Meet The Crayon Artist on the North Shore Of Oahu!

I'M COMING HOME OAHU...for an art show appearance on the north shore of Oahu this Saturday, Nov. 13th from 5-9pm. I'll be bringing a great selection of my Original Crayon Artworks with me & we'll be offering Special Show Prices! We'll talk story & crayons, enjoy some pupu's, beer, wine & live Hawaiian music with musician Ho'o Wong,...hope to see you there!  Thomadro Art Gallery, Haleiwa Town Center



Thank you to Maui's very cool weekly newspaper, MAUI TIME,  for featuring the crayon artist in This Week's Picks!  Click the above link to browse the online version of the paper or read a copy below.

Picks of the Week 4

Jeffrey Robert at Diamond Head Gallery

November 04, 2010 | 09:45 AM
Remember back in 1997 when the Hawaiian Moving Company profiled The Crayon Artist, Jeffrey Robert? I do, because I was so inspired by Robert's medium-defying use of Crayola (his brand of choice) that during my 'ohana's next trip to Longs, I used my hard-earned macadamia nut-picking money (how else do sixth-graders earn cash?) to buy a brand new 24-count box. There's something entirely exhilarating about a fresh box of crayons, each flat-topped cone tip still mold-perfect. Which reminds me of another piece of TV magic: Maybe being an '80s baby privy to the heyday of Sesame Street is the reason I agree with YouTube user mpizzle13, in that the keiki show's "Making Crayons" video is "PERHAPS THE SINGLE BEST PIECE OF RECORDED MATERIAL IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND!!!!!!!!!!!" (Visit to watch.) Ah, nostalgia...but I digress. Whether your crayon adoration has already blossomed like the curls of wax from those metal-less sharpeners or if you're simply in search of amazing art of any kind, head West to meet Robert—and watch him in action—at the Diamond Head Gallery this Friday night. He'll also be showcasing signature works from his Blue Honu, Dynamic Surf Art and Whimsical Beachscapes collections. 661-8171,



This is the third year I've been invited to be involved in the Shane Victorino Foundation Celebrity Dinner & Golf Classic in Maui for Hawaii's Keiki and this year I donated my Honu Baby Crayon Collectible from my Blue Honu Collection!





I'm sure you can guess the handsome guy but whose that little girl?  
Watch the Elvis video to see the magic of crayons!


ArtsQuest: The Blog - For the love of crayons

Thanks Jon & ArtsQuest for featuring me in your blog!  Read it below or click on the link above if you love crayons & be sure to visit the Arts Quest website, a great non-profit for the arts

-Posted by Jon Lunger, ArtsQuest’s Marketing Manager and crayon lover.
Remember the joy of a brand new, 64-count, box of crayons?  It was the Cadillac of coloring.  An entire spectrum of possibilities; each brightly colored crayon even more enticing than the last.  A box of waxy, colorful potential.  If you were really lucky, that box even came with a fancy crayon sharpener on the back.  Sweet.
That simple rectangular box housed a world of endless coloring possibilities.
Then you grew up.  Crayons vanished from your life, abruptly and without warning.
But what happened?  Why are crayons reserved only for children?  Its really quite an injustice to a tool that, for many, is the very first exposure to artistic creation and expression. 
There’s nothing wrong with crayons, but yet, once you reach a certain age, they’re universally frowned upon.  And for what?  Because they’re for kids?  Poppycock. There are lots of things that are “for kids” that adults use on a daily basis.  Heck, look at your smart phone.  That thing is pretty much just a Gameboy with a phone in it.
Well, some intrepid crayon lovers (like myself) are bringing the crayon the love it truly deserves.
Enter the crayon artist.
A simple Google search reveals a number of fine artists who choose to create their art using only crayons.  Finally! Our waxy, childhood friend is getting some love! 
Some may call it a gimmick, and I get that… it’s easy to dismiss “fine art” that is created by something that is so closely tied to our childhoods.  But before you judge, do you feel the same about someone who chooses to use watercolors to create fine art?  Probably not.
One of my personal favorite crayon artists is Jeffrey Robert:

The art this guy creates with crayons is ridiculous (in an awesome way).   Check it out at
Hopefully it inspires you to get a 64 count box.  I know I did.



Performing Live!
Amazed Audience!
First Sale of the show was from my new
 Blue Honu Collection "Honu Baby"

Lots of Crayon Art Fans in Kona, Hawaii!

Wyland Art Consultant, Bruce, with enthusiastic crowd!
Another New Crayon Art Collector!

Dedicating a New Crayon Art Collector's Artwork!

Wyland Kona Gallery Owner, Mark, helping
new Crayon Art Collectors make the right choice!

New Crayon Art Collectors...this piece is for their son,
which I thought was very special that he really wanted his dad
to purchase my crayon art just for him!

A fun night filled with a fun crowd!

This couple came back from a dive trip just to meet
 The Crayon Artist and have their New Crayon Artwork dedicated!
They chose the perfect piece to compliment
their underwater adventure in Kona, Hawaii!
Wyland Art Consultant, Pam and Crayon Art lovers!

The crowds lasted throughout the night!
I enjoyed meeting the local townspeople and
 all of the tourists from around the globe.







From the past to the present Diamond Head, for me, is the most distinctive landmark on Oahu. Although my Crayola Crayon Surf Art Original “Waikiki” was completed last year, while actually living there, it carries with it a multitude of my memories and experiences of a lifetime.  The magic of Waikiki! Yes, it still has that ambiance of years past where tourists can take surfing lessons from the Beach Boys, experience a canoe ride or just stroll the beach. And on any given night you will hear musicians playing Hawaiian music while talented Hula dancers perform under the stars of beautiful Hawaii!

This piece was originally framed in the traditional Hawaiian koa wood (and nothing wrong with that) but after contemplating the overall look, I decided that it would be even better to blend the nostalgia of Waikiki and the modern contemporary feel of my artwork with my new Floating Crayon and Plexiglas frame design.

I enjoy creating new frame designs to complete my art work. For my surf art, a conceptual frame design was created to compliment the aesthetics of surfing, reflecting the attributes of the transparent water, power, grace, skill and technical development of the sport. In the place of an ordinary matted and framed image, the artwork is encased between two transparent pieces of Plexiglas (one clear and one colored) then bordered by a deep metal frame. The colored transparent acrylic behind the art helps to extend an illusion of water and sky; clear, floating, translucent, and calming. The metallic metal frame evokes a sleek, sporty, stream line look reflecting the speed and advanced technology of modern day surfing. The overall design is now perfect and complete!


GETTING TO THE POINT (How to sharpen a Crayola Crayon)

Here’s a tip for all of you who want to step up your fine art coloring experience. Maintaining a sharp point on a crayon is fundamental for creating detail with crayons.
I find that when the crayon becomes blunt, I tend to get impatient and frustrated. When this happens, I begin to get careless and hurried! It is important to know when, where and how to use the point of a crayon. You might look at it as selecting the right brush or tool for your painting.

Some helpful hints for a sharp point:
1. Purchase a good (pencil or makeup) sharpener that cuts smoothly and does not get stuck because the opening is too small.
2.Turning the crayon slightly as you draw will wear the point evenly and cause it to last longer.
3. A sharp point will last longer with light hand pressure.
4. Begin coloring in the key areas where a fine point is needed, then move to the less particular areas.
5. To refresh or fine tune the tip, try dragging and turning the point on a scratch sheet of paper until the point is sharp again.

Constant sharpening will form a good habit and will ultimately develop a skill into an automatic response of a disciplined crayon artist.

P.S. Be sure to check back because my next topic will be “How to hold the crayon”.


Crayon Art Show

A few photos from Friday nights Crayon Art Show at Wyland Kona Oceanfront Gallery where I was working on a new "Honu" shown above as a work in progress. Great turnout of town locals and tourists thanks to the West Hawaii Today Newspaper for running a feature story on The Crayon Artist!


This commissioned portrait of Caitlin, a girl from Oahu, is one of Jeffrey Robert's crayon artworks. The artist will be at the Wyland Kona Oceanfront Gallery today. - Photo Special To West Hawaii Today  
Crayon artist comes to Kona
By Special To West Hawaii Today
Friday, March 26, 2010 8:51 AM HST
Jeffrey Robert, the "Hawaiian" crayon artist, will be performing live from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the Wyland Kona Oceanfront Gallery at 75-5779 Alii Drive. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the artist, view his crayon artworks of hula, surfing, beachscapes and "Children in Crayon" portraits and watch him transform a crayon into a paintbrush, reinventing the idea of what can be created with an ordinary crayon.
Art enthusiasts as well as families are invited to drop by the gallery to see Robert's artwork and share their favorite memories of creating art with crayons. Robert's Signature Brand Crayon Collectibles Gift Line features the title of the artwork printed on the crayon and framed with the artwork.
Robert was featured on "Good Morning America" with his friends at Crayola for their 100th-year celebration. He grew up on Oahu but spent most of his adult life in Texas. Since returning to Oahu, he has been showing his crayon art in the Wyland Galleries. Recently, he has been spending time on the Big Island where he is sharing this new fine art genre through the Wyland Kona Oceanfront Gallery.

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A honu swims through the water in this crayon art by Jeffrey Robert. - Photo Special To West Hawaii Today

Copyright © 2010 West Hawaii Today


Art Show Friday, March 26 Wyland Kona Gallery Big Island

Hope to see you at my art show Friday night at the Wyland Kona Oceanfront Gallery on Alii Drive! I will be working on a new "Honu", Sea Turtle, during the show. This is the second time I have created a crayon art sea turtle; ever since the gallery sold the first sea turtle (pictured below) to Alan and Marla from Arizona I've had a lot of interest in honu! I'll also be showing a new framing design for my Crayon Enhanced Crayon Collectibles in shades of aqua wrapped linen-like mats just like the Hula Moon & A Saturday Matinee Crayon Collectibles in the photos.



Children look at crayons as their art medium (check out my first grade Christmas tree).
When visiting a public school, I asked a group of about one hundred first graders "who wants to be an artist when they grow up." Every one of them raised their hands!
Although that number will decrease drastically before they reach the fifth grade, I told them that I believe that all of us (the human race) are creative because God created us in his image and God is creative. Children are amazing little creatures and I hope that they will always remember that they are creative.


How Crayons changed the way I think of art?

I received the following question from Allie and friends through my website and thought it would be a good question to post on my blog site. Please feel free to post comments and/or questions.

Dear Jeffery,

My friends and I are doing a History project on Crayola Crayons and how
they impacted art supplies. We wondering how crayons changed the way you thought of art and if it made art any easier for you.

Thank you so much!

My answer:

Crayons have most certainly changed the way I have thought about art!

In the beginning and as it still is, the idea of drawing with crayons has a certain childhood charm about it that probably affects us all in a similar way. I think the crayon, for most of us, represents our first art experience with all the innocence and confidence of being a young creator of art. I still have those wonderful feelings when drawing with Crayola Crayons and in this way they serve to stimulate and motivate me
As far as making it any easier for me? Yes and No. There is an oxymoron attached to crayon drawing.
" Yes" because it's just a box of crayons and I'm just coloring! Crayons took the pressure off of comparing myself to some master artist.

"No" because the challenge for me was to technically make the crayon do what I wanted it to do, which has taken many years of trial and error to reach a satisfied level of control.

For the novice, yes it’s nice to just pick up a box of crayons and start coloring but there is a learning curve that can be very frustrating, depending on how much of a perfectionist you may be.