I Can’t Believe That’s Crayon! – Crayon Artists Don & Tiona Marco

Click to visit Don Marco's website.

Remember those first nondescript scratches on paper? Or what about how proud you were when you first colored everything without going over the lines? Crayons were your first drawing tools, but you eventually moved on. You picked up some color pencils, maybe even some paints later. But what if you had stuck with crayons? Maybe you would be like Don Marco, the Master Crayon Artist. Born in the late 1920’s, Don Marco didn’t seriously start pursuing art until after his retirement working for air traffic control in Honolulu, Hawaii. Since then, he has sold over one-million prints.

Click to visit Don Marco's website.

Don Marco starts each piece by drawing a rough outline with “peach-ish crayon” on fade-less tan construction paper, then he builds on the layers. The heat from his fingers is used to blend the colors. With experience and practice you learn what crayons work well with others and which techniques work best. However, he didn’t always only work with crayons. He has used oils and pencils, although his preference is clearly wax. I don’t really have to say much, the quality of his work speaks for itself.

Click to visit Don Marco's site.

Click to visit Don Marco's site.

Don Marco is also a mentor. For a year he worked with artist Tiona Marco. Her original name is unknown to me, but as a tribute to Don she combined her family name with that of her mentor. She was familiar with crayon art before teaming up with Don Marco and after her apprenticeship she began selling her artwork. She has a gallery from which you can buy prints or her original drawings. Below are a few examples of her work.

Click to visit Tiona Marco's site.

Click to visit Tiona Marco's site.

Click to visit Tiona Marco's site.

Click to visit Tiona Marco's site.

Color!!!

photo by D. Alan Harris Photography

photo by D. Alan Harris Photography

Remember when the purple crayon was actually called purple, instead of the technically correct violet? I do! I am a big fan of crayons (especially Crayola). To me they are your first introduction into the world of art and helps spark your creativity. You learn control coloring in the lines or can just color with complete abandon. Every page was a masterpiece and now that you’re all grown up those same pages give you something to smile about. Actually I laugh, my color combinations at the age of 4 were priceless. Check out this COLOURlovers article on All 120 Crayon Names, Color Codes and Fun Facts. By the way, COLOURlovers™ is a site that keeps track of color trends and has real world examples, patterns, and a large active community. It is a tool for fashion designers, artists, architects, and basically anyone who uses color in their daily life. If you would like to know even more about Crayola Crayons check out the Crayola® Crayon Chronology.

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