Portraits and Faces Series 1 – Impressionistic Oil Pastel Drawings

These oil pastel drawings are part of an abstract impressionistic body of artwork entitled Portraits and Faces Series 1. They are a series of five faces drawn with energetic and expressive lines and colors to produce abstract portraits that appear to be emerging from the oil pastel medium and the surface of the paper. The structure of the faces grow fluidly from the chaotic drawing medium by utilizing techniques such as smudging and scratching to produce varying combinations of gradient colors and stark contrast. Each piece of expressive art is roughly 9″x12″, and each subject conveys emotions unique to each drawing. Emphasis is placed on prominent facial features, such as the eyes, nose, and mouth, so that facial recognition is possible amidst the predominantly abstract compositions.

For more colorful portrait art, view the abstract expressionistic drawings entitled Portraits and Faces Series 2 – Abstract Pen and Marker Drawings, or this Abstract Drawing of a Face.

Impressionistic Portrait Drawing of an Old Man's Face with Oil Pastels

Abstract Expressive Portrait Drawing of a Face with Oil Pastels

Oil Pastel Portrait Drawing of a Face

Portrait Drawing of a Face with Oil Pastels

Abstract Impressionistic Portrait Drawing of a Face with Oil Pastels

53 Replies to “Portraits and Faces Series 1 – Impressionistic Oil Pastel Drawings”

  1. Wish someday i cud just little of wat u do!!! I like the depth in ur ART…It’s just…..WOW!!!! Gud Luck for all ur efforts….
    God Bless!!!!

  2. Thanks again umesh!
    We all have unique talents, and effort and appreciation certainly helps them grow to fruition. Good luck to you as well! 🙂

  3. hi, i was thinking of doing something like this for my art GCSE if that ok?? could you tell me the name of the artist please?

  4. Hi rosie,
    My name is Michael Edens. Check out the “Biography” link on the top navigation for more information. Good luck with your artistic pursuits.

  5. Your artwork is amazing and utterly inspiring. I don’t hold any particular talents myself but hold many dear friends that do. Just wondering where your based?
    Love your work 🙂
    Goodluck for the future!

    God bless

  6. Hi becky,
    Thanks for your kind words! 😉 It’s great to hear you are able to provide support to close friends. That’s a blessing in itself, and I believe it to be a talent as well.

    I’m currently based in the Houston, TX area, but draw inspiration from all around the world. 🙂

  7. hi, after looking through the work, i was really inspired, i was thinking of producing inspired pieces using this style. How can i do it? do i start of with the ‘wiggly lines’ or colour first?

    do u make copies straight a person or is this done using your creativity? if it is, that is sooo cool!

  8. Hi subani,
    Thanks for your interest in my work, I’m happy to hear you are inspired!

    The style is very raw and emotive, and these were not planned or copies from faces. They are creativity! 😉

    Sometimes I start with a feeling, and try to express it in the eyes. Or pick a color that gets my attention and lay down some patterns or shapes. It’s an “organic” process, different every time. The drawing doesn’t always turn out the way I originally intend, so I work with what is created in the moment. Playing and pushing lines and color around until… well, I haven’t quite figured out when a drawing is “done”! 🙂

    Usually I just stop if I can’t think of anything else to draw, or get interrupted. Sometimes it just “feels” like the drawing is done. It’s difficult to explain with words. However, here is one portrait where I just kept drawing, continually melding faces of line and color.


  9. Hi there michael,
    I think these are fantastic, I mean really good. I am an A level student in England and I want to emulate some of your work for my critical studies, I was wondering if it would be possible to get some digital images of the same size as these (perhaps in an e-mail?), without the mde link at the bottom for my sketchbook. It would be really nice to have the clean thumbnail and obviously I wouldn’t take any credit because it would be a page about you 🙂

    I would really appreciate the five images here if that’s ok, I’m afraid all I can give you is my word that I won’t redistribute them

    Adam Hughes

  10. Hi adam,
    I appreciate your interest in my artwork! I’ve emailed you further information about your request. Good luck with your artistic pursuits. 🙂

  11. These are amazing. I love how you have designed the face to fit, but not quite disappear into the abstract-ness (is that a word?) of the rest of the piece. Very well done.

    I’ve never been good at abstract art, I tend to see the world in a more literal sense, but I really like what you have created.

  12. your work is amazing, i have an art exam this year based on, “I, ME, MINE,” and your work style is going to be one of my inspirations 🙂

    one word awersome !


  13. your work is amazing!
    i’m doing a gcse thing on “i, me, mine” and i want to use your kind of work i like all of it, and wondered if you had any ideas you could help me with ?

  14. Thanks JESS!x,
    You may use my artwork for GCSE. My drawings are the “ideas”. 😉
    Good luck with your artistic pursuits! 🙂

  15. Wow, i came across these looking on google, for my art exam. So glad i found these, because they have really inspired me for my exam. They are amazing peices of work 🙂 just WOW!

  16. Thanks Cheryl! I’m glad to hear you’ve been inspired! 🙂

    Good luck with your artistic pursuits!


  17. hi dear michael
    what can i say that really amazing i don’t belivie f i can do it , in spite of i drawing pic
    micheal can u helpe me if u can answer me in my email
    thank u so much

  18. Hi karam,
    Thank you for your compliments. I encourage you to explore your own artistic talents and have confidence in your strengths. Good luck with your artistic pursuits! 🙂

  19. These are very orginal. I really like them! Very well done 😀

    I might even be influenced with these for my higher art!

    The eyes on the fourth one are fantastic!

    I feel like you could create one of them and the outcome and colours would be heavily influenced on your mood at that time. 😛

    Once again, these are great 🙂

  20. Thank you, Chesea,
    I appreciate your compliments, and am glad you have been inspired by the artwork! The faces were drawn intuitively, however, they were not particularly representative of my “conscious” mood at the time. 😉

    Good luck with your artistic pursuits! 🙂


  21. OMG i luv ure work and like jess i am doing a project for art me myself and i and i would like to make u mii idol for the project!!
    if thts okay with u!
    i am now in love with ure work.

  22. Hi Michael….i truly love your work. it’s so beautiful with a slight hint of genius!

    Art is a passion of mine and clearly yours too. I’m thankful to the web as it lead me to accidentally finding great artists such as yourself!

  23. Hi Michael !
    Your art work is really good and it was nice to look at a different perspective of art . I myself love art . I am thirteen and hav started a colletion of my own i look up the internet for new ideas new ways of art . Just as an inspiration , and a few of works has just made melove art more .

  24. Wow, I love these so much- haha i’m an art student and i’ve been looking for aaages for an artist to do my inter-relationship on, so thankyou! the search ends! keep doing what your doing, it’s wicked stuff 🙂

  25. Hi Michael, i’m really impressed by your work…They are too good and amazing…I’m a student of HSC who need to do an art project which will be counted as final exams BUT don’t know what to do…Can you suggest some ideas please?

  26. hdow did you came on this ideas to create these
    beautifull drawings and paintings.

    I am really interesseted in buying some work of you

    greetzz lim from venice italy.

  27. you’re drawing is so amazing……………… hope i can draw like you’re drawing too… god bless

  28. i m a student of b-tech. 1st year in delhi.i m really astonished.i m inspired with your every peice of art.sketching and paintings are mine passion too.but unfortunetly i never got the chance to learn something.i do some but wants to learn more.can u help me plzzzzzzzzzz.????
    plz give me some ideas from where should i start so that my art improves as i have problems while i go throug human fig. as well as colour mixing too.

  29. Hi..
    M just amazed n i dont know what to say..looking at these ..n actually i tried all of them n lil bit closer but absolutely not like you..
    m not art student ..my art is also God gifted but….

    i want to see ur other work…n ideas if u could..
    n bless you take care

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