Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Frustration Drawing Tutorial

As promised, the tutorial on frustration drawings.  Although I must warn you that you may never be able to think of me the same after you see what is to follow.

Some of you are probably wondering, rightly enough, what a frustration drawing is.  I will tell you.  A frustration drawing is what happens when you are drawing and whatever is forming underneath your pen/pencil is not turning out the way you want...so much so that you become frustrated.  Really, really frustrated.  And you give up altogether on creating whatever beautiful thing you were working on.  Instead you viciously turn your pencil to paper and give your frustrated feelings free reign.  Whatever forms itself afterwards is your frustration manifested on paper.

There are two rules to frustration drawings.  One: it only really works when you are actually frustrated.  You can try it without it, but it's not the same.
Two: you cannot think or plan.  You just draw with abandon, letting your feelings have full control over what you draw.

What follows is very often quite disturbing.

I have here three examples of classic frustration drawings which I salvaged from my sketch book.  Read on and enjoy:

1: This is one of the most common types, which you will find scattered liberally throughout many of my drawings.  It starts out normal, pleasant, even.  Then it turns very, very wrong.


3: perhaps the most disturbing exhibit: these types of frustration drawings come from a deep, deep well of frustration and angst.  Note the tube-like boob.  The unflattering shape the hair took.  The angry slit eyes and frightening mouth:

And there you have it.

Now that you know how to create your own frustration drawings, I can only warn you to proceed with caution.  Any number of ugly things can be created by your pen!  The possibilities of creepy and disturbing drawings are endless.

Also, I created another drawing to be added to the one I posted last night. I am starting a new series, with the connecting theme being the rust-red arm warmers.  I'm calling them Ladies in Waiting.

Hopefully soon, I will have prints of these to sell on my etsy shop.  I'll let you know what I do.


  1. haha the last one is my fave. and HELLO this last one is GORGE.

  2. so i read this post AFTER your most recent and I must say this lady is something. I love how there's just something in her eyes.... sigh!