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Not just practice

Drawing, Themes in Art

Drawing has often been seen as a subordinate art form — that is, something you do before you make real art. Whether it’s sketching a still life to learn about dimentionality and value, or drafting a cathedral blueprint, the speed and ease of drawing makes it an incredible learning tool. The art of drawing though, can absolutely stand on it’s own. It’s a stripped down means to visual expression. Line weight and texture means that any mark made clearly expresses the hand that made it, whether it’s a pencil on paper on marks in the sand. Is it a tentative, delicate drawing? A rough sketch? The confident line of a master draftsman? Drawing is one of the oldest art practices, and it is also perhaps its most naked.

Reed Enger, "Drawing, Not just practice," in Obelisk Art History, Published July 12, 2019; last modified July 12, 2019, http://arthistoryproject.com/subjects/drawing/.

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