This facial study was created with pen, ink, watercolor, and paint pen.

Pen and Ink Purple Face

I tried starting with a skull drawing behind the face, and built up layers of dark and light, with energetic lines and splashes of color. Many washes of watercolor were also used throughout the process. Here is a detail of the facial study.

Pen and Ink Purple Face Detail

Pen and Ink Purple Face

6 thoughts on “Pen and Ink Purple Face

  • December 11, 2008 at 12:14 pm
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    how u do dis?
    start wiv lines r sumtin?

  • December 11, 2008 at 2:22 pm
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    Hi Emilyyyyyy,
    I usually start with a pen sketch of the eyes and face. And then build layers of pen and watercolor. It is a spontaneous and organic process, unique to every portrait. 🙂
    ~Michael

  • March 11, 2009 at 4:42 am
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    :O Amazing

  • March 14, 2009 at 11:12 am
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    Thanks Jano! 😉

  • August 11, 2010 at 6:57 pm
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    How did you make the highlights stand out? Should i wait for the bottem layer of water color to dry and then put white ontop of that layer or are you using a completly different meidum?

  • August 11, 2010 at 6:58 pm
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    How did you make the highlights stand out? Should i wait for the bottem layer of water color to dry and then put white ontop of that layer or are you using a completly different meidum?

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