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Why we should draw more (and photograph less)

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A photograph is a much better representation of a scene than a sketch, right?  The School of Life explains why this might not be the case and find out why drawing something just might lead to better observation skills and understanding. 

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Why draw? This video will answer this question: Why is Drawing Important?   
Does it improve your observation skills? Check out: Sketching as a Practice in Observation.
Now, go on to:  Rediscovering the Forgotten Benefits of Drawing from Scientific American.  
Why You Should Be Sketching (Even if You Can’t Draw) will tell you how sketching can improve your focus, collaboration and conceptualizing!   
Take a look at The Cognitive Effects Benefits Doodling.
Could sketching while taking notes actually help you learn more? Seeking answers to that question? Start here.  
Interested in learning more about taking notes in "sketch' form? Take a look at this link: How To Get Started With Sketchnotes.   
Which do you prefer?  A photograph or a sketch?  Take a look at this blog post and see what one author has to say. Now, how about a combination of both a photo and a sketch? Take a look at this artwork. Awesome, isn't it?
Wondering how all this applies to other subject areas? Doodling in Math Class: Connecting Dots or Doodling in Math Class: Stars is a great place to start to find out! 
So, you think you CAN'T possibly draw?  This TEDx Talk addresses that misconception:  Why people believe they can’t draw - and how to prove they can by Graham Shaw.  

Grab a sketchbook or piece of paper and give it a try!  See what happens!


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