Let's first start with using crayons. It's usually one of the first coloring material introduced to little children because it's perfect for kids to use since there's jumbo sized ones that they can easily handle without breaking it in half. It's also a great material for bigger kids and even grown_ups because it has a wide range of colors to choose from.
Many crayon artists (you can find a few online) use solvents to soften their appearance. It can be a wonderful look but, personally, I love the pixilated look the crayon creates when applied just as is. Look at the art examples in this post _ you can see the speckled look crayon has when applied in layers. This adds to the realism, especially when creating an out_of_focus background, such as in these two images.