Medium


All the works are originally hand drawn using wax crayons on chart paper. There is no machines or any other techniques used.


Working with wax crayons is difficult than other mediums like water color or oil color. Wax crayons cannot be erased. Once drawn it is for ever. Even if you scrape with finger nails or other sharp objects some portion will still remain. It is also not possible to apply another color over an existing coat of wax color.

Wax colors cannot be mixed or blended. This makes creating gradient or other effects extremely difficult. Gradients are created painstakingly by applying thin marks of different colors in varying concentration.
Proper planning of the picture to be drawn must be there before beginning the work. As corrections are almost impossible, there is no room for error.
All these reasons make paintings with wax crayons very rarely seen or heard of.


Durability

Wax crayons last more than water or oil colors. They are non flaky, and are almost resistant to water and insects. However, care should be taken not to scrape the picture using sharp objects, as this will make an unrepairable line. So wax crayons should be framed in glass.

Wax crayons are more luminous and has an embossing and shiny effect under light. The contrast may not be as much as oil painting.


Effort

A typical wax crayon drawing of the size 30" x 24" could take anywhere between 28-42 hours of work, depending upon the complexity of the picture.


A typical work in progress

Taj beginning his work on the famous Basilica of St. Peter at Vatican, The Holy See.
This work is done for a custom order. The reference picture was given by the client. [Click to enlarge the pictures].



You can see the reference diagram pinned in the foreground. Since the building requires precision edges, light pencil sketch of it is first drawn carefully.



Now, the main church facade, parts of Vatican palace (seen in the side) and the sky are almost over.



The finished work!!



The completed painting was gifted to His Beatitude Mar George Cardinal Alencherry, current Major archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly arch diocese and Cardinal Priest of San Bernardo alle Terme.