Drawing of a Burro with Children

This is a drawing of a burro with children. The 9″x12″ artwork was drawn and painted in 2011 with a variety of mediums, including colored pencils, watercolors, gouache, oil pastels, and acrylic. The children and burro were initially sketched with colored pencils, followed by meandering wisps of white oil pastel and acrylics in the background. As layers of watercolors and gouache were applied, the oil and water repelled each other to reveal an energetic flow of light throughout the painting.

Drawing of a Burro with Children

Portraits, Spring 2011

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.

Portrait

Uneasy Portrait

Related Artwork
This is a previous 9″x12″ portrait created as part of the Rainbow Color Portraits – Series 1.

Portrait - Rainbow Color Portraits - Series 1

Portrait of a Man with Glasses

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.

Portrait of a Man with Glasses

Portrait Drawing of an Old 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.

Portrait Drawing of an Old Man

Portrait Drawing of a Young Man with a Hat

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.

Portrait Drawing of a Young Man with a Hat

Drawing of a Woman

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.

Drawing of a Woman

Drawing of a Fat Person

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.

Drawing of a Fat Person - Overcome

Abstract Drawing of a Man

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.

Abstract Drawing of a Man

Abstract Drawing of a Woman

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.

Abstract Drawing of a Woman

Abstract Drawing of a Baby

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.

Abstract Drawing of a Baby

Spectrum | Drawing of Eyes, Nose, and Mouth

This artwork is entitled “Spectrum”. The 9″x12″ artwork was created in 2011 with markers, pens, watercolors, paint pens, crayons, and acrylics. The abstract artwork consists of a spectrum of non-traditional colors, textures, and mediums drawn vertically on the paper. A pen was then used to draw closed eyes, a nose, and a mouth over the spectrum.

Spectrum - Drawing of Eyes, Nose, and Mouth

Drawing of Two Dogs | Boxer Breed

This is a drawing of a two dogs, specifically their breed is called a Boxer. The 7″x11″ dog artwork was created in 2011 with pens, watercolors, oil pastels, and colored pencils. The two dogs were initially sketched with pens, followed by oil pastels for white and brown hair color. Watercolors were used for subtle gradients and background elements. Like most dogs, the male and female Boxers enjoy running and playing together outside in the sun.

Drawing of Two Dogs - Boxers

Drawing of Three Bears

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.

Drawing of Three Bears

Drawing of a Puppy

This is a drawing of a puppy. The 9″x12″ puppy artwork was created in 2011 with a mix of colored pencils, pens, oil pastels, acrylics, gouache, and watercolors. The colorful puppy’s face was sketched with colored pencils and pens, followed by alternating oil pastels and watercolors for the eyes, nose, mouth, and portions of the hair.

Drawing of a Puppy

This is a second drawing of a puppy, sized 9″x12″, drawn in an abstract expressionist style. The puppy was drawn with colored pencils, paint pens, markers, pens, oil pastels, and watercolors.

Puppy Drawing

Drawing of a Steam Engine Train

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.

Drawing of a Steam Engine Train

Abstract Art Face

This is an abstract drawing and painting of a face. The 9″x12″ abstract art was created in 2011 with a variety of mediums, including paint pens, colored pencils, crayons, watercolors, acrylics, oil pastels, markers, pens, and gouache. Expressive application of vibrant colors, meandering lines, and layered white space mix to create a determined facial expression forming on the paper.

Abstract Art Face

Abstract Art

This is expressive abstract art I created with pastels in 2004. The colorful drawing is 9″ x 12″. The artwork is a tightly wound, but energetic, array of color and slight variations in texture. The artwork is entitled “Joy” and is comprised of unique abstract geometric shapes.

Please contact me, Michael D. Edens, if you would like to purchase a high quality print of this artwork.

Abstract Art, "Joy" created with colorful pastels by Michael D. Edens

Drawing of a Rose

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.

Drawing of a Rose

Drawing of a Car | Lamborghini Reventón

“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).

Lamborghini Reventon | Painting and Drawing of a Car