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Drawings are created with a dry medium -- graphite, charcoal, color pencil, chalk, or pastel -- on a surface, generally paper. It is a two-dimensional work emphasizing line, contour, form, and shape rather than color, stroke, or texture of the painterly technique. It is also a verb, the action of creating such an artwork (e.g. She is drawing a picture.)

CHALK: The term chalk, when applied to drawing, refers to various natural substances that are somewhat soft and crumbly, formed into sticks for the purpose of drawing.
CHARCOAL: Charcoal is made from wood that is bound together and carbonized in an airtight container to prevent it from turning to ash.
COLOR PENCIL: Dry drawing materials made of coloring agents or pigments combined with a binder of some kind, encased in a wood or peel-away paper.
CRAYON: Dry color mixed with oily, greasy, or waxy binding media for drawing on paper.
GRAPHITE: A form of carbon available in powder, stick, and other forms.
INK: A pigmented liquid used for writing, drawing, and printing.
MARKER: Markers are fiber-tipped pens with widths (nibs) that vary from thick to thin. The color (dye) is "sucked" from the fiber inside the barrel of a pen.
PASTEL: Pastels consist of pigments that are formed into manageable sticks.
INK: Pen and ink is a medium that can stand alone or be used with other mediums to create detail. Pen and ink is often mixed with water to create what is known as "wash" drawing.
PENCIL: A thin stick of graphite enclosed in wood or fixed in a metal or plastic tube; an instrument for writing or drawing.
SCRATCHBOARD: A process that includes scratching the illustration in the black paint covering a white board. Colors may be underneath the black paint.

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