The medium of drawing leaves an integral question in art lover’s minds, whether it is to be viewed as a 'preliminary step', or as 'just a study' for further work? Or should drawing - depending on the context - be appreciated in the same way we appreciate a painting or sculpture?
Many art practitioners do not consider drawings in the same light as the traditional forms of paintings or sculpture. Some hold the opinion that the medium is 'not important' or 'too traditional' for the art world. Art dealers and collectors too, sometimes dismiss drawings because of an unfair bias. But with the advent of new media as a form of art, there is renewed interest in drawing as a medium rather than as a preliminary support to paintings and sculptures.
The hand-drawn line is the most personal and individual form of expression in art. The execution of lines in a drawing is like a handwritten letter and speaks a lot about the artist. Whether it is florid or angular in style, people like to think that it mirrors the artist’s character or inner emotions. The unrefined pictorial elements of drawing make the viewers connect directly to the creator’s mind.
There is no doubt that lines speak and convey a sense of great intimacy, unlike a painting or sculpture. A drawing should be considered as an essential component of art practice whether, conceptual, performative or text-based. It is important to delve into this form of art, to question preconceptions and encourage the potential for drawing as an independent form of art, a complete expression of the artist.