Often we associate scribbling with negative habits: it’s out of control, childish, messy, sloppy or wasteful. But it’s also great fun.
When I was a child I used to play this game which I called “the scribble game” (or “il gioco dello scarabocchio” in Italian) with my friends.
We used to do a competition of who was drawing the most creative scribble drawing. We had so much fun!
The scribble game combines interactive and fun activity.
Here’s how to play it…
- Pens, pencils, crayons, or markers
- Each person scribbles something quick on their sheet of paper.
- Swap scribbles (or, if more than two people are playing, each can hand theirs to the person on their left).
- Look at the scribble in front of you to see what the lines suggest (you may want to turn it various ways to look at it from different angles).
- Finish the scribble drawing by adding your own lines and marks (use your creativity to guide you toward something personal and/or meaningful to you).
I had so much fun with this game and I had so many good memories that sometimes I want to incorporate this way of drawing in my illustrations.
Mostly it happens when I get stuck in the creation phase of an illustration. I would like to play with the composition but I don’t really know how to start.
In this case I just draw one or more scribbles and then I try to incorporate the idea of the illustration into it.
Unfortunately it could be time demanding, therefore I don’t do it when the design has to be done on a tight schedule.
How about you? Have you played the scribble drawing game? Let me know in the comments box below!