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The University of Manitoba campuses are located on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. More

Art Now & Studio Art: Drawing/Graphic Design

Reference Collection

The Drawing entry in Oxford Art Online covers the different functions of drawings, materials, and techniques. Also includes a historical overview from ancient times to 20th century.

Start by browsing...

In the library search engine, try searching with keywords such as:

  • draw* - finds draw, drawing, drawings, etc
  • draw* AND technique - add more keywords to narrow down results
  • "21st century" - finds only instances with those keywords together
  • charcoal OR graphite - use OR between keywords to find more results

Narrow down your search results using the filters on the left side of the page. Narrowing to include or exclude subject terms may be particularly helpful.


Browse the NC section of our collection for examples of books on drawing. 

NC1-1940            Drawing. Design. Illustration
NC1-45                General, Including collective biography
NC50-266            History of drawing
NC390-670          Study and teaching
NC673-677          Competitions
NC703-725          General works
NC730-758          Technique
NC760-825          Special subjects
NC845-915          Graphic art materials
NC930                 Conservation and restoration of drawings
NC950-(996)        Illustration
NC997-1003        Commercial art. Advertising art
NC1280-1284      Printed ephemera. Imagerie populaire
NC1300-1766      Pictorial humor, caricature, etc.
NC1800-1850      Posters
NC1860-1896      Greeting cards, postcards, invitations, book jackets, etc.
NC1920-1940      Copying, enlarging, and reduction of drawings

Journal Articles

The UM library search can help you to find journal articles as well. If you're not finding what you're looking for, try the suggestions in the <Articles> tab above, or try searching within one of these journals:

All of these journals are found in the Reading Room of the Arch/FA Library, unless otherwise indicated.