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Visual Arts Research: Introduction to Drawing Course unit

Develop and fine-tune your drawing skills with the Visual Arts Research: Introduction to Drawing online course unit from Curtin University.

Covering line, tone, body, space and depth, this unit is an exploration of the elements and principles of drawing as a visual language.

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About Illustration

Napoleon Bonaparte famously said ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’, and with the increasing importance of visual literacy, that number may even be bigger these days. Despite the prevalence of the photograph, illustration has not shrivelled into insignificance; in fact, as we live our lives surrounded by icons, infographics, signals, diagrams and cartoon memes, illustrations are more important than ever.

With the advent of Photoshop everyone thought illustration was about to die. It soon became apparent, though, that there is a difference between a designer who dabbles in illustration and a designer with real illustration cred. Add to this our content-hungry cycle of visual consumption and the introduction of more sophisticated digital tools, and illustration looks to have been given the keys to our modern

Whether you want to draw pithy covers for The New Yorker or translate narrative into animation, you will need to understand artistic methodologies and traditional techniques. Perspective, proportion, expression and balance are just as important in a message-heavy cartoon as they are in a pleasing greeting card, and the more tools you have at your disposal, the better you will be able to interpret the world around you.

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