Can I turn a random scribble into art? Let’s find out. [Kasey]
Like scribble. [Dave]
Okay. [Kasey]
But like not… you know. [Dave]
Okay. [Dave]
It’s a lot of pressure. [Kasey]
Haha. Done! [Dave]
Pencils down! [Kasey]
So here is the masterpiece scribble that my husband Dave gave me. Thank you, Dave. Essentially the scribble challenge comes to this: You take a random scribble and you turn it into art. So let’s get into brainstorming some ideas because I have no idea what the scribble is going to be. And because we only have one original of this scribble and I didn’t want to sketch on top of it and potentially ruin it, I thought the best idea would be to take a picture of it with my iPad, bring it into the app Procreate, and then start doodling and sketching my ideas for it. This way the original piece of paper is kept clean. Because let’s be honest I have no idea what to draw and I’m going to be doing a lot of sketching. So getting into brainstorming some sketches and ideas for the scribble, I was surprised at how hard this was. It is called a challenge, but I expected it to be a little easier for some reason. It was so hard for me to see anything in particular in this scribble and I was starting to get a little worried. Going abstract seemed to be a really fun way to approach this challenge. It seems like most people try to be very literal and illustrative. So I thought
“Hey I can be abstract.” “I could get really weird.” But then I thought maybe the whole point of this challenge was to create something that wasn’t a abstract out of something that was abstract. So because of how flowy this scribble was I started to think of it as a dress or a piece of clothing. And once I sketched a figure under it, I started to think what if I embraced the scribble and created this scribble princess sort of character who has a scribble for hair, and she has a little scribble creature. But then I thought
“Is that too easy?” “Am I maybe embracing the scribble so much that it kind of ruins the whole challenge of getting away from the scribble?” Obviously, at this point you can tell I started to think way too hard about this simple and fun challenge. So then I thought what if I turn the scribble into like a rope or, like, a really long dreadlock from someone’s hair but again I thought that maybe turning it into a rope seemed a little cliche. Just a little too obvious because what’s more wiggly than a rope or a piece of string? It was at this point that I was getting a little concerned, I thought I was going to have an epic fail on my hands here. But I pushed through and I managed to get an idea that I think embraces both my art style and the scribble. I didn’t show you the sketch so that you guys could be more surprised as I penciled it. So here we go. So like I had mentioned earlier, one of the main things that I was seen in this scribble was a piece of cloth or like a clothing item and so I kind of went in that direction a little bit. I turned our scribble into a sheet ghost sort of character. I honestly don’t know. Because this idea and just the illustration altogether doesn’t make a lot of sense. It’s just kind of fun and silly and weird. It’s art. So it has legs, our character, but also it looks like it really does turn into a ghost. So I’m not really sure what’s going on here. But like I said, I just had fun with it. I turned a part of the line into a snake that I made going through its mouth. Because why not? It seems like there’s a lot more meaning in this illustration than there actually is. I started to think and try to make a meaning out of his illustration, but I was kind of having a hard time coming up with anything. We’ve got this long snake going into the ghost of a mouth and behind the ghost is things exploding out of it. Now this is where I really struggled about what I wanted coming out of this ghost. At first I thought about making it a rainbow just flowing out of this ghost and having really happy magical positive items coming out of the ghost. I don’t know what that represents. Maybe the ghost was full of lots of rage and anger when it died and the snake is helping it pass on…? This so much more morbid than I anticipated. For some reason that wasn’t really into the whole positive thing. So I just decided to really go for gore and Halloween? Spooks? I don’t know. We’re almost in October, right? So exploding out from behind the ghost we have blood, I suppose, and a variety of spooky items like a skull and a butcher knife and a bucket of red paint. Nah. That’s blood. I don’t know what this means. I don’t know why I drew it. I just thought it was fun and weird and silly and I honestly couldn’t believe that this is the result I got from a fun scribble challenge, but here we are. I think that’s also partially why I decided to go with this idea in particular because you think “Oh It’s gonna be a fun scribble challenge. We’re gonna have a good time making something shareable and happy!” And then I go and make whatever this is. So overall, like I said, I found this challenge to be a lot more challenging than I anticipated. Obviously, it really depends on your scribble and how complex it is. Again, thank you Dave for this scribble. It really reminds me a lot of the blob challenge, but at least with the blob challenge you are able to work with it as a shape as a whole. With the scribble challenge you’re having to work around line work that can really interfere with other aspects of the drawing as it intersects and goes through. But that is one of the aspects that I really threw out the window and just decided to ignore and embrace in a sort of abstract way. But basically I kept it a little more simple and that really does embrace my illustrative style and I kind of was feeling like maybe either I wasn’t trying hard enough or it seemed like I was taking an easy route because I wasn’t adding too many details. But you know what, I had fun with it. And I think the result is really interesting and strange. And sometimes it’s fun to just make some really weird art that came from a scribble. I think the biggest challenge when it came to the line art and the way it interacted with itself was the area where the snake is on top of the ghost. We have a line of the body of the ghost going straight down through the snake and I really wasn’t sure how I wanted to approach this. Was I going to make the ghost transparent and have the snake under the ghost cloth thing? Was I going to try to use the black ink to make it look like the snake was black and then you could just ignore the lines? But in the end I thought it would be more interesting to just have it how it is and not have to have an explanation for it and just kind of run with the weird abstractness that you get from this challenge. So I just kind of left the line there. I do think that the snake is on top of the ghost. Though, I do show that it goes under the ghost cloth. But when ghosts exist in this world you don’t have to try to make things make sense, right? Ghosts do weird things. So really there’s no telling where this snake is. Is it under the ghost? Is it on top of the ghost? What’s happening? I don’t know. It’s just really interesting to sometimes let your self relax and let art be weird and not make sense. Because I am such a controlling artist. I like everything to be perfect and neat and clean. So a challenge like this was really- It really challenged me, I guess, to try to ignore my tendencies to make everything make sense and look perfect. Eventually you just have to accept that they are just random lines going through your art. Who cares? I- I care. I still care.
(ಥ﹏ಥ) Coloring this piece was pretty simple. The ghost itself was kind of disappointing because it was just- Just a white ghost. I really wanted to keep that classic ghost look, so that’s why I left it white. Now I’m actually thinking I probably should have put some blood splatters on this ghost and the snake. That probably would have visually made things a little more interesting by adding texture. But what can you do? I also had a lot of fun playing around with the transparency of the ghost material. So because the background is so simple, it’s just a gray square, I really wanted to focus on the character and the scribble itself and not necessarily make a background out of it. That could be a future challenge.
Maybe making a background out of a scribble. But I have a lot of fun having the ghost interact with that gray square in the background and the flesh color and the snake color. Speaking of snake color, this illustration is green and red. Who’s ready for Christmas?
🎅🎄 I’m just joking. I’m actually quite excited for Halloween.
👻🎃 And just because I kind of felt like the edges of this piece were a little plain, which I’m okay with, I went ahead and splattered some red paint around the edges just to add a little something extra to it. So… more blood splatters. Yay! And that’s it.
That completes my scribble challenge illustration. [Music] And here it is. Our finished scribble challenge and all of its strange and spooky glory. I really think it represents my art style and just my general artistic ways… in general…? I like that I didn’t push myself to do something crazy, but embrace the weird lines and the overlapping and things that don’t make a sense. I think my current obsession with abstract art probably helped with that. So I had a lot of fun with this. And I hope you guys enjoy this video. Thank you so much for watching and I’ll see you guys the next one. Stay Golden! And now a huge thank you to my wonderful Patrons for all of their support. You guys are the best. If you want to be in the credits at the end of my videos, see secret sketches, coloring pages, early access and more, check out my patreon by clicking the link in the description. Thank you guys all so much for the support. Bye! [Music]

100 thoughts on “Can I turn a SCRIBBLE into ART? – THE SCRIBBLE CHALLENGE

  1. I definitely don't think you took an easy route! This turned out great!
    Your style is simple, and in a sense it is abstract, so there's no reason to try to force yourself to avoid those things when doing challenges like these.
    In general, the goal of a challenge is whatever you want it to be, it should always fit within your style and artistic journey, not someone else's.

  2. This was a grade in 5th grade ;-; we had to write a story about the scribble. Like we had to make something out of the scribble then write a story lol

  3. Definatly thought about putting a tiny fairy trapped in a ten gallon hat, orrr having a dogs head under a towel, orrrrrrr a hilariously large 10-gallon hat on a stocky cowboy riding an also stocky donkey / pony

  4. Hey Kasey, love your work! I was wondering, how to you get your watercolor so flat on the page? My attempts at filling in an area always looks really streaky and don't look the best.

  5. Hey Kasey! I love your videos, and I appreciate your brand comparison ones. Do you ever plan on doing a brand comparison between different watercolor brands? Like different pan brands and different tube brands vs each other?

  6. A few challenges people can do:

    ×A background before the main thing (character)
    ×Emoji challenge (😈👩🍱) basically random emojis..
    ×have someone pick the colors of your piece and have another person give you something to draw, blues,yellows and reds (+white and black). Then monster eating people's candy…
    ×use things around your house to draw(besides actual art stuff)

    I'm sorry, I know not all of these are original! I'm not sure if any of them are to be honest, I kinda was just thinking random stuff 😀

  7. Kasey really does so much for us. She even does subtitles for mostly all of her videos she’s just amazing 💕 we appreciate you Kasey

  8. For Halloween you could draw pumpkins based off Tokyo Treat? Idk randomly thought of this. By the way, I love this piece! 🐜

  9. That ghost has some nice looking shoes! This painting is kind of disturbing… in a good way! I love twisted stuff and that ghost is just too cute!

  10. I have an idea for a meaning

    So the snake is toxic people and if u keep a relationship or friendship with them they will turn u into a ghost and u will forget who u really are

  11. I like that you didn't add any blood to the sheet, makes it seem like all that gore behind him is more psychological and what is inside him rather than a physical attack.

  12. The snake obviously has something to do with sin, right?
    From what the illustration tells us we can assume that the ghost we see used to be a murderer, maybe even a serial killer.
    To move on they have to let go of their life and therefore their sins, pictured here as the snake passing through them.
    All of their sins are laid bare as they have to acknowledge them to be able to move on.
    The human to ghost transformation actually shows us how they move on from the form they had when they were still alive and are now formless and free to start anew.

    – sleep deprived German wannabe novelist, always here to make sense of nonsensical artwork

  13. If I had an art style, this would be it. I actually did research on Pareidolia this week, and did 2 pieces. Thank you Kasey for sharing your art….BTW, I saw a candle flame and was tryng to build on that, with the scribble Dave did for you. I just love this so much!!!!

  14. Does anyone know what the app is she uses at the beginning? My daughters love these videos and I’m not very artsy or app-y😊

  15. Hey just wanna say how happy I was to open my scrawlr box and be greeted by your amazing art!!! Oh and what can I say about the boxs contents you chose? Only my favourite scrawlr box EVER!!!! Loved it, congrats on Septembers featured artist 👌😍🙂👍🎨🖌🖊✏ xx

  16. Today really is the best birthday ever, here on YouTube! Thank you for being ANOTHER of my availability favourite YouTube artists, and paint today! YAAAAAAAY!

  17. Hi Kasey. I'm a new subscriber today. I received the September Scrawlr box which sent me over. I just watched your Q&A video from 2017 and in it you said you were thinking of subscribing to an art box like Scrawler box to try new art supplies – for some reason I got really tearful hearing that and knowing that you are now one of their featured artists. What an amazing journey you have been on!

  18. Kasey, I just want to say thank you for not being really into cute. There are lots of creators on YT that are all about cute. One of the reasons I love your art is cause I love your gore and your weird.

  19. "Can I turn a random scribble into art?"
    Me: Pfft, no!! I can turn all of my art into a bunch of scribbles, though!! (The secret skill of messing up all your artwork.) That counts…. Right???

    Yeahhh, no. ;(

  20. So cute! I would love to see the more abstract images completed, like the earlier ideas, the girl with long hair around the hill with a house on it, that looked so interesting, even the scribble lady. I do scribble drawings all the time, it’s interesting to see what you can find in the scribbles and how you can extend the image.

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