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Crayon Drawings

Crayon drawings consist of colored wax, chalk, or charcoal applied on paper. While many may associate the term "crayon" with the rudimentary drawing implements favored by preschool students, their alternate title of oil pastel may elicit loftier connotations.

Whichever you choose to call them, the crayon, or pastel, has been enjoyed by artists since the Renaissance era. Its popularity dramatically increased during the 18th century, when many British and French draftsmen selected it as their primary mode of expression.

Artists celebrate the variety of techniques enabled by the medium, which result in an equally diverse assortment of aesthetic outcomes. Crayon gained recognition at the hands of French masters such as Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, Jean-François Millet, and Eugéne Delacroix... Read more

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