This is a series of pen and ink drawings called Macabre Series 1 – Blood, Skulls, and Paranoia. Each drawing was sketched to stand on its own, but there is a theme in the style, subject matter, and overall feeling of each artwork. Deep black shadows and abstract designs mix with grey and red gradients to create symbols and images that typically represent death, invoke fear, and suggest an undercurrent of foreboding. Some of these elements specifically include skulls, ghosts, insects, unusual creatures, red coloring for blood, and abstract distorted faces. Each drawing is approximately 4″ x 6″, and each artwork was drawn and painted in 2008 with pen, ink, marker, and watercolor mediums.

Macabre Series 1 – Blood, Skulls, and Paranoia

Abstract Macabre Pen and Ink Drawing of a Skull

Abstract Macabre Pen and Ink Drawing of a Ghost

Abstract Macabre Pen and Ink Drawing of an Insect

Abstract Macabre Pen and Ink Drawing Expressing Paranoia

Abstract Macabre Pen and Ink Drawing of a Skull

Abstract Macabre Pen and Ink Drawing of a Skull with Blood

Abstract Macabre Pen and Ink Drawing of a Flower

Epilogue | Macabre Series 1 – Blood, Skulls, and Paranoia

Abstract Macabre Pen and Ink Drawing of the Face of Death

Abstract Macabre Pen and Ink Drawing of a Death Skull

Abstract Macabre Pen and Ink Drawing of a Bloody Death Skull

Abstract Macabre Pen and Ink Drawing Expressing Extreme Paranoia About Death

Abstract Macabre Pen and Ink Drawing of a Bleeding Death Skull

Macabre Series 1 – Blood, Skulls, and Paranoia

20 thoughts on “Macabre Series 1 – Blood, Skulls, and Paranoia

  • June 29, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Wow! Pretty scary freaky stuff there Michael! You know my painting is focused on the human condition also. I have topic (potential challenge) for you that I’ve never been able to come up with a good means of portraying without feeling I’m creating a cartoon: Jealousy, The Green Eyed Monster. Any ideas?

  • June 29, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    Hi Vikki, thanks! I like that your art focuses on the human condition. And I have drawn a picture in response to your challenge. I tried to keep color and energy, and stuck to thin lines, gradients, and transparent layers, and minimized blocks of color and exaggerated forms. I like the subdued-ness, but may exaggerate and cartoon it a bit further in subsequent works. Feel free to expand on the drawing or the idea. Your challenges are welcome any time. 🙂
    Jealousy, The Green Eyed Monster

  • June 30, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    Oh my God!! I love this!!!!!!! You are amazing.
    I especially love that you made the subject actually attractive rather than monstrous. And I love your style. I have never seen anyone do this kind of thing with such obvious ease and comfort. Your work ‘moves while standing still’.
    Can you see me saluting you, Michael?

    I snatched it! Got on my desk top! Couldn’t help myself! I’m a MDE-Art theif and proud of it!
    I think I’ll do a blog on this and if I do, I’ll let you know.
    Now I’m going to have to work like hell to out-do you. That’s going to be really tough.

  • July 3, 2008 at 10:13 am

    Hi Vikki, thanks for your response! Your comments are very encouraging and I appreciate the salute! *Salutes back*

    I’ve bookmarked your blog and will stop by again soon. Thanks again for bringing your enthusiasm to this little corner of the internet. 🙂

  • July 6, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Hi Michael,
    I just put my ‘Jealousy blog’ up with your image included. I have your site linked.

    Maybe we can do another subject challenge sometime. This was fun. -But you come up with the concept next time.

  • July 6, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    And by the way: This blogging process goes both ways Michael. I’ve got Feedjit. I know you’ve been there. Say hello next time.

  • July 6, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    Hi Vikki. Your work affected me more than I thought it would, and I needed some time before responding. Thanks for the nudge. I will post soon.

  • August 20, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    I have to say that this is the stuff of nightmares. My childhood nightmares really. Makes me want to run and hide. the emotions that you evoke are so powerful.

  • August 21, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Thank you Sara, I appreciate that you shared your response to these drawings. I felt similarly when drawing them! Nightmares aren’t a subject I’ve approached very often, but I try to tap into the heart of them when I do.

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  • November 5, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    Have you ever done heavy metal album covers? I can totally imagine Megadeath or Venom using one of these on their next album.

  • November 8, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Hi Capt_Poco,
    I haven’t created or seen those covers before but they sound interesting. Thanks for alerting me to similar artworks! 🙂

  • November 25, 2008 at 8:41 am

    I am trying to become an artist because what I love is art. I like how you made your art so flawless. Hopefully one day I will be as good as art as you are. You have inspired me to try painting, I am not very good at painting but love the feeling of going all out and saying what is on my mind through my art.

  • November 26, 2008 at 9:39 am

    Hi Leah,
    Thank you for your compliments! 🙂 If you are expressing yourself in your paintings, you are already an artist! I think it’s a trait to be honored in oneself. Feel free to post a link to your artwork if you’re inclined, and good luck with your artistic pursuits! 😉

  • December 14, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    real wow! your picture are both amazing and horrifying ( don’t worry, in a good way) at the same time! ! i can’t believe all of the effort you put into these really shows! what are your thoughts behind this?

  • December 27, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Thank you michelha! I appreciate your reflection on my creative efforts! 🙂

  • February 17, 2009 at 8:59 am

    as i search your site , the more inspiring it gets .
    wow , keep up the great work .
    i am going to try this style myself !
    thansk ! :):)

  • February 22, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Cool, thanks karlie! It’s a fun style! Good luck with your artistic pursuits! 🙂

  • March 2, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    I ran across your site o accident but I’m glad I did. You have some great art on here. I was just wondering of you had any good ideas on how to start circulating my art and try to get recognized. This series reminds me of some of the things I do. I dont paint though. I mainly stick to drawing with pencil. I hope this isn’t to much to ask. I greatly appreciate your time for even reading this.

  • March 14, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Hi Norman,
    Thanks for your comments. I recommend getting involved with some online art communities, like Deviant Art. Another method is to create a website featuring your artwork. 😉
    Good luck with your artistic pursuits!


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