These are two portrait drawings of two different women, which were created with Pen and Ink in 2002. The first woman’s portrait was drawn with very few lines, just enough to get critical facial features. The eyes, nose, mouth, and a few wisps of hair were used to define location, while the viewer’s imagination makes up the rest of the image. The well defined eyes with their piercing, yet somewhat vacant, stare create tension with the fragility of the pen and ink lines.
The second pen and ink portrait drawing started off in a similar fashion, but eventually a definitive outline was used around the jaw and hair. So the rest of the portrait was drawn in more detail, and a wash of water was used to soften some of the crisp pen lines and add shading around the woman’s face.