Let’s Make Bad Drawings!

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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5 Responses to Let’s Make Bad Drawings!

  1. debdugan says:

    Brilliant! I make bad drawings all the time and then every once in a while I make a good one. It’s also good practice for me in learning how to move on and let it go. (I love your drawings by the way!)

    • Rice Freeman-Zachery says:

      Thank you, Deb! You’re an inspiration to me–you make good drawings seem effortless. So I figure bad drawings can be even more effortless, right? I’m having fun with them, and that’s what counts.

  2. Angelique says:

    Brilliant. I was thinking of doing a series of flower drawings this week anyway–mostly inspired by walks around our neighborhood and just how SPRINGY everything feels (I just moved back to the Midatlantic after a 4-year Florida hiatus, so spring feels very new to me again & ohso wonderful). Also, even if my drawings are bad, they’re still of flowers, so that makes them at least 1% pretty no matter what. That’s my logic, anyway, and I’m not to be dissuaded.

  3. Jinx says:

    Rice i make bad drawings all the time ! Just pop by my blog to see. (learningtojustbreathe.blogspot.com) Because apparently not only do i like to make bad drawings but i like to put them on my blog too. 🙂 I started doodling again about a year ago . I used to draw alot as kid but you know sometimes you let stuff like that go when life catches up with you. This last year of doodling and creating has been so much fun and i don’t forsee me ever lying my pencil down again. Power to the pencil! Oh and the eraser! The eraser is VERY important!