drawing for instant gratification


Sometimes you want to make something and you want it to be done and dusted Right Now. A beautiful painting that took a year to paint is a wonderful thing, but sometimes it’s more about how we want to feel than it is about ‘being an artist’.

Therefore I hereby give us all permission to make easy quick art that takes no skill and is just fun to do. Because we want to wiggle a pencil around and colour in with All The Colours as if we were five, and that’s a good thing.

I filmed myself doing this very thing a while ago just for fun, and then totally forgot about it, as is my way. But then I found it again! Yay!

And so here is a short {6 1/2 minute} video of my favourite way to draw for fun, which literally anyone can do, irrespective of whether you consider yourself an artist. It’s a basic video for a very simple technique but the process and outcome both made me happy and I think that’s the most important thing.



Blind contour drawing is one of many ways you can start to explore your own unique art style, because it’s so forgiving and guaranteed to produce something quirky. It’s low pressure because you can’t hope to create perfection, so it really opens you up to Seeing What Happens.