Why Learn to Draw?

The 20th century saw the rise of images in the news and media, as we move further into the 21st century and our communications accelerate, images are now a vital part of our everyday lives. We are blasted daily via our cell phones, the internet, television, magazines, and newspapers and with the Arts, disappearing from the education curriculum, study of the visual arts is now more important than ever, especially drawing. Why? 

Study of Orange. Conté on toned paper.

Visual language is a unique, compelling form of communication! Whether a quick sketch on a napkin, a schematic, blueprint, preliminary drawing or work of art, it will communicate your vision, idea, design, imagination, memory, feeling or belief. From a newspaper article discussing journalism and publicity in 1911, Tess Flandars said, 

Use a picture. It's worth a thousand words.

Image if you were to write an article in French if you did not know the language or even the simplest vocabulary how efficient would the communication be?

Using the timeless visual language of drawing, you can convey an idea quickly and efficiently to anyone regardless of their verbal language or culture, using the visual vocabulary of line, shape, value, texture, size, space or color to communicate any idea. 

Drawing is essential for designers, architects, scientists and engineers and vital to the representational artist. During the Renaissance artists, engineers and architects were all one in the same profession. An excellent draftsman was deemed omnipotent supreme because they possessed a unique skill to carry out or implement their vision. However, anyone can learn how to draw, and your skills will improve if you take a class or practice. 

Learning to draw is an amazing process and will enrich your life. Record, create, design, invent, experiment, organize, clarify or even learn something new through a drawing. Think about it, everything in the human-made world came from some drawing or blueprint.

The act of drawing requires the orchestration of multiple brain mechanisms functioning together including observation, planning, processing, visual and spatial intelligence, emotion, motor skills and also personally expressive mark-making.

All of the work of the hand is rooted in thinking.” — Martin Heidegger

Over time, the practice of drawing will increase your ability to carefully observe, understand the observation in your mind, translate it and relay that translation to your hand and this will enhance your capacity to solve problems.

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