Art Term


Drawing is essentially a technique in which images are depicted on a surface by making lines, though drawings can also contain tonal areas, washes and other non-linear marks

Eva Hesse, ‘Untitled’ 1967
Eva Hesse
Untitled 1967
© The estate of Eva Hesse, courtesy Hauser & Wirth, Zürich

Ink, pencil, crayon, charcoal and chalk are the most commonly used materials, but drawings can be made with or in combination with paint and any other wet or dry media.

Related materials and techniques

Selected artists who draw

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Archives & Access project: Animating the Archives: Drawing from Life

Examining the shifting role of life drawing in British art education through a recent archive display at Tate Britain, we ...


Life Drawing Masterclass video series

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Drawing in the Dark

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Cinematic Drawing in a Digital Age

Developed in relation to works by Tacita Dean and William Kentridge, this article explores the way in which the arrival ...

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Drawing at Tate

Tate Britain Exhibition

Rachel Whiteread Drawings

8 Sep 2010 – 16 Jan 2011
Tate Liverpool Exhibition
Tate Britain Exhibition