It’s been a while since we whipped out our sketchbooks and sharpened our pencils so we’re particularly looking forward to this Sunday’s Big Draw at the V&A Museum. The annual festival will have activities for young and old with talks, challenges and a ‘Battle of the Cartoonist’ for you to enjoy. And if that wasn’t enough reason to head down, then we’ve got some things that might draw your interest:
You’ll drawer admirers
Drawing’s a great way of striking up a conversation, a friendship or something more profound in a gallery (remarking on a rendering of an artwork is a more promising opener than a cheesy pick-up line).
There’s no kit required
It’s a lot less messy than painting, far more portable, can be done anywhere and is dirt cheap. All you need is something to draw with and something to draw on.
It’s the unvarnished truth
To paraphrase the French impressionist painter Camille Pissarro, by drawing often, drawing everything and drawing incessantly, you will one day discover that you have rendered something in its true character.
Your brain will thank you
Drawing offers the rare ability to communicate ideas visually, as well as allowing for the kind of quiet, reflective contemplation that enables thoughts and ideas to develop and flourish. Try doing that with Instagram.
There’s profit in pencils
Drawing’s a skill that could get you work anywhere – and unlike fire-eating outside the Pompidou, it might one day make you rich: in 2009 Raphael’s ‘Head of a Muse’, a black chalk drawing on paper, was sold by Christie’s London for $47.9m.
For more info, see the Big Draw listing.