The poll looked at two quite different aspects of the mechanics of drawing
- the angle of the support
- whether the support is static or moved around
First there's the issue of the angle of your support and what tools or equipment you're using to help you draw. Most people probably assume that drawings can only be made using paper. However much contemporary drawing is done using digital tools or 'found' media in the environment.101 people responded to the part of the poll which asked about the angle of drawing. You can see the results of how people favoured different options in the above chart.
How we draw also depends on the tools which are available and our very individual preferences. For me it's not a question of 'right' or 'wrong' responses to the question about how we draw - even if ergonomics suggest there are 'better' ways of drawing.
How do you draw? #1
Two thirds work flat or at a slight angle and around a quarter of respondents work with whatever is available (otherwise known by many as 'sketching on your knees'!)
- 42% work on a flat surface where the paper is free to move around.
- 22% work at a slight angle or have their paper fixed to a table top drawing board
- 22% work in the environment and draw on whatever is available
- just 11% work at a steep angle with their paper on a professional drawing board
- 2% work with their paper fixed to a wall
- and 2% work using a digital tablet
- most people don't actually invest in drawing technology - such professional drawing boards or drawing tablets - to aid their drawing
- at least around a quarter are happy to work in any environment - so long as they've got something to draw on
I was next interested in the issue of whether people who draw keep their paper/support pinned down and static or whether it is moved around and the drawing is approached from different angles.
Whether or not you can move the drawing around greatly influences your approach to drawing.
results of survey (April 2009)
- over a quarter of the 96 people who responded always move their support around
- well over two thirds always or sometimes move their drawing around while drawing
- just over a quarter of people (26%) always or usually keep their support static while drawing
- just 3% of people move themselves (as opposed to the drawing) while drawing.
Maybe we need to see more photos of people drawing - or maybe more drawings of people drawing.
This was the drawing I did of my favourite way of drawing - which some of you may remember from my blog post What increases your artistic productivity? (Click the image to see a larger version)
How about you? Do you have a drawing of you drawing? If you have a drawing of you drawing or do one this week, leave a link to your blog post as a comment below and I'll post the best one in 'who's made a mark this week' next Sunday.