115+ EXCLUSIVE Drawing Quotes by Famous Artists

115+ EXCLUSIVE Drawing Quotes by Famous Artists

Drawing has been understood in different ways at different times and is difficult to define. But drawing quotes are about the experiences of artists, thoughts on drawing, and inspire us to create.

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Drawing Quotes

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

I draw like other people bite their nails. Pablo Picasso tweet

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

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

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

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 tweet

Drawing is vision on paper. Andrew Loomis tweet

I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart. Vincent van Gogh tweet

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

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

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 tweet

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. Pablo Picasso tweet

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

If I could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint. Edward Hopper tweet

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

Creativity takes courage. Henri Matisse tweet

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

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 tweet

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 tweet

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

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

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. Andy Warhol tweet

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

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

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

How you draw is a reflection of how you feel about the world. You’re not capturing it, you’re interpreting it. Juliette Aristides tweet

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

The ability to draw depends on one’s ability to see the way an artist sees. Betty Edwards tweet

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

The painter draws with his eyes, not with his hands. Maurice Grosser tweet

Originality depends only on the character of the drawing and the vision peculiar to each artist. Georges Seurat tweet

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 tweet

The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel. Piet Mondrian tweet

Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing. Salvador Dali tweet

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery. Francis Bacon tweet

A drawing is simply a line going for a walk. Paul Klee tweet

Drawing takes time. A line has time in it. David Hockney tweet

Drawing is the discipline by which I constantly rediscover the world. Frederick Franck tweet

To create one’s own world takes courage. Georgia O’Keeffe tweet

The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity. Alberto Giacometti tweet

The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live. Auguste Rodin tweet

It is important to express oneself…provided the feelings are real and are taken from your own experience. Berthe Morisot tweet

To be an artist is to believe in life. Henry Moore tweet

Every good painter paints what he is. Jackson Pollock tweet

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. Edgar Degas tweet

In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine. Ralph Waldo Emerson tweet

Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing. Georgia O’Keeffe tweet

My attitude towards drawing is not necessarily about drawing. It’s about making the best kind of image I can make, it’s about talking as clearly as I can. Jim Dine tweet

What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough. Eugene Delacroix tweet

Drawing at its best is not what your eyes see but what our mind understands. Millard Sheets tweet

Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing. Marc Chagall tweet

Don’t be an art critic, but paint, there lies salvation. Paul Cezanne tweet

Life obliges me to do something, so I paint. Rene Magritte tweet

If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing. Marc Chagall tweet

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way things I had no words for. Georgia O’Keeffe tweet

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web. Pablo Picasso tweet

A Good artist has less time than ideas. Martin Kippenberger tweet

Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art. Andy Warhol tweet

I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality. Frida Kahlo tweet

I paint for myself. I don’t know how to do anything else, anyway. Also I have to earn my living, and occupy myself. Francis Bacon tweet

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working. Pablo Picasso tweet

A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art. Paul Cezanne tweet

Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it. Salvador Dali tweet

The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real. Lucian Freud tweet

Top Inspirational Quotes on Drawing

  • There is no must in art because art is free. Wassily Kandinsky
  • Real development is not leaving things behind, as on a road, but drawing life from them, as on a root. Gilbert K Chesterton
  • If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all. Michelangelo
  • Colour is my daylong obsession, joy and torment. Claude Monet
  • Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye.. it also includes the inner pictures of the soul. Edvard Munch
  • A pencil is quiet, clean, odorless, inexpensive, and lightweight. I can slip it in my pocket and take it with me everywhere my secret friend. Sherry Camby
  • Painting is a means of self-enlightenment. John Olsen
  • I don’t say everything, but I paint everything. Pablo Picasso
  • Do not fail, as you go on, to draw something every day, for no matter how little it is, it will be well worthwhile, and it will do you a world of good. Cennino Cennini
  • A mistake in drawing becomes difficult to detect when the eye is familiar with it. Walter J. Phillips
  • An artist must have his measuring tools not in the hand, but in the eye. Michelangelo Buonarroti
  • The only time I feel alive is when I’m painting. Vincent Van Gogh
  • The holy grail is to spend less time making the picture than it takes people to look at it. Banksy
  • Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. Twyla Tharp
  • Drawing and color are not separate at all; in so far as you paint, you draw. The more the color harmonizes, the more exact the drawing becomes. Paul Cezanne
  • An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one. Charles Horton Cooley
  • There’s no retirement for an artist, it’s your way of living so there’s no end to it. Henry Moore
  • One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself. Leonardo da Vinci
  • 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
  • Drawing is a form of probing. And the first generic impulse to draw derives from the human need to search, to plot points, to place things and to place oneself. John Berger
  • Drawing makes you see things clearer, and clearer and clearer still, until your eyes ache. David Hockney
  • A drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. William Strunk Jr
  • Keep a bad drawing until by study you have found out why it is bad. Robert Henri
  • Pure drawing is an abstraction. Drawing and color are not distinct, everything in nature is colored. Paul Cezanne
  • Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence. Henri Matisse
  • Drawing is the cornerstone of the graphic, plastic arts. Drawing is the coordination of line, tone, and color symbols into formations that express the artist’s thought. John French Sloan
  • Life is the art of drawing without an eraser. John W. Gardner
  • I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster and leaves less room for lies. Le Corbusier
  • Above and beyond drawing my creations, I try to incorporate some kind of message. I try not to end as merely a question but try to provide a conclusion within the work. Natsuki Takaya
  • By drawing our senses of perception inward, we are able to experience the control, silence, and quietness of the mind. BKS Iyengar
  • Drawing a good picture is like telling a really good lie the key is in the incidental detail. Shaun Tan
  • For me drawing is an attempt to understand what I feel about the world I live in. Brian Froud
  • Drawing things makes them seem more real and makes me feel more alive. It also makes me pin down and remember things landscapes, season, weather, occasions, incidents, people that would otherwise have melted from my memory. David Gentleman
  • Drawing teaches habits of close observation that will always be useful. Susanna Clarke
  • Technique should be taught, not as an end in itself, but as something related to individual expression, as a means toward an end. One cannot separate technique from expression. There is only expression. Kimon Nicolaides
  • 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
  • Animation is not the art of drawings that move but the art of movements that are drawn. Norman McLaren
  • Realize that a drawing is not a copy. It is a construction in very different materials. A drawing is an invention. Robert Henri
  • 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
  • A drawing is always dragged down to the level of its caption. James Thurber
  • 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
  • Drawing is speaking to the eye; talking is painting to the ear. Joseph Joubert
  • The process of drawing is, before all else, the process of putting the visual intelligence into action, the very mechanics of visual thought. Unlike painting and sculpture it is the process by which the artist makes clear to himself, and not to the spectator, what he is doing. It is a soliloquy before it becomes communication. Michael Ayrton
  • Drawing is a kind of hypnotism: one looks in such a way at the model, that he comes and takes a seat on the paper. Pablo Picasso
  • Sometimes, you start with the drawing and then the gag comes to you in the middle of it. That is when you start working on the solution of the gag, which is composition, placing, equilibrium, and character design. Sergio Aragones
  • Drawing general conclusions about your main weaknesses can provide a great stimulus to further growth. Alexander Kotov
  • Learn to draw. Try to make your hand so unconsciously adept that it will put down what you feel without your having to think of your hands. Then you can think of the thing before you. Sherwood Anderson
  • Practice by drawing things large, as if equal in representation and reality. In small drawings every large weakness is easily hidden; in the large, the smallest weakness is easily seen. Leon Battista Alberti
  • Drawing is not following a line on the model, it is drawing your sense of the thing. Robert Henri
  • Remember that the relationship of a foot to a leg is no less critical than its relationship to the head. When a student says, ‘I know this is right,’ I ask, ‘Compared to what?’ Nothing stands alone in a drawing. James Adkins
  • Drawing is not the same as form, it is a way of seeing form. Edgar Degas
  • As practice makes perfect, I cannot but make progress; each drawing one makes, each study one paints, is a step forward. Vincent Van Gogh
  • At its essence, art is an alchemical process. Alchemy is a process of transformation. Julia Cameron

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