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(so) what if you make “bad” art?

Posted by Koosje Koene in Draw Tip, Draw Tip Tuesday, sketchbook on December 22, 2020

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!


Today I am posting this unfiltered, badly planned and badly filmed (up the nostrils! out of breath! double chin!) video, to talk about “bad” drawings.

We see artists post the most amazing art on social media (and I do it too – on Instagram I mostly share stuff I am happy about), but what about any duds? Bad drawings. An idea that didn’t come out as planned? A result that doesn’t make you as happy or proud as you hoped?
It’s OK to make “bad” art. In fact, you have to. It’s part of the process! You need to make, make, make. And not everything you make can be a masterpiece. It’s how we learn. And then we develop and grow. Never stop learning!

And don’t forget: If you make a “bad” drawing, it’s always a better drawing than one that you didn’t make at all.

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Koosje Koene

Hi I'm Koosje. I'm an illustrator and art teacher in Amsterdam, where I was born and raised. I went to school to study graphic design, then worked for ten years as an award-winning professional photographer. But eventually my love of drawing and painting took over and I became an illustrator. My illustrations have been published in many Dutch magazines and in 2011, I began blogging and started developing and teaching online art classes. In 2014 I founded Sketchbook Skool, which is a flourishing community of artists from around the world of all skill levels.