Drawing is

While you may believe that drawing is only for artists, it's really a basic skill like talking, reading, or walking. Once you've learned to draw, in fact, it becomes automatic, although—as with any basic skill—the more you practice, the more you'll be able to improve on it.

As this sketch of ancient petroglyphs shows, humans have been using drawings to communicate for millennia.

The secret of drawing is no secret at all: It's all about seeing, and then representing what you see onto the page. In Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain (New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 1999), artist/writer Betty Edwards considers learning to see and draw a collection of five skills:

1. The perception of edges

2. The perception of spaces

3. The perception of relationships, or sighting

4. The perception of light and shadow, or form

5. The perception of the whole, or the gestalt

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