Drawing – 16 Great Art Quotes that Will Inspire You

Read any good art quotes lately? If you think about it, how many people in the world can draw really, really well? Not that many, all things considered. Sometimes we let the basics slip by the way side as we roll merrily on our  way. What is more basic than drawing for most artists?  Check out the following  art quotes and see if they don’t make you want to pick up a pencil or some charcoal…

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Craig Shillam, skecthbook drawing

Drawing – 16 Great Art Quotes


  1. “It’s only by drawing often, drawing everything, drawing incessantly, that one fine day you discover to your surprise, that you have rendered something in it’s true character.”  Camille Pissarro

  2. “Draw everywhere and all the time. An artist is a sketchbook with a person attached.”                                                  Irwin Greenberg

  3. “You never outgrow drawing, It’s so fundamental to everything.”   Debra Groessner 

  4. “When I can’t paint, I can draw, and this simple but very powerful tool gets me back to the very door of creativity.”   Pat Corbin Henson

  5. A drawing a day keeps the cobwebs away.”   Robert Genn

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

  7. “If one draws the subject precisely, only then can the freedom of the brushstroke be achieved.”  Gayle Lee

  8. Drawing is the best way to meditate, while staying connected to the world around us                                                Elsha Leventis

  9. “Let whoever may have attained to so much as to have the power of drawing know that he holds a great treasure.”  Michelangelo

  10. “Drawing keeps the eye fresh, the mind alive, and the intuition nimble.”  Timothy Nero

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

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

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

  14. Draw on both sides of the line, not just what you’re enclosing. The shape you’re making on the outside is as important as the one you’re making on the inside.”                                                                        Leon Polk Smith

  15. “Drawing not only develops hand -eye coordination, it teaches one to really observe, to see, as nothing else ever will.  Nancy Marulewicz

  16. “Every marks matters”  Jo Petty

Thanks for Reading Drawing – 16 Great Art Quotes

We can learn from the seeing the work of great artists that came before us, and we can learn from what we hear, with good art quotes from them as well.

Does your drawing have purpose?  Go here for tips on drawing with with purpose.

When it comes to drawing art quotes, about the only thing I can think of is “When in doubt, leave it out”. I love to draw, except when someone tells me to do it. So in no way am I going to tell someone else they should draw more. I will however, tell that guy I see in the mirror to draw more, the next time I see him.

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Parting Shot – I like the art quote for number sixteen, “Every mark matters”.  It’s easy to remember. You matter too…how about leaving your mark by sharing this article or leaving a comment. You can also get more interesting and informative articles delivered to your inbox. It’s confidential, painless and it’s free. Just type in your email address in the box at the top right of this page. See Ya next time…

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