Initializing a Graphics object?

I need to draw some graphics into a frame(drawRect, drawLine, drawPolygon).  I am doing this in an APPLICATION.  This requires a Graphics object.  I have tried Graphics g= someComponent.getGraphics(); but this does not work.  I get a nullPointerException when I run the program.  The window frame appears, but I get no graphics.  I need to know how to initialize the Graphics object.  I have had several people tell me to use a paint method, but this does not instantiate the Graphics object.
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Ted HoppCommented:
If you getGraphics() before the component's addNotify() method has been called, it will return null. This function generally does not get called until the component's show() method is called. Things will probably work fine if you delay calling getGraphics() on your component until after the component is visible.

You can be fancy, and override someComponent's addNotify() method as follows:

public synchronized void addNotify() {
      super.addNotify();            // Creates peer
      // ... inform the app that getGraphics() will work.
}

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