Drawing 101

Before proceeding to the analysis of the meaning of the term drawing, we are going to determine its etymological origin. In this sense, we have to establish that this word comes from a French verb: déboissier, which can be translated as “to draw”.

The figures, images or delineations that are usually made manually with the help of some instrument (such as a pencil or a brush) on different materials are known as drawing. The term refers both to the figure itself and to the art that teaches drawing.

There are many types of drawings. Thus, for example, we find those that are carried out freehand, that is, without supporting the hand at any time on the concrete surface.

And there is also the linear. This, as its name suggests, is one that is made up of a series of geometric shapes and segments of various kinds that are made using instruments such as rulers, square, compass, bevel…

For example: “My son drew a picture of the whole family and he gave it to me for my birthday”, “I need to draw a picture of the human body as a school assignment”, “My drawing teacher says I have talent”, “Barbara made a beautiful drawing of Donald Duck while he was waiting for his turn with the dentist”.

The concept of drawing also allows us to name the embroideries or reliefs that adorn an object (“I love the drawing of this tablecloth”) and the set of indentations that a tire presents (“The pilot was forced to change the tires for others with a different pattern and greater adherence to the track”).

Nor can we forget that there are the so-called cartoons, which are those drawn by a series of cartoonists and then, through certain tools in the field of cinema and television, “come to life”. In this way, series and films starring these unique characters are created.

Such is the quality that cartoons made by large companies currently have that both children and adults have become true fans of this type of production. Thus, for example, at this time we could highlight series such as the one starring SpongeBob or the Simpson family.

In cinematographic matter there are many films that throughout history have achieved great success. Thus, they would be “Dumbo”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Cars”, “Toy Story”, “Monsters SA”, “Brave” or “Tarzan”.

Drawings have always played a very important role in human expression. In prehistory, human beings drew on the walls or ceilings of the caves in which they lived to transmit certain knowledge or portray moments of their lives. Drawings of hunting scenes were common.

During the Middle Ages, colored drawings were widely used to explain or amplify certain texts, generally religious. They were symbolic drawings and not so realistic. Beginning with the Renaissance, drawing tried to resemble reality more and more.

The technical drawing, finally, is a graphic representation that provides the necessary information to analyze an object, contribute to its design and enable its construction.


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