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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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).
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
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.
This is a 9″x12″ drawing / painting of a Honda Prelude. The artwork was drawn with colored pencils, pens, markers, oil pastels, and painted with watercolors and acrylic paint. The white car with a black interior pops from a muted blue and orange background with expressive lines.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These are two abstract drawings of ornaments, traditionally placed on a Christmas tree. The artworks are approximately 9″x12″, drawn and painted with paint pens, markers, and oil pastel. Each drawing reflects a slight fragility and exuberance of an ornament by using wispy lines and bold colors.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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! 😉
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
This still life drawing of a Shoe was sketched with colored pencils in 1997. The artwork is approximately 9×12 inches, and the old shoe takes up a lot of space on the paper, thus appearing to be large and solid. An initial sketch of the shoe was drawn with light grey pencil, and then black was used to fill in shadows and indents in the cloth and rubber materials. Faint traces of brown color were used to add some warmth to the drawing, and highlights were added by scraping away the colored pencil medium, revealing the white paper beneath. To see similar artworks, visit the Pencil Drawings and Sketches Art Gallery for a Drawing of Shoes.
This is an oil painting of an old sailing ship at sunset, which looks vaguely like a ghost ship. The big boat was painted in 1997 and the artwork is approximately 2’x3′. The background sky and sunset were painted first, followed by the glowing hills and buildings. Water and reflections were painted next, simply by mirroring the shapes and colors painted above. Deep greens and blues were added to the murky water, and there is some tension created by the bright sun disappearing into the surrounding darkness. Lastly the boat and foreground were painted with similarly brisk brush strokes. Details like rope, flags, netting, sails, and waves splashing around the ship were painted last.