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Drawing of a Lion

April 6th, 2014 · No Comments

This is a drawing of a lion. The artwork was created with pens, markers and a white gel pen. The lion was initially sketched with a thin black pen and transparent grey markers. The grey markers were used for subtle shading and blocking in darker colored areas. Yellow, red and orange markers were then used to fill in highlights, midtones and shadows with color. A white gel pen was then used to add highlights and create wisps of lion hair. The lion’s longing gaze upwards highlights the gentle side of the common cultural depiction of lions as being strong, yet gentle, “kings of the jungle”.

Drawing of a Lion

Drawing of a Lion

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Abstract Portrait Drawing of a Child

April 5th, 2014 · No Comments

This is an abstract portrait drawing of a child. The artwork was drawn with a combination of markers, pen and white gel pen. A thin black pen was used to sketch the face of the child, followed by grey transparent markers for subtle shading. The initial drawing is heavily covered by subsequent layers of colored markers and white gel pen for highlights. A grey marker was then used for shading parts of the highlights in order to add more depth and soften edges.

Abstract Portrait Drawing of a Child

Abstract Portrait Drawing of a Child

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Drawing of a Robin

April 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

This is a drawing of a Robin (thrush family). The artwork was drawn with pen, markers, and white paint pen. A thin-line pen sketch was followed by blocks of color with markers. Transparent grey markers were used for shading. Then a gel pen and white paint markers were used for white areas and highlights. Robins are commonly identified by their reddish-orange breast.

Drawing of a Robin

Drawing of a Robin

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Drawing of a Gypsy Child

April 1st, 2014 · No Comments

This is a drawing of a Gypsy Child expressing difficult emotions. The artwork was drawn with markers and pens on colored paper. The eyes were drawn with more detail than the rest of the portrait, which help to draw attention to the emotion expressed in them. Subtle curls in the lips, eyebrows, nose and cheeks express the complexity of the emotion. White highlights help lead the viewer’s eye through the drawing, and indicate glistening tears falling from the child’s eyes.

Drawing of a Gypsy Child

Drawing of a Gypsy Child

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Heterochromia – Colorful Abstract Portrait of a Man

March 29th, 2014 · No Comments

The following colorful abstract portrait of a man is entitled “Heterochromia”. The drawing was created with markers, black pen and white gel pen. An initial sketch was followed by segmented layers of colorful markers and white highlights. Grey transparent markers were used for subtle shading. The style shifts from relatively loose to tight energetic lines in order to help roll attention around the artwork. The man’s eyes cautiously invite the viewer in to explore the vibrantly colorful atmosphere of the abstract portrait.

Heterochromia - Colorful Abstract Portrait of a Man

Heterochromia – Colorful Abstract Portrait of a Man

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Dharma Drawings

March 24th, 2014 · No Comments

The following series of artworks is entitled “Dharma Drawings”. The artworks include a drawing of a Buddha statue, a notable Tibetan Buddhist named Pema Chodron, a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk named Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay), and a lotus flower (nelumbo nucifera). The drawings were created with pens, markers and white gel pen on colored paper. The drawings express the vitality found in symbols and teachers of peaceful meditation and the concept of dharma.

Dharma Drawings

Dharma Drawings

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Abstract Drawings of Women’s Faces

March 15th, 2014 · No Comments

The following artworks are a series of three abstract drawings of women’s faces. The drawings were created with markers, pens and white paint pen on colored paper. The series includes two smiling women on either side of a woman praying. The drawings began with quick pen sketches, following by shades of grey and colored markers, and then white highlights. While the drawings evoke a certain tension and intense expressions, the line work maintains a loose style and energy.

Abstract Drawings of Women's Faces

Abstract Drawings of Women’s Faces

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Drawing of a Puppy Running

March 8th, 2014 · No Comments

This is a drawing of a puppy running. The sketch was drawn with pen and watercolor on white paper. The puppy is running toward the viewer with a playful bounce, slightly nervous gaze and purposeful stride. The subtle application of color and pen lines helps to create a light feeling to the drawing, and emphasizes the delicate joy and good-natured fun expressed by a playful puppy.

Drawing of a Puppy Running

Drawing of a Puppy Running

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Drawings of Babies

March 1st, 2014 · No Comments

This is a series of portrait drawings of babies. The four individual drawings show a smiling baby, a sleeping baby, a surprised baby, and a baby with a curiously strenuous face. Each drawing was created with markers and pens on colored paper. Subtle shades of grey were used build up the forms of the face. White gel pen highlights were used to accentuate peaks in the topography of the face and glistening eyes. Colorful shapes add a touch of playfulness to the baby drawings.

Portrait Drawings of Babies

Portrait Drawings of Babies

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Faces of #Ukraine | Portrait Drawings

February 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

Faces of #Ukraine is a series of portrait drawings from pictures taken during the Winter 2014 protests in Ukraine. Each portrait focuses on the intense emotional element of the people experiencing the unrest. Vivid color and sharp contrast helps amplify the intensity of the emotions. The colorful portraits were drawn with pen and markers on 8″x11″ printer paper. The portraits depict (from left to right, top row) a young man, an old woman, a man in a gas mask, (from left to right, bottom row) a young woman yelling with flowers in her hair, a man in a hat yelling, and an old man. Please visit Google News for more information about Ukraine.

Faces of #Ukraine | Portrait Drawings

Faces of #Ukraine | Portrait Drawings

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