Just a little mark on a paper

Just a little mark on a paper

Posted by Maria Sotiropoulou on 9th Apr 2021

In 2021 -among other new things- I started teaching drawing*. As an act, drawing is the process of making marks & textures with a pencil (or any appropriate material) on a paper (or any surface) with or without intention to represent something from the visual world. Since drawing for me -as a designer and artist- has always been a part of my creative process & practice, I tried to move away a little bit from this position in order to be able to see it from another perspective: the perspective of someone who is about to do it for the first time. But is it really for the first time? Isn’t it an almost instinctive thing to do as a kid to grab a colour and just start an improvisation of a movement which leaves marks behind? While trying to make a few notes about the history of drawing, I realised how connected it is to almost every human activity including thinking, visual documentation and therefore to the history of various fields of science and applied arts. Everything seems to be a choreography of the hand guided by an intention.

Since any creation on this website is a result of endless drawing combined with imagination, with these series of articles about drawing, I will try to trace, document and share some of my learning and perspectives I gained from my act of drawing since I was a kid. While I do this, I will also share creative ideas of how to observe, draw and understand as an act of resilience.

In March 2021, I was happy to discover “Drawing is Thinking” by Milton Glaser, a title which can totally describe the way I feel about drawing as an act of both presence and intensive thinking. As mentioned in the description: “ The drawings depicted here … illustrate the author's commitment to the fundamental idea that drawing is not simply a way to represent reality, but a way to understand and experience the world.”

*The definition as found in wikipedia: “Drawing is generally concerned with the marking of lines and areas of tone onto paper/other material, where the accurate representation of the visual world is expressed upon a plane surface.” (Source: “Art Students Who Cannot Draw: Exploring the Relations Between Drawing Ability, Visual Memory, Accuracy of Copying, and Dyslexia, 2010) 

"Galileo Moon phases", Galileo Galilei, 1616

Galileo Galilei, Phases of the Moon, 1616.