If I had to pick a battle in the art world, I would choose to fight for giving priority to self-expression and meaning over technical skills. What I mean by this is that I am not easily moved by perfection. I admire the skills it takes to master any medium but it does not get my juices flowing.
I am more deeply impacted by an imperfect drawing with a strong personal touch or an emotional message. And, if it looks weird or if it surprises me, that is even better!
In this post, I am going to share a few techniques that will help take away the intimidating factor in drawing. Since we are going to draw in such a way that would make it almost impossible to obtain accuracy, we have no choice than to let go of expectations and have fun!
If you are about my age, you might remember playing with an Etch a Sketch as a child. If so, you had to draw a path between all the elements of your work — even if they were not connected.
This is the same principle for continuous drawing. You are trying to draw everything without ever lifting your marker from the paper.
Drawing with Twigs
Here is a fun technique to try: Pick a twig outside, and dip it in a container with Indian Ink. It works well with coffee stirrers as well. You will get an interesting quality of lines by drawing with this way.
Drawing with Your Nondominant Hand
If you are like me, this technique is when you realize you are far from being ambidextrous. It is challenging to draw with your nondominant hand, but the results can be charming.
Blind Continuous Drawing
If you find it too difficult to make a complex drawing without looking at your paper, just peek occasionally to replace your marker and make sure you are at least not drawing on the table.