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One of the main categories of visual arts, and probably one of the most ancient of all artistic expressions going back to prehistoric times, drawing is a basic form of pictorial art.

It is often a necessary first step in other art categories, such as painting and engraving. It encompasses a variety of techniques (sketches, caricatures, pastel...) and media : charcoals, chalks, quills and pencils using ink or other pigments.

Among the great draftsmen in art history are such artists as Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt (to name but a few).