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.
Colored Pencils is one of the easiest media to handle since they're pencils and you can control your strokes well. There are also a lot of available colors to choose from. First, cover the entire drawing with light strokes. Then, you can proceed with the thick lines to add texture and effect to your drawing. You can also add some more details in your drawing like this one. Soft pastel was used for the blue shadow_effect.