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Pen & Ink Portrait Drawings & Sketches of Women

November 3rd, 2007 · 38 Comments

These four pen and ink drawings and sketches are portraits of women. Each woman’s face is uniquely drawn with minimal pen strokes, in order to accentuate areas of focus. For example, particular attention was paid to eyes, since those are usually the first parts of each female’s face to be sketched. And the eyes help to connect the viewer to the subject. Fragile pen lines were then used to sketch in the nose, mouth, and loose wisps of hair. In some drawings the hair is long and flowing like a cascading waterfall. Eyebrows also help to reinforce expression in each female portrait. A light wash of water was used to soften the edges of many crisp pen strokes, and helps give each lady a soft aura with strong piercing eyes. Each portrait drawing also evokes a different feeling, depending on whether or not the expression comes across as vacant or in some cases more genuine.

Pen & Ink Portrait Drawing of a Woman’s Face

Pen & Ink Portrait Sketch of a Woman

Pen & Ink Portrait Drawing of a Woman

Pen & Ink Portrait Sketch of a Girl

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38 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Foreigner // Apr 13, 2008 at 10:47 am

    Please send sketch samples of women.

  • 2 MDE-ART.com // Apr 13, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    Hi Foreigner, the rest of mde-art.com is available for you to view more sketches.

  • 3 Tj // Aug 9, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    can you take my face too?

  • 4 MDE-ART.com // Aug 10, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Hi Tj, I’m not accepting commissions at this time, but if you’d like to email a picture I will keep it in mind.

  • 5 umesh // Oct 22, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    I just love this sort of work…..”minimum but speaks greatly in itself!”You have put it beautifully n very thoughtfully….
    Great job!!….Gud luck for ur work!!!
    God Bless!!!

  • 6 MDE-ART.com // Oct 26, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    Hi umesh!
    I’m glad you enjoy the art, and you are so thoughtful in your responses… I’m thankful for your presence here. :)

  • 7 umesh // Oct 30, 2008 at 10:36 am

    Thanx dear, i feel privileged!!!
    God Bless! n hv a wonderful day…

  • 8 MDE-ART.com // Nov 8, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Thanks umesh! I hope your days are well! :)

  • 9 prashant // Dec 18, 2008 at 1:56 am


  • 10 MDE-ART.com // Dec 27, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Hi! :)

  • 11 Kunal Vijayendra // Jan 19, 2009 at 4:54 am

    It’s really so nice sketches.
    Good Work.

  • 12 MDE-ART.com // Jan 19, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Thank you, Kunal! :)

  • 13 Bailey-Conqueror // Feb 10, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Love how detailed the eyes are! How you draw the eyes with such detail doesn’t cause for the face to need as much and I think you’ve really perfected this technique. Makes me want to be a better artist..

  • 14 MDE-ART.com // Feb 13, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Thanks Bailey-Conqueror! I appreciate your assessment, and I encourage your interest in art! 😉

  • 15 lanese // Feb 17, 2009 at 10:34 am

    that’s hot ( i like contractions)

  • 16 MDE-ART.com // Feb 22, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Thanks lanese! That’s cool, me too. 😉

  • 17 Dan // Feb 26, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    hi im doing my art GCSE exam at the moment and need too study some artists. I love your work and I just wondered if you would mind giving me your name so I can include it when I am writing.

  • 18 MDE-ART.com // Feb 28, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Thank you Dan! I appreciate your interest in my work! My name is Michael D. Edens, and there is more information on the Biography page. Good luck with your artistic pursuits! 😉

  • 19 Niyati // May 11, 2009 at 8:13 am

    hi michael i just love ur work. Please will u make me my picture

  • 20 MDE Art Blog // May 11, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Thank you Niyati! I appreciate your interest in my artwork. Contact me with more information about the art you are interested in purchasing or commissioning.


  • 21 rev // Jun 23, 2009 at 4:50 am

    nice sketch… like you i also love sketching esp.portrait… can you give me an encouraging message to pursue my goal as a beginner artist? tnx.:-)

  • 22 MDE Art Blog // Jun 24, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Thanks rev!
    Practice drawing! It’s difficult to explain, but after I spent years practicing drawing and painting in different styles, I began to find my own unique artistic voice. There is a lot of power in visual art. Reaching for that place is a rewarding experience and worth the hard work, in my opinion. Good luck with your artistic pursuits! :)


  • 23 ali // Aug 13, 2009 at 8:23 am

    ok-very good

  • 24 MDE Art Blog // Aug 14, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Thank you, ali. :)

  • 25 Thomas // Oct 7, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    hi were do u get the paints ,pens and inks ?
    i would like to try ur style of painting because im in leaven cert and i think you work is full of power and colour. It would be very helpful for me.

  • 26 MDE Art Blog // Oct 9, 2009 at 12:09 am

    Thanks Thomas,
    I use a variety of materials, mostly ,

  • 27 Sir Pig Benis // Oct 12, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Mate these are bang tidy gwan. some sic work here wd

  • 28 saghi // Nov 9, 2009 at 2:07 am

    this are great ,, thank u so much 😉

  • 29 Haffye :) // Dec 23, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    HEY!! this is really good! im only a teen (14) and i’ve loved art for my whole life,, do you have any pointers on improving my art?? i just use computer paper and a pencil haha :) REALLY GOOD THO 😀

  • 30 Khawer // Dec 30, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Simply Classic. The delicate work of pen along with Areas of Focus i.e the eyes are superbly drawn and hair with minimum strokes to give the drawing a unique touch

  • 31 mila // May 8, 2010 at 10:30 am

    it is such magnificent!

  • 32 EVEZ // Jul 30, 2010 at 12:52 am

    Hello Michael! Your essentially a painter of the kind of still life composition that communicates a sense of tranquillity and privacy, moods which I have always valued above all else evrytime I saw an artwork.Nice “eyes”…… I like your sketches, I love sketching human faces. I keep on surfing for something, a whole figure of a woman. I hope you could sketch some. I’m not an abstractionist. I’m not interested in the relationship of color or form or anything else. I’m interested only in expressing basic human emotions through art. Nice job!!!! Lervit!!!

  • 33 Sudipta // Aug 19, 2010 at 2:20 am

    beautifull, awesome work….!love it

  • 34 ChrisCross // Nov 14, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Less is definitely more in this case my friend. :)

  • 35 sailesh // Feb 16, 2011 at 9:21 pm


  • 36 shikha // Jul 11, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    your sketches have this purity but not of an angelic kinds..they have an’ of the world’ kinda feel….i loved them

  • 37 rachelle fernandes // Feb 15, 2012 at 6:13 am


  • 38 migaanaa // Oct 19, 2012 at 11:35 pm


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