|Adam Riches' Triple Portrait. (my title).|
|Not all of Adam Riches scribbled faces are as deep, dark, and brooding |
as this example, but most are quite similar.
|Adam's scribbled images evolve, the |
artist having only a vague idea of
their final appearance.
|There is often an unfinished look to|
|Some of Riches scribble|
works suggests female faces,
though sometimes it's a very
Adam Riches uses pen and ink to create frenetic por-traits of brooding anonymous figures. The monochrome illustrations emerge out of blank backgrounds, with broad, gestural lines skittering and looping across the paper. Often, pen drawings fall into two stylistic cat-egories: contour drawings that capture the outlines and edges of their subject, or super-smooth ones that seem to defy the fine point of the pen with layered hatch marks. In forging his own style, Riches uses highly varied densities in his mark-making to create volume and suggest shadows, while also utilizing each line as a distinctive shape. In a recent video interview with BBC, the artist explains, “The drawings are quite intuitive and are done spontaneously. They reveal themselves as I’m making them.” Riches has certainly chosen a difficult medium in which to work. With the possible exception of watercolor, ballpoint pen and ink can be a most "unforgiving" medium of expression.
|One of Riches more "polished" renderings|