Drawing Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old drawing quotes, drawing sayings, and drawing proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


A mistake in drawing becomes difficult to detect when the eye is familiar with it.     

Walter J. Phillips

Real development is not leaving things behind, as on a road, but drawing life from them, as on a root.     

Gilbert K Chesterton

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 at its best is not what your eyes see but what our mind understands.     

Millard Sheets

A drawing is simply a line going for a walk.     

Paul Klee

Drawing is the discipline by which I constantly rediscover the world.     

Frederick Franck

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

Juliette Aristides

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

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

As practice makes perfect, I cannot but make progress; each drawing one makes, each study one paints, is a step forward.     

Vincent Van Gogh

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

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

Georges Seurat

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

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 the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.     

Salvador Dali

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.     

Edgar Degas

Drawing is speaking to the eye; talking is painting to the ear.     

Joseph Joubert

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

Drawing general conclusions about your main weaknesses can provide a great stimulus to further growth.     

Alexander Kotov

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 following a line on the model, it is drawing your sense of the thing.     

Robert Henri

Drawing is not the same as form, it is a way of seeing form.     

Edgar Degas

Writing, like drawing is an art, and whatever conveys the meaning is justified.     

Maxwell Perkins

Drawing makes you see things clearer, and clearer and clearer still, until your eyes ache.     

David Hockney

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

George Bridgman

A drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.     

William Strunk Jr

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

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

Edgar Degas

Animation is not the art of drawings that move but the art of movements that are drawn.     

Norman McLaren

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

David Hockney

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

Drawing is putting a line around an idea.     

Henri Matisse

A drawing is always dragged down to the level of its caption.     

James Thurber

Keep a bad drawing until by study you have found out why it is bad.     

Robert Henri

Pure drawing is an abstraction. Drawing and colour are not distinct, everything in nature is coloured.     

Paul Cezanne

Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.     

Henri Matisse