Drawing as Cosmopoiesis

The tracing and pulling of lines facilitate a spatial understanding of things, concepts, conditions, processes or events in a cosmopoiesis. The techniques to trace the required lines can vary from graphic arts and spatial models to poetic, descriptive and technical drawings. Lines do not just reproduce physical realities, but can also transmit metaphysical realities, the shape of sacred space and the realms of fantasy and myth as explored by imagination.[1]

Consider the following meanings for “draw” from The Heritage Illustrated Dictionary of the English Language (1975):
Drawing n.:

  1. The act or an instance of drawing.
  2. The art of depicting forms or figures on a surface by lines.
  3. A portrayal in lines on a surface of a form or figure.

Draw v. drew, drawn, drawing, draws

  1. To pull (something) toward or after one.
  2. To pull or move (something) in a given direction or to a given position.
  3. To take or pull out, as from a scabbard or holster.
  4. To cause to flow forth.
  5. To suck or take in (air).
  6. To displace (a specified depth of water) in floating.
  7. To cause to move, as by leading.
  8. To induce to act.
  9. To attract.
  10. To extract from evidence at hand.
  11. To earn.
  12. To evoke.
  13. To force (a card) to be played.
  14. To take or accept as a chance; draw lots.
  15. To get or receive by chance
  16. To end (a game) in a draw.
  17. To distort.
  18. To stretch taut.
  19. To shape.
  20. To eviscerate.
  21. a. To describe (a line or figure) with a drafting implement.  21. b. to draft or sketch (a picture).
  22. To portray by lines, words, or imitative actions.
  23. To compose or write up in set form.


  1. To proceed.
  2. To describe forms and figures.
  3. To be an attraction.
  4. To take in a draft of air.
  5. To use or call upon part of a fund or store.
  6. To cause suppuration.
  7. To steep in the manner of tea.
  8. To pull out a weapon for use.

[1] Marco Frascari, Eleven Exercises in the Art of Architectural Drawing (New York: Routledge:,2011),58.