The linear work of Tyson Roberts has an exciting raw quality, yet is also aesthetically soothing. From a home studio in Seattle in the US, Tyson uses only Sakura Micron fine point pens as ink (also used by featured artist Nick Sirotich) to create these drawings, with acid free and cold press paper, which he says responds well to the ink. A variety of resources is used to create his drawings:
‘In addition to using photos that either I or friends have taken, I sometimes make on the spot sketches and re-create them later. Other times I’ll find stuff in old newspapers or magazines. My view is that everything is up for grabs in terms of usage, however I much prefer referencing pictures either I or someone I know has obtained first hand’.
Tyson is inspired by architectural drawings. ‘Drawings that are “busy” with lots of information and lines and the
bare stripped-down quality of black pen on paper’.
ⓒ Tyson Roberts 2009
He has a show opening on April 3rd in Seattle, where he is exhibiting larger (30″x 40″) linear drawings in the same style as these.
See more of his work on his website.