6 Ways to Loosen Up!

You may have heard the phrase ‘loosen up’ from an art teacher, I have and I never quite understood how or what they really meant.  We all have certain styles in the way we draw, some of us will naturally make bold, large strokes and others will enjoy small accurate strokes perhaps focussing on detail. Is there a need to loosen up and if so how can it be done?

Get Comfortable With Your Style

Now after many years of art classes I got the impression that you had to be ‘gutsy’ with your drawing and painting otherwise it was somehow lesser work.  Of course  this is not true, there is nothing wrong with a more ‘technical’ style and for those of us who like detail.  If you are someone who likes small paintbrushes and detail that is ok but there is some merit in trying out a looser style which you can use when needed.

Looser, more energetic strokes tend to have more movement and can look at bit fresher.  Sometimes we can overwork a piece and this is a trap that many beginners fall into because they are less confident with strokes and lines so they tend to go over areas time and time again.

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What are the Key Skills I need to learn to Draw?

Often I get asked by beginner learners who are very keen to learn art ‘what are the most important skills I need?’  There are many skills involved in being good at art so it is really difficult for me to answer this question.  However I do think that there are some fundamental skills in drawing that once learnt can go a long way to help you build a foundation to develop your skills on.

I was set the challenge last year to create a short course in drawing and painting which only had the absolute ‘nuts and bolts’ in it and nothing else.  After editing and revising many drafts I was able to come up with a list of the absolute essential skills and these were the areas I identified.

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