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[11]. Straight Lines: Christopher Brown

I often hear art students, especially those who are more

advanced and art-wise, expressing fearful uncertainty

about the role of painting and drawing in a future-their

future-art world that seems to be going increasingly

electronic and digital. While their doubt is authentic, their

questions, I think, are misguided. Like the general public,

the students mistakenly assume that the function of draw-

ing is depiction, and that drawing in today’s art world is

but a fetishistic handicraft leftover from some time before

technology. Older artists I know have none of this fear,

however; in fact, their attitude and confidence in drawing

are quite the opposite. They understand drawing as a rich

and peerless language of the visual mind. They know that

drawing survives, and even thrives, in this digital age

because-simply put-there is no better process for

exploring and expressing visual ideas with the directness,

personal expressiveness, or inventive specificity that

drawing provides. It is the visual mind’s best, fastest, and

most flexible way of thinking.