Week 3 — Art Activity — Drawing

“Was this fun? Do you like to draw? Will you ever try again?”

Was it fun? Yes, but that does not mean it was not frustrating. It’s incredibly discouraging when your “art” turns out to look like it was a shakey mess of a pencil in the vague shape of something.

Do you like to draw? No, not particularly in paper and pen. If anything, digital is more my style. Getting infinite redos without reprocussion, able to make the perfect stroke as my final result.

Will I try again? Well hopefully — this is an art class after all. (I’m kidding) I have seen friends sketch like this in the past. He has a sketch book and one time we were out, he saw a neat building and sketched it. I was absolutley taken back by the sheer speed and amazing detail he had obtained in literal strokes of a pencil just by looking at it — it was so realistic. I have since always found respect to people even in the simplest of sketches.

“Do you think if you practiced for 100 hours, or 1,000, that you would get a lot better?”

Oh absolutley for sure. Even now, with just 6 sketches I saw myself understanding better of certain things. When I should do a short line or a long one — thick and heavy or light and thin. These are the small things an art class cannot teach for every situation. It only comes with the experience of doing so. And as such, if one were to do it often enough, could master it themselves.

“What is your major? Can you think of ways that simple sketching could be useful in your major?”

Currently I am undeclared, but interest in law. While not in the typical sense of “useful in your major,” sketching has brought to light a possible new way to take a moment and breathe. As you said yourself, you must take time when you do this, and it becomes the one thing you’re entranced in. It makes you take time away from something else and do something most people do for fun or for passion. So, in that sense, could help me not just in my search for a major, but long term.

“Is Drawing a Language? Can we say things with drawings that are hard to say with words?”

Oh absolutley yes. Visual languages are just as equally as valid and important to society and human nature. Hieroglyphics, picture books, caveman drawings, sign language, murals — these are all visual languages throughout history that is able to transcend time. Vocal languages evolve as time and humans do, but a drawn one can stay for literal hundreds and thousands of years. As I mentioned before, caveman drawings depict their events in their time, and have lasted till now, for us to look and understand what they did. Hieroglyphics took them to a whole new level and allowed them to explain a whole story and sequence of events with meaning behind the drawings. All of these could be considered drawings, and as such, are succesful in the sense of a language in conveying and idea or emotion to another person.