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.
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The following charcoal drawings of 1 man and 2 women are each approximately 18″x24″. The drawings were sketched with charcoal and chalk on newsprint paper, with subtle sepia tones. The charcoal portraits were drawn in a loose and energetic style using a variety of shading techniques, blending and line weights. Dark shadow areas were drawn with charcoal, smudged with fingers and redrawn darker until deep shades emerged. Light white chalk was used for highlights and expressive mark making. Subtle color was used for punctuation that helps move the eye through each drawing.
October 31st, 2013 · No Comments
The following artworks are pen, marker & watercolor drawings of 6 abstract faces. Vibrant and unique color combinations are used with energetic line work to create stunning visual representations of a recognizable image; the human face. The drawings experiment with shadows and highlights, thin black and white lines for accentuation, and stark vs. chaotic backgrounds. The eyes are also varied and soulful. Each fantastical portrait drawing is approximately 9″x12″.
September 29th, 2013 · No Comments
This is a painting of a lioness created in 2013. The painting was created with a mix of dry and wet mediums including pencils, oil pastels, watercolors, acrylics, and markers. The aftermath of a hunt is expressed via intense color, line movement and expression. The stark white background helps keeps focus on the intensity of the animal.
September 20th, 2013 · No Comments
This is a portrait drawing of Hua Tuo (c. 140–208); an ancient Chinese physician who lived in the late Eastern Han Dynasty. This portrait artwork is approximately 9″x12″ and was created for the Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology. The portrait was first drawn with pens and colored pencils, followed by markers and watercolors. Then the drawing was scanned and edited digitally to include a watercolor backdrop and highlights. The artwork will appear in the entrance exhibit of the WLM’s new physical location in Chicago, Illinois.
September 5th, 2013 · No Comments
The following sugar skulls were painted as decorations for a Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) party. Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that focuses on remembering loved ones who have died. The traditional sugar skull paintings are approximately 18″ x 24″, and were created with spray paint, markers, paint pens and acrylics on newsprint. A variety of decorative styles were used to cover the skulls in color, ranging from metallic geometric patterns to flowing pastel flowers. The skulls are a festive reminder to appreciate the good in those who have passed.
August 23rd, 2013 · No Comments
This is an artwork consisting of two separate drawings of two different dogs. The dog on the left is a Jack Russell Terrier and the dog on the right is a Great Dane. Each drawing was created with pens, markers, watercolors, oil pastels, colored pencils and acrylic paint. Each dog drawing is approximately 12″x12″. A frantic array of line work creates the foundation of each dog with gradient blocks of shifting color and value filling in the space. Dark black shadows help hold structure and provide focus amidst the frenetic patterns.
July 27th, 2013 · No Comments
This is a drawing of an Appenzeller Puppy Dog. The dog drawing is approximately 14″x14″ and was created with a combination of mediums including pens, markers, watercolors, paint pens, oil pastels and colored pencils. The puppy dog was originally drawn with pen. Subsequent layers of mixed media techniques and playful color combinations create a uniquely styled dog drawing.
A time-lapse video of the drawing and painting process can be viewed below. If you enjoy the video, please subscribe to the MDE Art YouTube Channel.
July 20th, 2013 · No Comments
RAWRSOME! I’m pleased to announce that my charcoal “Lion” drawing is a permanent 5′x5′ textured, shimmering wall installation in all 23 elevator lobbies of the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile. Forbes.com did a full write-up about the artwork as part of the hotel’s 2013 renovation, however, the article’s author, Andrew Bender, didn’t include my name as the artist of the artwork. I contacted Andrew requesting a reference by name, but have not received a reply.
High quality canvas wrap or giclée prints of the Lion drawing are available through my ImageKind account.
Tom Brassell, Digitally Imaged Surfaces Consultant, created a photographic blog post about creating the wall installation from the original lion artwork.
January 7th, 2013 · No Comments
Photo collage of 100 Animals; artwork by Michael D. Edens over a period of about 15 years. The artworks include a variety of animals including pets, wildlife, birds, fish, mammals, reptiles and more. The drawings, paintings and mixed media artworks were created in a variety of styles and wet & dry mediums including pens, ink, colored pencils, markers, acrylics, gouache, watercolors, oils, charcoal, crayons, pastels, chalk and digital imaging. The drawings and paintings range in size from a few centimeters to several meters. Styles include abstract, realism, impressionism, expressionism, and a broad blend of of expressive techniques.