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You're Never too old for crayons by artisticalshell You're Never too old for crayons by artisticalshell
Who said you're too old to color with crayons!?

TIP #1: To get extra details like the ones in the iris, start with lighter colors first, then slowly layer darker colors on top. Then use a sharp object like needle or in my case I used the tips of my scissors and scratch out layers underneath :D

TIP #2: The white areas in this drawing are the actual color of the paper, so if you want something to remain white, be aware that crayons can be pretty unforgiving and in some cases it's hard to remove their pigment [ notice the gray lines at the bottom of the paper where the white is, that was NOT intentional and I did everything I could to get it out and it was just not gonna happen - I hadn't had much practice with crayons since I was a kid so I had to learn the hard way with this piece :/ ] - this is the case especially dark colors, so be careful not to get shavings or accidentally use dark colors over the areas that you want to keep light. ALWAYS start lighter and work your way slowly to darker. Very important to remember this!

More crayon art: If you like this drawing, this is literally childs play compared to Don Marco's crayon art, he is THE master crayon artist and I found him through looking up crayon art in google. You won't believe your eyes!!! [link]
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laststandingnapoleon Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I don't know whether to clap my hands or shake my fist at you.

I can't believe this is done with crayons. It's truely inspiring. It gives me hope that it is possible to make really good art from simple mediums.

I've got a lot, and I do mean a lot, of practicing to do. ;P
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tinyqueen007 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student Writer
Hello there someone have been stolen your art work fantomavirtuala.deviantart.com… your drawing eye are very cool great job :)
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themovingartist Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! You are the best page ever! My favorite thing's to draw are eye's and yours are amazing!! definitely going to Watch!
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Skully-Keys Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. Just... wow.
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Jerzee-Girl Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
Brilliant!
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Danijel-Knez Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful... such talent, i am in awe...
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Dawood-Expression Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Wow
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MysticxCryptic Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the awesome tips and amazing drawing!! :D I'm just now getting into crayon art and I'm surprised at how the results look. The finished product doesn't show all the hair tearing out and that little "snap" when your favorite crayon breaks in half xD
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3-WI5H3S Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing
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MidnightSkye123 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, that is amazing! And, I know, right? Who ever said you have to be in kindergarten to use Crayola? Is it just me, or does a new box of crayons bring back memories of preschool?
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ashyyroo Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
you have just inspired me.. thank you so much for sharing this..
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DrippingWords Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Student Writer
The eyelashes look phenomenal! I can never make my crayon art eyes look like actual eyelashes... Any tips on that?
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kittykat316 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student Artist
CRAYONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*nom nom nom*
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amarayeahhh94 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
This is incredible? Is it alright with you if I use this as a reference photo for my next drawing? Wanted to know if it's okay with you first.
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artisticalshell Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
absolutely! <3 Thank you for asking! please message me when you are done as I would love to see it :D
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MeChan2669 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahkbdkebusdhgkbfvbnbckhbrlw!!!!!!!!!! amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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NielsSchuurman Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful!
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Dazecase Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Sooooooo beautiful :love: Man it makes me feel so peaceful & strong at the same time. Your work is so powerful :D

The tips are very helpful as well! Thanks! I'll have to try that out myself, now.

& that Don Marco artist is PHENOMENAL... Wow. Yea.
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artisticalshell Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you and you're welcome!
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akatsukifangirl8894 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Really amazing, love the colors, I love everything about it :love:
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LunarFlame12 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The colors in the iris remind me of Starry Night. Cool!
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Jerainne Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Woaaaaaah! Brilliant!
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CervezainBlood Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
Espectacular!
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Borsaline-Tresbien Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
:iconclapplz: I draw a lot better with crayons! :D
I tell everyone "Crayons are not for babies"
*Faves*
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missautumn316 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You have inspired me to start using crayons again :) I haven't made SERIOUS art with crayons since I was about 7 haha!! I have gone out and bought crayola twistables and have been doing loads of pictures with crayons!! Yours are way better though :)) Do you sharpen your crayons to get the more detailed bits? Fab job by the way :) Beautiful photo!
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artisticalshell Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
that's amazing so happy to inspire you to get back to your inner child again and use crayons, they're so much fun! i had never realized how much detail crayons can create until i looked up crayon art one day. check this artist out:[link] his crayon art will BLOW YOUR MIND!!!

and yes, i use the sharpener on the back of the box. haven't used crayons in a few weeks, might get back to it though and see what i come up with. happy coloring! :D
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missautumn316 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW!! Amazing work!! Can't believe that is all done in crayon!! you just kind of grow with the mind set that crayons are for kids and you never really think that you can do that with crayons...mind officially has been blown!
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VStriper Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
Hi, just love the bright eye! I went out and bought a pack of 120 crayons couple of weeks ago. They are really quite fun who would have guessed! Thanks for the tips too. I was confused about white in the drawing so you answered that for me. I still have not been able to get a dark/bright picture but I am practicing.
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artisticalshell Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
check this artist out: [link] he is pretty much the most amazing crayon artist ever! look up tips online and on youtube for using crayons, that's what I did. happy to help you out with the tips and white and enjoy that link - you're gonna be amazeeed!
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TaintedJoyx Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is truly an inspiration. Amazing a thousand times and ways. I think I might go out and buy some more crayons now. Haha.
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NoblePlatypus Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fr sure! :D Awesome work♥
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xpatee Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This pretty amazing ! I'm so open-mouthed right now, you're so talented, doing this drawing only with crayons ; WOW !
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LoveLiveLaugh123 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Student Artist
im inspired <3
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Draw-me-to-death Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it!! And for layering do you color it very lightly? and did you draw the eye in pencil first or did you start straight from the crayons?
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artisticalshell Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
i started out lightly and just added layers slowly. didn't use pencil used the color apricot to start out the shape. :D
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Draw-me-to-death Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ohh okay cool!! I love it! I actually tried to draw one like it [link] it's no where near as good as yours, but I still like it, and I'll keep practicing!!
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Metal-Sprite Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
Agreed never too old for crayons. Not only do I like the iris detail but the fact that you explained how to do it. If I didn't have anything to do tomorrow I would more than likely go pick up some crayons and playing around like that.
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ooolp123 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazing! I will never see crayons the same again :D
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Elmelli93 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Crayons, i love crayons.
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sunnymadz Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I want crayons now . . . it looks AMAZING :omg:
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Ohanabi Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i think i should buy some crayons -___________-
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TaileeRulesAll Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
I'm gonna go try to color with crayons again. That is SO COOL!
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MightyIce59 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome
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DaughterofArtemis134 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
O_O -goes to get crayola crayons- AND CRAYOLA NOT THE CRAPPY WAX ONES
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Khirate Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The sad thing is, I could never get that satisfying, bright color when I used crayons...
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i-love-cherrys Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
That's amazing!
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dEAthnotEx3L Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
thats amazing.
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AK-Is-Harmless Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Agreed. Crayons are awesome, especially in the right hands. Obviously. :)

---AK
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angellis3 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Talent can bring even the most novel media to life. Nice job!
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Paypaypie Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful, especially the color choice! :)
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