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What Is Drawing? Definition, Materials And Techniques | Visual Art

WHAT IS DRAWING – In this topic, we will now know what is drawing, the materials used, and techniques you need to know about this art form.

There are seven known forms of visual art, which is basically something that is created for the purpose to be seen by the people, thus, the term “Visual”

We are going to tackle one of the seven forms of art called drawing. So let us start by asking what exactly is drawing.

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As a form of visual art, it involves the person or artists using various instruments related to this form to mark any two dimensional surface like paper. There is no exact term as what to call people that does this form of art like those who paint (painter), or those who sculpt (sculptor).


There are two types of materials involved in this art form, the instrument; and the surface.

Here are the following materials:

  • Instrument
    • Graphite (most common)
    • Charcoal (commonly used for shading)
    • Watercolor Pencils
    • Pastels
      • Oil Pastels
      • Chalk Pastels
    • Conté sticks or crayons
    • Silverpoint
    • Marker
    • Pen and Ink
      • Ink Pens
      • Caligraphy Pens
      • Fountain Pens
      • Speedball
  • Surfaces
    • Newsprint and typing paper
    • Tracing paper
    • Cartridge paper
    • Bristol Board
    • Illustration Board
  • Other tools
    • Drawing table
    • Sharpener
    • Eraser
    • Compass (for drawing circles
    • Ruler
    • Set square
    • Drafting or masking tape


  • Hatching (shading via parallel lines)
  • Smudging
  • Cross hatching (shading via parallel lines overlapping another shade of parallel lines)
  • Stippling (shading via dots)
  • Scribbling
  • Line art
  • Sgraffito
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