Pen & Ink Portrait Drawings & Sketches of Women 38

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 thoughts on “Pen & Ink Portrait Drawings & Sketches of Women

  • Post author

    Hi Foreigner, the rest of is available for you to view more sketches.

  • Post author

    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.

  • umesh

    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!!!

  • Post author

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

  • Bailey-Conqueror

    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..

  • Post author

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

  • Dan

    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.

  • Post author

    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! 😉

  • MDE Art Blog Post author

    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.


  • rev

    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.:-)

  • MDE Art Blog Post author

    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! :)


  • Thomas

    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.

  • Haffye :)

    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 😀

  • Khawer

    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

  • EVEZ

    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!!!

  • shikha

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