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Abstract Art Faces | Drawings and Paintings of Heads

July 10th, 2008 · 28 Comments

This is a series of abstract impressionistic art faces that were drawn and painted with a variety of mediums in 2008. The shapes of the faces were built up with layers of paint pens, watercolor, ink pens, acrylic paint, crayons, markers, and colored pencils. Each abstract head painting has an unusual expression, and struggles to find a clear identity amidst the chaotic and energetic lines and colors. The art usually starts with a simple pen drawing of a face, and layers of medium are applied to distort, contort, and emote from the initial framework. The eyes in particular help to ground the abstract artwork with a familiar image that most peoples brains are able to identify for survival… faces.

Abstract Art Face - Impressionistic Drawing and Painting of an Head

Abstract Art Face - Green and Blue Drawing and Painting of a Head

Drawing and Painting of an Abstract Face

Abstract Impressionistic Drawing of a Head

Abstract Art - Drawing of a Face

Abstract Face in Art Work comprised of impressionistic and emotive lines and color.

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Tags: Abstract Expressionism Art · Abstract Impressionism Art · Character Art · Impressionism Art · Portrait Art ·


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28 responses so far ↓

  • 1 vikki // Jul 10, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    I really like this series, Mike. I would love to see them displayed all together on one wall. Each one does emote a different response to the viewer. What’s interesting is the last two shown here. One is overwhelmed by line and the other seems to almost be escaping it. I also like the undercoat – flat application of color values.

    “Very tasty work’.

  • 2 MDE-ART.com // Jul 11, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Thanks Vikki, your insights about being overwhelmed vs escaping are very helpful. I have a few hundred of these faces, various sizes, with an intention to do something with them. I like your idea of hanging them all together, or even constructing a giant mosaic with more than these six. If I do, I will be sure to post pictures.

  • 3 luke // Oct 28, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Hey Mike. I am thinking of doing something like this for my HSC major artwork, do you think you could give me some tips. I really like the effects you create.



  • 4 MDE-ART.com // Oct 28, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    Hi Luke,
    Thanks for your interest in my artwork. I usually try to stay loose and keep the basic structure and feeling of the face in mind. Most everything else is a creative decision based on momentary intuition and experience. There are some time-lapse animations of some of my face drawings that offer insight about the process in digital art form. Good luck with your artistic pursuits!

  • 5 mya // Dec 14, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    you pictures are so colorful and amazing! it’s wonderful the way you make it pop! keep on rocking.

  • 6 MDE-ART.com // Dec 23, 2008 at 8:25 am

    Thanks mya! 😉

  • 7 Cole // May 25, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Hey – I’m a high school art learner and busy with a prac at the moment. Yor works are so inspiring – they’re awesome!

  • 8 MDE Art Blog // Jun 2, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Thanks Cole! I’m glad to hear you’ve been inspired! Good luck with your artistic pursuits!

  • 9 Alice // Oct 2, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Hi i jus wanted to let u know i am doin gcse art at the moment and i find your work really inspiring…..THANK YOU!!!

  • 10 Shea // Feb 12, 2010 at 1:45 am

    Hey there!
    I was interested in using one of the images of the faces for album art for my band? Let me know if your interested.


  • 11 diana // Apr 18, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    hi michela ,
    im diana of iran & im graphist. i saw your artwork & i enjoy …………thank you

  • 12 Laura // Jun 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    These are amazing. Are you selling them anywhere?

  • 13 Hollie Haynes // Oct 13, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Hey, im an art student.
    and i am in love with these pieces!
    you have inspired me:)
    – hollie

  • 14 sojourner // Nov 28, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    hey just wondering if you used an artist to inspire these, they are lovely images

  • 15 Maria // Jan 10, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Love your work
    where is the “green eyed monster” and has anyone ever made a quote from it?

  • 16 raihan123 // Jan 30, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    i like so much………

  • 17 Hussein Al Gburi // Feb 1, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Amazing !!

  • 18 emilee // Apr 6, 2011 at 4:08 am

    hey my name is and i am i currently doing my HSC, Visual Arts is one of my subjects and i therefore am requried to meet the critera of undergoing a project called “Major Artwork” this consists of any media of our chose and i am struggeling on ideas. Any help would be great.

  • 19 Emmy // Apr 9, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I am using one of your pictures the last one on the page for an ‘inspired poem’ for english. I need the artists name and the title of the work.


  • 20 Shanna Thorne // Apr 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    hey i love your art work :)
    thuimbs up
    you inspired me!!
    keep up the great work.
    tashiina thorne find me on facebook

  • 21 fiera // Jun 29, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    hai….LOVE you art work!!!!!

  • 22 JennJenn // Jul 25, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Hi I’m doing a paper on a piece of art choice in the category of abstract art for my art history class, I would love to do it on your “Green and Blue Drawing and Painting of a Head.” I love art, but the class is focusing on “art criticism” which isn’t my thing. But your art painting is the first piece of art where I really got it. You should be proud of yourself as an artist. Anyway, I have to give some information if I want to do my paper on your piece. Could you please tell me when and where you did this piece?
    Anyway love your work, keep it up =D

  • 23 ismujono // Nov 2, 2011 at 7:45 am

    nice art works ..excellent abstract expression

  • 24 alex // Feb 3, 2012 at 10:33 am

    i really like the abstract art with the faces its has a feel to each face and the colors flow with each one. dark colors a sens of darkness is thier cool colors a warm feel.

  • 25 beth // Aug 23, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    amazing i love abstract art its just gorgeous :) :) <3 it

  • 26 richard // Sep 14, 2012 at 4:12 am

    i really like your abstract paintings. please continue your good work.

  • 27 WILLIAM // Nov 19, 2012 at 3:27 am


  • 28 michelle // Mar 12, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    I am working for a plastic surgeon whose has a large office building with 12′ to 13” ceilings with many large walls.Are you interested in working us.

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