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 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

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.

Untitled Abstract Art

Abstract Face

This is an abstract drawing of a face. The artwork is 9″x12″, drawn and painted with colored pencils, pens, markers, paint pens, watercolors, and oil pastels.

Drawing of an Abstract Face

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″

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

Abstract Art Face

This is an abstract drawing and painting of a face. The 9″x12″ abstract art was created in 2011 with a variety of mediums, including paint pens, colored pencils, crayons, watercolors, acrylics, oil pastels, markers, pens, and gouache. Expressive application of vibrant colors, meandering lines, and layered white space mix to create a determined facial expression forming on the paper.

Abstract Art Face

Drawing of a Rose

The following artwork is a drawing of a rose. The rose drawing is approximately 8″x11″. Mediums used include oil pastels, pens, gouache, paint pens, watercolors, and markers.

I started with a single color outline of the rose with pen, and filled in values with grey tone markers. Next I added watercolor to the rose, and let that dry. This was followed by additional colored pen details, paint pens, and oil pastels. White gouache was used for highlights.

Drawing of a Rose

Drawings of Guns | Gun Art Series 1

Gun Art Series 1 includes paintings and drawings of guns created with a variety of colorful mediums, including pens, markers, paint pens, gouache, watercolors, oil pastels, and colored pencils. Each gun artwork is 4″x6″, about the size of a postcard or note card. Various matte and glossy varnishes were applied after digitally scanning the artworks in order to further accentuate the guns from the backgrounds.

The guns included in Gun Art Series 1 are: M4 Carbine, LeMat Revolver, Mossberg 500 Shotgun, Desert Eagle Pistol, Heckler & Koch MP5 Submachine Gun, M1 Garand Rifle, Thompson Submachine Gun, Glock Safe Action Pistol, and AK-47 Assault Rifle.

M4 Carbine Drawing | Gun Art Series 1
M4 Carbine Drawing
Gun Art Series 1
4″x6″

LeMat Revolver Drawing | Gun Art Series 1
LeMat Revolver Drawing
Gun Art Series 1
4″x6″

Mossberg 500 Shotgun Drawing | Gun Art Series 1
Mossberg 500 Shotgun Drawing
Gun Art Series 1
4″x6″

Desert Eagle Pistol Drawing | Gun Art Series 1
Desert Eagle Pistol Drawing
Gun Art Series 1
4″x6″

Heckler & Koch MP5 Submachine Gun Drawing | Gun Art Series 1
Heckler & Koch MP5 Submachine Gun Drawing
Gun Art Series 1
4″x6″

M1 Garand Rifle Drawing | Gun Art Series 1
M1 Garand Rifle Drawing
Gun Art Series 1
4″x6″

Thompson Submachine Gun Drawing | Gun Art Series 1
Thompson Submachine Gun Drawing
Gun Art Series 1
4″x6″

Glock Safe Action Pistol Drawing | Gun Art Series 1
Glock Safe Action Pistol Drawing
Gun Art Series 1
4″x6″

AK-47 Assault Rifle Drawing | Gun Art Series 1
AK-47 Assault Rifle Drawing
Gun Art Series 1
4″x6″

Abstract Demons and Faces | Drawings and Paintings

The following artworks are drawings and paintings of abstract demon faces. The expressive demons were created in 2010 on a variety of papers and sizes with a variety of mediums, including pens, watercolors, paint pens, oil pastels, acrylic paints, markers, crayons, and colored pencils.

I think the creative development process is interesting. I feel as though the faces want to see me seeing them, like I am a witness to their turmoil and struggle for peace.

Drawing and Painting of an Abstract Demon Face 01
Demon 01
Abstract Demon Faces – Series 1
9″x12″

Drawing and Painting of an Abstract Demon Face 02
Demon 02
Abstract Demon Faces – Series 1
9″x12″

Drawing and Painting of an Abstract Demon Face 03
Demon 03
Abstract Demon Faces – Series 1
9″x12″

Drawing and Painting of an Abstract Demon Face 04
Demon 04
Abstract Demon Faces – Series 1
9″x12″

Painting and Drawing of an Abstract Demon Face 05
Demon 05
Abstract Demon Faces – Series 1
9″x12″

Painting and Drawing of an Abstract Demon Face 06
Demon 06
Abstract Demon Faces – Series 1
9″x12″

Drawing and Painting of an Abstract Demon Face 07
Demon 07
Abstract Demon Faces – Series 1
11″x14″

Drawing and Painting of an Abstract Demon Face 08
Demon 08
Abstract Demon Faces – Series 1
9″x12″

Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series – Part 1 of 3

The following abstract portraits and faces are part of a series of artworks, consisting of drawings and paintings from 2009. I experienced an extended period of personal sadness and frustration, with art as my outlet. The abstract art was created with a variety of mediums, including pens, ink, paint pens, acrylics, watercolors, markers, oil pastels, and colored pencils. Paper sizes, shapes, and weights vary from artwork to artwork, but the theme of “faces” is consistent.

Albeit these expressions are of my discomfort, I drew strength from many places, including valued attention and support from individuals online around the world.

Thank you for your validation and encouragement of my work, kind comments, and for sharing your inspiring art. I appreciate all that you have provided, I wish for you the best that life has to offer, and good luck with your artistic pursuits!

Also available for viewing:
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series – Part 2 of 3
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series – Part 3 of 3

Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series – Part 1 of 3

Purple 1 - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Purple 1
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
9″x12″

Future - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Future
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
11″x14″

Pink - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Pink
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
8″x13″

Void - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Void
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
11″x14″

Fear - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Fear
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
11″x14″

Sun - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Sun
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
11″x14″

Hair 1 - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Hair 1
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
12″x9″

Black White and Blue - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Black White and Blue
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
11″x14″

Also available for viewing:
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series – Part 2 of 3
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series – Part 3 of 3

Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series – Part 2 of 3

The following abstract portraits and faces are part of a series of artworks, consisting of drawings and paintings from a time of personal sadness and frustration in 2009. Mediums used include pens, ink, paint pens, acrylics, watercolors, markers, oil pastels, colored pencils, and a variety of paper sizes, weights, and shapes.

Also available for viewing:
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series – Part 1 of 3
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series – Part 3 of 3

Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series – Part 2 of 3

Heat - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Heat
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
14″x11″

Organism - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Organism
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
11″x14″

Breath - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Breath
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
14″x22″

Purple 2 - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Purple 2
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
8″x13″

Green 1 - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Green 1
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
11″x14″

Yellow - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Yellow
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
14″x20″

Dud - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Dud
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
11″x14″

Fly - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Fly
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
9″x12″

Also available for viewing:
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series – Part 1 of 3
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series – Part 3 of 3

Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series – Part 3 of 3

The following abstract portraits and faces are part of a series of artworks, consisting of drawings and paintings from a time of personal sadness and frustration in 2009. Mediums used include pens, ink, paint pens, acrylics, watercolors, markers, oil pastels, colored pencils, and a variety of paper sizes, weights, and shapes.

This is last part of a series of artworks, consisting of drawings and paintings depicting abstract portraits and faces from a time of personal sadness and frustration in 2009. A variety of mediums used to create the abstract art include pens, ink, paint pens, acrylic, watercolors, markers, oil pastels, colored pencils, and various paper sizes, shapes, and weights. Thank you for viewing the series of abstract artworks.

Also available for viewing:
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series – Part 1 of 3
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series – Part 2 of 3

Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series – Part 3 of 3

Hide - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Hide
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
11″x14″

Hair 2 - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Hair 2
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
20″x14″

Camouflage - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Camouflage
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
9″x12″

Angrierierier - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Angrierierier
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
14″x20″

Gaunt - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Gaunt
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
8″x13″

Poker - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Poker
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
14″x20″

Thorns - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Thorns
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
14″x22″

Pillow - Abstract Portraits and Faces - Sadness and Frustration Series
Pillow
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series
8″x13″

Also available for viewing:
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series – Part 1 of 3
Abstract Portraits and Faces – Sadness and Frustration Series – Part 2 of 3