The activity of drawing reveals new insights through close observation highlighting relevant detail. Encounters with familiar objects that are taken for granted are treated as unique and specific. Those that are unfamiliar and initially daunting become understood more clearly through the activity of drawing.
Working in labs and dissection rooms rather than in a traditional studio setting, drawings are made as a way of understanding what is being observed and to reveal new information to others - this may be objects encountered directly as well as work undertaken by scientists. Scientists are actively encouraged to make drawings of their materials and processes which allows them not only to see the material they are so familiar with in a new way, but to realise how much information is missed by not drawing. Some have now changed their protocols to include drawing as an integral part of their research.
Drawing is not just to record but is a participatory activity that can retain and engender dignity in the subject being observed and remain respectful whilst showing clear, detailed information.