Is Drawing Order Important?

Abstract: The drawing process is crucial to understanding the final result of a drawing. There has been a long history of understanding human drawing; what kinds of strokes people use and where they are placed. An area of interest in Artificial Intelligence is developing systems that simulate human behavior in drawing. However, there has been little work done to understand the order of strokes in the drawing process. Without sufficient understanding of natural drawing order, it is difficult to build models that can generate natural drawing processes. In this paper, we present a study comparing multiple types of stroke orders to confirm findings from previous work and demonstrate that multiple orderings of the same set of strokes can be perceived as human-drawn and different stroke order types achieve different perceived naturalness depending on the type of image prompt.