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Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad. - Salvador Dali

The act of drawing is often viewed as the beginning of a work and where you start your artistic training. It can be made with pencil, pen, ink, stick, feather, crayon, drips, scrapes and a world of other materials. The common element in any drawing is a sense of enquiry. If the outcome is representational the subject is generally observed in great detail and if the image is abstract the observation is with the image itself, its composition or other factor of interest. We all have an inherent desire to draw, an inbuilt sense to understand the world around us. From cave drawings to doodles on the side of pages when we are bored, it is like a printer connected to our brains.

I love to draw. When beginning any image I usually start with sketches in pencil, exploring line, tone and composition. It can then progress to a more complecx composition for print or design. Sometimes it is an obvious development but can also be a complete departure from the original depiction. Even so I feel that the act of drawing and observation gives the artist a greater understanding of what they are trying to create or the aspect of the subject that interests them.