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The art of messy sketching

07:36 AM February 04, 2017
Even an old music sheet can be used as a canvas.

Even an old music sheet can be used as a canvas.

Sometimes the most powerful artworks are unfinished sketches.

As you sketch, your rough ideas, thoughts and imagination progress, and you keep drawing, eventually producing something that was nothing before it transformed into a final output.


Sketches are usually unfinished works. At times, artists intend them to be unfinished for various reasons. It might be something the artist imagines at a certain moment; it might be what that the artist wishes the audience to ponder on; or it might be a thing that the artist is thinking now, sets aside, only to resume later.

Basically, sketches are expressions of thought processes.


Tinkerbell captures emotion using ordinary ballpen

Tinkerbell captures emotion using ordinary ballpen

Francis Bacon once said, “The job of an artist is always to deepen the mystery.” For me, I find messy sketches to be quite beautiful. The sloppy look of messy sketches may not be appealing initially, and yet it has a wonderful abstract side to it.

They are so powerful that, even if unfinished, they leave questions that intrigue the mind. It gives the audience the opportunity to feel something whenever they see the artwork itself.

And for Tinkerbell Poblete, that is what she lives for.

Growing up, she was always struggling to make things look perfect and accurate—until it came to a point when she fell in love with the art of messy sketching—which allowed her to see her “flaws” being transformed into art.

After a few months, she realized that messy sketching could be beautiful in its own way. Though it wasn’t the exact expression of her opinion about things, she wanted people to be affected by it—to be left confused because the artwork looked weird, to be sad, or happy, or anything else.

She thinks she’ll be lucky enough if people are to actually find their own meaning through her work—if in between the sketches, the thickness of the lines, and the abstractness of the shapes, they would feel something immediate, direct and something refreshing and new.

 Sketching with watercolor

Sketching with watercolor

Messy sketches are perfectly fine. I think they allow you to develop your own sense of style and the freedom to express things in different, if not divergent, manners.


It’s always important to remember that it’s okay to start off loose. You shouldn’t worry if your art looks really ugly and terrifying. In the long run I think it will grow on you.

Sketching is a skill which, if you keep doing, will change you in a progressive way.

As what Henri Matisse said, “Creativity takes courage.”

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