Drawing of a Robin

This is a drawing of a Robin (thrush family). The artwork was drawn with pen, markers, and white paint pen. A thin-line pen sketch was followed by blocks of color with markers. Transparent grey markers were used for shading. Then a gel pen and white paint markers were used for white areas and highlights. Robins are commonly identified by their reddish-orange breast.

Drawing of a Robin Drawing of a Robin

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

Michael D. Edens’ Lion Drawing at InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile

RAWRSOME! I’m pleased to announce that my charcoal “Lion” drawing is a permanent 5’x5′ textured, shimmering wall installation in all 23 elevator lobbies of the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile. Forbes.com did a full write-up about the artwork as part of the hotel’s 2013 renovation, however, the article’s author, Andrew Bender, didn’t mention my name as the artist of the artwork. I contacted Andrew requesting a reference by name, but have not received a reply.

Original charcoal artwork: Lion
Date Drawn: 2006
Dimensions (HxW): 14″ x 11″
Michael D. Edens' Charcoal Lion Drawing

The completed elevator lobby installation featuring my artwork. It’s an honor for me, and I think it looks neat in-person. The whole thing shimmers.
Michael D. Edens' "Lion" artwork in all 23 elevator lobbies of the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile

Tom Brassell, Digitally Imaged Surfaces Consultant, created a photographic blog post about creating the wall installation from the original lion artwork.

100 Animals – Collage of Artwork by Michael D. Edens

Photo collage of 100 Animals; artwork by Michael D. Edens over a period of about 15 years. The artworks include a variety of animals including pets, wildlife, birds, fish, mammals, reptiles and more. 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. The drawings and paintings range in size from a few centimeters to several meters. Styles include abstract, realism, impressionism, expressionism, and a broad blend of of expressive techniques.

100 Animals – Collage of Artwork by Michael D. Edens 100 Animals – Collage of Artwork by Michael D. Edens

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

100 Abstracts – Collage of Artwork by Michael D. Edens

Photo collage of 100 Abstracts; artwork by Michael D. Edens over a period of about 15 years. The abstract artworks were created in a variety of styles and mediums including paints, charcoal & pastels, pen & ink and digital. Styles include abstract impressionism, expressionism, surrealism and blends of expressive techniques. The drawings and paintings range in size from a few inches to several meters.

100 Abstracts - Collage of Artwork by Michael D. Edens 100 Abstracts – 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

Botany in Medicine Note Cards – Floral Paintings

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.

Papaver Somniferum (Poppy) Watercolor Note Card Papaver Somniferum (Poppy) Watercolor Note Card

Digitalis Purpurea Watercolor Note Card Digitalis Purpurea Watercolor Note Card

Chondrodendron Tomentosum (Curare) Watercolor Note Card Chondrodendron Tomentosum (Curare) Watercolor Note Card

Atropa Belladonna Watercolor Note Card Atropa Belladonna Watercolor Note Card

Untitled Abstract Art

The following abstract artwork is “Untitled”. The size is approximately 5’x6′, created with a mix of charcoal and acrylic paints. I thought for a few minutes between each brush stroke. I paced myself, letting the next action flow naturally rather than forcing a preconceived idea of what I wanted to paint. If nothing came to mind, I didn’t paint. After a while, nothing called me to put more paint on the paper. So I took a picture and set it aside.

I like the way the painting keeps my eye moving through it… searching.

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 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