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

Botany in Medicine Note Cards – Floral Paintings

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.

Papaver Somniferum (Poppy) Watercolor Note Card Papaver Somniferum (Poppy) Watercolor Note Card

Digitalis Purpurea Watercolor Note Card Digitalis Purpurea Watercolor Note Card

Chondrodendron Tomentosum (Curare) Watercolor Note Card Chondrodendron Tomentosum (Curare) Watercolor Note Card

Atropa Belladonna Watercolor Note Card Atropa Belladonna Watercolor Note Card

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

Drawing of a Steam Engine Train

This is a drawing of a steam engine train. The 9″x12″ artwork was created in 2011 with a variety of mediums, including pens, markers, watercolors, oil pastels, and acrylic paint. The train was initially drawn with black pen and shades of grey markers. White oil pastel and acrylic paint was applied to the background, followed by a subtle wash of watercolor paint to help enhance the atmosphere behind the train.

Drawing of a Steam Engine Train

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″

Drawing of a Car | Lamborghini Reventón

“Lamborghini Reventón” is a 9″x12″ drawing of a car named the Lamborghini Reventón. The artwork was created with pens, markers, paint pens, oil pastels, watercolors, gouaches, and acrylic paint. Contrasting colors and expressive lines help to add movement and shape to the foreground, car, and background. The mid-engine sports car is the most expensive Lamborghini road car as of 2007, costing one million euros (~US$1.31 million, or ~£840,000).

Lamborghini Reventon | Painting and Drawing of a Car

The Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology Artwork

Phase 1 of the new website for the Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology went Live today! I am excited because I had the opportunity to create artwork for the Museum, Library, Archives, Famous Patients, and more! This is just the beginning too! Check it out if you have an interest in art or the miracle of modern medicine made possible by the amazing advances in anesthesia drugs and techniques over the past century.

Portrait of an Anesthesiologist, Drawing and Painting
Portrait of an Anesthesiologist
9″x12″

The following time-lapse video shows the drawing/painting process for a portrait of Dr. Paul M. Wood. Visit the Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology to view the final portrait and more artwork.

Drawing / Painting of a Fedora Hat in Memory of Michael Jackson

The following artwork is an 11″ x 14″ drawing and painting of a fedora hat, created with colored pencils, markers, oil pastels, pens, watercolors, and paint pens on paper.

The fedora was often worn by Michael Jackson (b. 29 August 1958, – d. 25 June 2009) during stage performances and public appearances. The article of clothing became nearly synonymous with his image along with other accessories such as a single white glove, white socks with black loafers, and mirrored aviator sun glasses.

Drawing and Painting of a Fedora Hat in Memory of Michael Jackson

Painting / Drawing of a Rose | Spring Fever

This is a drawing and painting of a yellow rose, created for Art Challenge #8: Spring Fever at The Artist Challenge! Spring is in the air and flowers are blooming. The grass is growing again and there is a bit more chirping and buzzing to be heard outside. The yellow rose is the first bloom in my garden, so I thought I would let it speak for the season and this months free art challenge!

The rose drawing/painting is approximately 8″ x 11″, created with pens, colored pencils, paint pens, and watercolors on card stock paper.

Painting and Drawing of a Yellow Rose

Art Challenge #5 – Unrequited Love | Abstract Faces Drawings and Paintings

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

How to Draw a Rose | Video of Abstract Rose Art

This is a video and image of a drawing of a rose. The video shows how the rose was drawn and painted with thin lines, washes of color, and expressive highlights. The drawing / painting is 12″x9″ and was created with pens, markers, paint pens, colored pencils, and watercolors. There are also segments of silver and gold paint around the flower. The rose was constructed with an initial vibrancy that represents the flower’s attribution to the emotions of love. And like love in its many undulating forms, the drawing continues to deepen and change over the course of time, sometimes darker sometimes lighter, but with a consistent undercurrent expressed with some clarity amidst the whole. (Total drawing time was about 20 minutes.)

Colorful Abstract Painting and Drawing of a Rose

Painting / Drawing of a Cooked Turkey

This is a 9″x12″ painting/drawing of a cooked turkey. The turkey was loosely sketched with ink pens and paint pens on card stock paper. Washes of watercolor were painted over the drawing to soften focus and add volume, followed by white highlights. The pervasive yellow adds a soft glow to the atmosphere, while the frantic linework and alternating shadows and highlights across the entire painting add energy to an otherwise static image.

Painting and Drawing of a Cooked Turkey

Abstract Acrylic Paintings | Sphere (Ball) and Cone

These are two acrylic paintings, one of an abstract Ball or Sphere, and one of an abstract Cone. Energetic and expressive swirls of color are chaotically focused on creating a recognizable image. And the darker shadows and horizon lines help to ground the objects.

Simple three dimensional shapes, like cubes, spheres, cones, and cylinders, were some of the first objects I drew when I started my art hobby as a kid. The basic shapes helped simplify the world, and I began to understand how light and dark play against each other to create depth. As a young adult, the more I learn about the nature of the physical world, I understand there is more complexity than can be perceived by senses I’m accustomed to using, like sight and touch. So the paintings are a reminder of invisible depth in unobvious places.

The Sphere (ball) painting is approximately 11″x11″ and the Cone painting is approximately 13.5″x14″. Both artworks are painted on masonite board.

Expressive Abstract Acrylic Painting of a Ball or Sphere

Expressive Abstract Acrylic Painting of a Cone

Colorful Abstract Skull Sketches

Theses are abstract drawings of skulls, sketched with markers, watercolors, paint pens, and artist tape. The acid free tape was layered over the eyes of the more abstracted green swirly drawing. A bandaged or mummified appearance hasn’t translated as thoroughly to the digital reproduction. The skull drawings use basic shapes of color, subtle lines of structure, and semi-opaque washes of watercolor sketched quickly and energetically. A white paint pen is also used to add interesting hot spots of washed out color and blur lines that intensify the subtle illusion of movement.

A Quick Sketch of a Colorful Abstract Skull

Abstract Sketch of a Mummified Skull Face

Drawing of a Tree

This is a pen drawing of a tree with a few leaves and branches. A faint yellow highlighter was also used to accentuate sparkles of sunlight, but they are not as apparent in the digital reproduction. The tree is a large old Silver Maple tree in its final years. Much of the base has rotted out, and the tree is being prepared to get cut down. So this drawing was created in remembrance of this mighty creature.
Thanks for the oxygen! 😉

Pen Drawing of a Tree

Abstract Surreal Drawing of a Haystack with Oil Pastels

This is an oil pastel drawing of a haystack, created with bright bold colors in a slightly abstract surrealist style. Energetic lines and smudging create the shape of the haystack, which also creates a vertical break in the composition. The bright background, foreground, and a bold blue line across the horizon also helps to break apart the image and reinforce a sense of depth and space within the drawing.

Oil Pastel Drawing of a Haystack in an Abstract Surrealism style

Digital Drawings and Art | Time Lapse Animations | Abstract Portraits and Faces

The following artworks were drawn in a digital format, with a mouse as the input using free online software at RateMyDrawings.com. The software also records the drawing process, so once the drawing is complete viewers can watch the drawing being created in a time lapse animation format. After the animation plays, the viewer may Rate or Comment on the drawing or artwork.

A few digital drawings of abstract faces and portraits that I created at “Rate My Drawings” are highlighted below, along with one time lapse animation. I encourage clicking on the artworks in order to view more animations that show how the drawings were created over time. If you would like to see more time lapse animated art, check out my complete MDE-ART Rate My Drawings Profile, or surf around the site and check out all the other great drawings people do every day. Sign up is quick, so you can try creating your own digital paintings, drawings, and animations too!

Digital Drawing of an Abstract Face of Lines and Color v2

Digital Drawing of an Abstract Surreal Face

Digital Drawing of a Mysterious Face with Frantic Lines and Color

Digital Drawing of a Colorful Face with Squiggly Lines

Digital Drawing of an Abstract Face of Lines and Color

Digital Drawing of a Colorful Abstract Face

Digital Drawing of a Face of Lines and Color

Oil Pastel Drawing of an Ice Cream Cone

In keeping with the food theme, like the drawing of an apple, here is an oil pastel drawing of an ice cream cone. The oil pastel medium lends itself to techniques like blending and scratching, which helps add dimension to the art. The ice cream cone shape and colors were blocked in first, and texture details were added to the cherry and cone. I started by blending the chocolate ice cream with my fingers, and then continued with the rest of the drawing. Once the blending was complete a few more cycles of drawing in details and blending were continued. The quick oil pastel sketch was finished by adding a cherry on top.

Oil Pastel Drawing of an Ice Cream Cone

Oil Pastel Drawing of an Apple

This is an apple drawn with oil pastels. Blocks of color were sketched in to define the shape and form of the fruit, while slight variations in value were also applied in layers. The oil pastel medium lends itself to blending, either with a tool or fingers, which helps create gradient effects. Once the apple was drawn and blended, frantic lines were energetically whipped around and through the apple to add a surrealistic perspective.

Oil Pastel Drawing of an Apple

Drawing and Painting of a Skull

This is a charcoal drawing and acrylic painting of a skull attached to a skeletal corpse. The artwork was initially sketched in 1998 with black charcoal. Then black, white, and brown acrylic paint was energetically brushed onto the canvas board with a palette knife. The dark colors reflect the morbidity of the subject, and the way the paint colors are pushed, pulled, mixed, scraped, and twisted around the canvas add a tension and unexpected life to the art. The composition of the skull on the skeleton, with eyes slightly above the horizontal midpoint, help suggest that the subject was posing for a portrait.

A variety of stylistic approaches have been applied to other skull drawings, such as this Skull Drawing Still Life, and this Painting of a Skull.

Drawing and Painting of a Skull on a Skeleton Corpse