This is an abstract portrait drawing of a child. The artwork was drawn with a combination of markers, pen and white gel pen. A thin black pen was used to sketch the face of the child, followed by grey transparent markers for subtle shading. The initial drawing is heavily covered by subsequent layers of colored markers and white gel pen for highlights. A grey marker was then used for shading parts of the highlights in order to add more depth and soften edges.
Abstract Portrait Drawing of a Child
The following series of artworks is entitled “Dharma Drawings”. The artworks include a drawing of a Buddha statue, a notable Tibetan Buddhist named Pema Chodron, a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk named Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay), and a lotus flower (nelumbo nucifera). The drawings were created with pens, markers and white gel pen on colored paper. The drawings express the vitality found in symbols and teachers of peaceful meditation and the concept of dharma.
The following artworks are a series of three abstract drawings of women’s faces. The drawings were created with markers, pens and white paint pen on colored paper. The series includes two smiling women on either side of a woman praying. The drawings began with quick pen sketches, following by shades of grey and colored markers, and then white highlights. While the drawings evoke a certain tension and intense expressions, the line work maintains a loose style and energy.
Abstract Drawings of Women’s Faces
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
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.
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 Woman Portrait
Charcoal Face of a Man
Charcoal Portrait Drawing
Red-eyed Charcoal Demon Portrait
Charcoal Old Man Face
Charcoal Portrait of a Man
Charcoal Portrait Cloth Face
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.
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.
This is an abstract portrait of a man with a blue beard. The 9″x12″ drawing was created with pens, markers, watercolors, oil pastels, and acrylic paint.
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.
Red Woman Glare
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 Depressed Girl
Drawing of a Melancholy Girl
Drawing of a Sad Girl
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.
This is an abstract drawing of a dog entitled “Dream Dog”. The 9″x12″ artwork was drawn and painted with colored pencils, watercolors, pens, oil pastels, and acrylics.
These are portraits. The 9″x12″ artworks were drawn and painted in 2011 with a variety of mediums. The first portrait, entitled “Portrait”, was drawn with pens, oil pastels, paint pens, watercolors, and gouache. The second self-portrait, entitled “Uneasy 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.
This is a previous 9″x12″ portrait created as part of the Rainbow Color Portraits – Series 1.
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.
This is a portrait drawing of an old man. The 9″x12″ artwork was drawn in 2011 with colored pencils, pens, markers, oil pastels, paint pens, and acrylics. The old man’s portrait was initially drawn with dark colored pencils and oil pastels. Carefully placed lines and blocks of color were added to enhance the uneasy framework and shaky style, symbolic of old age and declining health.
This is a portrait drawing of a young man with a hat. The 9″x12″ portrait artwork was drawn in 2011 with colored pencils, oil pastels, pens, and acrylics. The young man was sketched with colored pencils and smudged with oil pastels in order to convey a youthful healthy glow. Additional mediums were used to create subtle surrounding details and textures that support the pensive yet innocent smile. This particular young man was about to embark on his service-oriented journey as an American soldier in World War II.
This is an abstract portrait drawing of Albert Einstein. The 9″ x 12″ colorful portrait drawing was created in 2011 with a variety of mediums, including pens, oil pastels, watercolors, acrylics, and markers. Expressive lines and vibrant colors help to create a dynamic portrait of the theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein.
This is a drawing of a woman with her hands in her hair. The 9″x12″ woman drawing was created in 2011 with a variety of mediums, including colored pencils, oil pastels, paint pens, and acrylics. The woman was sketched with blue and pink colored pencil and oil pastel, followed by three vertical lines of silver, pink, and yellow color with paint pens. The white paper, in particular the background, was then streaked with white acrylic paint to add a subtle texture to the artwork.
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.
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.
This is an abstract drawing of a woman stretching. The 9″x12″ abstract artwork was created in 2011 with a variety of mediums, including pens, colored pencils, oil pastels, paint markers, watercolors, and gouache. The woman was initially drawn with pens and colored pencils. A mix of watercolors, oil pastels, paint markers, and gouache were then added to the sketch. Bold colors, expressive lines, and unique shapes and shadows help to create a high contrast and dynamic drawing of a woman.
This an abstract drawing of a baby smiling and laughing, entitled “Light Baby”. The 9″x12″ baby artwork was drawn and painted with a variety of mixed mediums, including pens, markers, oil pastels, acrylics, and watercolors. The baby face was sketched with pen and marker, followed by expressive lines of white oil pastel and acrylic paint applied to the white paper. Then washes of watercolor were used to add gradients of blended color across the face and background.
This is a drawing of three bears. The 9″x12″ bear artwork was drawn in 2011 with colored pencils, paint pens, oil pastels, pens, and acrylics. The initial sketch of the bears was created with colored pencils and pen. Additional expressive lines, shapes, colors were added with other mediums in order to help enhance the protective ferocity of the adult male bear’s roar, the uneasiness of the female bear, and the fear in the baby bear cub.