These oil pastel drawings are part of an abstract impressionistic body of artwork entitled Portraits and Faces Series 1. They are a series of five faces drawn with energetic and expressive lines and colors to produce abstract portraits that appear to be emerging from the oil pastel medium and the surface of the paper. The structure of the faces grow fluidly from the chaotic drawing medium by utilizing techniques such as smudging and scratching to produce varying combinations of gradient colors and stark contrast. Each piece of expressive art is roughly 9″x12″, and each subject conveys emotions unique to each drawing. Emphasis is placed on prominent facial features, such as the eyes, nose, and mouth, so that facial recognition is possible amidst the predominantly abstract compositions.

For more colorful portrait art, view the abstract expressionistic drawings entitled Portraits and Faces Series 2 – Abstract Pen and Marker Drawings, or this Abstract Drawing of a Face.

Impressionistic Portrait Drawing of an Old Man's Face with Oil Pastels

Abstract Expressive Portrait Drawing of a Face with Oil Pastels

Oil Pastel Portrait Drawing of a Face

Portrait Drawing of a Face with Oil Pastels

Abstract Impressionistic Portrait Drawing of a Face with Oil Pastels

Portraits and Faces Series 1 – Impressionistic Oil Pastel Drawings