“A common defect in Modern art study is that too many students do NOT know why they draw.”
“When you are comfortable with Drawing, everything becomes interesting.”
I have always had a certain degree of difficulty defining in long and complex terms the question of why it is important for an artist to draw. It is the gateway to creativity and the foundation of all visual expression. Image making as a reflection of the surrounding world, or as a means of communication is a proven aspect of the human animal dating back 1,000’s of years, regardless of culture or location. There is literally a world of drawing to look at.
The drawing can be graphic, stylized, realistic, cartoon, or based off workings from one of a thousand cultural influences dating back to our species paleo-history. Drawing is not limited to only one media or approach.
To be truly comfortable with drawing requires a visual curiosity in all things and a willingness to fail, and fail again. The very act itself will produce results even if the drawing is considered unsuccessful.
To help the student refine this skill set is a vital role of any visual instructor, as well as cultivate an appreciation and critical opinion of a history of the media. The applications of Drawing to the creative needs of an illustrator, developer or visual problem solver are universal.