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The Secret of Drawing

The Secret of Drawing is a four-part BBC documentary series presented by Andrew Graham-Dixon, exploring how drawing has shaped our lives. In the first episode, Andrew looks at artists who have chosen the natural world as their subject matter and explores how drawing has helped man to understand his place in the universe. In the second episode, Andrew explores how drawing has been an essential tool for the telling of stories. In the third episode, Andrew investigates drawing as a primal human instinct and a learned discipline, looking at the earliest cave drawings and the work of David Hockney and Picasso. And in the fourth and final episode, Andrew explores the role drawing has played in technical design and architecture, studying complex structures such as the Guggenheim and Boeing 777.

Episode 1 - The Line of Enquiry
Andrew looks at artists who have chosen the natural world as their subject matter and explores how drawing has helped man to understand his place in the universe.

Episode 2 - Storylines
Andrew looks at the satire of Gillray, Goya and Hogarth and its influence on photojournalism, American comics, Japanese Manga and Hollywood storyboards today.

Episode 3 - All in Mind
Andrew investigates drawing as a primal human instinct and a learned discipline, looking at the earliest cave drawings and the work of David Hockney and Picasso.

Episode 4 - Drawing by Design
Andrew explores the role drawing has played in technical design and architecture, studying complex structures such as the Guggenheim and Boeing 777.


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