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Drawing History

The first known drawings are in the caves of France and Spain. The cave drawings are believed to be 35,000 years old dating from 30,000 to 10,000 B.C. The images were often of animals, drawn with charcoal and ochre. Other known examples of early drawings were carved or scratched onto the primitive tools of the time. That is where the history drawing has its roots.

Drawing is as old as humanity -- The earliest artists were drawing images before they learned to write. Drawing was a helpful and necessary form of communication in those times. The ancient Egyptians drew scenes of daily life on their tombs and on their temples to communicate ‘their existence.’

They used Papyrus for illustrations. Papyrus served as an early form of paper, made from the papyrus plant. Papyrus grew wild in the marshes of the Nile River and was cultivated by the Egyptians for writing and drawing purposes. Pen and ink were used to draw on the finished papyrus surface.

It was the ancient Romans who began to abandon the artistic and ornamental nature of drawings for more practical usages. They ushered in the first technical drawings and as a result maps arose. Technical map drawings required mathematical knowledge and led to the birth of architecture.

Drawing has continuously changed throughout history. Each new style or trend grew out of the trend that came before it. During the late 1300’s, artists began to use paper more and more. The paper was preferable to rock, silver, wooden tablets, vellum, papyrus and parchments.

Throughout the entire history of drawing, the fundamental principles have never changed -- Look/see/sketch /add details/Look again. The physical act of drawing is about hand-pressure, value control, and eye-hand coordination.

If we consider the vast history of drawing, the artists most recognized for unsurpassed successes and skills are the great masters like Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and Leonardo.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

Leonardo was one of the greatest artists who ever lived. Studying his life will reveal lots about the history of drawing.

Michelangelo (1475-1564)

Michelangelo is the artist who painted the Sistine Chapel Ceiling. His drawings are close to technological perfection.

Rembrandt (1606-1669)

Rembrandt is a Dutch artist and is considered, by many, the greatest artist in the history of drawing.

Today, drawing has taken on new characteristics and would probably give the ancient artists quite a shock. “Digital drawing” is awesome in its technology and has ushered in a range of new drawing concepts to contribute to the history of art.


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Leonardo2  

Very interesting and informative! Art is also my best interest. I feel having a sense of fulfillment. Thanks for sharing this article, made me more aware of how art has evolve throughout history.

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  about 6 years ago

Thanks Leonardo! I am going through and editing all the old articles. I hope things are going well for you.

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  about 6 years ago
Leonardo2  

Thanks for your reply, i noticed that and I hope all will be well with your articles too. I am a fan of yours. Keep updating your articles and the links to your landing pages too. If you need help with the art stuffs, i can contribute some

  
  about 6 years ago

Interesting! I remember rather vividly some caves in India, drawings from over 3000 BC. Drawings are fascinating, and I appreciate the opportunity to learn about this history. Thanks for sharing.

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  about 7 years ago

Art really is fascinating and excited. People who have art in their lives are the lucky ones. Thanks for the great comment, Kymee!

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  about 8 years ago
Kymee  

I have found in this last 8 months that art is my cup of tea and coffee, I actually start to vibrate with excitement when I am around it, in it, or doing it. I loved reading even more facts about my passion and especially when it is written well, Thanks again Lewis, bless you Kymee

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  about 8 years ago

Thank you for commenting, Lillan! ... and thanks for the kind words. I studied all 'The Great Courses' ... and have even taught some of my own :) ... you might say anything and everything art is my cup of tea 'Cup of Tea' ... do you feel that way about English? .

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  about 8 years ago

Absolutely, I can never tell from day to day where I will be led by the book I hold in my hand or see on the monitor . Amazon and Kindle have extended my lifetime of learning beyond anything I could have imagined. From the dime novels I hungered to buy as a child (and could not afford) to the hundreds of books I collect and give away every few years, life has been very generous to me. The downside of books though is that they are passive whereas art is an action. Think I'll spend sometime reading that bison art-what an amazing representation of life. Thanks!

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  about 8 years ago

What a fascinating intro to art. You know so much, and you love to share. Be assured that there are many who love your sharings. Have you ever gotten any of the The Great Courses? How to Look At and Understand Art etc. would be, my opinion of your "Cup of Tea." Thank you, Many talented man.

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  about 8 years ago
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