I know, I know: there are no bad drawings. But if I’d titled this “Let’s Scribble and Doodle and Draw with Abandon!” it just wouldn’t have been the same.
As you know, I have Issues with Drawing. I’d love to be able to draw, but I have no patience with sitting down and drawing and practicing the skills I need to develop in order to be able to draw. I’ve been thinking about this, and I realized that if there are no bad drawings, why not embrace that? Why not draw however we happen to draw and then work with those drawings as if they’re the most excellent drawings ever on the planet? Sounds like a great idea to me, so that’s what I’ve been doing.
I’ve been making bad drawings. See?
I’m not even trying to make these look like anything. I think, “Donkey” and put the marker on the page and and draw an outline just like I did when I was a kid. Maybe it doesn’t look like a donkey. Maybe it looks like a donkey to only the six-year-old me. That’s OK.
I’ve got Ideas. Of course I do. We all do. The ideas I’ve had lately are about taking really simple drawings and doing something with them, and I’ll talk more about that on Wednesday. For right now, I want you to take your notebook or journal or the back of scrap paper at work and make some drawings. If you’re already An Excellent Draw-er, then you might want to do some blind contour drawings or some non-dominant-hand drawings or some shut-your-eyes-and-go-for-it drawings. But play along. Make a bunch of drawings, and then bring them with you Wednesday.
And, hey: have fun, OK?
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