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Drawing, the art or technique of producing images on a surface, usually paper, by means of marks, usually of ink, graphite, chalk, charcoal, or crayon.

Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2018

Drawing has always been an artist's most fundamental skill.  Traditionally, the teaching of any visual art discipline has relied heavily on its practice.  Good drawing skill allowed artists to grasp and order the reality around them. At the turn of the millennium, however, there was a general impression that with computers, scanners, digital cameras and image software becoming widely available, drawing would dwindle into a marginal activity.  In fact the opposite has happened: as mothers started using Photoshop edit pictures of their kids, and their kids did the same with pictures with their friends, the enthusiasm for digital imagery died down and the ability to draw became a treasured skill (as was the ability to create digital imagery a few years earlier).

Valli, Marc, Ibarra, 2013, Walk the line: the art of drawing, Laurence King, p.7.


All artists are willing to suffer for their work. But why are so few prepared to learn to draw?'