The Secret of Drawing

Once upon a time the ability to draw was seen as the first and most essential skill of any artist, but in the age of the unmade bed and the pickled shark, drawing is widely perceived as an old fashioned activity. Many modern art schools don’t even teach it, preferring to arm their students with digital or video cameras. In this four part documentary series Andrew Graham-Dixon, challenges the tedious modern predacious that it is trendy not to draw and that those that do draw are sad reactionaries, stuck in a dead past, for he thinks the exact opposite is true, drawing is the single most fruitful and vital artistic skill at work in the world today.


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  1. This is so inspiring and beautiful and it’s really late and I need to sleep but I can’t take my eyes off of the fascinating discoveries of this majestic artistic world and the entire playlist is so beautiful. Thank you for uploading it. I really appreciate it.

    • Thanks for sharing your joy Iris – it made me smile to read this! You’re way back in 2015, haha! Hello from the future. 🙂

  2. There’s absolutely NOTHING about drawing in this documentary; it’s about the people who have made drawings and why, but now what materials they used or how they learned their craft or how they approached drawing. IOW, it would be of interest to anyone except artists.