57 Inspirational Drawing Quotes To Spark Your Creativity

1. “One must always draw, draw with the eyes, when one cannot draw with a pencil.” ~ Balthus

2. “If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.” ~ Anais Nin

3. “I think the way kids create is so inspiring. They’re drawing a picture? They love the picture they drew; they’re not tortured about it.” ~ Spike Jonze

4. “Learning to draw is really a matter of learning to see – to see correctly – and that means a good deal more than merely looking with the eye.” ~ Kimon Nicolaides

5. “Drawing takes time. A line has time in it.” ~ David Hockney

6. “In drawing, nothing is better than the first attempt.” ~ Pablo Picasso

7. “Drawing is rather like playing chess: your mind races ahead of the moves that you eventually make.” ~ David Hockney

8. “If you can draw well, tracing won’t hurt; and if you can’t draw well, tracing won’t help.” ~ Bradley Schmehl

9. “I sometimes think there is nothing so delightful as drawing.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh

10. “Drawing used to be a civilized thing to do, like reading and writing. It was taught in elementary schools. It was democratic. It was a boon to happiness.” ~ Michael Kimmelman

11. “The whole essence of good drawing – and of good thinking, perhaps – is to work a subject down to the simplest form possible and still have it believable for what it is meant to be.” ~ Chuck Jones

12. “Lose your inhibitions about drawing and just do it.” ~ Chris Riddell

13. “I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster, and leaves less room for lies.” ~ Le Corbusier

14. “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” ~ Pablo Picasso

15. “While drawing, I discover what I really want to say.” ~ Dario Fo

16. “Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation.” ~ Henri Cartier-Bresson

17. “Drawing is the artist’s most direct and spontaneous expression, a species of writing: it reveals, better than does painting, his true personality.” ~ Edgar Degas

18. “Keep a bad drawing until by study you have found out why it is bad.” ~ Robert Henri

19. “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” ~ Scott Adams

20. “You can’t do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh.” ~ John Singer Sargent

21. “We all have 10,000 bad drawings in us. The sooner we get them out the better.” ~ Walt Stanchfield

22. “For the artist, drawing is discovery. And that is not just a slick phrase; it is quite literally true.” ~ John Berger

23. “Drawing is giving a performance; an artist is an actor who is not limited by the body, only by his ability and, perhaps, experience.” ~ Marc Davis

24. “Drawing is the basis of art. A bad painter cannot draw. But one who draws well can always paint.” ~ Arshile Gorky

25. “Sketching is almost everything. It is the painter’s identity, his style, his conviction, and then color is just a gift to the drawing.” ~ Fernando Botero

26. “In drawing, one must look for or suspect that there is more than is casually seen.” ~ George Bridgman

27. “To learn to draw is to draw and draw and draw.” ~ Andrew Loomis

28. “Drawing is still basically the same as it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world. It lives through magic.” ~ Keith Haring

29. “Drawing a good picture is like telling a really good lie – the key is in the incidental detail.” ~ Shaun Tan

30. “I love the quality of pencil. It helps me to get to the core of a thing.” ~ Andrew Wyeth

31. “All artists are willing to suffer for their work. But why are so few prepared to learn to draw?” – Banksy

32. “Drawing is vision on paper.” ~ Andrew Loomis

33. “I draw like other people bite their nails.” ~ Pablo Picasso

34. “Drawing is the artist’s most direct and spontaneous expression, a species of writing: it reveals, better than does painting, his true personality.” ~ Edgar Degas

35. “Drawing includes three and a half quarters of the content of painting…Drawing contains everything, except the hue.” ~ Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

36. “When I see a white piece of paper, I feel I’ve got to draw. And drawing, for me, is the beginning of everything.” ~ Ellsworth Kelly

37. “Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.” ~ Henri Matisse

38. “Learning to draw is really a matter of learning to see – to see correctly – and that means a good deal more than merely looking with the eye.” ~ Kimon Nicolaides

39. “I have learned that what I have not drawn, I have never really seen, and that when I start drawing an ordinary thing, I realize how extraordinary it is, sheer miracle.” ~ Frederick Franck

40. “If drawing belongs to the world of spirit and color to that of the senses, you must draw first to cultivate the spirit.” ~ Henri Matisse

41. “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” ~ Pablo Picasso

42. “The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.” ~ Emile Zola

43. “Drawing is the root of everything.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh

44. “The first writing of the human being was drawing, not writing.” ~ Marjane Satrapi

45. “Drawing is like the first kiss. It carries within it the deepest emotion and the challenge of the first step. It is the first cry after birth.” ~ Ala Bashir

46. “Drawing is not what one sees but what one can make others see.” ~ Edgar Degas

47. “Drawing is a frame of mind, a loving embrace if you will.” ~ Susan Avishai

48. “It is only by drawing often, drawing everything, drawing incessantly, that one fine day you discover to your surprise that you have rendered something in its true character.” ~ Camille Pissarro

49. “Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.” ~ Salvador Dali

50. “My idea of Heaven is to wake up, have a good breakfast, and spend the rest of the day drawing.” ~ Peter Falk

51. “Drawing is an exercise for a restless imagination.” ~ Tim Burton

52. “Drawing makes you see things clearer, and clearer, and clearer still. The image is passing through you in a physiological way, into your brain, into your memory – where it stays – it’s transmitted by your hands.” ~ Martin Gayford

53. “Drawing is a way of coming upon the connection between things, just like metaphor in poetry reconnects what has become separated.” ~ John Berger

54. “It is only by drawing often, drawing everything, drawing incessantly, that one fine day you discover, to your surprise, that you have rendered something in its true character.” ~ Camille Pissarro

55. “Drawing makes you see things clearer, and clearer and clearer still, until your eyes ache.” ~ David Hockney

56. “The important thing is to keep on drawing when you start to paint. Never graduate from drawing.” ~ John Sloan

57. “All the visible world is only light on form.” ~ Andrew Loomis

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