Saturday

THE ART OF THE CRAYON


THE CRAYON ARTIST BLOG 

I am typically known as Jeffrey Robert "The Crayon Artist" and began this new journey in crayon art forty years ago but did not realize what an impact it could have as a learning style for children.

Although it is only through the experience of the creative process that one can receive the full benefit of what this art concept has to offer, I believe that the visitor may be inspired and motivated to see how a seemingly limited art medium such as crayons can produce such amazing results.

The theme of my blog is about sharing the artwork, thoughts and techniques of my creative process and how the discovery of this new concept can affect the essential quality of our nature as creative beings.


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TV CLIPS FEATURING JEFFREY ROBERT

Friday

NEW STORYBOOK DESTINATION SERIES


POLAR NIGHT by Jeffrey Robert The Crayon Artist

A cold and starry night in the warmth of a mother's love is the plight of the ice bear and her cub. Lonely and remote by all appearances...home is still where the heart is.
POLAR NIGHT, OUT OF AFRICA and HOME ON THE RANGE are the first of three creations in my STORYBOOK DESTINATION SERIES. 
Along with my concept of crayons, I am recapturing the enjoyment of the "child within." Within this creative process, I can begin to sense a familiar feeling of hope and wonder. It's an exciting emotion that transported a curious imagination to far away places once explored as a child. This "Story Book" art style welcomes back those feelings and helps me to remember how life is intended to be more vibrant and unrestricted by boundaries, times and circumstances.

EMAIL TO INQUIRE ABOUT THE ORIGINALS IN THIS SERIES.
THE STORYBOOK DESTINATION SERIES IMAGES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE IN MY ART SHOP IN ARTIST EDITIONS & CRAYON COLLECTIBLES.

Thursday

Something Magical Is Possible

FIRST GRADE CRAYON ART & NEW BOOK PREVIEW

Pablo Picasso once said: "All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." I think it’s all about the magic, it’s in my imagination and the fun of crayons inspires me to bring it out.

My new book "Something Magical Is Possible" is a project I am working on and is dedicated to my biggest fans, the kids. It’s set to contain a large collection of favorite art pieces I have created through the years as inspiration to what crayons are capable of.

In the early years of classroom visits in schools, I developed a concept of crayon art techniques that help children discover "how things work." Learning styles specialists know that encouraging their sensory and cognitive skills through the fun of coloring will also empower them to become better readers and writers. In terms of education in an age where art continues to diminish in public schools, only for less desirable forms of entertainment to flourish in its place, the future ultimately rests in the hands of the children. I think that my artwork represents a special landmark for children, that fine art can be created with a simple box of crayons that has been elevated to a distinguished level in fine art galleries, museums and national news media events.

I cannot think of anything more constructive, wholesome and creatively satisfying to the soul than a simple box of crayons.  The secret lies in strengthening the current of creative flow by empowering a child’s creative spirit. The Art Of The Crayon serves as a solid platform which is sophisticated enough to continue building upon for independent and creative thinking.

WHY KIDS LOVE LEARNING MY CRAYON SECRETS

Crayon Abstract Realism



JEFFREY ROBERT CRAYOLA ORIGINAL ART OF CHIEF JOSEPH & AMERICAN HORSE

My latest crayon original, AMERICAN HORSE, reminded me of another piece I created earlier in my career entitled, CHIEF JOSEPH, where I strived to create photo-realistic images using only a simple box of Crayola Crayons as my art medium. Although I have not moved away from realism with crayons, I've begun to explore the emotional power of the process that compels me to think farther outside the box.

Tuesday

WAX ON WAX OFF

If you saw the hit movie "The Karate Kid" you would probably guess where I am going with this post. I’m referring to the importance of how the discipline of repetitive movements for perfecting ones skill and abilities are crucial to optimal performance in martial arts. In the "Art Of The Crayon" an important lesson is likewise learned through the flowing movement of the circular motion as the basis and fundamental structure of developing self control. A sensitive touch is paramount in acquiring the ability to create fine art with crayons. For a young child, this may be a little taxing or stressful at first but its still easily encouraged. To appreciate what it feels like for them, I tried the technique with my alternate hand instead of my drawing hand. I must admit that it helped me to better understand why kids struggle with hand-eye coordination and fine motor-skill development in school.

Acquiring this skill, in my estimation, is an accomplishment and an earned privilege. Not only does it coordinate the muscles of the hands, neck, back and arms but effectively trains the eyes and increases mental powers of the brain as well. When employed through the fun of coloring, the difficulties of exercising crayon art techniques become delightfully challenging, simultaneously enhancing the natural learning experience. I believe if children were to learn and master the crayon art techniques at an early age, it would advance them far ahead of their peers in art and in higher learning. The video clip demonstrates a process but don’t let the simplicity of it fool you, creating with crayons can build momentum and be as sophisticated and technical as you want.

VIDEO CLIP SEGMENT OF JEFFREY ROBERT CRAYON ART TECHNIQUES DVD


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 CIRCULAR MOTION TECHNIQUE

The "Jeffrey Robert Crayon Art Techniques" are for all ages but "The Shiny Red Apple" is recommended for those who have first gained confidence with the basic fundamentals.  LINK TO LEARN MORE & PURCHASE

Monday

WHY I LOVE TO DO PORTRAITS WITH CRAYONS



Creating Portraits with Crayola Crayons does not allow for any mistakes and to a large degree must be exact in capturing the essence of a person. There is a lot of sentiment and nostalgia that goes into a Children’s Portrait. To use their very own art medium to create their likeness adds a sense of emotion and wholesome innocence to make it even more special. Adults think it’s fun for them to have their portrait created with crayons too. For me, it’s a creative challenge that I have enjoyed for forty years in seeing people smile at the finished work. Oh yeah, everyone loves to have their portrait framed with a crayon with their name personalized on the crayon wrapper too!


CHECK OUT MY CRAYOLA PORTRAITS ON MY WEBSITE: www.TheCrayonArtist.com

Friday

A Blue Hawaiian Recipe for ALOHA FRIDAY

HONU (sea turtle) BABY BLUE "a new crayon color"
Honu Baby Blue Crayon Collectible


I just invented my own crayon color called "HONU BABY BLUE." Here's the formula I used:

1. (1) sheet of paper.
2. (1) box of 64 Crayola Crayons.
3. Select from box the following colors: ROBINS EGG BLUE; BLUE GREEN; PACIFIC BLUE; BLUE; TURQUOISE BLUE; SEA GREEN; YELLOW; BROWN; PINK; BLACK AND WHITE.
4. Draw out Honu lines as desired or inspired.
5. Then carefully mix, layer and blend the colors together on to the paper until the image is well done.
6. Once completed, view the work. If not satisfied, repeat steps 1-5.

Happy Aloha Friday from the Hawaiian Crayon Artist!