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Building Creative Confidence

A fun & engaging presentation for any event.


A fun presentation full of drawings, caricatures and artistic surprises with Brett Bower:

Every time I stand up in front of a group of children or adults I ask them, “Who here can draw well?”. The response is usually the same. The majority of children enthusiastically throw their hands in the air, whilst next to no adults dare raise their hands. In fact, so go so far as to sit on their hand.

This got me thinking. At what point does our creative confidence take a hit? When do we decide we can’t draw? And can we turn that attitude around?

Not surprisingly, there is a lot of research into ‘creative development’ But I want to know the process of how we learn to draw.

To do this, we have to go back to our first 12 months of life. If you give a child under six months old a crayon, their first instinct is to taste it. Is it food? It usually doesn’t take long for a baby between 6 and 12 months to start scribbling. These first tentative marks on the walls or floor are in fact the basic building blocks of writing and drawing.

The next stage in a child’s drawing development is more recognisable to us adults. The child starts to create mandalas, these are their first attempts are drawing human forms. These mandalas are made up of circles and ovals divided by crosses and lines often symmetrically balanced. Their first drawings of human characters are derived from these shapes.

Between 4 and 7 years, children start to draw other important aspects of their lives, like the sun and trees. Colours used are picked purely for emotive reasons.
By age 7, children are learning basic formula’s that they use repeatedly to draw their world. Circles connected to triangles to make fish, triangles on squares to make houses. They also start to anchor the sketches to a horizon line or ground.

For me, this stage is interesting because between the ages of 9 – 12 children get excited about adding detail to their images. Scales on fish or tiles on a rooftop. Their drawing ability takes a great leap in a creative direction. The artwork becomes a group activity rather than a side by side activity with children collaborating on artistic projects.

But it’s at this point where things often take a turn… These same collaborative groups, are also peer groups.
All of a sudden – we become self-confident about being creative, especially drawing. It’s at this point we make an unconscious decision to be creative or be safe.

Till now we have scribbled and drawn for our own pleasure and we’ve taken enormous pride these drawings. Sadly we start caring what people think of our art.
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.

No matter what your skill level – scribbling and drawing is an exercise in mindfulness, drawing something from imagination or from the world around us drags us into the present moment. We see light, colour, and form with new clarity. We see a world around us that normally goes unnoticed. Drawing – helps us to de-frag and make sense of an abstract world.

At the end of the day, it comes down to a matter of our own choice. Be happy and take pride in your drawings, practice, and don’t be afraid to learn new techniques and try new things.

You can book Brett Bower to speak and scribble at your event in person or via Zoom. Or simply email brett@brettbower.com.au


Brett Bower – Based Sydney

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Brett Bower is an award winning, international animator whose professional career has spanned over 30 years. Brett believes all people are innately creative and he enjoys the challenge of fostering creative thinking on practically any topic.

Highly sought after, Brett Bower has spoken and illustrated his way around the world from his home town of Sydney throughout Australia, New Zealand, the UK, North America and Asia.

The variety of Brett’s animations are truly remarkable, spanning in-house animations for the Scooby Doo cartoons through to railway safety signs for the London Olympics.

His multiple television appearances include the Today Show, Australian Idol and The Circle. In the corporate arena Brett has worked with Apple, Samsung, Wacom, Nintendo and most recently Microsoft in a showcase of their latest digital tablet technology.

Brett supports several charities and has twice been the Ambassador for Autism Spectrum Australia. His ongoing relationship supporting Ronald McDonald House has now surpassed fifteen consecutive years.

Brett’s artwork adorns many fridges and walls worldwide.

2015 Testimonial – I have worked with Brett Bower over the past few years, utilising his services of a superior caricature artist and can thoroughly recommended booking Brett! Recently we engaged Brett for a keynote at a Nursing Conference. Brett spoke about communication through illustration and creative animation and really connected with all the delegates, in fact he was a bit hit! I look forward to continue working with Brett in the future.