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What are differences between Painting and Drawing?

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Emily’s Answer

The biggest difference between painting and drawing is the medium used to create the art.

Painting uses paint to create a picture. Usually, this kind of art is painted on canvases.

Drawing typically uses pencils, charcoal, or oil pastels.
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Joan’s Answer

Hello Sayra!

Think of painting and drawing as two unique paths to creating beautiful visual art. Painting is like a dance of colors on a canvas, paper, or wood, where wet or dry pigments come alive through tools like brushes, knives, or sponges. On the other hand, drawing is the art of crafting lines and shapes on a surface, typically paper, using dry tools like pencils, pens, or charcoal.

Each of these art forms, painting and drawing, can be used to craft either realistic or abstract images. However, they each have their unique flair and advantages. Painting can bring forth a myriad of color variations and textures, while drawing can highlight the beauty of lines and shading. Artists often have a preference for one over the other, while some choose to weave magic with both in their work.

Both painting and drawing have rich histories and traditions. Painting is often viewed as a more prestigious and expressive form of art, while drawing is regarded as a more technical and preparatory skill. But remember, many renowned artists, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, and Pablo Picasso, have left their mark in both painting and drawing.

I hope this gives you a clearer picture of these two wonderful art forms. Keep exploring and creating! 😊
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Laura’s Answer

Hello Sayra,
So glad to hear from you! I take it by asking these questions you are interested in art whether as a hobby or a potential career path? Either way, that's great to hear as art is an amazing creative outlet that you can use however YOU see it whenever you feel that creativity the most.

To answer your question, painting usually involves paintbrushes, an artist's canvas, and paint. One thing to know about paints is there are different types such as oil paints, which you should know when working with oil paint you will most likely need to prime your canvas with something called an oil-friendly gesso to help prevent the paint from soaking through and/or the canvas material being eaten away. You ONLY need to do this if your canvas is either unprimed or linen canvas - just read your label before purchasing. Another paint option is watercolor in which you need water to thin out the paint solution for it to be workable, acrylic, and gouache, which is a much more vibrant color pigment than watercolor paints. As you can tell from this explanation of the items used when painting, it's a lot of wet materials.

In contrast to painting for drawing, this method of art uses primarily dry materials. These dry materials include a sketchbook, graphite pencils, colored pencils, charcoal pencils/sticks, pastel pencils, and crayons. I will also add drawing may include some other materials that are considered wet too such as pens, markers, or inks because some artists like to do mixed media sketches or artworks, but that all depends on the artist's preferences.

I hope these differences help you differentiate between the two and if you decide you want to venture into doing any of these or both of these, I wish you the best of luck!

-Laura M.
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Casei’s Answer

Drawing: Involves using lines to create a design. Artists use tools like pencils, pens, charcoal, ink, or markers on paper or canvas. It often focuses on lines and shading.
Painting: Utilizes wet media such as paint (acrylics, oils, or watercolors) to produce artwork. Paintings emphasize forms, color, and texture. Artists who use paint are known as painters.
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