Hardworking Pictures: Works of art or art that works?

If you think art is something that other people do - people born with the skills to render the world around them in a perfect pencil sketch - we think you're missing a trick.

That's why we love this quote from Uri Shulevitz, the Polish-born, American children's writer and illustrator - a genuine master of the art. His illustrations, though immensely skillful, owe their charm to his ability to record his own observations. 

Sure, he's better at it than most of us can ever hope to be. But he provides an entry point to drawing and illustration that's open to artists of all abilities. Concentrate not on creating a work of art, but instead just recording, in the best way you can, what you see around you. 

If that still sounds a little tricky, start by familiarising yourself with the visual alphabet. You'll be amazed at what you can draw, using no more than a dozen simple shapes.

If you want to learn more about the power of hardworking pictures, visit our Academy page. It's full of visual thinking tips and the latest from our workshops team. Or experience the extraordinary problem-solving power of pictures by checking your team into a bespoke Inktank workshop.