In adulthood, spontaneous drawing survives on the margins of exercise books or the scribbles we make whilst on the telephone. This basic desire to express oneself is called "the graphic instinct". It never dies and can be reactivated with specific autopictographic exercises. Spontaneous drawing came of age in 1904 with Kandinsky (1866-1944), Alechinsky (1927) and Basquiat (1960-1988). These graphic universes emerged and were absorbed into mainstream art.
The right to create
But you don't have to be a professional artist to have the right to create. You don't have to be a top chef to enjoy cooking. Spontaneous drawing doesn't require a licence to draw a line. We have our own well of images inside us which can be re-activated. But how? To draw spontaneously is not simply a question of making a decision and then acting upon it, like deciding to get up and walk. We need a practical method, offering suggestions and advice to allow us to overcome the anxiety of the blank page.