21 Of My Favorite Inspirational Drawing Quotes

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Looking for some drawing inspiration? Here are 21 of my favorite drawing quotes to help inspire you.

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

Inspirational Drawing Quotes - Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Study of Hands And Feet For The Golden Age, 1862
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Study of Hands And Feet For The Golden Age, 1862

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

"I sometimes think there is nothing so delightful as drawing." Vincent van Gogh

"All the visible world is only light on form." Andrew Loomis

"One must always draw, draw with the eyes, when one cannot draw with a pencil." Balthus

Inspirational Drawing Quotes - Balthus, Large Landscape With A Tree, 1957
Balthus, Large Landscape With A Tree, 1957

"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

"Drawing is vision on paper." Andrew Loomis

"I love the quality of pencil. It helps me to get to the core of a thing." Andrew Wyeth

"Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation." Henri Cartier-Bresson

"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

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

"You can't do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh." John Singer Sargent

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

"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

"Drawing is not what one sees but what one can make others see." Edgar Degas

Inspirational Drawing Quotes - Edgar Degas, Dancers In The Wings, 1897-1901
Edgar Degas, Dancers In The Wings, 1897-1901

"Drawing is putting a line (a)round an idea." Henri Matisse

“In drawing, nothing is better than the first attempt." Pablo Picasso

"Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad." Salvador Dali

"In drawing, one must look for or suspect that there is more than is casually seen." George Bridgman

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

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

I hope you enjoyed these drawing quotes by some of the masters of art. If you have any other drawing quotes which inspire you, please share them in the comments.

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10 thoughts on “21 Of My Favorite Inspirational Drawing Quotes”

  1. These quotes are great and a very interesting way of communicating how important drawing skills are. I started my art journey kind of backwards. I started painting first and then after about two years into I figured out I should step back into polishing my drawing skills. Actually, when I started painting I soon figured out I need a drawing class and planned to take it but, both: my time allotment and my financial resources did not work in favor. Last October I participated in an online group challenge and for a month I sketched and posted in ink. Wow! I was amazed how much difference that made to my painting skills. I have mentioned already that I don’t have a luxury of too much spare time so as much as I enjoyed the Inktober challenge it was hard to fit in a day and stick to every day routine. However, since then I have been sketching and drawing probably four times a week and now I am addicted. Even, when I don’t sketch on paper, I do sketch with my eyes. Thank you for a wonderful post! I love reading your posts!

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  2. Last October I participated in an online group challenge and for a month I sketched and posted in ink. Wow! I was amazed how much difference that made to my painting skills. I have mentioned already that I don’t have a luxury of too much spare time so as much as I enjoyed the Inktober challenge it was hard to fit in a day and stick to every day routine https://3dvkarts.com/rose-drawing/

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