Drawings, of course, do not have to be made to render from observation.  They can be made to do any (or several) of the following:

  • render from observation
  • render from imagination
  • record motion
  • produce an object to be perceived

Stop and think about that little list.  These are remarkable and uniquely human endeavors.

Usually an artist elects to compose by drawing because at least in part it is a most human record.  It makes us aware that there was human action taken and that we are human spectators.  It reminds us that the subject of the work has been, is, and continues to be of human concern.  Of course, this is true of all human works (including photography), but drawing is overt in this regard.  Each method of composition emphasizes different aspects of human action and human concern:

  • Drawing emphasizes human motion and interaction with material.
  • Collage emphasizes human selection and rearrangement.
  • Digital emphasizes human encryption and translation.
  • Photography emphasizes human perspective and optics.

It is not that drawing alone addresses human motion nor that only collage involves rearrangement, etc; clearly every approach can address any human action or concern. But each medium innately dances or grapples with a subset of human peculiarities.