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The foundation of the artist's ability to recreate reality, whether in painting or sculpture, is his or her understanding of the subject. The artist's grasp of his subject is most effectively developed through drawing. When an artist draws, he establishes the identity of what he is recreating -- by setting its limits. For this reason, the artist begins and most effectively improves his over-all artistic development through drawing. As he sees more and understands more, his drawing matures, and so all of his arts advance.