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Drawing is a form of visual art in which one uses various drawing instruments to mark paper or another two-dimensional support. Instruments include graphite pencils, pen and ink, various kinds of paints, inked brushes, colored pencils, crayons, charcoal, chalk, pastels, various kinds of erasers, markers, styluses, and various metals (such as silverpoint). Digital drawing is the act of using a computer to draw. Common methods of digital drawing include a stylus or finger on a touchscreen device, stylus- or finger-to-touchpad, or in some cases, a mouse. There are many digital art programs and devices.

A drawing instrument releases a small amount of material onto a surface, leaving a visible mark. The most common support for drawing is paper, although other materials, such as cardboard, wood, plastic, leather, canvas, and board, may be used. Temporary drawings may be made on a blackboard or whiteboard or indeed almost anything. The medium has been a popular and fundamental means of public expression throughout human history. It is one of the simplest and most efficient means of communicating visual ideas. The wide availability of drawing instruments makes drawing one of the most common artistic activities.

In addition to its more artistic forms, drawing is frequently used in commercial illustration, animation, architecture, engineering and technical drawing. A quick, freehand drawing, usually not intended as a finished work, is sometimes called a sketch. An artist who practices or works in technical drawing may be called a drafter, draftsman or a draughtsman.

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The upper reaches of Frost Bank Tower, a prominent Austin, Texas, skyscraper

The upper reaches of Frost Bank Tower, a prominent Austin, Texas, skys...

Title, date, and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. The 33-story building was developed by Cousins Properties from November 2001 to December 2003. It was the first high- rise building t... More

Sublime and beautiful reflections on the French revolution, or the man in the moon at large

Sublime and beautiful reflections on the French revolution, or the man...

Print shows Edmund Burke sitting at a desk on a crescent moon, holding a quill pen, an open "pamphlet" and an inkwell are on the desk, broken chains hang from his wrists; a scene on the front of the desk, label... More

Sculpture "Eagle; Justice Above All Else" at Jacob K. Javitz Federal Building, New York, New York

Sculpture "Eagle; Justice Above All Else" at Jacob K. Javitz Federal B...

Artist: Theodore Roszak, 1970. Bronze. Photographed as part of an assignment for the General Services Administration. Title information, date, and subject note provided by the photographer. Credit line: Photogr... More

The Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, San Francisco, California

The Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, San Francisco, California

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. Street names commemorate two early San Francisco leaders: Pioneer and exchange banker Henry Haight and Munroe Ashbury. The district is noted for its role ... More

Mardi Gras Parade, New Orleans, Louisiana

Mardi Gras Parade, New Orleans, Louisiana

Title, date, and subjects provided by the photographer. Mardi Gras is organized by Carnival krewes. Krewe float riders toss throws to the crowds; the most common are strings of plastic colorful beads, doubloons... More

Detail of a historic car with license plates from the 1940s. San Francisco, California

Detail of a historic car with license plates from the 1940s. San Franc...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. Credit line: The Jon B. Lovelace Collection of California Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America Project, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs... More

Memorial Church on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, California

Memorial Church on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, Califo...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Credit line: The Jon B. Lovelace Collection of California Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America Project, Library of Congress, Pr... More

Dodge Brothers Motor Car Company Plant, Between Joseph Campau & Conant Avenues, Hamtramck, Wayne County, MI

Dodge Brothers Motor Car Company Plant, Between Joseph Campau & Conant...

Significance: It served as the major manufacturing and assembly plant for the Dodge automobile and is the last large reinforced concrete automobile plant left in the Detroit area. The Dodge factory led to the ... More

Steam locomotives in the roundhouse of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Scenic Railroad in Durango, Colorado

Steam locomotives in the roundhouse of the Durango & Silverton Narrow ...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Credit line: Gates Frontiers Fund Colorado Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photograp... More

Fragment samiet

Fragment samiet

Linnen naturelkleurig weefselfragment met opgenaaide wollen strook in samiet. Het basisweefsel bestaat uit groen wollen draden en het toegevoegd inslagstelsel uit zwarte en bruine wollen draden die de tekening ... More

Offerblad

Offerblad

Talam, offerblad, brons, in het midden versierd met een pot met bloemendragende takken. Op buik van vat het "Sri-teken".

Zahhak enthroned, surrounded by five courtiers.

Zahhak enthroned, surrounded by five courtiers.

Life of the Prophet Muhammad written at the order of the Mamluk sultan al-Mansûr 'Alâ' al-Dîn 'Alî (d. 778/1376). The work was first illustrated during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Murâd III.

Fragment zijdeweefsel in tapijtwerk

Fragment zijdeweefsel in tapijtwerk

Fragment van een weefsel in tapijtwerk met linnen ketting en gele zijden inslag. De tekening wordt door een rode zijden inslagdraad gevormd en verdeelt de stof in horizontale banen, gevuld met vlechtingen en sm... More

Fragment van het wapen van Verrières (?)

Fragment van het wapen van Verrières (?)

Fragment van een wapenrol met 2/3 van het volgende wapen: het hoofd beladen met drie ringen afgewisseld door lelies op septervormige stelen.

Saint Mark
Fragment zijdeweefsel in tapijtwerk

Fragment zijdeweefsel in tapijtwerk

Fragment van een weefsel in tapijtwerk met linnen ketting en gele zijden inslag. De tekening wordt door een rode zijden inslagdraad gevormd en verdeelt de stof in horizontale banen, gevuld met vlechtingen en sm... More

Saint Luke
Pentecost
Classical Revival style building built in 1925, 14th and G St., NW, Washington, D.C.

Classical Revival style building built in 1925, 14th and G St., NW, Wa...

Formerly the National Bank of Washington which was the oldest bank in Washington, D.C. It closed around 1999 when it was taken over by the FDIC. It was designed by Alfred C. Bossom and Jules-Henri de Sibour. Pl... More

Bloem en blad

Bloem en blad

Een bos van 6 takjes met groen blad en lila bloempjes, omringd door Perzische tekst. In linker benedenhoek en rechtsboven vlekkerig.

Classical Revival style building built in 1925, 14th and G St., NW, Washington, D.C.

Classical Revival style building built in 1925, 14th and G St., NW, Wa...

Formerly the National Bank of Washington which was the oldest bank in Washington, D.C. It closed around 1999 when it was taken over by the FDIC. It was designed by Alfred C. Bossom and Jules-Henri de Sibour. Pl... More

Gehurkte figuur

Gehurkte figuur

In een blok tekst staat de voorstelling van een koning op zijn hurken links onderaan, in de linker bovenhoek een diagram van 9 vierkanten met diagonalen en tekst in rood. Het blad is aan de linkerkant verkleurd... More

Koning op een troon

Koning op een troon

In een blok tekst staat de voorstelling van een koning op zijn troon links bovenaan. Het blad is aan de rechterkant verkleurd en ingescheurd (of ergens uitgescheurd) links boven loopt een latere tekst over een ... More

Vrouw met bamboe en bloemen

Vrouw met bamboe en bloemen

Een voorstelling van een verwilderd uitziende vrouw met bloemstruiken en bamboe, daarboven een blok met oud-Perzische tekst. Het blad is opgeplakt op een vergeeld blad en dat is weer op een wat minder verkleurd... More