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Scribbling – the easiest way to improve your portrait drawing

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To scribble – “a piece of writing or a picture produced carelessly or hurriedly”.


But I look at it differently.

It says “careless”, well, if that means without thought or consideration, I agree. We shouldn’t think about what we see when we draw. Analysing and comparing it with what we know and understand. If scribbling bypasses the brain then that’s exactly what needs to happen. As for “hurriedly”, scribbling isn’t something you do slowly and with precision. By its very nature it has to be done quickly.

The term “scribbling” is used to demean and dismiss something as worthless, and that is where the power of the word lies.

If you say you are going to draw, depending where you are on your journey as an artist, you will load all kinds of expectations into your subconscious before you start.

If you say you are going to sketch, the same thing happens, but perhaps it’s less about precision.

However, when you say you are going to scribble you load nothing into your subconscious. The word “scribble” hasn’t been coded into your brain as having any value or expectations attached to it. So you are free to make marks without fear of failure and experience something more akin to what a child would when they create.

Now you may agree with the dictionary definition. You may see the act of scribbling as worthless. But think of it as a Trojan horse. A way to connect with your creative consciousness without the brain noticing. Sneaky 🙂 

I talk about “having the right mindset” all the time. About zero expectations and responsive mark making and “scribbling” is one of the techniques I use.


This course is designed to show how “scribbling” can help you to have the right mindset and improve your drawing.

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What Will You Learn?

  • To create portraits that are full of life and energy

Course Content

Stage 1. Letting go
Whether you’re new to drawing or have been doing it for a while, it’s really important to learn to let go.

  • Letting go
  • Main reference image
  • References

Stage 2. Guiding your scribbling

Stage 3. Applying your scribbling

Stage 4. Making things more accurate

Stage 5. Identifying shapes and tones

Stage 6. Let the dust settle

Stage 7. Stop!

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2 months ago
Love Tony's enjoyable, liberating approach to portraiture. Easy to understand and put into practice.
4 months ago
Great information and guidance.
1 year ago
With my background in the "traditional" methods, this was definitely a challenge, just to let go. It's quite liberating!