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DrawingNot just practice

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.

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A Fisherman Pulling a Net

Jean-Honoré Fragonard, 1774

Air and Train Station with Funiculars

Antonio Sant'Elia, 1914

Design for an Exhibition Building

Wenzel Hablik, 1919

Exquisite Corpse

André Breton, 1949

Industrial Building with Corner Tower

Antonio Sant'Elia, 1913

Maud Seated

James McNeill Whistler, 1878

Orchard with Arles in the Background

Vincent Van Gogh, 1888

Portrait of a Lady

Gwendolen Mary John, 1909-1910

Self Portrait

Umberto Boccioni, 1910

Side View of the Skull of Toxodon

Charles Darwin, 1838

Sun over Walled Wheat Field

Vincent Van Gogh, 1890

The Death of Marat

Jacques-Louis David, 1793

The New City

Antonio Sant'Elia, 1914

The New City — House Stairs with External Lifts

Antonio Sant'Elia, 1914

The New City — House Staircasing

Antonio Sant'Elia, 1914

The Sisters

James McNeill Whistler, 1894

Top View of the Skull of Toxodon

Charles Darwin, 1838

Waves - Creative Force

Wenzel Hablik, 1909

More Themes in Art

Getting out the skin

The Nude in Art

Reimagining natural beauty

Flowers

Cats

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