“To draw oneself, to trace the lines, handle the volumes, organise the surface…all this means first to look, and then to observe and finally perhaps to discover…and it is then that inspiration may come.”
— Le Corbusier
Drawing and travelling are similar in many ways. Much like when going somewhere, there is first an inspiration, a general idea and motivation to go, and similarly to physical travelling, one needs to choose a direction, a path to follow. An artist is thus both the creator as well as the first traveller on that road: the artist as the driver, the method of drawing as the vehicle of travel, working together to create this experience, a sense of motion and discovery.
Definitions for drawing are as varied as its forms. Chris Staley20 compares drawing to recording the stream of consciousness with endless possibilities. Ellen Dexter21 likens drawing to thinking as well as “a feeling, an attitude that is betrayed in its handling as much as in the materials used”. Subjectivity and objectivity are thus equally part of the process of drawing. It is both imitation and improvisation, an intimate and authentic representation of one’s thoughts.