What is loose style sketching?
At first glance, loose style sketching may look like a jumbled mess of lines. Jiggedy-jaggedy and wonky lines that look as though they were drawn after being overly caffeinated from downing one to much of a cuppa. Speaking of which, I could use a refill. How does hazelnut coffee sound?
These wonky sketchy lines are simply brilliant! They can tell endless stories in endless ways. For me loose style architectural sketching is a way of quickly capturing the space, time, and feeling of a location or building.
Unlike a technical set of architectural blueprints, this drawing technique is NOT about precision - perfectly straight lines. It is NOT about creating a precise and realistic drawing of a portrait or landscape scene. Loose style sketching is EXPRESSIVE !
This style is about being loose, freeing, and having imperfect lines on a piece of paper. And yes, it is a style! It is a creative style that lets YOU express who YOU are & your inner self. A style that you, and only you can truly own. Make it yours!!!
Loose style sketching is about letting your soul drip out through the ink in your pen and ingraining a special moment in the sketchbook of your mind.
Yes, it can also be a wonderful physical sketchbook that you can put on your shelf to cherish later. But it can also be a sketchbook of memories inside your mind that you can tap into upon demand to re-imagine, re-experience, and re-invigorate.
What are some benefits of loose style sketching?
Growing up (and even today), I found it hard to express my feelings to friends and family. I was quiet, shy, totally introverted. I had an accident that left me alone at playtime in elementary school. While my friends were outside playing, I was hanging out in the nurse's office - bored - until I started drawing. I would show my friends what I was doing while they were playing kickball. I connected to them by sharing drawings (mostly of imaginary cars).
Sketches are a way of putting my voice onto paper. The castle ink & wash sketch below is from a card that I created for the princess of my dreams on our first anniversary. The "Follow Your Heart" sketch is a reminder for me to stay on path and connect to my soul's purpose of creativity through art.
Sketching is a way to capture a moment in time. A moment of location, emotion, and Being. I find that when I sketch, there is something magical that happens between the hand-eye-brain connection. The sketches below are from places I have traveled to. Places I can revisit anytime by looking through my sketchbooks.
In the end, for me, sketching and painting are about EMBRACING and EXPERIENCING the process of creating - and not just the final result - that brings joy to the moment. And the simple act of putting pen onto paper and creating loose style sketches is one way that I am able to capture the feelings of time, place, and emotions.
I will be forever drawn to sketching. Yes. Pun...absolutely intended! :)
Peace & Live a Creatively! -Jason
Do you want to learn how to create loose style architectural sketches?
Join me for my next Loose Style Sketching Architecture Workshop.
The sessions will be held in a private Facebook Group.