Carrie L. Lewis, Artist & Teacher

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Drawing: A Question

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Something interesting is happening here, at your humble art blog. I don’t understand it, and I’m not afraid to ask for help.

The list above is from the list of search engine terms that brought people to this blog. They all have two things in common.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Drawing A Question For My Readers

The first thing is the use of the word “disadvantage” or “disadvantages”. In other words, the people who are using these phrases to look for information on drawing appear to be looking for reasons not to draw (or use contour shading or whatever).

I don’t know about you, but that seems a little bit odd. Usually, when I’m looking for information on something, I want to know why I should use a particular method or particular tool. I can come up with plenty of reasons not to do something on my own!

But maybe that’s just me.

The second thing each of these terms have in common is that they’re rather vague. I can think of several different ways to answer a question about the disadvantages of drawing. For example, if the person searched for “advantages and disadvantages of drawing”, do they want to know why they should draw instead of trace?

Or do they want to know why they should do a line drawing of their subject first, or start without a line drawing?

Or are they even talking about fine art? When I searched some of these same terms, everything I came up with had something to either with computer art or engineering. My husband is an engineer, but that’s as close as I get to engineering.

I’d love to write an article about a search term that’s coming up so often, but what exactly should I write about?

You see my dilemma.

So I thought I’d ask you. If you used any of the search terms listed above, what exactly did you want to know? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer it.

And if your question is related to engineering in some way, maybe I can talk my husband into providing the answer!

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2 Comments

  1. Bev Symonds

    Hi Carrie. . . . I am at a disadvantage, for my cat is sitting on my key board.

    As usual, you are spot on in your observations. Words such as “advantage” or “disadvantage” are really useless and vague.

    Good news though, I searched for “advantages of stretching watercolour paper” back came a dozen or more articles on how to do this or that; however, I did get this response from Winsor & Newton. “benefit of stretching your paper is the freedom to use as much water as you want, when you want.”
    Exactly what I needed to know!!!! Rock on W&N!!

    Happy New Year,
    Bev

    • Bev,

      The manufacturers are usually pretty reliable when it comes to product information.

      And it does make a difference how you phrase your search question. The more precise you can be, the more likely you’ll get the answer you need.

      Thanks for reading and for commenting!

      Carrie

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