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Nashville Artist Thinks Outside Box With Crayons

Posted at 11:13 AM, Jul 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-27 12:26:16-04

This week's weather is hot enough to melt a box of crayons and for one Nashville artist, that's his medium of choice.

"They just think I'm crazy," said artist Herb Williams. "Then they see it and they know I'm crazy."

Williams is an artist who thinks outside the box.

"Most people call me the 'Crayon Man' but artist is great," he said. 

Williams spends his days bringing Crayolas to life.

"I never grew up. It's just trying not to be an adult," he said.

Whether he's re-creating a Picasso or trying his hand at Van Gogh, it takes thousands of crayons all perfectly placed.

"I'm one of the only individual wholesalers in the world. When I order them from Crayola, I get them in 50-pound cases of 3,000 of a single color," Williams said. 

"To do it in crayons, I have to think about it like being pixels. I'll take a look at the painting, usually out of a good book, then make a sketch and then paint over it. It's a lot of work to get to the final artwork," he added. 

To see more of Williams' waxy work, click here