Quotations About Drawing – 55 Amazing Quotes About Drawing & Creativity

Is there a better blog topic than quotations about drawing?! We have collected our favourite drawing quotations in one place for your inspiration and amusement. Please enjoy at your leisure!

We’ve added a few quotations about creativity in general throughout, like a light sprinkling of something fantastic during a recipe. Drawing is as as creative as any activity you could think of!

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Quotations About Drawing – 55 Quotations about Drawing & Creativity

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Quotations About Drawing & Creativity

1 “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

2 “In drawing, nothing is better than the first attempt.”- Pablo Picasso

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

4 “Drawing takes time. A line has time in it.” – David Hockney

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

6 “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

7 “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

8 “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

9 “To learn to draw is to draw and draw and draw.” – Andrew Loomis

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

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

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

13 “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

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

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

16 “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

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

18 “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

19 “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

20 “Drawing is an exercise for a restless imagination.” – Tim Burton

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

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

23 “What do drawings mean to me? I really don’t know. The activity absorbs me. I forget everything else in a way that I don’t think happens with any other activity.” – John Berger

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

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

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

27 “Never become an artist if you can’t learn to draw.” – Sergei Bongart

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

29 “It took me a few seconds to draw it, but it took me 34 years to learn to draw it in a few seconds.” – Paula Scher

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

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31 “An artist must have his measuring tools not in the hand, but in the eye.” – Michelangelo Buonarroti

32 “To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

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

34 “Art begins with resistance – at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.” – Andre Gide

35 “All the visible world is only light on form.” – Andrew Loomis

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

37 “The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.” – Emile Zola

38 “Every artist was first an amateur.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

39 “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

40 “An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.” – Charles Horton Cooley

41 “I’m experimental by nature… always exploring my creativity. – Christina Aguilera

42 “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.”  – Henry David Thoreau

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

44 “In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.” – Rollo May

45 “Creativity is a gift. It doesn’t come through if the air is cluttered.” – John Lennon

46 “Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.” – George Lois

47 “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

48 “Originality depends only on the character of the drawing and the vision peculiar to each artist.” – Georges Seurat

49 “Rational thoughts never drive people’s creativity the way emotions do.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

50 “Creativity is nothing but a mind set free.” –Torrie T. Asai

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

52 “At its essence, art is an alchemical process. Alchemy is a process of transformation.” – Julia Cameron

53 “The thing about creativity is, people are going to laugh at it. Get over it.” – Twyla Tharp

54 “The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.” – Arthur Clarke

55 “Creativity doesn’t wait for that perfect moment. It fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones.”– Bruce Garrabrandt

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Fantastic, I had to jot a few of these down for my inspiration board!

    1. Fantastic – thank you for taking the time to leave a comment!

  2. Amazing quotes! Very inspiring!💜🙌

    1. Thank you so much! Have a fantastic day 🙂

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