The Artist Challenge is well underway, with new artists joining every day! The project was started by artist Vikki North and I by challenging each other to create artwork based on a particular theme. This is my submission for Art Challenge #5 – Unrequited Love.

The first artwork is my submission, “Face of Unrequited Love 01”. The abstract face drawing/painting is approximately 11″x14″, drawn and painted with pens, markers, colored pencils, and watercolors on paper. The accompanying video shows the drawing and painting process in a time lapse format. The face was initially sketched with pen and markers. Washes of water and watercolor softened the portrait, followed by thick markers, and more watercolor washes, details, and highlights.

Drawing / Painting of a Face of Unrequitted Love 01 | Abstract Portrait of a Man

Pen Drawing of the Eyes of a Broken Heart - Face of Unrequited Love 01, Detail

The second portrait drawing is entitled “Face of Unrequited Love 02”. This abstract face drawing/painting is approximately 9″x12″, drawn and painted with pens, markers, colored pencils, and watercolors on paper. There is an accompanying video that shows the drawing and painting process in a time lapse format. It shows a similar sketching and painting process from start to finish.

Drawing / Painting of a Face of Unrequitted Love 02 | Abstract Portrait of a Man

Art Challenge #5 – Unrequited Love | Abstract Faces Drawings and Paintings
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12 thoughts on “Art Challenge #5 – Unrequited Love | Abstract Faces Drawings and Paintings

  • February 14, 2009 at 1:47 pm
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    Hi Mike, The video is great. It’s interesting to watch the masterpiece being created, evolving through its various stages.

    The eyes of your first one are so poignant and vivid, obviously filled with emotional suffering. But what really stood out for me was the “posture” of the face. It spoke to me, shared a tale of sorrow and desire.

    The second one, while the eyes are vivid, they don’t seem as intense. The environs around this face seem to be the emanating feeling, or story. Very explosive as you said at the pub. Kind of a forceful statement of pain.

  • February 15, 2009 at 2:10 pm
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    Hi Eric!
    Thank you for writing about your reaction to my work! I appreciate hearing your thoughts. And it’s so profound to hear you speak of the emotions, like “sorrow” and “desire” in the same sentence. I wasn’t even thinking those words, but the visual emotions I was drawing are exactly as you describe!

    I’m humbled by our different strengths in the way we communicate. Thank you. 🙂

    ~Michael

  • February 23, 2009 at 11:43 am
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    the effect is amazing!when i frst looked at it it gave me a jolt and thats sayin something cuz i dont know a thing about art but yours is great!it gives me a sense of feeling towards art…pationate would be the word i guess..but anyways,i hope somthing big comes towards you in life cuz you deserve it!keep it up!

  • February 28, 2009 at 10:59 am
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    Thank you lindsey! I’m delighted to hear about your reaction to the artwork, and I appreciate your interest and encouragement! 🙂

    ~Michael

  • March 3, 2009 at 3:46 pm
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    I was so inspired when I first saw these and all of your work. The eyes really stunned me, they are so striking. I was already interested in art, but your work has made me seriously consider making my career revolve around it.
    love your work keep it up 🙂

  • March 14, 2009 at 10:59 am
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    Thank you Anonymous! I’m glad to hear you are inspired! Good luck with your artistic pursuits! 😉

  • May 26, 2009 at 7:01 am
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    hey, i love all of your art… but how did you get that much detail into those 1st eyes? i love drawing eyes but you make it look so easy! wow keep it up

  • May 27, 2009 at 11:54 am
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    Thanks puzzled…! 🙂
    I draw a lot of eyes, so I think the detail comes from practice looking very closely at how an eye helps convey emotion. Good luck with your artistic pursuits!

    ~Michael

  • December 3, 2009 at 6:13 am
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    i really am inspired by your work.I am studying your work ,techniques and use of mediums for my A-Level Art Exam.
    Thnak you so much.

  • January 11, 2010 at 8:18 pm
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    the top one is one of my FAVORITE peices it inspires me im only a highschool student and i have big dreams with art and this sight helps me think of new ideas thanks

  • September 9, 2010 at 5:12 am
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    Hi Michael
    I recently stumbled across your website whilst searching for ‘faces in shadow’ and am so glad I did! I find your work totally compelling. I feel deeply moved by your depiction of ‘unrequited love’, the eyes are amazing, raw and intimate, soulful. I’m blown away! Your art feels so brave, the colours, lines etc my attempts feel very conservative in comparison. I would love to know more of how you visualise and create an image. Have you done or would you consider doing a tutorial on u-tube? The videos you’ve posted are great but I’m after a step by step thing. What are your thoughts? Also have you ever thought of producing a book? I’m not an artist but have just completed a diploma in art therapy and I’m so interested in how you depict such raw emotion. Look forward to hearing from you.

  • November 10, 2011 at 10:51 pm
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    I was wondering what kind of paper you use for these pieces?
    I love the way these tell a story and they are really beautiful!

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