How to Get Better at Drawing: Just Draw (Automatic Drawing)

Updated: Jul 8, 2020

When I was at school, I loved to scribble on my wooden desk and then use that hardly discernible sketch to create something meaningful. I can tell you that until this very day, there is nothing more fascinating nor liberating than drawing in such a way.


I don't want to delve into the terminology or the history of this method, but I do want to highlight its powerful impact on my art and how it can help you to improve your art rapidly too.


One of the major advantages of automatic drawing is its ability to counter the artist's block. I'm sure that you just love to draw and express yourself, but often you just can't find something to draw! You can't find that beautiful scene you want, that dynamic pose or dramatic perspective you crave for, and so you just lose your motive to draw and end up doing something else.


You know what I'm talking about! We have all been there when we spent hours looking through references trying to find an inspiration, but to no avail.


Automatic drawing is the answer to such a problem. Just think of nothing and start scribbling random lines with no direction or intention, and just wait until you see something familiar. If you don't see anything that's fine too. Just flip the page and try again.


Don't go too crazy and fill the page too quickly, try to move gradually and add more lines, dots, and shapes until you see something.


I know it might not seem believable that you can create something from nothing, from void, but believe me it is possible, and it is the most exhilarating you will ever do as an artist.


I'm still surprised every time when this happens to me. I start with a white blank paper and a couple of random strokes, and all of a sudden, I see a face, a figure, something beautiful and then I just grab it and build on it until it comes together and becomes something extraordinary.


I will share with you a painting that began as random scribbles and ended up as something spectacular to loo