When I was first given this instruction, I thought to myself “That should be easy peasy, all my drawings are bad.” I almost cheered myself as I took up the felt-tip (what? felt-tip, you do not draw with THAT!!!! I can hear my horrified primary school teacher back in then still Soviet-satellite Czechoslovakia).
I was standing in front of an easel in a class lead by Czech Academy of Arts Graduates at the National Gallery in Prague where I also worked at the time.
I scribbled quickly a schematic big-bellied stick man with a belly button (yes, he had a belly button point for some reason, don’t ask why…I don’t know!) in the middle. I did it almost thoughtlessly. And then I cancelled it out with a few scribbles of the pen – “No, not good…enough.”
Then I looked at it and realized. All that in my eyes made this drawing bad was my thinking. The very qualities – simplicity, boldness, spontaneity and ease – of it could also be cherished as positive.
And then I realized I had been rejecting my way of drawing, expressing and finally potentially seeing, as “bad”. I was never withing the lines (I’ve always had that problem, especially as a child). Hence the crossing out of my image.
Looking at mine and then around at other participants’ drawings I realized there really are NO bad drawings. Only the ways of looking at and seeing them.
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