The Art of Scribbling
by: Mallory Amburn
When I used to hear the word "scribbling," I often associated it with the whimsical spirit of a child. Now, whenever I hear it, I simply equate it with "art."
When I was younger, I scribbled. I would grab whatever was within reach—crayons, markers, pens—and I would scribble. Just about 99.9% of the time, the scribbles had no meaning. Nothing about my childhood scribbles resembled art.
Shockingly, I still participate in those childish ways. Not because I myself am childish, but because I adore this type of art. The proper term for this style in the art realm would be "gesture drawing;" however, I prefer just calling it what it is—scribbling. Anyone with the slightest sense of imagination could do it. Just grab a pen and a piece of paper, create a vision of what you want to portray, and scribble until it manifests. The heavier you scribble in a certain area, the darker your shading becomes. It's hard to truly mess up, because stray scribble marks add texture.
What makes this type of art so intriguing? Why is it that I feel as if it stands out among other styles, such as pointillism or sketching? Could it be because of its free spirit? Could it be because it has a sense of messiness? Whatever it is that adds such volume to this style of art, I hope other people can appreciate it like I have.
On a side note, I hope all of you "Beatles" fans reading this enjoy my scribble art of the one and only, John Lennon.