Loose Style Sketching - Why I'm Drawn to It

architecture sketching Apr 06, 2021

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!!!

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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?

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