I’ve just added a new Category named Painting and Drawing. It’s a fairly large category of about 150 books. It’s one I’ve been working on a while and finally got finished up.
It’s a somewhat eclectic collection. The primary subjects covered are, as would seem logical, about Painting and Drawing. Painting covers a multitude of areas however and different people will conjure up different images when they hear the word “painting”. Predominantly the “painting” books are related to paintings such as you would hang on the wall or print in a book; i.e. renderings of reality onto canvas or other media as was common before the advent of photography.
However there are also books on how to paint houses, signs, carriages, walls, etc. Since there weren’t enough of any of those to warrant their own category I left them in this one.
The same basic principle applies to books on Drawing and Sketching. Many of them are related to creative and artistic renderings of reality on paper or other media using primarily pencils and pens. There is a large subset related to military and topographical sketching and drawing which is really a specialized subset of rendering a visual reality onto paper.
In an environment such as a post-EMP world where neither film cameras nor digital devices such as cell phone cameras are easily available people would have to fall back to the methods used through most of human history… making marks on generally flat surfaces using various methods to render a visual representation of something in order to share the image with others. I.e. drawing, sketching, painting.
With “normal” methods of imaging no longer available folks will have to relearn the older methods. The military sketching is included since being able to sketch a view of the land or topography would be essential to such things as locating a building or for obvious military/security operations or even seemingly simple tasks such as laying out a drainage or irrigation system.
Being able to draw a piece of equipment or a tool that you want a blacksmith to manufacture can save a lot of lost effort when there is a communications failure.
Even beyond the more mundane engineering aspects life would be hard in such an environment. Don’t discount the psychological and morale effects of things as simple as color, decoration, being able to put up a mural on a community building wall to celebrate events or simply to promote community spirit.
Even our most remote ancestors painted the walls of their caves. Perhaps as some believe those paintings of animals and hand prints had “religious” significance. I’m inclined to have a little more respect for them and think they just as likely created those paintings to liven up a hard and brutal world with something to brighten their world a bit.
Fortunately the basic skills taught in these books is not in any way out of date. Drawing has not really changed in most of human history. Paper has improved. Our writing instruments have perhaps gotten better but a pen is a pen and drawing with a pen or pencil today is not much different from drawing with a pen or pencil several hundred years ago. Painting on canvas or plaster or wood is not radically different from how our remote ancestors painted on cave walls or the great master of painting painted on canvas hundreds of years ago. It’s something of a timeless skill which sadly has been abandoned by most people today.
Whatever you may think about the subject the reality is that in a world where we have lost access to modern technology being able to draw, sketch and paint is a valuable set of skills.