Native American Indian Portraits in Pen & Wash

Pen and wash can be used in many ways – from very finely drawn and precise lines to much wider and more irregular marks.

It all depends on your writing tool and your type of ink supply.

For this demo I chose a bamboo dipping pen and a pot of waterproof Winsor & Newton Black India Ink (951).  I also used W&N Designers White Gouache for adding highlights. It was really exciting and unpredictable and got me out of my comfort zone.

If you click on the images they will take you to my YouTube video of me painting it.



These are very loose and exploratory studies that I did for my own interest but I hope they may prompt you to work on a favourite subject of your own.

4 thoughts on “Native American Indian Portraits in Pen & Wash

  1. I need a small water color of a raven, blacks, greys, with a splash of muted purple and blue in it. I love your RAVEN, but what would you charge to allow me to use that image on my website? With credit to you and a link to this site of course. Please let me know – thank you.

  2. Oh, Alison, your talent never ceases!! Love the emotion you’ve captured in the faces of these 2 Native Americans!

    1. Thanks so much Judy – they really lend themselves to strong tonal patterns as the images are old black and white photos. I loved playing around with this – a real adventure – so glad you like the process and look. What are you up to these days?

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