Wax Crayon and Oil Pastels

These sketches were done in a little park in Berkeley where I hung out with my family, snacking, chatting and sketching. Everyone in the park enjoyed the sunshine and was well distanced. it felt almost normal and I was so happy to sit in the sunshine and (finally!) draw people. I used this toned watercolor book with these wax crayons, pen and ink. If the only wax crayons you have ever used are kid’s crayons, these are a world apart and a joy to use.

This next sketch is at the school yard, while I wait for my daughter. Same sketchbook and pen and ink, but with oil pastels this time, and with a lot of finger-smooshing involved.

I grew up using wax crayons and oil pastels a lot, so going back to them makes me paint and mess around like a child, and that’s always a good thing.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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6 Responses to Wax Crayon and Oil Pastels

  1. Paul says:

    Love the wax crayons on this paper but it does beg the question: “Which wax crayons are these?”.

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  2. Barbara Beynon says:

    Great to see you painting people outside! Sounds like a gorgeous day in Berkeley. Glad to learn about the Hahnemuhler square format toned paper journals. They look really lovely. Caran d’Ache also makes some beautiful, waxy watercolor crayons in the same vivid colors.

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  3. PaperKutzs says:

    These are great sketches

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  4. I love these. I also love using oil pastels to sketch. Using them is playful and fun and definitely makes you loosen up! I find the student grade ones work well with carbon pencils

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