The foundational skill of drawing is so important to any artistic endeavor!
I have (and I'm sure you have) met students eager to learn to paint, but loathe
to practice the discipline of learning to draw. Those without some drawing skills
run up against their limitations quickly when attempting to paint.
Drawing skills - don't leave home without them!
Click on the link below for some historical reference for this position:
Everyone had to be able to draw - Rijksmuseum Amsterdam - National Museum for Art and History