Saturday, May 19

Mr. Crayola

Would you believe this guy makes amazing portraits and landscapes with the lowly crayon? Scroll down and see. His info is at the bottom of the photos.






























The Master Crayola Artist Don Marco was born in Northern Minnesota in the late 1920's. His interest in art was evident even before starting school. As a young adult in the Army Air Corp, he began his life's career in Air Traffic Control, which continued until his retirement from Honolulu International Airport in 1973. Much of his spare time was spent as a professional artist. Before retirement, Don started developing a technique to create fine art, using Crayola Crayons.

35 comments:

utenzi said...

That's amazing, Judy. I'd have never believed you could do that with crayons. They're so lifelike--and remarkable.

The Mistress of the Dark said...

Wow! Those are absolute incredible. Crayons are a good thing!

Oh and Michele says hello :)

Mahala said...

Nothing I ever did with crayons every looked like that lol.

Anna said...

That is pretty amazing...I will have to show these to Jack! :)

rosemary said...

He must have had the big box with lots of crayons....I always got the 12 color one when I was a kid. I had a friend who used to make modern art (style) with melted crayons...really cool...

Beverly said...

Those are really amazing. I like some of his subjects too.

Peter said...

Beautiful pictures Judy.

Maverick Moon said...

No WAY!!

Makes me feeling creatively inadequate...*sigh*

Jen said...

soooooo Coool!
I love the Clint photo. Love it Love it.

Alice said...

WOW! Judy, I'm amazed that this can be done with crayons. They really are incredible.

Greg said...

They are beautiful. I'd like to know what paper / board / medium he uses, because wax crayon on paper is very grainy.

I wonder what would happen if one used crayon on board, and then warmed it.

Great stuff!

Joy Des Jardins said...

I still love to sit and color...and do with my granddaughter....it's so relaxing. But THIS....this is just amazing. What an incredible artist. I love this stuff...thanks Judy.

Sandy Carlson said...

Your work is beautiful. I love to watch my daughter (she's 8) tell stories with crayon. To think that such storytelling can become works of art like these!

utenzi said...

Thanks, Judy (for the b'day wish). It was last Thursday. The weather has been nice though the temps have been all over the place.

Sandy Carlson said...

Gotcha. How'd I forget you were posting about the artist? I must have been pretty caught up in what I was looking at, thanks to you! Thanks for sharing this treasure and for coming to Writing in Faith.

Blue Monkey Jammies said...

These are just brilliant, aren't they? Thank you so much for sharing. I should show these to my kids and get them to get their crayons out :)

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Who would have thought crayons did that?

Michele sent me this way.

PI said...

Those are brilliant and so effective. I wonder if - at his advanced age - he is still drawing or should it be crayoning?

Karen said...

Master Crayola artist! Who knew! What a fun post and the guy has real talent.

Here from Michele.

Bob-kat said...

That's incredible. Truly a talented man. Thanks for posting about it!

Kay Dennison said...

Wow!!!!! This is incredible!!! Like Joy, I still like to color. What Mr. Marco does goes beyond coloring and I envy his creativity.

Jennifer said...

That's awesome. And I'm thinkin' you like the Tom Selleck one? Seeing as it's posted twice and all... LOL.

:-)

rennratt said...

Those are incredible!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Our local paper wrote up a convict who did art with crayon and it was amazing, but nothing like this. Talk about talent, there it is, in action.

Here from Michele's, of course since it's the weekend.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

These are amazing, Judy! Really fabulous! I am always in awe of anyone who can do this photo-realism kind of art...And to think it is all done with Crayons---Crayola's, to be exact---Is truly AWESOME!

There was np place to comment on your more recent post of Mr. Kenhu recieving his Award...So, Congratulations to him! I remember you writing about the Event at the time....!

Paul said...

Awesome. Never heard of Don Marco, but I'm sure glad you introduced me. Thanks.

millie garfield said...

That was amazing to see - making those beautiful and realistic works with crayons!!

There used to be a TV show where the fellow would use toilet paper and make a painting in minutes.

I remember when I was a child I loved using crayons - As Kay and Joy said, if I did it today I would find it relaxing.

Maybe I'll buy myself a box and see what happens. ;-)

Shephard said...

I've seen my share of art... and those portraits with crayolas amaze me.

~S

colleen said...

A new take on the the wax museum. No really, I'm totally impressed.

Merle said...

Hi Judy ~~ I really enjoyed seeing these wonderful art works and they are so life like. Yay for crayons.
Thanks for your comments. I am glad you liked the sand and stone story,
I will take some photos of the dogs and TRY to post them. Take care,
Love, Merle.

Star said...

Amazing what can be done with that box of 64 colors. Oh, and some talent!

Jamie Dawn said...

That is amazing artistry.
I can't believe he can get such detail out of simple crayons. Superb!

Claude said...

Incredible! Thanks for sharing!

Badabing said...

Incredible stuff!!

Geraldo said...

Being so artistically challenged as I am, I can't even imagine how anybody can achieve such perfection! Thanks for introducing us to this fine artist!