Drawing has always been an important part of the visual arts. Drawings weren’t always appreciated as an autonomous art discipline. Mostly they were used as sketches, studies or underdrawings for paintings. It was not until Romantic period (early nineteenth century) that there was an increased interest in sketchings. More than paintings they were able to show the thoughts and feelings of the artist. Since then draughtsmanship developed into an autonomous art form.
Not only drawings made with pencil and paper are seen as draughtsmanship. Many different materials can be used. Watch this video to discover the many faces of draughtsmanship.