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Artist spotlight: crayon artist Don Marco

Don Marco has three words of advice for anyone who wants to attempt making crayon drawings on construction paper that are as stunning and powerful as his own: practice, practice, practice.

Don Marco has three words of advice for anyone who wants to attempt making crayon drawings on construction paper that are as stunning and powerful as his own: practice, practice, practice.


Don Marco's Walpi Man, crayon on construction paper

Marco has always been interested in art but did not pursue it seriously until retiring from his career in air traffic control at the Honolulu International Airport in 1973. His artwork began as a hobby and developed into the production of desirable fine art, but it took a lot of time and effort.

Today he works in his private studio, which is filled with natural light. He begins by sketching a rough outline with peach crayon. Then he layers on the wax and uses the heat of his fingers to blend the colors, creating realistic shadows, highlights, and rich color tones. However, on hot summer days the crayons get too slippery to produce the kind of fine detail characteristic of his work, and he is forced to take the day off.

Marco has been the focus of many TV shows featuring the remarkable detail and beauty he is able to create with Crayola Crayons. Marco portrays many aspects of the West with a realism and clarity that rivals oil paintings. As a result, he has sold over one-million prints. Marco creates drawings of wildlife and landscapes, including shedding buffalo on the Western plains, a bull moose in autumn, and a mother and foal out to pasture.

Marco also creates stunning drawings of Native Americans: watchful scouts, proud chiefs, and gathering women. And last, but certainly not least, Marco craftfully depicts some of the West's most famous icons such as Tom Selleck, Sam Elliot, John Wayne, Geronimo, and Marshall Dillion. Marco's artwork is the miraculous result of someone with a talent who took the time to perfect his craft.

Info: www.themastercrayonartist.com

 

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