These pen and marker drawings are part of an abstract expressionistic body of artwork entitled Portraits and Faces Series 2. They are a series of three faces drawn with energetic and expressive shapes, blocks of color, and frantic lines to produce abstract portraits that appear to be emerging and constructing themselves from the ink and paint mediums on the surface of the paper. Prominent facial features are emphasized, such as the eyes, nose, and mouth, so that amidst the predominantly abstract compositions it is still possible to make out the faces peering back. The chaotic atmosphere builds the structure of the faces by utilizing techniques such as layering and chiaroscuro to produce varying combinations of opaque and transparent color. Each piece of expressive abstract art is roughly 9″x12″, and a unique mix of emotions are portrayed in each portrait drawing.

For more colorful portrait art, view the abstract impressionistic drawings entitled Portraits and Faces Series 1 – Impressionistic Oil Pastel Drawings, or this Colorful Abstract Drawing of a Woman’s Face.

Abstract Expressionist Portrait Drawing of a Face with Markers and Pen

Colorful Expressive Abstract Portrait Drawing of a Face

Colorful Abstract Expressionist Portrait Drawing of a Face

Portraits and Faces Series 2 – Abstract Pen and Marker Drawings

25 thoughts on “Portraits and Faces Series 2 – Abstract Pen and Marker Drawings

  • July 12, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    Hey, I just randomly came across your website and wanted to say that your art is quite amazing. I love painting abstract art myself and I hope one day I can be as good as you. =]

  • July 12, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Thank you Breland. I appreciate you taking the time to leave a kind comment. Feel free to share your work or send a link some day, and good luck with your artistic pursuits!

  • November 12, 2008 at 9:35 pm


    Just love your art. 🙂

    Hi Yo Guys,
    The HYG World.

  • November 13, 2008 at 10:29 am

    Thanks Hi Yo Guys! 🙂
    I’m glad to hear you enjoy my work. I like your site design, some of the interior page title graphics seem familiar. 😉

  • November 13, 2008 at 11:43 am


    Well, yeah. I would like your permission to use them for free. Actually, I am a student and can’t pay so I was hoping you wouldn’t mind. If you don’t allow, I promise you I won’t use them.

    Hi Yo Guys,
    The HYG World

  • November 13, 2008 at 11:55 am

    i jus luv ur art – i think it’s really amazing. i love to work like that, and the fact that you use different bright colour to capture a face with scribble yet resulting in a excellent captivation on portrait is jus wonderful. i would love to make pieces inspired by you.

  • November 13, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Hey Hi Yo Guys,
    You can use them! I think it looks great! 🙂 The whole site is really well done. Nice work!

  • November 13, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    Thanks subani,
    I appreciate your compliments and interest in my work! Feel free to post a link to any related artworks you create. 🙂

  • November 13, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Thank You! You rock!

    Hi Yo Guys,
    The HYG World

  • December 27, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Thank You, Hi Yo Guys! 🙂

  • December 29, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    wow ur art is amazing

  • December 31, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Thank you for commenting, Anonymous! 😉

  • January 23, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    woww!! arttt iss awsomee aha. 2 bad in school i have art in my 4th semesterr!! i have to waitt thatt long”!ah!xD hehe well just here to say love the work, time, n efforttt!!! nice arttttttt.!! hehe

  • January 25, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Thaaankss nnnaattaallieee!
    I appreciate your comment and enthusiasm! Good luck with your artistic pursuits! 🙂

  • January 26, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    In the first two images here, the faces seem to be disappearing more into the background. This isn’t bad, in fact, it looks really well done.

    I wish I had your eye for the abstract. I do like the previous pieces better, but these are still beautiful.

  • February 3, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Thank you Artist Anika! I appreciate your compliments on my work very much. 🙂

  • February 25, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    can i just say,
    i think the work you’ve posted on here are amazing,
    they’ve made me remember why i love doing art,
    so thank you, you’ve really inspired me

  • February 28, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Thank you shara! I’m delighted to hear about your reaction to the artwork, and appreciate you sharing back your experience! Good luck with your artistic pursuits! 😉

  • January 12, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    hello … i am doing an art assigment in my art class and i choose you as my artist!! i admire your work and have desided to do my own self portrait in your style of work !! i also have to do an essay about you. it would be a honor to interveiw you if you dont mind.. please and thank you!!

  • June 2, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Nice work I just got into watercolor and am interested in mixing mediums i posted a few pieces on my facebook. I love the maker pieces it brings a rugged street style feel tell me you used sharpies…….

  • August 15, 2010 at 6:06 am

    Hey, I think your art is absolutely amazing!!!
    I am a student in Grade 12 and I have actually chosen you as my influential artist for my final artwork. I really like how how you do the faces so loosely but not completely abstract. I hope I can get the same effect on my artwork…..not to sure if it will turn out the same though.
    Thanx for inspiring me :):)

  • July 14, 2011 at 3:49 am

    Yo Micheal ur works rocks man
    where r u working like ur are class

  • February 2, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    waw i love you art i think u r the best at art xx

  • February 26, 2012 at 7:21 am

    The emotion in your lines and how they build are very impressive.
    May the good Lord continue to bless you in your work and in your life.

  • January 17, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Love your work…very, very cool…

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