Drawing of a Gypsy Child

This is a drawing of a Gypsy Child expressing difficult emotions. The artwork was drawn with markers and pens on colored paper. The eyes were drawn with more detail than the rest of the portrait, which help to draw attention to the emotion expressed in them. Subtle curls in the lips, eyebrows, nose and cheeks express the complexity of the emotion. White highlights help lead the viewer’s eye through the drawing, and indicate glistening tears falling from the child’s eyes.

Drawing of a Gypsy Child Drawing of a Gypsy Child

Dharma Drawings

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.

Dharma Drawings Dharma Drawings

Abstract Drawings of Women’s Faces

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 Abstract Drawings of Women’s Faces

Drawings of Babies

This is a series of portrait drawings of babies. The four individual drawings show a smiling baby, a sleeping baby, a surprised baby, and a baby with a curiously strenuous face. Each drawing was created with markers and pens on colored paper. Subtle shades of grey were used build up the forms of the face. White gel pen highlights were used to accentuate peaks in the topography of the face and glistening eyes. Colorful shapes add a touch of playfulness to the baby drawings.

Portrait Drawings of Babies Portrait Drawings of Babies

Sugar Skulls for Day of the Dead

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.

Sugar Skulls for Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls for Day of the Dead

Sugar Skulls Sugar Skulls

200 Faces – Collage of Artwork by Michael D. Edens

Photo collage of 200 Faces; artwork by Michael D. Edens over a period of about 15 years. The artworks include a variety of portraits, abstract faces, concept art and character studies. The drawings, paintings and mixed media artworks were created in a variety of styles and wet & dry mediums including pens, ink, colored pencils, markers, acrylics, gouache, watercolors, oils, charcoal, crayons, pastels, chalk and digital imaging. Styles include abstracts, realism, impressionism, expressionism, and a wide ranging blend of of expressive techniques. The drawings and paintings range in size from a few inches to several meters.

200 Faces – Collage of Artwork by Michael D. Edens 200 Faces – Collage of Artwork by Michael D. Edens

Abstract Charcoal Portrait Drawings

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 Ghost Portrait

Charcoal Woman Portrait Charcoal Woman Portrait

Charcoal Face of a Man Charcoal Face of a Man

Charcoal Portrait Drawing Charcoal Portrait Drawing

Red-eyed Charcoal Demon Portrait Red-eyed Charcoal Demon Portrait

Charcoal Old Man Face Charcoal Old Man Face

Charcoal Portrait of a Man Charcoal Portrait of a Man

Charcoal Portrait Cloth Face Charcoal Portrait Cloth Face

Abstract Portraits of Women and Girls

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.

Blue Woman | Abstract Portrait
Blue Woman
9″x12″

Lips | Abstract Portrait of a Woman
Lips
9″x12″

Hair | Abstract Drawing and Painting of a Woman
Hair
9″x12″

Lightning | Abstract Portrait Painting of a Girl
Lightning
9″x12″

Toof | Abstract Portrait Drawing of a Little Girl
Toof
9″x12″

Red Woman Glare | Abstract Portrait Drawing
Red Woman Glare
9″x12″

Yellow Eyes | Abstract Portrait Painting and Drawing of a Girl
Yellow Eyes
9″x12″

Sad Faces | Abstract Portraits of Girls with Grief

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 Grieving Girl
9″x12″

Drawing of a Depressed Girl
Drawing of a Depressed Girl
9″x12″

Drawing of a Melancholy Girl
Drawing of a Melancholy Girl
9″x12″

Drawing of a Sad Girl
Drawing of a Sad Girl
9″x12″

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 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 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

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

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

Rainbow Color Portraits – Series 1

The following color portraits of people were inspired by a new set of watercolors I purchased. I love color, and it had been years since I purchased a new set of watercolors. My old palette was muddy, missing blues, oranges, yellows, reds, and more! When the new colors started to flow, so did the portraits.

The 9″x12″ colorful portraits were drawn and painted with watercolors, pens, colored pencils, paint pens, markers, oil pastels, and acrylic paint.

Portrait - Rainbow Color Portraits - Series 1
Portrait
Rainbow Color Portraits – Series 1
9″x12″

Sea - Rainbow Color Portraits - Series 1
Sea
Rainbow Color Portraits – Series 1
9″x12″

Portrait of a Man - Rainbow Color Portraits - Series 1
Portrait of a Man
Rainbow Color Portraits – Series 1
9″x12″

Scientist - Rainbow Color Portraits - Series 1
Scientist
Rainbow Color Portraits – Series 1
9″x12″

Desaturation - Rainbow Color Portraits - Series 1
Desaturation
Rainbow Color Portraits – Series 1
9″x12″

Portrait of a Woman - Rainbow Color Portraits - Series 1
Portrait of a Woman
Rainbow Color Portraits – Series 1
9″x12″

Peace - Rainbow Color Portraits - Series 1
Peace
Rainbow Color Portraits – Series 1
9″x12″