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The Benefits of Drawing

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  • Drawing is an act of being present in the moment.
  • Drawing is an act of capturing and connecting - it is evidence of what happened on the page at any particular moment.
  • Drawing is an act of expression. Every line in a drawing can have an expressive quality.

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The Benefits of Drawing

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Drawing

  • Drawing is an act of being present in the moment.
  • Drawing is an act of capturing and connecting - it is evidence of what happened on the page at any particular moment.
  • Drawing is an act of expression. Every line in a drawing can have an expressive quality.

Drawing and conflict

When we draw something while we are in conflict, we can map the conflict out and represent it in a safe space - on paper. It creates distance between the conflict and the person. 

  • It may reduce tension. It can make people see themselves as builders of their new reality.

  • Drawing can build collaboration between people. When working on a project, drawing the framework of the conflict can result in two parties represented together on one piece of paper.

  • Drawing can contain people’s emotions in addition to their words. 

Graphic facilitation vs. fine art

In fine art, we can make abstract marks that are only about self-expression.

In graphic facilitation, drawing is used to make things understandable. An abstract thought can be represented with an image.

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  • Drawing is a problem-solving visual tool. It helps us think better and provides clarity to a cluttered mind.

  • Authentic pen and paper drawing help us break free from the limiting domains of technology which digital tools like Google image search or drawing software provide, indirectly hindering our creativity.

  • Drawing also makes us slow down, observe and pay attention.

  • Drawing promotes close observation, analytical thinking, patience, and even humility, making it one of the best ways to learn.