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

Two Drawings of 2 Dogs

This is an artwork consisting of two separate drawings of two different dogs. The dog on the left is a Jack Russell Terrier and the dog on the right is a Great Dane. Each drawing was created with pens, markers, watercolors, oil pastels, colored pencils and acrylic paint. Each dog drawing is approximately 12″x12″. A frantic array of line work creates the foundation of each dog with gradient blocks of shifting color and value filling in the space. Dark black shadows help hold structure and provide focus amidst the frenetic patterns.

Two Drawings of Two Dogs
Two Drawings of Two Dogs

Drawing of a Puppy Dog (Appenzeller)

This is a drawing of an Appenzeller Puppy Dog. The dog drawing is approximately 14″x14″ and was created with a combination of mediums including pens, markers, watercolors, paint pens, oil pastels and colored pencils. The puppy dog was originally drawn with pen. Subsequent layers of mixed media techniques and playful color combinations create a uniquely styled dog drawing.

A time-lapse video of the drawing and painting process can be viewed below. If you enjoy the video, please subscribe to the MDE Art YouTube Channel.

Appenzeller Puppy Dog Drawing
Appenzeller Puppy Dog Drawing

Michael D. Edens’ Lion Drawing at InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile

RAWRSOME! I’m pleased to announce that my charcoal “Lion” drawing is a permanent 5’x5′ textured, shimmering wall installation in all 23 elevator lobbies of the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile. Forbes.com did a full write-up about the artwork as part of the hotel’s 2013 renovation, however, the article’s author, Andrew Bender, didn’t include my name as the artist of the artwork. I contacted Andrew requesting a reference by name, but have not received a reply.

High quality canvas wrap or giclée prints of the Lion drawing are available through my ImageKind account.

Original charcoal artwork: Lion
Date Drawn: 2006
Dimensions (HxW): 14″ x 11″
Michael D. Edens' Charcoal Lion Drawing

The completed elevator lobby installation featuring my artwork. It’s an honor for me, and I think it looks neat in-person. The whole thing shimmers.
Michael D. Edens' "Lion" artwork in all 23 elevator lobbies of the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile

Tom Brassell, Digitally Imaged Surfaces Consultant, created a photographic blog post about creating the wall installation from the original lion artwork.

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