Back to the Drawing Board

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life studies

Can the act of drawing really be put into words – simply verbalise an action that is already devoid of words?  Both actions need a certain dexterity with a tool of choice: pen / brush / pencil or whatever, but requiring a different mode of thinking to perform the intended activity – writing or drawing.  When students say to me “I can’t draw, never been able to” etc., my reply is if you can write your name, you can manipulate a pencil, therefore, there is nothing to stop you from drawing.  Even the way you see the world in words is so very different to the way you might interpret it in visual mode.  This is where it gets personal.