I have found drawings by two artists who work differently. Paul Noble is my artist who works in a tight way and Matthew Ritchie is my artist who works in a more sketchy, expressive style.
Paul Noble draws an imaginary dystopia town. His drawings of his imagined city are very measure in line and tone.
The lines are ruler straight with perfect perspective and the carefully blended tone creates the illusion of depth very effectively.
There is a surreality about these drawings. The atmosphere is very still, and the buildings in the images look incredibly fragile. I think the appearance of fragility has been achieved through the use of very fine lines. There are subtle shadows, with no expressive mark making.
Matthew Richie’s drawings are of different pieces of the universe from his personal perspective.
He works in graphite using quick, loose lines and watercolour washes. The quality of the lines is wobbly, vague and uncertain. He draws with feint lines. There are darker lines which intersect and divide the feint drawings, connecting up words which are written all over the drawings. The washes of coloured inks which suggest tone, shadows and shapes.
The over all effect of his drawings is to be especially lively. There is a feeling of movement from all the quickly drawn lines.
There is a noticeable contrast between Ritchie’s work and Noble’s: Noble’s work has an incredible stillness and fragility, while Ritchie’s drawings seem to move; they look rough and not fragile.