I’ve always wondered why amateur artists are so enamoured with “loose.” Everyone craves it, nobody can define it, and there are many great artists who would be wondering with me if they were here now. I doubt whether DaVinci, Michaelangelo, Sargent or modern artists like Norman Rockwell or Robert Bateman would have told their students to “loosen up.”
But there I was the other day, trying to “loosen up” by drawing cups quickly. I did half a dozen of them, some “loose” to the point that they ceased to look like a cup. Here’s one example.
It’s what a lot of people call loose. I call it sloppy but, well, different strokes I guess. I thought I’d try a different approach, somewhere between this and my typical, very stiff, cartoon style. I used a larger format, about 5×7 I guess. And I slowed down some.
Rather than a coffee cup, I chose a tea cup. Maybe that makes a difference too. In any case, I like this result better than those “loose” cups. It suffers a lack of precision I suppose but it looks more like a finished drawing to me. Opinions welcome. Just keep them loose.