Visual arts

Visual Arts class

Drawing technology

Last week we have investigated drawing techniques and considered few definitions of drawing.

Definitions were found on several sites, so we could choose individually the most suitable one.



Artlex; depiction of shapes and forms on a surface chiefly by means of lines. Color and shading may be included. A major fine art technique in itself, drawing is the basis of all pictorial representation, and an early step in most art activities. Though an integral part of most painting, drawing is generally differentiated from painting by the dominance of line over mass.; a sketch, plan, or design, esp. one made with pen, pencil, or crayon
Merriam-Webster on line dictionary; Etymology: Middle English drawen, dragen, from Old English dragan; akin to Old Norse draga to draw, drag. Date: before 12th century
Fact; Drawing is one way of making an image: it is the process of making marks on a surface by applying pressure from or moving a tool on the surface.

We have mentioned drawing techniques such as:

The target is to find the differences between techniques or recognize own work among the mentioned techniques:

  • Drawing based on grid – measurement
  • A preliminary outline showing the main features of a project, fine arts work…
  • Sketch
  • Rough draft made spontaneously; trial run
  • Perspective drawing
  • Illusion of 3D on flat surface, by using convergion of lines at one/more points on the horizon
  • Technical drawing (also drafting, enginery drawing)
  • Based on straight lines with help of the rulers, compass and other tools to make precise dr awing of the object (computer programs – CAD)
  • Preliminary drawing (also preparatory)
  • A study prior to final work in other media
  • Drawing per se

Drawing had not been recognized as art per se, until the 20th Century. It had been used as part of the process. We may see some of the Rembrandt’s sketches and preliminary drawings on the site:

Samples of contemporary drawings we can see on the following sites: International Biennial of drawing, Pilsen The drawing room, non profit gallery in UK

Drawing includes the following media:


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2 thoughts on “Drawing technology

  1. domagoj prgomet on said:

    prof. hvala na informacijama i stranicma s primjerima vezano za tehniku. 😀

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