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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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″.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Photo collage of 200 Faces; artwork by Michael D. Edens over a period of about 15 years. The artworks include a variety of portraits, abstract faces, concept art and character studies. 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. Styles include abstracts, realism, impressionism, expressionism, and a wide ranging blend of of expressive techniques. The drawings and paintings range in size from a few inches to several meters.
Photo collage of 100 Abstracts; artwork by Michael D. Edens over a period of about 15 years. The abstract artworks were created in a variety of styles and mediums including paints, charcoal & pastels, pen & ink and digital. Styles include abstract impressionism, expressionism, surrealism and blends of expressive techniques. The drawings and paintings range in size from a few inches to several meters.
This is an original abstract artwork entitled “Falling Apart (process)”. The artwork is approximately 4′ x 5′, and was created with a mix of acrylic paint, spray paint, charcoal, chalk, and pastels in 2012. Small photographs are aligned in a row below the artwork, documenting the painting process over the course of about an hour per image until the final artwork was complete.
This is a series of abstract charcoal portrait drawings, approximately 11″x14″ in size. While charcoal is used as the foundation, other mediums are used to enhance each artwork, including watercolor, acrylic, oil pastel and marker. The charcoal faces share a loose, high-contrast style with shadowed eyes. Each portrait drawing interprets the subject differently, from impressionistic human faces to ghostly or demonic impersonations. Charcoal art also contains characteristic smudges and smears that help create value and atmosphere.
The following botanical paintings were created for the Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology as a series of note cards for sale. Each note card features a unique, distinctive botanical watercolor artwork of a medicinal plant: Papaver Somniferum (Poppy), Digitalis Purpurea, Chondrodendron Tomentosum (Curare), and Atropa Belladonna. Each note card contains a detailed description of its medicinal qualities. There are 12 cards and 15 envelopes per set. Visit the WLM Store to purchase or view a sampling of the four note cards.
The note cards are a beautiful and sophisticated gift for friends, family or colleagues, and proceeds support the world’s preeminent resource on the history of anesthesiology.