The history of media used to create art is the history of various technologies employed by artists. These technologies have helped artists both to achieve the ends they desire more readily and to discover new modes of creation and expression. A medium is both the specific material, and the process through which a given work of art is made. Chapter 10 is the first chapter exploring the media of art, and appropriately, it's about Drawing.
We think of drawing as a transient mediumwe draw sketches on paper and often quickly throw them away and start over. Until the end of the 15th century, a drawing was understood to simply be a sketch, usually not dated, signed or preserved. But when artist/historians such as Georgio Vasari began to collect these sketches, drawing came into its own. Drawings were recognized as the embodiment of the artists personality and creative genius.
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Ultimately, drawing plays a fundamental role in almost all the other media that will be covered in the text. In The Critical Process, the question asked is, "Can a sketch have more expression or "life" than the final painting for which it was a study?" The prominence of quick, expressive lines which often form the basis of sketches would seem to make the answer "yes." Printmakers, painters, sculptors all employ drawings, or use their mediums as a form of drawing. In this sense, drawing informs all of the arts, it is simply something all artists do.