His letter comments on the fact that drawing has exploded on to the internet.
It seems to me that these days, while a lot of the fine art drawing has turned to forms of tracing, and high quality drawing is somewhat rare, there is still lots of it around. Particularly with the advent of the Internet, there's an outbreak of drawing-for-its-own-sake. With over 9 million visual artists in North America, and over 70,000 new blogs coming on stream daily, drawing is alive and well and living online.The level of response he's had on this topic has presumably had an impact as his next letter - concerning John Ruskin - continues the drawing theme.
The stimulus for "In Praise of Drawing" appears to have been the recent exhibition of drawing instruction manuals called "Teaching America to Draw" at the Grolier Club in New York - which has now closed. A summary of the exhibition can be found here
Robert Genn concluded his letter
Folks who never thought they could draw are now drawers.So do any of you folks out there identify with any of the above characterisations and, if so, which is the one which describes you best?
For many, drawing represents low commitment and high joy.
For others, drawing's the key to everything good.
Fact is, drawing is still important, still relevant, and still irresistible.
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