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Why Drawing Matters


Drawing is one of the most universal activities in which we as human beings participate from an early age. Drawing separates us from other species by its function of representing ideas without words — indeed even before we as individuals or a species learned to communicate with articulate sounds; some of the earliest known discernible marks made by human beings are pictorial in nature, representative of the world around them. Why then is drawing seen by many professions and disciplines as a side note, an asterisk to the greater methods of verbal and written communication? This view negates one of drawing’s most valuable characteristics: its ability to show us, even as we draw, new solutions that we are incapable of reaching through mind power alone.

“The human mind is capable of amazing things, and to draw something we visualize in our head is unique to humans.” - Survey #9

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