Drawing is a form of visual art that makes use of any number of drawing instruments to mark a two-dimensional medium. Instruments used include:

  • graphite pencils, 
  • pen and ink, 
  • inked brushes, 
  • wax color pencils, 
  • crayons, 
  • charcoal, 
  • chalk, 
  • pastels,
  • various kinds of erasers, 
  • markers, 
  • styluses, and 
  • various metals (such as silverpoint). 

An artist who practices or works in drawing may be called a draftsman or draughtsman. 

A typical example of an artistic  drawing. image: Andreas Levers /flickr

A small amount of material is released onto a surface, leaving a visible mark. The most common support for drawing is paper, although other materials, such as cardboard, plastic, leather, canvas, and board, may be used. 

Temporary drawings may be made on a blackboard or whiteboard or indeed almost anything. The medium has been a popular and fundamental means of public expression throughout human history. It is one of the simplest and most efficient means of communicating visual ideas.

 The wide availability of drawing instruments makes drawing one of the most common artistic activities.