Introduction and Overview When we speak of drawing as an art form, we are referring mainly to an artist's use of line to make a picture. One of the first main functions of drawing has been as a first step in the preparation of a work of art in another medium.However, the definition of drawing can be expanded to include the use of color, shading, and other elements in addition to line. These mediums include painting, sculpture, or architecture.The artist often made a very detailed working drawing before beginning to paint.
As drawing styles changed, so did drawing materials.
The earliest known drawings date from 30,000 to 10,000 B. They were found on the walls of caves in France and Spain.
Paintings of this size required extensive preparation.
Drawings were an important step in creating the finished work.
Each new style grew out of the style that came before it.
This evolution of drawing styles closely parallels the development of painting.
People drew pictures even before they learned how to write.
Like other art forms, drawing has changed and developed through history.
Those made for royalty contained miniature paintings ornamented with gold.
Those made for less wealthy persons were decorated with pen-and-ink drawings.