Fantastical Portraits in Color, Six (6) Faces

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″.

Fantastical Portraits in Color, Six (6) Faces Fantastical Portraits in Color, Six (6) Faces

Sugar Skulls for Day of the Dead

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.

Sugar Skulls for Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls for Day of the Dead

Sugar Skulls Sugar Skulls

100 Animals – Collage of Artwork by Michael D. Edens

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.

100 Animals – Collage of Artwork by Michael D. Edens 100 Animals – Collage of Artwork by Michael D. Edens

200 Faces – Collage of Artwork by Michael D. Edens

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.

200 Faces – Collage of Artwork by Michael D. Edens 200 Faces – Collage of Artwork by Michael D. Edens

100 Abstracts – Collage of Artwork by Michael D. Edens

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.

100 Abstracts - Collage of Artwork by Michael D. Edens 100 Abstracts – Collage of Artwork by Michael D. Edens

Falling Apart (process) – Abstract Art

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.

Falling Apart (process) - Abstract Art

Abstract Charcoal Portrait Drawings

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.

Charcoal Ghost Portrait Charcoal Ghost Portrait

Charcoal Woman Portrait Charcoal Woman Portrait

Charcoal Face of a Man Charcoal Face of a Man

Charcoal Portrait Drawing Charcoal Portrait Drawing

Red-eyed Charcoal Demon Portrait Red-eyed Charcoal Demon Portrait

Charcoal Old Man Face Charcoal Old Man Face

Charcoal Portrait of a Man Charcoal Portrait of a Man

Charcoal Portrait Cloth Face Charcoal Portrait Cloth Face

Untitled Abstract Art

The following abstract artwork is “Untitled”. The size is approximately 5’x6′, created with a mix of charcoal and acrylic paints. I thought for a few minutes between each brush stroke. I paced myself, letting the next action flow naturally rather than forcing a preconceived idea of what I wanted to paint. If nothing came to mind, I didn’t paint. After a while, nothing called me to put more paint on the paper. So I took a picture and set it aside.

I like the way the painting keeps my eye moving through it… searching.

Abstract Portraits of Women and Girls

The following drawings of faces are a series of abstract portraits of women and girls. The 9″x12″ artworks were created with a variety of mediums, including watercolors, colored pencils, oil pastels, pens, markers, acrylics, and paint pens.

Blue Woman | Abstract Portrait
Blue Woman
9″x12″

Lips | Abstract Portrait of a Woman
Lips
9″x12″

Hair | Abstract Drawing and Painting of a Woman
Hair
9″x12″

Lightning | Abstract Portrait Painting of a Girl
Lightning
9″x12″

Toof | Abstract Portrait Drawing of a Little Girl
Toof
9″x12″

Red Woman Glare | Abstract Portrait Drawing
Red Woman Glare
9″x12″

Yellow Eyes | Abstract Portrait Painting and Drawing of a Girl
Yellow Eyes
9″x12″

Sad Faces | Abstract Portraits of Girls with Grief

The following drawings of sad faces are abstract portraits of girls with different types of grief. The 9″x12″ artworks were created with colored pencils, pens, markers, oil pastels, watercolors, and acrylics.

Drawing of a Grieving Girl
Drawing of a Grieving Girl
9″x12″

Drawing of a Depressed Girl
Drawing of a Depressed Girl
9″x12″

Drawing of a Melancholy Girl
Drawing of a Melancholy Girl
9″x12″

Drawing of a Sad Girl
Drawing of a Sad Girl
9″x12″

Isolated Flowers | Series of Abstract Drawings

This is a series of abstract drawings entitled “Isolated Flowers”. Each individual drawing is 4″x6″ and the entire series is approximately 13″x18″. The mediums used to create the artwork include pens, markers, watercolors, acrylics, and oil pastels.

Isolated Flowers | Series of Abstract Drawings

Abstract Flower Drawing

This is an abstract drawing of a flower. The 11″x14″ abstract flower drawing was created in 2011 with paint pens. Outlines of whimsical shapes and patterns were sketched with the paint pens using a variety of colors. Emphasis was placed on alternating similar and dissimilar colors to create unique patterns of value changes throughout the flower artwork.

Abstract Flower Drawing

Self-Portraits, Spring 2011 | Michael D. Edens

These are two self-portraits of/by artist Michael D. Edens. The 9″x12″ artworks were drawn and painted in 2011 with a variety of mediums. The first self-portrait, entitled “Self-Portrait”, was drawn with pens, oil pastels, paint pens, watercolors, and gouache. The second self-portrait, entitled “Uneasy Self-Portrait”, was drawn with colored pencils, oil pastels, and watercolors.

Unique layering and coloring techniques were used in each self-portrait in order to create interesting visual styles. For example, watercolors are painted over naturally repelling oil pastels to create an uneasy imbalance of organically flowing swirls and pooling colors amidst irrepressible lines.

Self-Portrait - Michael D. Edens

Uneasy Self-Portrait - Michael D. Edens

Related Artwork
This is a previous 9″x12″ self-portrait created as part of the Rainbow Color Portraits – Series 1.

Michael D. Edens Self-Portrait - Rainbow Color Portraits - Series 1

Portrait of a Man with Glasses

This is a portrait of a man with glasses. The 9″x12″ portrait artwork was drawn in 2011 with a variety of mediums, including colored pencils, pens, oil pastels, paint pens, watercolors, gouache, and acrylics. The man was sketched with colored pencils, and layers of other dry and wet mediums were applied in layers. The intense and expressive lines meander throughout the artwork, creating a wholly connected portrait from foreground to background, top to bottom, and side to side. The use of unique shapes, gradients, and vivid and muted color combinations help to convey a sense of whimsical creativity and imagination surrounding and emanating from the man.

Portrait of a Man with Glasses

Drawing of a Fat Person

This is a drawing of a fat person kneeling with their head in their hands entitled “Overcome”. The 9″x12″ abstract artwork was created in 2011 with colored pencils, oil pastels, and watercolors. The person was initially sketched with colored pencils, followed by oil pastel and watercolor highlights. The white background creates a stark contrast against the subject reinforcing a feeling of isolation.

Drawing of a Fat Person - Overcome

Abstract Drawing of a Man

This is an abstract drawing of a man lying down. The 9″x12″ abstract artwork was created in 2011 with a variety of mediums, including pens, colored pencils, oil pastels, watercolors, and gouache. The man was initially sketched with pens and colored pencils. Layers of watercolor, oil pastel, and gouache were then applied to create interesting lines, shapes, and pools of color that flow from the subject and help connect the man to the foreground and background.

Abstract Drawing of a Man