We all draw. The practice of drawing seems to be found across almost all known human cultures, with its past stretching back into the caves of pre-history. Drawing, the act of making marks on a flat surface, is a widespread practice in visual and applied art and design fields. Artists, designers, architects and others, draw to generate, explore and test new and established ideas. Scientists and engineers often sketch as well, as a way of generating and testing concepts and mental models (Root-Bernstein et al., 2008). The simplicity and accessibility of materials needed, and the way drawing allow us to see and play with our ideas on paper,, makes drawing a particularly good example of the human imagination at work.
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The papers available here relate to dissertation research on drawing and cognition.
A cognitive-ethnographic study of improvisational drawing by eight contemporary artists (dissertation summary)
The Man Behind the Curtain: What Cognitive Science Reveals about Drawing
Drawn to Discover