Some days before I draw, I close my eyes and breathe until I’m close to a kundalini state of mind, and I start to see amazing faces of all kinds. Barely captured in the artwork, the faces are so real, so unlike anything in this world, it feels like more than just imagination. Like my eyes have to close to this world in order to open in another.

There is a gamut of emotions they express, extreme details, and some that seem to embody the very essence of words like “beauty”, “evil”, “fun”, and some… I don’t think there are words to express what they are. I’m not consciously controlling the faces, they move, come, and go on their own, but I’ve never seen them before with my eyes open, and I don’t know where they come from.

I drew a picture that echoes the experience.


Faces in Mind - Drawing of a person with abstract faces overflowing from the head

Faces in Mind – How I Draw Faces

23 thoughts on “Faces in Mind – How I Draw Faces

  • August 9, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    This is outstanding Michael. You’re drawing things out of a different state of consciousness. I like your multi-level portrayal. It’s very deep.

    I think I do this also –just in my own way. It may be the process for many artists. You’re not just portraying what you see, but all the emotion that encompasses the vision. The thing that’s unique is that ‘this emotion of the vision’ is essence of your style.

    I like that you’ve included your self in this work. You are the heart of the art.

    This is terrific. I look forward to hearing more about the stimulus of each of your works.

  • August 10, 2008 at 7:52 am

    Hi Michael, I stumbled across your blog and wanted to say I really am inspired by the open-ness in your artwork. I work in much the same way, and it’s nice to find another artist who can understand the process of “traveling” those inner highways and coming back with “trinkets ” to share. I’ll be back for sure. Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂 Heather

  • August 10, 2008 at 8:05 am

    Hi Vikki,
    Thank you for your thoughtful comments and seeing “me” in my work! You’ve given me so much personally insightful and deeply appreciated feedback. Not to mention your amazing examples of “heart” and stimulus in your art and blog writings.

    I like that you’ve mentioned there is a process unique to each artist… now I’m more aware of my own. And you’ve hit close to the core of my visual art with “emotion of the vision”. (I wasn’t as aware of it before, but the words resonate profoundly.) Thank you! 🙂

  • August 10, 2008 at 8:38 am

    Hi Heather, thank you very much for taking the time to comment. Your insight is humbling, and it’s so comforting to know the gift of “seeing” can be shared and enjoyed!

    You’re artwork is so alive!! I will enjoy taking a closer look soon, your images open up a whole new world of thinly veiled effervescence that supports rich and confident shapes and colors.

  • August 12, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Your stuff is just overpowering. Amazing depth and vision. I’ve been looking back over some of your earlier posts. It’s just mind boggling stuff. There is such power and energy.

    This last piece – this I would use as the anchor piece to any display of your work. It seems to be inclusive of so much that precedes it.

    Amazing stuff.

  • August 12, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Hi Lou,
    Thanks for your thoughtful feedback. I appreciate you mentioning this drawing could anchor other works. That’s a reassuring dollop of encouragement that I will keep in mind. (In particular as I begin to think about “offline” display.)

    You have a comfortable way with words, and I enjoy reading your blog as well.

  • August 12, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    I frequently write about the process of creativity. I find that if we listen to our inner selves, be quiet enough and let go with the left brain, we’ll open a direct pathway to our souls where all creation comes from.

    I have been blessed with a process similar to yours which can manifest several ways: I sleep, have an announcement of the most celestial music ever heard (no shit), dream a thing in 3-D, Panavision and technicolor, including construction details. There is always a statement, prose, a story or words that come through the dream. I am immediately awakened and write down and sketch what I was given. All I have to do is build it. Thus, my textile Dream Coats are born.

    Another way this process happens is that I ask, out loud, for help and inspiration on doing a process or solving some issue with the work I’m doing and it’s as if I’m suddenly nascent of the technique I need, much like the tech uploads in Matrix.

    When I was in school – even in college advanced courses, I would wait until last minute to write a paper. Yes. I’d done my reading and some research – usually visual, but usually no notes. Then I’d sit down at a typewriter, relax and watch in detached 3rd person as the words appeared on the page. I’m not even cognizant of what I’m writing it’s so automatic. This is the same process I use with my writing.

    The most fun way for me to create is to be with another dynamically creative person and start with an idea. Then go back and forth as images and ideas blossom by the hundreds.

    I have felt your Kundalini, both in conjunction with being blessed by a Divine visit from the Indian diaspora where I couldn’t turn it off for weeks, and when in rapture when the creation begins, when I’m right there at Source or when I see the beauty and profound in the world and in other people.

    I’ve been part of a study on creativity and these seem to be the gifts of the most prolific and innovative.

    I look forward to seeing more of your art. Don’t let anyone tell you you’re crazy, don’t have fit-in skills for the current vogue art movement of the moment.

    Do your art. Be it. Suck it in your nose, drink it in with your eyes and love it with all your senses and all your being. Don’t care if there are others who don’t like it. There will be the ones that do.

    PS – Read Martha Marshall’s blog An Artists Journal. You can get the link off of my site.

  • August 12, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    Michael, I wanted to leave you a link to my other blog – my ART blog – but no links in the comment field. So. It’s noted in the website field of this comment. You can also click over to it from my other site – it’s there, somewhere, I know it is … brain fart, though – can’t remember precisely where, offhand. Oh well. I’m nowhere near as accomplished as you are, but i thought you might like to look anyway.

  • August 13, 2008 at 9:53 am

    Hi Dina,

    Thank you for writing about the variety of creative processes you’ve had experience with. You are tuned in to so much space in between this space. It really underscores the depth of this world and how amazing people are.

    I feel particularly blessed to be alive during the age of the Internet, where this huge “web machine” allows us to connect and share these visions, ideas, experiences, that 5,000 days earlier (that’s about how old the web is), would have been much more difficult to do. I’m not sure that I would have given a second thought to my inner voice at this point in my life or shared what I learn from it.

    I wonder if I feel similar to you, in that when I’m in inner-space, the creativity feels boundless, like there are no limits, and there is something comforting and assured about that. Being able to pull any echo from that world rewards me, so I will definitely keep going.

    I’m giggling at your rapture experience, I felt something similar a few months ago and it lasted for a few weeks as well. I was so scared at first; I didn’t know what was happening. I was immersed in the soft glow of life energy, could feel it all around me all the time. It’s still there, faintly, but I’ve been working on grounding myself and releasing my fear.

    Looking over your site, and hearing your advice is deeply helpful. Every post on the homepage of your website is relevant to me. I’ll be reading Martha’s blog soon too.

  • August 13, 2008 at 9:57 am

    Ah, thanks Lou! I was looking for that, and will stop by now.

  • August 13, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Martha is an old soldier in the art world. She has made it work for her using left brain business with right brain unlimitless creativity.

    She actually makes a good living with her art. She’ll give you insights on techniques, share her own issues and help you explore your art YOUR way.

    Visit Deepwater Journal any time you wish. You’ll be welcome.

    As to the Kundalini, I learned that all I had to do was ask it to turn off until I needed it again or another experience came so I would recognize the importance of it.


  • August 13, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Wow, Dina, thank you so much for your help and comments!

  • September 5, 2008 at 8:09 am

    Hi Michael!!!!

    Iv happen to bump into ur website just today, n believe me i cannot stop gazing thru it.
    Such strong vision that truly reflects the innr self is AMAZING!!!! Not many of us r BLESSED to have this. Trust me !! u’v a wonderful SOUL n being such a great artist with so much to share to the world, I wonder when do you get time to rest !!!
    Thanx for sharing ur work!!!! It is OUTSTANDING!!!
    U truly inspire me……. !!!

  • September 5, 2008 at 8:09 am

    GOD BLESS!!!

  • September 5, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Hi umesh! Thanks for taking the time to browse my art, and see me in it. I am happy to hear your joyful reaction! Your compliments and feedback are a gift as well, a cause for inspiration and joy returned, and I thank you for that! Truly uplifting. 🙂

  • October 10, 2008 at 1:27 am

    I saw this and oh my god. I havnt seen very many paintings yet but this just cought my eye immidietly. It’s amazing.

  • October 10, 2008 at 10:30 am

    Thanks Polya,
    I’m glad you enjoyed the artwork! 😉

  • October 28, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    It’s amazing.

    I just can’t imagine myself doing this.
    How can do this? I haven’t tried doing it yet, but i surely will.

    But i really can’t imagine random faces, so i hope it’s OK to use someone else’s face. It might be a little easier than closing my eyes and imagining it.

    I love what you do, and you clearly very unique in your own way to do such different art.

  • October 28, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Hi Shummana,
    Thanks for your compliments. I suspect that the process is facilitated by spending most of my life thinking visually and noticing faces. I am drawn to them. But I also drew many faces from life and pictures before. So I would encourage that technique as well! Everyone is unique, and you also have amazing strengths of character that are unique to you! Follow your joy. 😉

  • December 5, 2008 at 8:06 am

    Hi, Micheal i too see faces which i have never seen before and could hear voices also. i am really in search of some guidance as what i should do next. i came across your artwork, it is really good that you could express yourself.

  • December 5, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Hi Jinesh,
    That’s very interesting. Expression is flexible and unique to each individual. I cultivate self exploration and encourage clear communication with people. I like the quote “The Journey is the Destination.” 🙂
    Good luck with your search!

  • April 12, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Im 17, in england, and im studying your work for my Alevel art piece. Ive immitated your style, (kind-of!) and done a few pieces, id love for you to see them, and what you think of them, … is there any way i can get them to you?!


  • April 13, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Hi Sam-Nathan,
    That’s fantastic, I’d enjoy seeing your work! I’m glad to hear you were inspired creatively.

    If you have digital reproductions (scans or digital photographs), you could either upload them to an image sharing account like Flickr, or DeviantArt, or just send me an email! 🙂

    If you use an image sharing account, feel free to post the link here. And good luck with your artistic pursuits!


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