As a primary visual language, essential for communication and expression, drawing is as important as the development of written and verbal skills. The need to understand the world through visual means would seem more acute than ever; images transcend the barriers of language and enhance communications in an increasingly globalised world.
Maybe drawing is one way of acknowledging and loving another person. When a stranger is moved by my work, I spark with a certain warmth—an affirmation that what I see and how I’ve translated it visually resonates with someone else.
Even making urban drawings of people you don’t know before, make these gestures in the form of lines make connections and speak for you to make new friends.
The nature of representing play, as well as abstract concepts in general, arise from the experience during drawing time where, upon asking a child to represent a role, a character or anything else based on a specific topic they can draw or make graphic gestures that they think of when they hear the wordplay:
“… OK now we become trains… how does sound a train? Be a train with a pencil/marker…”
– And suddenly, another primary research question became:
What can drawings reveal about people’s perspectives on playing? – Just their graphic expressions!