natural lights?
I work at a studio away from my house. The studio is 4000 sq ft. A couple of bathrooms, kitchen, bedrooms, etc. As far as light goes, I have a great big window on the North side.
Do you sketch your ideas out before hand or is it all done at once with nothing but crayon?
I make a very rough outline with a peach-ish crayon - just the placement of features. When that is completed I start working with the crayons.
How are you able to blend the colors of the crayons so well?
Body heat - finger heat, and knowing what will work and what won't.
How long does it take you to complete one of your images, from start to finish?
Time wise, it is difficult to say. The average size of a piece is 18x24 - it takes about a week to do. But, my workday isn't as long as it used to be!
How well do your images age, how do you protect your crayon art to it last longer. Would direct sunlight MELT your art?
That's a very common question.
The best way to answer it is - do you have curtains or rugs?
After a while, they fade. As with all art, keep it out of direct sunlight. Frame, matte, and glass appropriately.
I like 'End of the Day'. Is it for sale?
What have you done with respect to the some of the colors that Crayola has officially retired, such as the 8 in 1993 and 4 in 2003?
Some of the colors I was able to get along very well without. But there was one in particular I really miss - and that one is "Raw Umber"
The local newspaper did an article on me and the reporter put the "Raw Umber" thing in the article. There were several "Raw Umber" crayons that were left to me at my mailbox at home.
What is your best selling print and what was the inspiration behind it?
Best selling print - Katie's garden. It has the best track record. It's got universal appeal.
What type of paper do you use?
Fadeless tan construction paper. This can be picked up at any art supply store like Michaels
What challenges do you face with your medium?
Perfecting the craft is the only challenge I feel.