"With your crappy drawings, the comprehensible becomes incomprehensible."A subtrope of Stylistic Suck. Whenever a character not already informed or displayed to have any talent with art creates something, it will almost always be a crudely drawn thing that would make a grade school art teacher weep. Expect inconsistencies, weird space and size relations, a lack of perspective, and the coloring (often in crayon) to be both uneven and often go over the lines, while being professionally drawn in other departments. Often, the actual drawing won't be near as bad as the reactions they garner (this is the entertainment industry, after all), making this similar to Hollywood Homely in a sense. If the drawing is so bad no one can tell what it's supposed to depict, it's Playing Pictionary. Often combines with Her Code Name Was "Mary Sue" when in comic form. In some ways the opposite of Fourth Wall Portrait. When applied to the calligraphy, becomes The Illegible, and when this is applied to music, Dreadful Musician. When combined with a deludedly positive view of their work, the artist is also Giftedly Bad.
— Ichigo Kurosaki (regarding Rukia Kuchiki's "artwork"), Bleach
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Anime and Manga
- Azumanga Daioh: When Osaka tries to draw a panda, it scares the rest of the group.
- Sakaki-san's inability to draw anything resembling anything is also pointed out more than once.
- Rukia, who would accompany her explanations with incredibly cheesy drawings (of rabbits) that everybody treats as a lot more horrific than they really are.
- Byakuya can't draw any better.
- The promotional material for her division, the thirteenth, includes bunny-Ukitake. Apparently, his taste is also questionable, as he writes "Kuchiki, your drawings are good as usual!" on it.
- When Daikichi is looking for Rin's birth tree in Bunny Drop, he asks Masako (Rin's neglectful mother), who is the only living person who knows where it is. She draws him a map. It's terrible. The fun part: Masako is a published mangaka.
Daikichi: I thought you were an artist?!?
Masako: Not the kind that draws maps!
- Tai's "map" in Digimon Adventure. He did not inherit his manga counterpart's artistic skill.
- In Digimon V-Tamer 01, Rei Saiba asks to see what Hideto Fujimoto's monsters look like, which causes her older brother Neo to inform Hid of how much he sucks at drawing. He is much worse than Taichi at any rate.
- The sign for Mr. Satan's brand new hotel featured in Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!! displays such terrible artwork that he doesn't want to press to take pictures of it. Of course they love it anyway, just like everything else he does.
- On Eyeshield 21 art is the one class at which A-student Mamori doesn't excel, and her bad drawings are a running gag.
- Conversely, Togano of the Ha-Ha Brothers is said to excel at Art, which is in fact the only class he isn't nearly failing... But when we see a few pages of the extremely derivative and unoriginal manga he's working on, the art's incredibly rough and difficult to follow, in what might be an in-joke about Art Evolution.
- Major Klaus Heinz von dem Eberbach from From Eroica with Love has a great many skills, but drawing is not one of them. His underlings are greatly amused whenever he has to pick up a pen, and on at least one occasion Agent B (if I remember correctly) was disappointed that the Major only wrote down a description instead of trying to draw the person being described.
- In GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class, Homura's membership in the Art Club clearly did not improve his drawing skills any.
- Miyako of Hidamari Sketch is a variation. While she is a Ditzy Art Genius, her drawings can sometimes range from demented scribbles to horrifyingly freaky depictions of however the object being drawn appears in her messed-up brain.
- Subverted in InuYasha - given that he's the Kitsune equivalent of seven years old and working in crayons, Shippo's not bad.
- In Part 3 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Boingo's Stand, Thoth, takes the form of a comic book which tells the future. It's drawn in a childlike, almost surrealistic style. This might be to reflect Boingo's youth.
- Kimi ni Todoke's Sawako. Because Sawako is generally so skillful, her friends crack up at the fact she's a truly inept artist.
- In Kirby of the Stars, as shown by the episode in which King Dedede attempts to make an anime, virtually every Cappy is this, along with Kirby and the king himself. Then they all became very sleep deprived and overworked thanks to Dedede having promised Holy Nightmare Co. that it would be ready to air in an impossibly short amount of time, which didn't help.
- In Love Lab, Maki draws a crude-looking, Gonk man on a body pillow and practices kissing with it, claiming it is a drawing of the ideal man. Riko thinks it looks disgusting. Later, the art teacher gives Maki a "D" and she honestly doesn't understand why.
- Izumi of Love Stage!! is an aspiring manga artist whose dedication is far greater than his artistic skill.
- When Konata from Lucky Star is asked by Kagami why she doesn't join the manga club, she draws terrible pictures of her friends in response, including one of Kagami breathing fire!.
- Michiko from Michiko & Hatchin is a horrible artist who doesn't realize it. Her portraits are incomprehensible.
- Nogizaka Haruka is good at almost everything... except drawing.
- Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece is really bad at drawing although he doesn't seem to realize this himself. His first draft at a jolly roger had Zoro commenting that the flag is meant to inspire terror, and that he was terrified by it.
- In a hilarious case of his idiocy hitting the spot, Luffy's scribbles of a disfigured carpenter accurately predicted the appearance of their shipwright. Even later, his sketch of what mermaid Nami would look like (a cartoon fish with legs and long hair) is exactly what a fishwoman or mermaid in the background of one shot looked like.
- One character, Kanjuro, has the ability to bring his drawings to life but cannot fully utilize it due to his horrible artistry.
- Sanji's wanted poster is a terrible artist's rendition that looks only vaguely like him, because he's less prominent than the others (whose posters use photos instead), so they only have witness accounts to go on. This results in his crimes getting pinned on a completely different guy (Duval), who does look just like the poster.
- In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Tatsuya's drawing of Madoka is technically an example; but considering he's a three-year-old scribbling in the dirt with a stick, it's pretty impressive, making it sort of an inversion. One of Ume Aoki's self-parody comics takes his drawing skills to even more ridiculous levels.
- Ranma ˝
- Akane and a vengeful doll switch bodies. Akane, now in the doll's body, tries to draw a pictures of herself to convince her pet pig (a transformed human) of this. The resulting picture is less than convincing, but because Akane's sketches are so awful, Ryouga recognizes her. Akane isn't very good at arts and crafts...
- Not that Ranma is much better. In the manga chapter where they both moonlight as Miko, they try to draw a(n already very ugly) horse for talismans while making him look better. Ranma's drawing is only slightly less awful than Akane's.
- Played with Ranma in the manga - he's not very good at drawing things when he wants to but is good at doodling.
- In the third episode of Sailor Moon R, Usagi creates a series of pictures using crayon as a visual aid when she was trying to convince an amnesiac Mamoru about their past (shown in the page pic). The other person present mocked Usagi for being "too old for Fairy Tales" while Mamoru just wandered off.
- Haruka in Sakura Trick. Her attempts at art are... offputting.
- In Sket Dance, Himeko's animal drawings end up looking like grizzled/mutated/freaky versions of whatever she intended to draw.
- Slayers. Gourry draws a picture of Lina. People think he has drawn a monster which, given Lina's reputation, isn't that far from the truth.
- Subverted in Strawberry Marshmallow. Miu's manga drawings won't make it into professional publishing anytime soon, but they're still very acceptable for someone her age.
- In the anime of Tears to Tiara, Ermin writes a badly illustrated book about Arawn's previous adventures. "Whack whack, they defeat the enemy!"
- In The World God Only Knows, whenever Keima tries to explain something via drawing, the first reaction he gets is usually "wow, you suck at drawing".
- In Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, Gilag draws some manga samples and submits them to a manga artist. They didn't make the cut.
- In The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Narsus's paintings are (apparently) so bad that they occasionally send other characters in comedic BSODs, a prime example being when he's first introduced to Arslan. Daryun also frequently makes comments about Narsus's lack of artistic talent, and, in the Koei video game adaptation, Narsus's finishing move is painting something so unspeakably awful that it sends his opponent blasting off.
- Johnny the Homicidal Maniac features Happy Noodle Boy, a "Comic within a comic" about a gibberish-spouting stick figure, drawn by the main character himself. The segments are deliberately done to be so awful, they actually end up extremely funny. The creator, Jhonen Vasquez, also uses them as a nifty way to illustrate Johnny's current mental state.
- Max's scribbles and graffiti doodles in the Sam & Max: Freelance Police comics are crude, but quite stylish and proportionate with decent shading. Averted in the Telltale games, though, where they're convincingly bad drawings - presumably a less artistically-gifted member of the team was drafted in to do them.
- The cover of The Powerpuff Girls' second comic book appearance (Cartoon Network Starring #5, October 1999) took on the appearance of the art of a five-year-old child as the story itself entails the girls' artistic interpretation of how they spent their weekend.
- Suske en Wiske: When Lambik respectively meets Peter Paul Rubens (De Raap van Rubens ("Rubens' pupil")) and Vincent van Gogh (De Kleurenkladder ("The Colour Messer")) by traveling back in time he tries to impress him with his own art work, which is nothing more than abstract messing with paint, typical of the late 20th century action painting. Naturally it shocks them both and they declare him a total hack.
- Nero: Nero takes up figurative painting in De "Z" van Zottebie and is so awfully bad that a bunch of crooks sign him up to sell his work to them. Unbeknownst to Nero they are actually art forgers and thieves who use Nero's bad paintings to get through customs, so that the guards who see this awful work will assume that all of the collection is the same and won't bother to check the rest, which are stolen or forged art works.
- Napoleon's bizarre artwork in Napoleon Dynamite. Napoleon covers his notebooks with crudely drawn sketches of monsters and magic. He is apparently oblivious to his art's Stylistic Suck, and he tries to impress Trisha by drawing her picture. Unfortunately for him, the result is just awful. Still Napoleon says "It took me like three hours to finish the shading on your upper lip. It's probably the best drawing I've ever done."
- In The Rebel starring Tony Hancock, the Hancock character is an artist who thinks he's a genius despite having no talent whatsoever. In an effort to prove himself he goes to Paris and shacks up with a genuine art student. His roomie surprisingly swallows all of Hancock's pretentious guff about art theory and decides to copy Hancock's "naive" style. Naturally the roommate's art ends up getting mistaken for Hancock's and Hancock is hailed as the greatest thing since Picasso, while his real art is dismissed for the rubbish it is.
- In We're the Millers, Kenny tries to draw a skateboard, but it looks like a penis. He gets mocked for it.
- Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: Scott's horrible sketch when he's trying to identify the girl he met at a party.
Scott: Do you know a girl with a hair like this? [holds up the most pathetic-looking pink scribble]
Comeau: [with complete, absolute confidence] Yes, that's Ramona Flowers.
- One Doctor Who Eighth Doctor Adventures novel has the Doctor attempt to draw a map for his companions. It includes squares which obviously represent houses, but there are also some... other things. Everyone who sees it feels compelled to comment on them, describing them as "trees", "duck ponds", "giant pools of jam", and "puffy shapes". Oddly, in an earlier book, he showed that he's more than competent at sketching.
- In Artemis Fowl, when Mulch is helping the heroes break into Koboi Laboratories, he makes some diagrams, the crudeness of which Root is quick to comment on. Koboi Labs itself is represented by a rectangle, a fissure leading up to it is a wobbly line, and a foundation pillar ends up looking kind of snake-like.
- Galaxy of Fear's Tash Arranda writes and provides illustrations for her inter-term assignment. The drawings are crude and appear to be colored pencil.
- Blake Thorburn, from Pact, desperately wants to be an artist, but is aware that his work is terrible, so contents himself with being a Handyman for his friends, each of whom is a Starving Artist. He later realizes that he can't actually remember trying to make art, just the sensation of failure and disappointment, and realizes that he used to be an artist, but the other half of his Literal Split Personality, Rose, got the actual artistic talent in the split, and all he got was the drive to use it.
- In Heroes, Peter absorbs Isaac's ability to paint the future, but not his artistic ability, and ends up doodling a stick figure prophecy. Later, when he tries to finish a painting that Isaac had left incomplete, the lack of detail in his part ends up creating a Prophecy Twist.
- When Sylar does the same, his paintings are strange and deformed.
- Giles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. First in "Hush", with his stick figure explanations of the Big Bad that lead Buffy to mime that she doesn't have hips that big and second in a season 7 episode where he's explaining to the new Chinese Potential what's going on and she freaks out. Understandably. (There's also Andrew's whiteboard in, um, "Get It Done" (S7), and possibly "Storyteller" also.)
- Angel: At one point on the show, Fred as part of her presentation provides a crude drawing of the MacGuffin they're about to steal. Just then Angel, who was quietly doodling on a sketch pad, holds up a much much better more detailed illustration of the MacGuffin than Fred's, sparking jealousy and embarrassment. He also had it when he drew a near photorealistic portrait of Cordelia, while Fred just drew a crude Bedsheet Ghost. Which ties back to Angel doing quite detailed portraits of Buffy, during his time in Sunnydale as Angelus; he's got artistic talent and a habit of drawing rather stalker-esque pictures of girls he likes.
- When Miley loses her horse, Blue Jeans, during part 1 of the Hannah Montana episode, "Miley Says Goodbye", Lilly draws a sketch of the horse to use for the lost-and-found poster. The horse looks very stick-figure-like, to Miley and Robbie Ray's chagrin.
- At one point in episode 16 of Engine Sentai Go-onger, Gunpei draws something that resembles a carp flag more than anything. The other Go-Ongers are baffled when he tells them that it's meant to be a penguin.
- In the Supernatural episode "Bedtime Stories", Sam pretends to be a police sketch artist and turns out to be an example of this trope.
- In the pilot of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Maria Hill drew a picture of a porcupine under the Social Skills section of Agent Ward's assessment. Coulson however thinks the picture looks more like a "piece of poop with knives in it."
- In Episode 12 of Kamen Rider Drive, Genpachiro draws a composite by hand of what our hero looks like. Problem is, not only does it look terrible, it is also a Frankenstein-drawing, as he drew Drive's Type Speed's forearms, Type Wild's body, and Type Technic's head, thanks to him being unable to see all of Kamen Rider Drive.
- In It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Dee is an utterly dreadful artist. One episode that showed her attempt at designing a dress left many of the characters uncertain as to whether she was drawing a human being or not. The same episode revealed that her brother, Dennis, is a bit better as an artist, though Charlie pronounces him to be superior to the point of mastery - not because his drawings were somewhat more recognizable as human beings, but because they were all pictures of women with grotesquely oversized breasts.
- In Girl Meets World, Maya is a talented painter. Riley, not so much. She pretty much paints purple cats the way a kindergarten student would, including covering herself in purple paint.
- The Joker tries his hand at Pop Art in the Batman episode "Pop Goes the Joker."
- On The Goldbergs, Barry tries to make a clay bust of Lainey, inspired by the music video for Lionel Ritchie's "Hello". The results are horrifying, to say the least.
- Played with in Calvin and Hobbes. In a variant of Art Initiates Life, Calvin becomes the scribbly version of his drawings and ends up not knowing what to do because he can't for the life of him figure out what he's supposed to be.
- Inverted in one FoxTrot strip, where Paige's still-life paintings begin in a very photorealistic manner and eventually progress to the strip's cartoony style. Her parents praise the latter as evidence that her skills are getting better.
- The Family Circus has some strips "drawn" — crudely — by the character Billy on a semi-regular basis. This has become more amusing since the real kids have grown up, as the real "Billy" — Glen Keane — is an animator for Disney. He animated (and in some cases designed) such characters as Aladdin, Ariel, Rattigan, Beast, Tarzan, and the cyborg John Silver.
- Jacky's Diary, a 1959-61 Sunday Strip by Jack Mendelsohn ("age 32½"), was purportedly written and illustrated by a little boy. Part of the reason it only ran for three years was that readers thought it was actually the work of a child (or, worse, a developmentally-disabled adult).
- Probably Opus, from Bloom County. In one strip, where he was working as a cartoonist for The Bloom Beacon, Milo rejected his strip after he fails to meet his deadline, and replaces it with an ad for a Hoover vacuum cleaner. None of the readers can tell the difference.
- In A Very Potter Musical, Draco Malfoy draws AWESOMELY!
- I know. Did you see the shading on that sweater? And the crosshatching? It was rather good.
- In The World Ends with You, the kid shows Neku a drawing of this caliber while trying to explain the Mini-Game to him.
- Not only was the drawing bad, but it was such a chaotic mess that it's wonder how anyone is suppose to realize it's about said mini-game
- In the Ratchet & Clank series, whenever Captain Qwark draws pictures for plans or otherwise, it's going to be done in a pretty crappy crayon-made style.
- In Anachronox, a minor NPC (the doorman to Rowdy's bar) will show various pictures he drew to the main character; they range from crude stick figures to bizarre but well-drawn scenes to nonsensical scribblings, finally ending with a blank piece of paper. Most of the time, he'll just comment with "It's not very good" or "I think I'm getting better", but if you approach him with the party's Omnidisciplinary Scientist, Rho Bowman, she will go into art expert mode and they'll veer off into deep and bizarre analysis of each picture.
- For someone who expresses her powers through drawing, Naminé's artwork in Kingdom Hearts II consists mainly of abstract scribbles. One wonders if she had to work with crappy, fat crayons or something for those, since her colored pencil sketches in the opening video are incredible.
- The Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories manga implies this is the case. It also shows off the fact that Sora is a terrible artist when he attempts to draw Riku and Mickey.
- Actually, some of her sketches of places in KH2 are quite good, crayon or not. It's people she can't draw, and considering that some of them are people she's only briefly, if ever, met...
- Hyperdimension Neptunia V has Rei Ryghts showing off her drawings to the party. Doubles as an Actor Allusion because this is how real life seiyuu Yuu Kobayashi draws.
- In Tales of Xillia 2, Ivar proudly displays some wanted posters for Ludger and Julius that he drew himself, done with the level of quality one might expect from a pre-schooler. They don't actually end up using them, however (Unlike the poorly drawn wanted posters present in previous games of the series).
- In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you can view Pikango's painting on the canvas he carries around to various locations and it's rather unimpressive for someone who's been a painter his entire adult life. You'll see much better paintings hanging on the walls of various homes and within Hyrule Castle.
- In The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Modryn Oreyn, the Champion of the Fighter's Guild, fancies himself an artist. After being deposed as Champion, he retires to a remote cabin and takes up painting. The result is this.◊
- Larry Butz's bad drawings are, naturally, very important to the last case in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials & Tribulations.
- His artwork is actually surprisingly good for a not-too-bright living incarnation of Spanner in the Works; it's the fact that his painting displays something utterly impossible from a certain perspective that puts his talents (and sanity) into question.
- A similar occurrence happens with his autograph in Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth. While not technically impossible, the discrepancy is very important to the case.
- This happens in a2 ~a due~ when Hao draws a picture of Sona to show to strangers, since he's running around town trying to find her and doesn't know any English. It's so bad that Sona even comments on how his doodle (more specifically, the way he drew her mohawk) makes her look like "a weird, mutant hedgehog."
- Most of Strong Bad's drawings are like this.
- But they're nothing compared to brother Strong Mad's crude doodles. One time, he drew a picture of an egg-shaped thing with oval-shaped eyes, a mouth, and stick arms and legs and labeled it "BABBY ALIEN" - it was supposed to be a drawing of Strong Bad when he was little.
- At the end of the Sbmail "Lunch Special," Strong Mad sends Strong Bad his MS Paint drawing of a brontosaurus eating breakfast◊ via email. Having been unable to receive a picture of a hot girl via email earlier, Strong Bad briefly flirts with the picture before declaring he needs to get out of the house.
- During the legendary "Dragon" email, Strong Bad first draws a crude dragon with beefy arms and legs, before realising that it sucks and tossing it out. He then proceeds to draw Trogdor the Burninator, who, while no less crude, gets a kickass theme song at the end of the toon. When Strong Bad goes to check on the other students, we find that Coach Z has drawn a dragon that looks even worse than Strong Bad's original attempt, Strong Mad is just carving the word "DAGRON" on the table with a scalpel and Homsar has just scribbled "Taster's Choice" on a piece of paper. Averted with Strong Sad, whose drawing is actually quite good (well, until Strong Bad sets it on fire).
- Teen Girl Squad, the animation-within-an-animation created by Strong Bad, has this. The characters are drawn crudely and the plots are completely bizarre.
- A few Brain POP episodes (mostly the older ones) have terrible drawings done with crayons.
- In Ultra Fast Pony, "Copywrong", Rarity's Zany Scheme to ruin Fluttershy's career is illustrated by a bunch of crude stick figures. Immediately after, series creator Wacarb inserts a caption mocking his own artistic skills (as those bad drawings are the only original art in the episode).
- One Penny Arcade strip had Gabe creating a character named "Dr. Raven Darktalon Blood" which was a satire of Todd McFarlane and the whole Darker and Edgier concept in general. Later on, there was a short arc depicting an indie comic book produced in a Kinko's following the character (opening with said character saying, "This tomb will be your grave!").
- One brief series of strips had Gabe and Tycho have a falling out, resulting in each trying to do the comic by himself. Tycho's comic is a poorly drawn version of a Bad Boys of Punctuation strip, while Gabe's is well-drawn but poorly written (consisting of nothing but Take Thats against Tycho).
- Early in 8-Bit Theater's run, Fighter posted a couple of comics up to the site, beginning here.
- Although they're technically in the same style as the rest of the comic.
- This page of Gunnerkrigg Court features cartoons drawn by Antimony, Kat, and Mort. The cartoons' shortcomings are revealing about their authors: Annie's has very precise linework, completely devoid of life or movement, in service of a bizarre pun. Kat's artwork, while energetic, is little better than stick figures, and her punchline is impenetrably geeky. And Mort's is actually pretty well-drawn, but the punchline is painfully punny.
- Justified and subverted in Zebra Girl: Sandra's comics are pretty well drawn for someone that has ten-inch-long claw-tipped fingers. And then she yields to her demon side, and her drawings become... disturbed.
- Averted with Tedd and Sarah of El Goonish Shive. Tedd once drew a picture of Grace; while the picture was a rough sketch it wasn't a particularly bad sketch. Sarah meanwhile draws in a chibi style that is the same as one of the author's alternate styles; her art is just as good as the author's in that style. Played straight, on the other hand with drawings by Grace.
- After the first story arc of Skin Horse, in which the main characters have to talk a genetically engineered lion down from a rampage, said lion decides to start a gaming webcomic about a couple of lions on a couch. Since then, the weekend strips have occasionally been examples of his work-poorly drawn (which is to be expected from a guy with no thumbs) depictions of a pair of lions discussing games and an antelope who is a ridiculous strawman for opinions Leo disagrees with (he's invariably eaten at the end of each strip).
- In this Dante Residential comic, Ralph has drawn a crappy stick figure comic that he shows to an unimpressed Torvald.
- Reid Family. Abstract art? Boo! (Two pages later everyone is in awe over the main character's realistic version.)
- In Homestuck, Terezi Pyrope can't draw very well at all◊. Justified, in that she's blind. How bad is she? In-universe, she was the inspiration for the unique art style of the deliberately-bad Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff.
- Later on, Karkat reveals himself to be even worse◊.
CTG: ok youre by far the worst artist out of any of usCTG: and thats saying something?CG: SHUT UP I DREW IT FAST
- Taken Up to Eleven when undyingUmbrage sends Dirk a drawing he did of them. Dirk calls it the worst drawing possible. He's not exaggerating - uu's art is completely indecipherable◊, when even Terezi or Karkat's horrible art could be identified as a picture and not a bunch of lines.
- He is, however, improving - he's managed something vaguely recognisable as a circle◊. Or rather, an on-average-perfect circle somehow assembled from a bunch of noisy jagged lines.
- He had definitely improved over the years, but of the amateur artist who recently discovered manga level, but nevertheless improved by comparing to his previous examples.
- Later on, Karkat reveals himself to be even worse◊.
- A few Dark Legacy Comics strips have Donald as the artist (and hero). They're crudely drawn and after the 2nd one, Keydar remarks that Donald's never allowed to draw again.
- Any attempt at imitating the Sonichu art style - Chris draws so bad, it's impossible to imitate his style properly (especially if it's drawn by a talented artist).
- From Brawl in the Family:
- In Commander Kitty, Fluffy delivers her presentation of her and Mittens' plan to fake the crew having a transporter in this fashion.
- In Stand Still, Stay Silent, we get to enjoy the contrast between the illustrations of a professionally-drawn document about dog beasts and Emil's child-like rendition of the one he encountered in the previous chapter.
- A filler page that consists mostly of renditions of the team Cute Kitten by each of the main characters shows styles ranging from surprisingly good for a member of the military to this trope (for curious non-fans, the "Kissekatt" one is Emil's).
- Parodied in The Order of the Stick when a police sketch artist tries to draw two suspected murderers (Nale and Thog), and the pictures come out looking very realistic... unfortunately the setting is populated by stick figures with spherical heads and no noses, so the Chief fires him for being useless. Another officer asks what "that thing in the middle of their faces" is supposed to be.
- A near Running Gag in Avatar: The Last Airbender is Sokka's failure at artistic rendering — which he does not allow to stop him from pursuing the aesthetics! This was even a part of his crash course in badassery.
- Toph enjoys mentioning how similar to the subject his drawings look to her. (Because she is blind, get it?)
- This goes against his ability to plan things out, as he demonstrates he can calculate things down to the minute (with "help"). Including bathroom breaks (offering to join them and eating times together). His art is fail, his planning is epic.
- This gets a nod in the sequel series where the grandson of Katara (Sokka's sister) tries to draw Korra... and nails it!◊.
- Chowder, in the episode "Sing Beans", once literally drew a straw, which ended up looking more like a wobbly vertical line on his sheet of paper. Mung, probably due to general scatterbrain-ness, still thought it was better than Schnitzel's much more realistic drawing.
- Brittany on Daria; her first major appearance was actually when Daria had to help her draw in three-point perspective. Another episode focuses on an art contest with the theme of "student life;" her entries look like they might have been drawn by a five-year-old, but she wins anyway, presumably because she was the only one who presented a clear, positive message.
- The Davincibles: Quaba, the Big Bad of the series, is infamous for being the worst artist in the world.
- The entirety of the Dexter's Laboratory episode "Dexter and Computress Get Mandark!," which suits the audio as it was submitted in by a 6½-year-old boy.
- An episode of Doug inverts this, with the school bully able to paint an amazing, full color sunset with only blue paint in less than five seconds.
Doug: How did you do that?!Roger: Eh, I had practice.
- Fillmore!: Danny O'Farrell is actually a pretty good artist - specifically, a photographer - but when he decides to start sketching impressions of the perp in "The Shreds Fell Like Snowflakes", things do not go well. His first is compared to Tiger Woods on a really bad morning; his second is an oyster without its shell.
- Almost any time COBRA member Major Bludd's skills are outlined in a GIJoe story, the fact that he writes poetry is mentioned, as is the fact that it's really bad.
- Kim Possible: Any time Dr. Drakken displays his Evil Plan in pictures, it's very bad.
- Followed shortly by the Popeye short "Cartoons Ain't Human." Popeye makes his own cartoon and screens it for his nephews and Olive. Popeye furnishes the voices, music and sound effects during the screening.
- Possibly the earliest example of this trope would be the Tex Avery Porky Pig short "Porky's Preview", which centers around Porky showing off an animated short he made-only the animation consists of doodles and the film as a whole is incredibly sloppily made. What makes this short even more amusing is that the ending leaves it ambiguous whether it was the skunk that scared off Porky's audience or the horrible quality of the picture that scared them off first. That being said, the skunk was impressed enough to applaud.
- Similarly, an episode of The Ren & Stimpy Show had Stimpy making his own cartoon, "Explodey the Pup in: 'I Like Pink'" and show it off to eccentric, borderline-senile cartoonist Wilbur Cobb. The cartoon is badly drawn, animated, and scripted, and makes almost no sense, in an endearing sort of way.
- Wacky Delly, a cartoon show within the world of Rocko's Modern Life. Made by Rocko and his friends, it is a poorly-drawn, poorly edited excuse for animated entertainment, epic in its amateurishness. It is also the single funniest moment in the entire series.
- In an episode of The Simpsons, Chief Wiggum mentions the police can't afford guns anymore, and he can now only carry a crude picture of a gun drawn in crayon named "Daddy's Bang-Bang". Lou thinks it was drawn by his son, Ralph, but Chief Wiggum reveals that he drew it himself.
- Inverted in "Mom and Pop Art." Homer scribbles on a piece of paper when Moe tells him he can pay with a priceless sketch. Barney asks if he can do the same but is rejected, dropping his copy of Georges Seurat's "Sunday Afternoon on La Grande Jatte". Homer's sketch is not shown.
- SpongeBob SquarePants's crude drawings come to life in the episode "Frankendoodle". Even Patrick criticizes him on his lack of structure and perspective, and his drawings aren't any better.
- Made ironic by the fact that SpongeBob in "Artist Unknown" is shown to be an impeccable artist, maybe even better than Squidward.
- In Unsupervised Gary draws pictures of his dad to remember what he looks like. When he shows one to Carol, his step-mom, she doesn't recognize him and remarks that "his mouth looks like an asshole."
- Wile E. Coyote's blueprints for catching the Road Runner feature what looks like stick figures.
- Periodically the arts establishment discovers what it chooses to call "naive art", its term for the sort of thing the rest of us might do for pleasure and recreation. Its atititude ranges between scorn and patronising condescension, and "naive art" is generally displayed as a way of marking the turf, of differentiating the territory of the professionals from everybody else. And in a good 80% of cases it isn't too hard to see why. But Sturgeon's Law applies: there's always going to be a residue of "naive art" that's almost good enough to be indistinguishable from the approved, official, variety, and looking at it the observer would struggle to see why it's considered second-rate. Maybe because it's created by people who never went to art school or the right colleges.