Definition of drawing in English:

drawing

noun

  • 1A picture or diagram made with a pencil, pen, or crayon rather than paint.

    ‘a series of charcoal drawings on white paper’
    • ‘The drawings that once illustrated these stories have been scattered across the world.’
    • ‘In some cases, the status of the paintings and drawings has not yet been fully resolved.’
    • ‘Morris is a prolific poet, producing books full of verses illustrated with his drawings.’
    • ‘He was also respected as a connoisseur of old masters, a collector of drawings, and a dealer and agent.’
    • ‘I loved his desk because it was covered in gel pens and big markers, and there was a big cork board to pin your drawings on.’
    • ‘It was in essence an animated version of the drawings in the scroll paintings.’
    • ‘One of the earliest drawings of a female skeleton was done by William Cheselden in 1733.’
    • ‘Holding up one of her drawings, she points out the basic elements of the composition.’
    • ‘Original photographs or drawings are the obvious source of this information.’
    • ‘I don't know if you remember the bar in Japan where film directors make little drawings?’
    • ‘Over the next two years he drew in a frenzy, creating more than 100 pastel drawings.’
    • ‘A painting or drawing is judged a fake when it has been discovered to be not by the artist to whom it had been attributed.’
    • ‘His words did not clarify his drawings and his drawings did not simply illustrate his words.’
    • ‘The Stockholm picture and one of the drawings show a woman searching for fleas.’
    • ‘There is a photographic quality to these drawings, both intended and critical.’
    • ‘Several of the drawings were laced together with shoestrings in primitive book form.’
    • ‘But what made us laugh the most were the drawings of the man with a funny beard.’
    • ‘This talented 26-year-old submitted three paintings and one drawing, all of which were accepted.’
    • ‘This year the Summer Exhibition will include some unexpected kinds of drawings.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, there are still drawings even Clayton has not seen, so vast is the collection.’
    sketch, picture, illustration, representation, portrayal, delineation, depiction, composition, study, diagram, outline, design, plan, artist's impression
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    1. 1.1mass noun The art or activity of making drawings.
      ‘she took lessons in drawing’
      • ‘For him, sculpture and drawing are the different manifestations of the same thought process.’
      • ‘For instance, the vacation classes that were conducted in drawing and painting will now be a regular feature at the library.’
      • ‘Paul Lucas creates his surrealistic images using a combination of sculpture, photography, drawing and collage.’
      • ‘The gallery will give one artist working in the media of painting, print, sculpture, drawing or photography, a chance to mount a solo show.’
      • ‘It features the diverse range of work and medium practiced by these artists including painting, sculpture, photography and drawing.’
      • ‘Of course, drawing is central to art as a core value.’
      • ‘Beth was careful to explain to parents that writing and drawing were optional activities, but that she would be eager to see what children chose to do with the journals.’
      • ‘Her work is about illustrating, yes, but also about the art of drawing - mark-making - in which she achieves great finesse.’
      • ‘He left school at the age of fourteen, and worked as a clerk at the Henley Telegraph Company and took evening lessons in draughtsmanship and drawing at the University of London.’
      • ‘An exhibition of painting and drawing is ongoing from 1st May, free except on the 15th May.’
      • ‘As a child I loved drawing and painting from an early age.’
      • ‘The marriage of the three arts of drawing, music, and poetry will unite Australian artist and poet Kay Frances with a cast of Bulgarian musicians and a poet.’
      • ‘She asked if I still enjoyed drawing and painting.’
      • ‘In this exhibition, her first ever, she has combined her love of drawing and painting with her fascination for fabric and colours.’
      • ‘They will capture as many images as possible using digital cameras and traditional techniques of painting and drawing, and will take part in a land art project using flotsam and driftwood.’
      • ‘In a traditional sense, Australian artist Gemma Smith's Untitled is a classic of conceptual drawing.’
      • ‘Based on Rowe's extensive work in the refugee camps of Palestine, the workshop explores the use of dance, drama, music and drawing to activate community social growth.’
      • ‘The display runs until Sunday, showcasing the work of pupils from 10 of the borough's secondary schools, and including drawing, sculpture and photography.’
      • ‘With a good mix of video and sound pieces, conceptualism and painting and drawing, it has been cleverly hung to create rhythmic variety and telling counterpoints.’
      • ‘Classes in sculpture, painting and drawing will also be available.’

Pronunciation

drawing

/ˈdrɔː(r)ɪŋ/