The Historical Development of Graphic Recordings

The Historical Development of Graphic Recordings

Everyone knows that drawing has been happening since the dinosaurs were roaming around, or, more specifically since 30,000 BC. Drawings been a key part of many different people’s lives throughout history.

It’s often interesting looking back and reflecting on how things we take for granted, like drawing, have evolved and developed over time. That way, we can create new and innovative ways of using it in the future.

Here we have our very own timeline of where drawing or “graphic recording” began and how it’s changed!

30,000BC…Cave Art from the Stone Age!

This is when the first known drawings in Europe are thought to have been found on the walls of caves in France and Spain. These images would have been scratched, carved or painted on the walls and ceilings.

These drawings may have been created as a way of communicating with one another or might have had a religious or ceremonial purpose to them.

The most common “graphics” that were found were of large wild animals and tracings of human hands. The “Facilitators” would use dirt or charcoal mixed with spit or fat and the red pigment found in the drawings would have come from clay.

3,000 BC…Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egyptians used the walls of their temples or tombs as their canvas and decorated them with images to show their history and to document their daily life.

Paintings and drawings in the tombs were created to help the person in the afterlife. They would depict images of the person in the afterlife, showing them happily hunting with family members.

3,000 BC…Ancient Greece

Ancient Greeks showcased their imagery of great battles and epic myths on their pottery vases.

400 BC

Imagery and drawings were mostly created and used for the bible.

The year 1100

Paper was invented!

From 1100 onwards

Since the invention of paper drawing has grown and grown and become more impressive.

There have been many different eras which have contributed to just how spectacular drawings have transformed into such as:

The Renaissance era (1400s to the late 1500s), which saw drawing and other art forms become more dynamic and magnificent.

The Baroque period (1600-1750), when drawings started to pop out more due to open composition. (Whereas open composition art has no single focus and the image seems to ‘run off’ the edges of the frame or canvas, creating a busier and dynamic effect with a sense of movement, closed composition art is an image that is within the image that grabs your attention instantly and is usually in the middle of the frame).

The Independent Art era, which was the beginning of the indie art where drawings became less serious and more abstract and cartoony.

Now we enjoy using drawing every day, to remind us, to tell stories and to graphic facilitate conversations.

Who knows if cavemen and women were person centred planning for their next cave neighbour?!

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