Brief 2 has started for University, and after a little chat with my tutor, one piece of advice has made me stop. It was this: DO NOT LOOSEN UP.
I’ve gone through school-taught art, a couple of years in 6th form and only a year of Uni, but all the time we’ve constantly been told by at least one person to “loosen up”, to have more energetic strokes, to create the illusion of movement.
"But", our tutor Martin said, "but sometimes the right advice is not to loosen up, but to tighten up instead. Make your drawings as neat as possible. Push it so that it’s almost clinical, so that each stroke is clean and perfect.”
"You are a naturally neat worker," he said, "so why not keep that?"
And yes, he’s right. My sketches and roughs are all pretty neat, though they can get grubby. So as it stands, I’m going to take the neat route. The messy impressionist stuff works for some people, but that’s who they are.
We’re meant to do what makes us happy - that’s how we develop a style that is our own. That’s when we create our better pieces, the ones that we are satisfied with.
So for everyone out there who struggles with being loose sometimes, and is happier being neat - try being ultra neat! See if you’re happy like that. Who knows?