Drawing is an extension of the self

Drawing is one of the most primal forms of art, which has sustained over centuries and still thrives in this fast paced era. It is one of the easiest forms of self-expression.

We live in a world where there is a bombardment of visuals, experiences, social media and networking, it is a relentless rainfall of information. Artists of the new age have now moved on , out of the canvas and into multi-dimensional spheres with performance and interactive installations , with gigantic on site earth installations to digital interactive organisms, with this expansion of possibilities comes an immense variety of art. But one of the most important ingredient for one who is creating, be it a literary piece or an installation piece, is the ability to observe.

Basics of Drawing Video by theartofbilly

Basics Of Drawing

The ability to observe is what creates a response within oneself, which later when combined with skill is able to transform into a piece of art. Observation has increasingly reduced with the new age dynamic, with ever changing vistas comes the threat of never having known anything well.

The people especially those from busy metropolitan and cosmopolitan are forever injected with information. We live in a world where there is a bombardment of visuals, experiences, social media and networking, it is a relentless rainfall of information. Artists of the new age have now moved on , out of the canvas and into multi-dimensional spheres with performance and interactive installations , with gigantic on site earth installations to digital interactive organisms, with this expansion of possibilities comes an immense variety of art. But one of the most important ingredient for one who is creating, be it a literary piece or an installation, is the ability to observe.

Drawing is not only a preliminary stage of an art work, it also is one of the most primal forms of art, which has sustained over centuries and still thrives in this fast paced era. It is one of the most innate forms of self-expression and an essential tool in visual culture, used to express, document and translate.

Observation is what creates a response within oneself, which later when combined with skill is able to transform into a piece of art, writing or a commentary of any sort. Observation has increasingly reduced with the new age dynamic, with ever changing vistas comes the threat of never having known anything well where everything increasingly becomes peripheral.

Alain de Botton a Swiss Writer and Philosopher says “Whenever something looks interesting or beautiful, there’s a natural impulse to want to capture and preserve it – which means, in this day and age, that we’re likely to reach for our phones to take a picture” while commenting on the society’s decreasing interest in observation and increased interest in capturing something fleetingly”

Alain De Botton

Drawing helps in reconnecting with our own culture, to explore other cultures, and to re connect with nature and our surroundings. Drawing is an interaction, an interaction with our subject, with one’s own thoughts, there is a lucidity to it and an incomparable honesty and spontaneity.

 

John Ruskin Drawing

The Gryphon bearing the north Shaft of the west Entrance of the Duomo, Verona John Ruskin

John Ruskin an English Art Critic said ‘No changing of place at a hundred miles an hour will make us one whit stronger, happier, or wiser. There was always more in the world than men could see, walked they ever so slowly; they will see it no better for going fast. The really precious things are thought and sight, not pace. It does a bullet no good to go fast; and a man, if he be truly a man, no harm to go slow; for his glory is not at all in going, but in being.’

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