Does drawing have to be stressful? 


Emotions, tension and stress will always be reflected in your paintings.

A painting or drawing is able to expose hidden conflicts, experiences, draw attention to problems, relieve spontaneity and tension. But the drawing process itself should not be stressful.

While being stressed, most often, drawings are made with small uncertain strokes, or with uneven, zigzag lines with sharp edges or very thin lines.

Such drawings usually look pale, and need to be observed in order to clearly see all the details. In addition, in such drawings you can find a lot of empty space, the disorganization and incompleteness of the image. This suggests that in a state of stress it is difficult for a person to overcome inner tension and negative emotions.

Sometimes, while being stressed it is difficult for a person to draw even the simplest geometric figure. Very often, people being in stress, start to draw, and refer to a bad pencil, paper, say that they cannot draw, etc., but they just don’t see that the cause is in their state of mind.

If you ask a person who is experiencing stress and anxiety to draw something in color, then he most likely will avoid to use bright colors and will try to use mainly dark and gloomy colors.

So, for example, if person will draw a tree, probably, he will paint leaves with black or gray colors, and will depict them dropping off to the ground. Clouds in the picture will certainly be thunderous and in dark colors. Usually, there are no sun and people in such drawings.

When stress goes away, the drawing begins to acquire brightness and rich colors, a variety of symbols of rebirth appear on it. For example, young green leaves on plants, lush green grass, blooming flower buds, or something similar.

Let’s think of the drawing process itself.

Firstly, when a person draws something, he expresses himself and thereby relieves, because he can “speak out”, throw out his feelings.

Secondly, with such an indirect expression of feelings, for a person it is easier to circumvent the censorship of consciousness: it seems like all this is not serious, like a game.

By the way the drawing is made, much can be said about the person:

  • clear lines can indicate that a person prefers to keep everything under control;
  • watercolor paints are chosen by people who are feeling good in changing circumstances, which can easily be adjusted when circumstances change on the fly – after all, watercolor is difficult to keep within clear boundaries, paints flow into each other, change;
  • very anxious people or perfectionists can choose a simple pencil with an eraser to constantly improve the result;
  • clear, bold, well-drawn lines are an indicator of stability, self-confidence;
  • strokes are usually drawn by insecure, anxious people.

Similarly, by the size of the picture:

  • if the drawing is very small, then perhaps a person feels insignificant in this world;
  • sometimes drawings can be so massive but a person still will not have enough space  Such individuals feel themself important and necessary in all areas, there are many of them everywhere;
  • the theme of the drawing is also important. If a person paints everywhere  eyes or a chair with eyes, open skulls, all-seeing eyes, transparent roofs of houses, then this may even indicate of schizophrenia. Anyone who prefers to particularly carefully draw cellars will likely pay great attention to sexual function;
  • the nature of a person cannot be judged by a colour-grade, because colors are chosen situationally, depending on the mood and can constantly change. Although, if gray and black colors prevail in the drawings all the time, this may indicate a depressive state.

The mood of a person changes as well as ones desires. But, thanks to a drawing process, you can quite simply track changes in your emotional state and help yourself.

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