Drawing is one of the major forms of expression within the visual arts. It is generally concerned with the marking of lines and areas of tone onto paper/other material, where the accurate representation of the visual world is expressed upon a plane surface. Traditional drawings were monochrome, or at least had little colour, while modern coloured-pencil drawings may approach or cross a boundary between drawing and painting. In Western terminology, drawing is distinct from painting, even though similar media often are employed in both tasks. Dry media, normally associated with drawing, such as chalk, may be used in pastel paintings. Drawing may be done with a liquid medium, applied with brushes or pens. Similar supports likewise can serve both: painting generally involves the application of liquid paint onto prepared canvas or panels, but sometimes an under drawing is drawn first on that same support.
Drawing is often exploratory, with considerable emphasis on observation, problem-solving and composition. Drawing is also regularly used in preparation for a painting, further obfuscating their distinction. Drawings created for these purposes are called studies.
Drawing is used to express one’s creativity, and therefore has been prominent in the world of art. Throughout much of history, drawing was regarded as the foundation for artistic practice. Initially, artists used and reused wooden tablets for the production of their drawings. Following the widespread availability of paper in the 14th century, the use of drawing in the arts increased. At this point, drawing was commonly used as a tool for thought and investigation, acting as a study medium whilst artists were preparing for their final pieces of work.The Renaissance brought about a great sophistication in drawing techniques, enabling artists to represent things more realistically than before, and revealing an interest in geometry and philosophy.
It has been suggested that an individual’s ability to perceive an object they are drawing is the most important stage in the drawing process. This suggestion is supported by the discovery of a robust relationship between perception and drawing ability.
So why are so many of us afraid of drawing? When it comes to portraits I find drawing accurately without the aid of some kind of measuring implement, a nigh on impossibility.
But it doesn’t have to be so difficult, we don’t have to go from not been able to draw, to a skilled draughtsman overnight. Where would the fun be in that? Below is a video that shows you just how easy drawing faces can be. The video is produced by TEDTalks and a lot of their very interesting seminars and lectures are available on YouTube. This video marks the launch of a whole host of new video galleries available now on this site, that celebrate and marvel at some of mankind’s fabulous talents. These are available from the top menu. Anyway enough from me, sit back and watch this great demonstration on how to draw simple but effective faces.