Pen Sketches, Male and Female Portraits

These are 2 portrait drawings, one sketch of a male and one sketch of a female. Both portrait drawings were sketched with black pen in the year 1999. The drawing of the woman’s face uses minimal lines to highlight the placement of the most recognizable features of the face, like the eyes, nose, mouth, and hair. No outlines were used to define the structure of the face or jaw, which allows the drawing to breathe a little more than usual.

The portrait of the man was drawn similarly, with minimal lines, and sparse definition of facial features. More attention was paid to the shadows and lines of his suit in order to contrast with the open face. And the piercing eyes of both the man and woman were drawn with tiny pupils to enhance their minimalistic cold gaze. Very little value was used as well, with minimal washes of water applied to soften some the hard pen lines in both portrait sketches.

Pen Sketch of a Female Portrait Drawing

Pen Sketch of a Male Portrait Drawing

8 Replies to “Pen Sketches, Male and Female Portraits”

  1. Attitude Man!!! n wat better way to show it!!!
    We all have it inside us, but not many come out wid it. this is like, made for each other couple… I mean they r really complimenting each other so well!!!!.there is some kind of wildness on both the faces …n i personally feel Michael,u shud make a portrait of them together too!!
    It’s really got FIRE n STRENGTH!!! I like it.
    God Bless!!

  2. You have a real talent & the way that you make the eyes the focal point of the drawing is draws you in

  3. i love all of your portraits!after one look at them,i improved my long does it usually take for you to do a simple but lovely portrait such as this?:)

  4. I am so amazed with your art. It is absolutely awe-inspiring.
    Just recently resumed my painting, now in watercolors after 20 years because of school. You are an inspiration and a breath of fresh in the realm of arts.

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