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Portrait Pen Sketches and Drawings of Women

December 26th, 2007 · 35 Comments

These three pen sketches and drawings of women’s portraits were drawn in 2002. Each portrait was drawn in a unique style, using pen with washes of water, and grey marker. The first woman’s face uses the grey marker to block in abstract shadows and shapes, giving the impression of a bright light source. The second portrait is a girl with her eyes closed, sketched with shakily drawn lines and a wash of water to add shadows and soften the image. The third portrait drawing utilizes bigger shapes of darker ink to block in eye shadow and hair. The contrast of the stark white of the paper with the deep shadows pop the face forward on the page. Also, the relatively accurate placement of facial features helps to define the structure of the face with minimal value changes and shading.

A Portrait Pen Sketch of a Woman

A Pen Drawing of a Woman’s Portrait

A Portrait Pen Drawing of a Woman

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35 responses so far ↓

  • 1 dave // Mar 20, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    hey what did you use for the (blue) shading on the first picture

  • 2 MDE-ART.com // Mar 22, 2008 at 9:12 am

    Hi dave, the medium used was a 30-40% grey marker.

  • 3 Heather // Sep 20, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    I love these works, they are so strong and full of life.

  • 4 MDE-ART.com // Sep 20, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    Thanks Heather! 😉

  • 5 Heather // Sep 27, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    I am studying to be an art teacher, do you mind if use your pen drawings for examples of artists who use expressive contour portraits? If so then could you provide me with your name for reference when giving credit to your work?

  • 6 MDE-ART.com // Sep 27, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Hi Heather,
    My name is Michael Edens. If you click the “Biography” link on the top navigation you’ll find more information. Good luck with your artistic pursuits.

  • 7 Torben // Nov 6, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Mr Edens, do you mind if use your work for my GSCE coursework? For our all topics we are required to produce some artists copies, and I would like to use your sketches for my portrait topic. With that out the way, I must say I find your pieces to be very expressive, and I envy your ability to depict the features of the women while still retaining a sense of freedom. Great Job!

  • 8 MDE-ART.com // Nov 6, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    Hi Torben,
    Thanks for your compliments and interest in my artwork! I do not mind if you use it for your GSCE coursework. Feel free to post a link to your work if you make it available online. And good luck with your artistic pursuits! 😉

  • 9 MiLy // Dec 4, 2008 at 10:00 am

    Your artworks are Wonderful… love your sketches… keep moving forward 😀

  • 10 MDE-ART.com // Dec 5, 2008 at 10:18 am

    Thanks MiLy! I appreciate your encouragement! :)

  • 11 Megg // Dec 13, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    your drawing are very inspiring to writers. thanks for letting us look at it!

  • 12 MDE-ART.com // Dec 14, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Your welcome! Thank you for commenting about it, I’m inspired! :)

  • 13 Megg // Dec 14, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    = – )

  • 14 MDE-ART.com // Dec 27, 2008 at 3:09 pm


  • 15 jwana // Jan 18, 2009 at 5:32 am

    i want to learn the basic role of art . so how can learn

  • 16 MDE-ART.com // Jan 25, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Hi jwana,
    I would recommend doing a search on Google.com for more resources.

  • 17 Luke from Switzerland // Feb 3, 2009 at 7:55 am

    Hey I just wanted to say that your drawings are awesome and I have been coming to this site for some time now to look at them and get ideas, I have even tried to mimic some of the facial drawings, your work is great! Really.. I especially like the black and white faces of women and other people the most because I like to draw with black and white pastels and markers..

    Thanks for inspiring..

  • 18 MDE-ART.com // Feb 3, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Thank you Luke from Switzerland!
    That’s really amazing for me to hear about your work. I appreciate you visiting my site! It means a lot to hear that I have offered some inspiration! If you ever put any of your work online, feel free to post or send a link!

    Good luck with your artistic pursuits! 😉


  • 19 Luke from Switzerland // Feb 6, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Thanks Michael,

    I will let you know if I put anything on the web and I will come back and tell you.

    Again, thanks for inspiring people, we need more people like you. Doesn’t matter if it’s through speech or artwork or whatever.. we need more of these people.

    All the best,


  • 20 MDE-ART.com // Feb 10, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Awesome, Luke! Thank you for those humbling words. 😉

  • 21 Tirtha // Jun 28, 2009 at 4:58 am

    These works are turely inspiring..the mediums used and the creativity shown out of it is mind boggling…these painting inspires me of new and innovative ideas which makes my paintings look soo good!!..n this site has done me soo good…m rilli rilli thankful to your site for the works

  • 22 MDE Art Blog // Jul 1, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Hi Tirtha,
    Thank you for your kind feedback! I’m happy to hear you have been inspired. Good luck with your artistic pursuits! :)


  • 23 Uma // Oct 7, 2009 at 4:26 am


    I am an out of job woman, who has just started her own beauty parlour. I started this only because I didn’t get any opening due to the tough times now. Can i use one of your sketch in my Business Card?

    -Uma, India.

  • 24 Uma // Oct 7, 2009 at 4:28 am

    I forgot to add in the previous comment that you have a way while depicting woman. It hits a chord somewhere.

  • 25 A.M. // Oct 15, 2009 at 11:33 am

    I think thats what you are doing is amazing. So much styles, so much colors and of course lots of emotions. I love it. In my mind, your paintings are so inspiring for everyone. I wish you luck. Don’t stop doing it. P.S. Sorry for mistakes. I’m not very good in English yet. :))

  • 26 Manish // Nov 21, 2009 at 8:19 am

    one word for ur talent “Awesome”. :)

  • 27 unknown // Dec 10, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    These pictures are wonderful and I hope to see some more of this kind of work.

  • 28 saima // Dec 26, 2009 at 10:28 am

    ur w0rk iz superb

  • 29 pratim // Mar 19, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    ur drawing master

  • 30 Gorakh // Mar 3, 2011 at 3:05 am

    I like your sketches.

  • 31 Kalsi // Apr 15, 2011 at 3:59 am

    Nice sketches !

  • 32 m1rw1 // Dec 27, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    you really saw them .

  • 33 Mobi Gobi // Jan 2, 2012 at 12:41 am

    my fvrt subject is math & drawing from my childhood. but when i m in 7th class i leaved the drawing subject because that was not include in my course. well my passion of soul is sketching. well i hope i could a strong grip on make sketch in the future.

  • 34 eswar // May 30, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    thank you

  • 35 MIhala Mihaylova // Apr 30, 2013 at 1:57 am

    The third picture is me!! Wow!!!

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