The following line art illustration drawings are 21 pen and ink drawings artworks of many that I created over the past 3 years. All of the drawings are line art and compositions that many would consider contemporary art. I cannot argue with the fact that all of the artworks you will see in this post art are a product of post-modern art.
Creating each artwork came either subconsciously with no mapped direction or pre-planning. In other words, I simply picked up my felt-pen or sharpie markers and begin to draw. A lot of passion, time and dedication went into creating each art piece.
Learn about the creative direction behind each of the pen and ink drawings shared on this page.
"Zodiacs" was inspired by the twelve zodiac signs. Hence, the reason for the title being "Zodiacs". The artwork is a face with many complexities.
In the center of the line art piece, there is a couple. An Afrocentric male figure holding a woman. This represents the beginning of conception, which then produced many fruits. I guess you could say 12 fruits in total.
The twelve zodiac signs are specific to each month of the year and in this artwork, the representation and symbolism can be interpreted however the viewer chooses to interpret it. The story to this line drawing could have been; for every month, the two figures created.
They created 12 different individuals who would inhabit the earth and out of this sparked billions to trillions of human beings, who have lived and departed from the earth.
Creating the "Unicorn Goblet" came from my subtle fascination with the mystical creature. Some people actually believe these creatures exist, while others view it as a mere myth.
I've always thought that during the medieval and Viking eras , that whatever patterns and designs that they had engraved in the Celtic cultures were very symbolic as well as spiritual.
In creating this art piece I used a chalice as a boundary for the line artwork's direction and container. I wanted the piece to be also symbolic as well as emphasize a bit of spiritual element. The "Unicorn Goblet" is the only unicorn line drawing or painting that I've ever created.
"Dancing Free" was created combining my love for fashion, beauty, and obsession with line movement. This line drawing is a high heel composition with a few combined imagery to produce the final result in its appearance. The eyes used in the drawing are of a Persian beauty.
I've been fascinated with the Persian representation of makeup for a while. In their culture, both men and women wear mascara because it means strength to them.
The butterfly wing and the ballet dancer in this art piece express my direction and implication of movement. I was also listening to Michael Jackson's "Butterfly" when I created this artwork.
This drawing is an interpretation of the wisest king to have been said to walk the earth. This is probably the most religious piece for the line drawing series. There has been the talk of many cults developing over the past 2,000 years following his death; which says a lot of about his impact in the world as a king.
To think that even thousands of years later his name still carries weight. The lion in this piece is a representation of his God; somewhat fantasy.
The lion in this piece is a representation of his God; somewhat fantasy.
This drawing is an interpretation of the wisest king to have been said to walk the earth. This is probably the most religious piece for the line drawing series.
There has been the talk of many cults developing over the past 2,000 years following his death; which says a lot of about his impact in the world as a king. To think that even thousands of years later his name still carries weight.
The Chanel brand is a fashion brand highly respected and recognized by all who follow fashion and have a love for fashion design. Coco Chanel was famous for her unique quotes as well as her innovative vision for fashion design.
When I was creating this illustration I wanted the artwork to represent the Chanel brand in a universal way visually. The elements added to the drawing were all done in a way to convey the different things Chanel represent in fashion.
Creating this Amphora, I wanted it to be an original concept that I created. After taking a course for an Introduction to art history at the local community college in Omaha, NE.
I found an interest in Egyptian culture and Egyptian art styles. It was fascinating to study the Greek, Roman and Egyptian advancements in the subject of art history.
The original drawing of the two profoundly most recognized Egyptian queens is sold.
"Fashion In A Bottle" was created for my first art exhibition and a solo show in the fall of 2014. This line drawing is 1 of the 40 drawings I created for the art showing.
Creating this artwork, I wanted it to be apparent that the shape was a wine bottle. I thought of creating something classy and still fashion inspired for me.
Since I am a guy and I have an appreciation for the art form of fashion; this piece was necessary at the time I was creating to complete and produce. I believe women's fashion overpowers men's fashion in many regards.
This drawing was created to also show an appreciation for men's fashion because of this idea.
1. The man's heart beats at an average of 70 times per minute versus the woman's 78 times per minute
2. Blood is actually tissue
3. Blood tissue can move from the brain to the toes in only 16 seconds
4. The human heart begins beating at four weeks after conception.
5. The human heart beats about 100,000 times in a single day
I would love to create more of these hearts, but need support as an artist to do so. Every print sold allow me to be able to produce more artworks like this.
Egyptian culture and symbols have been very influential in my drawings and artworks lately. I recently started this digital painting series entitled The Royalty Series, where I illustrated Celebrities and popular figures as Kings and Queens... Or in the Egyptian terms Pharaohs and Queens.
The "Goddess Vase" was created following a course I took studying ancient to gothic art history. Learning about terracotta vase creations during the Greek's innovative and golden art era.
There was a time the Greek were who the world looked at to learn about art and borrowed from, in order to develop their own cultures art styles.
Understanding that terracotta vases were using for storytelling and documenting events in history, I wanted to create a line drawing in a way to represent a similar idea.
In the middle of this art piece, I have a lady figure. One could say represents Eve or the universal woman. The human race would not be where it is today without the existence of women.
"Dolphin Over the Moon"... I am not entirely sure how and what sparked this idea to create this art piece. Looking at it, I can only guess that I was inspired by motion and the dolphin's movement.
I believe I started drawing the dolphin first in its curved position and following that the crescent moon below it. After drawing those two elements I just let my pen guide my hand in the direction that it wanted to.
The "Pondering Beauty" line drawing was created with the same mindset I had when I was creating "Afrocentric Escape" and the "Zodiacs" art pieces. As a Haitian artist, I have to find beauty in the black woman.
For a long time, I didn't really draw black figures because it wasn't something I thought of. Growing up as a child in Haiti, I never knew that skin color separated or categorized people.
It wasn't until I came to America at an early age, that I realized how important of a role demographics played in American society. Nevertheless, "Pondering Beauty" was created to show a woman in the moment of thinking/pondering. She is also surrounded by beauty and like Coco Chanel; she is fashion and she is a beauty.
"Strings" was inspired by electronic violin musician Kaitlyn Hova. Kaitlyn is also a very talented graphic designer, web developer, neuroscientist and more. I found the shape of the electronic violin that she plays to be very interesting and created a musical interpretation of it visually.
As a blogger, visual artist, designer, and photographer I have many creative colleagues. Some of them are hair stylists, makeup artists, and fashion designers. "Weaving Styles" was created influenced by the fashion designers I surrounded myself with.
Doing some fashion photography and beauty photography because something I did as a hobby in Omaha, Nebraska. Maybe if I resided in New York City or Los Angeles at the time I created this artwork, I would still be doing commercial photography for fashion and beauty.
"Wave Of Thoughts" is the first drawing from a 3 piece series I created with random thoughts, with no pre-planning and allowed the lines to curve however they wanted to. This was an expression of a bunch of thoughts with no specific order; this is the reasoning behind the name "Wave Of Thoughts".
"High Heel Balance" is 1 of 1,000 circular drawings I am creating. I do not have a specific deadline or pace to this collection or circular line drawing series. Each circle drawing I create are done at the spur of the moment and depends on my emotion at the time I create each line art drawing.
"Nefertiti and The Moon" was also created around the same time I created "Horus-Ankh" and the " Amphora of Cleopatra and Nefertiti ". This piece, however, is a lot more asymmetrical than the amphora drawing I created.
Again, in this drawing you can see the waves inspired by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai. The patterns and other elements in this artwork were created to imply movement within the line drawing.
"Circle of Taste" came from the ideas of taste. Simple enough right? This drawing is a bit whimsical, but not completely the same level as the "Drips" drawings. This was something I drew purely for fun. My favorite flavor of Ice Cream is Caramel and Hazelnut Ice Cream... My favorite brand of Ice Cream is Haagen-Dazs by Reuben Mattus.
Creating "Goddess and The Purple Butterfly" drawing made me realize that I have several obsessions. One of which is with Nefertiti. This is another artwork filled with symbolism and represents metamorphosis.
I've also created a series of butterfly artwork abstract paintings you can also take a long at if interested from my "Butterfly Wall Art" post.
The light heart was the 3rd or 4th drawing in my abstract line art series of the human heart. I wanted the line drawing of the human heart to be complex in its movement and line work. I created "Precious Heart", "Cool Heart", and "Coffee Heart" to each represent different forms of the heart in different manners.
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Every day I create a sketch or a drawing to express an idea that I have in mind. I try not to let any ideas sit for too long and do my best to act on them by either creating for drawings or at least small sketches.
I’ve been drawing since I was four years old and 20+ years later I am still doing a lot of drawing. The influences for the artwork that I create are Jean Michel Basquiat, Pablo Picasso, Hokusai Katsushika and Jackson Pollock.
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I am always pushing the boundaries of my own imagination whenever I create an artwork. Whether it is a digital painting, traditional painting, or pen and ink drawing, I challenge myself with each creation.Follow me on Instagram @kenallouis to view stories and my most recent works in process and the ones I don't share on the website.
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