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.
Brighter results! Applying less pressure to the pencil will produce a lighter color, so how do you get that darker hue of the color on the page without pushing too hard? The answer is layers. Once you have mastered coloring between the lines with a nice even shade, you can take the same pencil and go back over that coloring again to provide a second or even third layer of color. Applying extra layers of color will remove some of the white grain that was missed in the first layer and bring depth to your color. Mix up the direction you color each layer to produce a smoother finish.