Recently discovered, the oldest human abstract drawing is around 73,000 years. Although the origins of drawing behaviour have remained an enigma to this day, light may be shone on the subject through its study among our closest neighbours, the great apes. This study analyses 749 drawings of five female Bornean orang-utans (Pongo pygmaeus) at Tama Zoological Park in Japan. We searched for differences between individuals but also tried to identify possible temporal changes among the drawings of one individual, Molly, who drew almost 1,300 drawings from 2006 to 2016. A classical analysis of the drawings was carried out after collecting quantitative and qualitative variables. Our findings reveal evidence of differences in the drawing style of the five individuals as well as creative changes in Molly's drawing style throughout her lifetime. Individuals differed in terms of the colours used, the space they filled but also the shapes (fan patterns, circles or loops) they drew. Molly drew less and less as she grew older, and we found a significant difference between drawings produced in winter, when orang-utans were kept inside and had less activity, and those produced during other seasons. Our results suggest that the drawing behaviour of these five orangutans is not random and that differences among individuals might reflect differences of styles, states of mind but also motivation to draw. These novel results are a significant contribution to our understanding of how drawing behaviour evolved in hominids.