As the Huffington Post points out, coloring books for adults are best sellers in France and the U.K. Hachette, a French publisher, has even capitalized on the trend by selling a 20_volume collection of stress_reducing coloring books called Art_Thérapie. Using coloring books to de_stress has been especially popular amongst French women, who have even taken to posting their creations on social media and forming Facebook groups to share coloring tips.
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.