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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)

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)

Drawings help people to work out intricate relationships between parts. (Christopher Alexander)

- Posterity: Letters of Great Americans to Their Children...
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)

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 is the 'bones' of art. You have to be able to walk before you can run. (Dion Archibald)

When I was a child of four I wasn't really drawing like a child, I wasn't sketching as a child. I would sketch and I was using perspective, the good relationship of the subject. (Arman)

There's nothing like drawing a thing to make you really see it. (Margaret Atwood)

I go out each morning and draw. I can't really start a painting in the morning until I've done a drawing. (Frank Auerbach)

Drawing is a frame of mind, a loving embrace if you will. (Susan Avishai)

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 Ayerton)

The process of drawing is... the process of putting the visual intelligence into action, the very mechanics of visual thought. Unlike painting and sculpture... 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)

Even when you paint, you never stop drawing. (Igor Babailov)

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

I was unable to sleep and I would stay up and draw these little cartoons. Then a friend showed them around. Before I knew it I was a cartoonist. (Lynda Barry)

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)

A change is going on in the world. There's far more interest in drawing now than there has been in a long, long time. Schools are beginning to teach drawing again in a serious and meaningful way. (Leonard Baskin)

Believe it or not, I can actually draw. (Jean-Michel Basquiat)

All good and genuine draftsmen draw according to the picture inscribed in their minds, and not according to nature. (Charles Baudelaire)

It is through drawing that masters are first revealed, through drawing that they live and prove their value, whatever variations they may impose on their talent. (Gerard Bauer)

Even drawing gray hair at all is difficult to render in black and white. (Alison Bechdel)

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)

Good drawing forms the 'bones' on which a strong painting hangs. (Chris Bingle)

Draw, as much and as often as you can. When drawing lies fallow, the skill diminishes. (Gene Black)

I believe that if you don't like drawing, for whatever reason, there's no reason not to jump straight into painting. Ultimately, it's the creation of art that's important, not the road you take to get there. (Marion Boddy-Evans)

Never become an artist if you can't learn to draw. (Sergei Bongart)

Drawing is feeling. Color is an act of reason. (Pierre Bonnard)

You can solve an awful lot of problems with the drawing, rather than do the sculpture and find out it's not going to work. (Lee Bontecou)

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)

The very act of drawing an object, however badly, swiftly takes the drawer from a woolly sense of what the object looks like to a precise awareness of its component parts and particularities. (Alain de Botton)

I have drawn my whole life. My parents were in the tapestry restoration business, and as a young girl, I would draw in the missing parts of the tapestry that needed to be re-woven. My ability to draw made me indispensable to my parents. (Louise Bourgeois)

The vision must be sharper than the pencil. (Bob Brendle)

Value drawings are one of the artist's best friends. (Harley Brown)

I love the early stages of a painting when I am drawing with the brush and establishing the composition. (Stephen Brown)

When drawing complex subjects, don't look at the subject, but at the negative space - or background shapes - the subject creates. (Lisa Buck-Goldstein)

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)

I used to draw a lot. If my mother would ask me to do something else, I'd have a hairy conniption. I'd just go crazy. (Jim Carrey)

Do not fail, as you go on, to draw something every day, for no matter how little it is, it will be well worth while, and it will do you a world of good. (Cennino Cennini)

Drawing and colour are not separate at all; in so far as you paint, you draw. The more the colour harmonizes, the more exact the drawing becomes. (Paul Cezanne)

As technology advances at an alarming pace, the place of drawing remains as valid as ever in the creation of art and architecture. (Prince Charles)

Most of the drawings are quite spontaneous. I don't do much with preconceived ideas. (Dale Chihuly)

-on Leonardo da Vinci...
It is often said that Leonardo drew so well because he knew about things; it is truer to say that he knew about things because he drew so well. (Sir Kenneth Clark)

When I look at a drawing of a person, I look at that person as living. (Francesco Clemente)

There are many ways to draw beautifully. It's important to let the drawing be an investigation and sometimes, in order to investigate, you need to go off the path. (Jacob Collins)

-on Edouard Manet...
The least object or detail of an object that caught his attention was immediately fixed on paper. These sketches, these brief drawings that one might call instantaneous, show with what certainty he seized on the characteristic trait and the decisive moment. (Contemporary)

Drawing is risk. If risk is eliminated at any stage of the act it is no longer drawing. (Lorne Coutts)

Drawing is the backbone. It is no good having a lovely sense of light and color if there isn't the firm foundation underneath. (Alexander Creswell)

Learn to draw so effectively that it becomes second nature – almost another language. Carry a sketchbook at all times. (David Curtis)

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

Without good drawing, the foundation of a painting will collapse. (Ken Danby)

Drawing is intimate and reveals exactly where we are, and in a culture that isn't comfortable with that, it frightens many. You just cannot cheat when you draw. (Sandy Davison)

Make a drawing, begin it again, trace it; begin it again and trace it again. (Edgar Degas)

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 the same as form; it is a way of seeing form. (Edgar Degas)

Once I start making marks on the paper, it becomes more about responding to these marks and less about copying the image... (Mark Demsteader)

Can't draw, won't draw no painting. (Chris Dennis)

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)

Drawings are only a few lines on paper. Therefore it's easy to carry around in plastic bags. Drawings are cheaper than paintings. They don't pretend they'll last forever. (Marlene Dumas)

An individual's ability to draw is... the ability to shift to a different-from-ordinary way of processing visual information – to shift from verbal, analytic processing to spatial, global processing. (Betty Edwards)

Drawing, within the visual arts, seems to hold the position of being closest to pure thought. (John Elderfield)

A painter told me that nobody could draw a tree without in some sort becoming a tree; or draw a child by studying the outlines of its form merely... but by watching for a time his motions and plays, the painter enters into his nature and can then draw him at every attitude. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

To 'draw' implies everything the word stands for: to pull or to drag or to draw forth, as from the earth, a vein, or well. (Lance Esplund)

Drawing is the discipline by which I constantly discover the world. (Frederick Franck)

To see the human condition in the old woman, in the child, in the model on the stand, in that particular human being, and to let the hand trace it, this act of adoration is called, 'drawing from life.' (Frederick Franck)

- The Zen of Seeing, 1973...
I have learned that what I have not drawn, I have never really seen... (Frederick Franck)

A critic at my house sees some paintings. Greatly perturbed, he asks for my drawings. My drawings! Never! They are my letters, my secrets. (Paul Gauguin)

Doing fashion drawings was the only way I had to express myself when I was a teenager. (Jean Paul Gaultier)

I know I draw without taking my pen off the page. I just keep going, and that my drawings I think of them as scribbles. I don't think they mean anything to anybody except to me, and then at the end of the day, the end of the project, they wheel out these little drawings and they're damn close to what the finished building is and it's the drawing... (Frank Gehry)

Drawing is still the bottom line. (Robert Genn)

A drawing a day keeps the cobwebs away. (Robert Genn)

Learning to draw, before you paint, is like learning to walk before you run. (Don Getz)

When I make my drawings... the path traced by my pencil on the sheet of paper is, to some extent, analogous to the gesture of a man groping his way in the darkness. (Alberto Giacometti)

We should talk less and draw more. Personally I would like to renounce speech altogether, and like organic nature, communicate everything I have to say in sketches. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

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

Drawing is the simplest way of establishing a picture vocabulary because it is an instant, personal declaration of what is important and what is not. (Betty Goodwin)

Lose your schematic conventions by finding some surprising symbol or shape in the welter of shades, and draw that. (Adam Gopnik)

By drawing, man has extended his ability to see and comprehend what he sees. (Frederick Gore)

If something doesn't creep into a drawing that you're not prepared for, you might as well not have drawn it. (Edward Gorey)

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

Draw everywhere and all the time. An artist is a sketchbook with a person attached. (Irwin Greenberg)

Nothing is better than a good drawing. (George De Groat)

For some reason, a lot of Hollywood big shots are curious to see how they'd be drawn with bulging eyes and no chin. (Matt Groening)

You never outgrow drawing. It's so fundamental to everything... (Debra Groesser)

It is the bareness of drawing that I like. The act of drawing is what locates, suggests, discovers. At times it seems enough to draw, without the distractions of color and mass. Yet it is an old ambition to make drawing and painting one. (Philip Guston)

-interview with Christoph Platz...
I was never a doodler. I had never felt a drive to draw... Actually when I was a kid, I really hated art classes. My father was a kind of a Sunday painter and he liked to draw and do water colors. So, I would bring him my assignment and he would do them for me, because it was easy for him to do... (Wade Guyton)

Drawing is a way to keep subjects fresh. (Jack Hambleton)

Draw as if the object being drawn has never existed - because it hasn't. (Andrew Hamilton)

My contribution to the world is my ability to draw... 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)

The next phase will be to draw, draw, and draw again, until somehow the alchemy happens. That's when I've so internalized the gesture and feel of the relationship, I will no longer need to work from my photos and will be able to freely imagine and play with all the elements to convey the spirit of what I'm after. (Margot Hattingh)

A sketch has charm because of its truth – not because it is unfinished. (Charles Hawthorne)

From time to time I like to leave my pencil lines visible in the paint, whether acrylic or oil, just to remind the viewer that it all starts with a drawing. (Sandra Taylor Hedges)

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 not following a line on the model, it is drawing your sense of the thing. (Robert Henri)

The sketch hunter moves through life as he finds it, not passing negligently the things he loves, but stopping to know them, and to note them down in the shorthand of his sketchbook. (Robert Henri)

Keep a bad drawing until by study you have found out why it is bad. (Robert Henri)

A drawing should be a verdict on the model. Don't confuse a drawing with a map. (Robert Henri)

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)

I merely draw what I see. I draw what I feel in my body. (Barbara Hepworth)

You always feel the drawing you are working on is the best you've ever done... I am only interested in the present. (Al Hirschfeld)

Writers who drew, they all seemed to draw the same way. They managed to keep that childlike creativity in their line. (Al Hirschfeld)

Until I saw my drawings replayed on the iPad, I'd never seen myself draw. Someone watching me would be concentrating on the exact moment, but I'd always be thinking a little bit ahead. That's especially so in a drawing where you are limiting yourself, a line drawing for example. When you are doing them you are very tense, because you have to reduce everything to such simple terms. (David Hockney)

Drawing makes you see things clearer, and clearer and clearer still, until your eyes ache. (David Hockney)

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

My father would sit and design furniture and cabinets - he was a carpenter and cabinet maker - and I would ask for my own piece of paper and pencil. And when I would say, 'What should I draw?' he would push a cartoon under my nose and say, 'Here, draw this.' So the cartoon became a kind of focus of attention. (Burne Hogarth)

Thus, as two or three lines are sufficient to shew the intention of an attitude, I will take this opportunity of presenting my reader ... with the sketch of a country-dance, in the manner I began to set out the design; in order to shew how few lines are necessary to express the first thoughts... (William Hogarth)

I've found from years of trial that the only way I can work is to make sketches in pencil from Nature, purely as reference material for future use in the studio. (E. J. Hughes)

Unfortunately when I start to talk or when someone watches over my shoulders my pencil either stops or I draw meaningless lines. (E. J. Hughes)

You can always draw as well as you know how to. I flatter myself that I feel more than I express on canvas; but I know that is not so. (William Morris Hunt)

Of all the creative acts performed by the artist, the most directly legible is drawing... it is the act that is most directly and spontaneously governed by his nervous and muscular system. (Rene Huyghe)

When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college - that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared back at me, incredulous, and said, 'You mean they forget?' (Howard Ikemoto)

One must keep right on drawing; draw with your eyes when you cannot draw with a pencil. (Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres)

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

Drawing is the probity of art. To draw does not mean simply to reproduce contours; drawing does not consist merely of line: drawing is also expression, the inner form, the plane, modeling. See what remains after that. (Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres)

If you start with character, you probably will end up with good drawings. (Chuck Jones)

Every good painting must be based on a good drawing. Drawing is like the bones to the human body. (Diana Kan)

It is my firm belief that contour, gesture, and modeled drawing are absolutely fundamental modes of working for all artists... No artist that I know ever stops using these modes of drawing. (Robert Kaupelis)

Drawing offers a unique record of an encounter with a culture, of experience transformed from fleeting moment to lasting resonance. (Deane G. Keller)

Drawing is as natural as walking. A piece of charcoal or chalk is like an extension of my forefinger. (Percy Kelly)

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)

In the final analysis, a drawing simply is no longer a drawing, no matter how self-sufficient its execution may be. It is a symbol, and the more profoundly the imaginary lines of projection meet higher dimensions, the better. (Paul Klee)

I rather feel that painting is a form of drawing and the painting that I like has a form of drawing to it. I don't see how it could be disassociated from the nature of drawing... I find in many cases a drawing has been the subject of the painting. (Franz Kline)

As in the fourteen likes of a sonnet, a few strokes of the pencil can hold immensity. (Dame Laura Knight)

There are some vocations in life one can fake but draftmanship in an artist isn't one of them. Albrecht Durer comes to mind... it is a fine thing to see a well done drawing executed with painstaking care. (Jackie Knott)

Drawing is the sum of directions. (Andre L'Hote)

You can only learn to paint by drawing, for drawing is a way of reserving a place for color in advance. (Andre L'Hote)

You remember it long enough to get it down. Then you forget it. (Mark A. Landis)

Sketching is a continuing source of learning rather than a string of performances. (Paul Laseau)

With pencil there is a tendency to be timid, either using very faint lines or erasing bad lines... Line sketching tends to emphasize the structure of a drawing rather than the nuances of media.. (Paul Laseau)

You can lead a horse to water, but a pencil must be led. (Stan Laurel)

Seemingly the most easy of crafts, drawing is the one which reveals most tellingly our incapacity to sustain true vision and our acquiescence to the ready-made. (Rico Lebrun)

I shun drawing which is too easily formulated. It does not seem fertilized enough to produce consequences, and a drawing should be a provider of consequences. (Rico Lebrun)

If one draws the subject precisely, only then can the freedom of brushstroke be achieved. (Gayle Lee)

Drawing is one of the best ways to meditate, while staying connected to the world around us. (Elsha Leventis)

I make sure to have time to draw everyday. That way I can find out what I'm feeling, then use those ideas in my paintings and drawings. (Robert Levers)

I kind of do the drawing with the painting in mind, but it's very hard to guess at a size or a color and all the colors around it and what it will really look like. (Roy Lichtenstein)

It's weird making a drawing of painting. I start to realize that charcoal is this incredibly fragile material. I'm making images of paintings out of dust. (Robert Longo)

The doodle is the brooding of the hand. (Time Magazine)

Drawing not only develops hand-eye coordination, it teaches one to really observe, to see, as nothing else ever will. (Nancy Marculewicz)

Without a sound knowledge of basic drawing principles one is condemned to floundering around in a muddle of confusion and frustration. (Jeanean Songco Martin)

Before you are able to draw, you have to learn to see, and you learn to see by drawing. (Mick Maslen)

Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence. (Henri Matisse)

Drawing helps you become familiar with the subject. It releases you from working out so many things on canvas, and thereby increases your freedom as a painter. (Richard McDaniel)

-college instructor to young Robert...
Not more bloody woolly stuff! Stop drawing potatoes, Genn. (Strother McMinn)

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

Draw, Antonio, draw – draw and don't waste time! (Michelangelo)

My father was a painter and he taught art. He once said to me, 'I never knew an Indian child who could not draw.' (Navarre Scott Momaday)

I never draw except with brush and paint... (Claude Monet)

I find drawing a useful outlet for ideas for which there is not time enough to realize as sculpture... And I sometimes draw just for its own enjoyment. (Henry Moore)

- drawing experiment with chimpanzee Congo, 1957...
Something strange was coming out of the end of the pencil. It was Congo's first line. It wandered a short way and then stopped. Would it happen again? Yes, it did, and again and again. (Desmond Morris)

Sketchbooks in general... seem to contain mainly studies for paintings... For me, the sketchbooks are more like a secret and wholly spontaneous jeu d'esprit and some of them I like as much as anything I have ever done. They are invariably without premeditation. I mean not only that I have no plan when I make them, I also have no plan to make them. (Robert Motherwell)

I draw all the time. Drawing is my backbone. I don't think a painter has to be able to draw; I just think that if you draw, you better draw well. (LeRoy Neiman)

Drawing keeps the eye fresh, the mind alive, and intuition nimble. (Timothy Nero)

Drawing is the foundation of the painting – to familiarize yourself with the subject and to work out problems of perspective and proportion. (Michael Nevin)

No one can ever take my job away from me. I can always draw as long as I have a piece of paper and a pencil or paints. (John Newman)

I'm just interested in meditating on certain ideas, and I like to draw: that's my way of thinking. (Ben Nicholson)

Some people hark to the past as a paradigm of how things were before they went wrong; they talk about going back to drawing. To me, it's about going forward, putting a new brick in the building of experience. Drawing from observation must inevitably be of its time. (Graham Nickson)

There is only one right way to draw... physical contact with all sorts of objects through all the senses. (Kimon Nicolaides)

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)

When I was very little my mother said I used to draw in the air with my fingers. I needed a pencil. Once I could hold one, I have drawn every day since. (Oscar Niemeyer)

Drawing isn't a prerequisite for the job of creating. It's far more important to be able to see, to be fully present and to capture the essence of something through one's own unique take on life... (Sheila Norgate)

Drawing demands that the artist pause, to be. (Pat Oblak)

Do not draw before you paint - it will restrict your brush. (Toni Onley)

A painting well drawn is always well enough painted. (Sir William Orpen)

Drawing is the life and soul of painting: especially outline, is the hardest; nay, the Art has, strictly speaking, no other difficulty. Here are needed courage and steadfastness; here giants themselves have a lifelong struggle, in which they can never for a moment lay aside their arms. (Francisco Pacheco)

When you draw, hold your sketchbook upright... Attempting to draw your subject with your sketchbook flat on the table results in distortion. (Hilary Page)

There is nothing more riveting than drawing and painting. Through them we face our individual character and the individual character of the viewer. (Laura Higgins Palmer)

In my work I've never done preliminary drawing, because it's sometimes difficult to repeat something or to continue when the urgency's gone. I work on drawing as a final product. It is my entire visual art practice: I eat, sleep, think, write about, and do drawing. (Deanna Petherbridge)

Every mark matters. (Jo Petty)

Drawing is the representation of form – the graphic expression of a visual experience. (Walter J. Phillips)

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)

To draw, you must close your eyes and sing. (Pablo Picasso)

I draw like other people bite their nails. (Pablo Picasso)

The teacher showed us how to see proportions, relationships, light and shadow, negative space, and space between space - something I never noticed before! In one week, I went from not knowing how to draw to sketching a detailed portrait. It literally changed the way I see things... (Daniel H. Pink)

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 touching at a distance. (Arthur Polansky)

Drawing is the skeleton of what you do and color is its flash. (Nicolas Poussin)

If an artist draws a subject over and over again in different ways, then he will learn something... (Pudlo Pudlat)

My drawings inspire and are not to be defined. They determine nothing. They place us, as does music, in the ambiguous world of the undetermined. They are a kind of metaphor. (Odilon Redon)

It's hard to fake emotion behind the hand that draws. When eye and hand become friends, then drawing takes on a life of its own. (Gillian Redwood)

Contour drawing helps you see that the things you are drawing aren't things but rather shapes that intertwine and connect. (Charles Reid)

Drawing on the spot is the easiest way to learn to draw the figure. It's not contour drawing in the traditional sense of not looking at the drawing, but to look and draw on the spot is very helpful. (Charles Reid)

Those who are not conversant in works of art are often surprised at the high value set by connoisseurs on drawings which appear careless, and in every respect unfinished; but they are truly valuable... they give the idea of a whole. (Sir Joshua Reynolds)

A good painting generally sits on board a good drawing. (Catherine Robertson)

No one can walk away from a fine drawing session and feel downcast. (Catherine Robertson)

Loose painting doesn't excuse sloppy drawing. It makes good drawing all the more important because you have to capture the correct shapes with just a few bold strokes. (Richard Robinson)

I learned to draw everything except glamorous women. No matter how much I tried to make them look sexy, they always ended up looking silly... or like somebody's mother. (Norman Rockwell)

What is this drawing? Not once in describing the shape of that mass did I shift my eyes from the model. Why? Because I wanted to be sure that nothing evaded my grasp of it... My objective is to test to what extent my hands already feel what my eyes see. (Auguste Rodin)

My drawings are the result of my sculpture. (Auguste Rodin)

If you can't draw something, just draw it. (Dieter Rot)

Let the object draw the picture using the ink brush as a tool. (Chinese saying)

If you're going to draw a comic strip every day, you're going to have to draw on every experience in your life. (Charles Schulz)

Do you like to draw? (Charles Schulz)

On occasion I have drawn as a release from painting. The economy in using paper, pencil, charcoal and crayon can help towards a greater gamble and higher rewards. I also find that drawing can generate ideas more rapidly than painting. (William Scott)

I can grow to hate a camera: its quick snap sight-bites cannot compare with two or three drawings which can take from ten seconds to several minutes to produce, but then are indelibly recorded in memory. (Jo Scott-B)

Drawing is an idea more than fact. (Jack Shadbolt)

I'm drawing in my head pretty much. (Nelson Shanks)

Drawing is the root that keeps painting alive. (Connie Sharp)

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

- interview with Tim Clark, 2004...
All the drawings for these books are done over a quite intense period working (4-6 weeks), so for me they have some kind of relation to each other, they are about how I was feeling/ what I was thinking about at that time. (David Shrigley)

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

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 Sloan)

A good drawing has immense vitality because it is explanatory. In a good drawing even its faults have become virtues. (John Sloan)

Think of drawing as a way of talking about the things that interest you. Think of those wonderful documents, drawings made on scraps of paper by the lesser Dutch masters while they were wandering around market places and sitting in saloons. (John Sloan)

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)

You can eliminate color and still have a painting that works, but you must have drawing, value and design. (Matt Smith)

You can't see everything at the same time. Your eyes can only see one part at any given moment. Therefore, draw by concentrating on one part at a time, but always compare that part against other things. (Ted Smuskiewicz)

-on preferring the starkness of pen and ink...
I want my work to get right to the point. (Ben Steele)

I am among the few who continue to draw after childhood is ended, continuing and perfecting childhood drawing – without the traditional interruption of academic training. (Saul Steinberg)

Drawing is the poet's written line, set down to see if there be a story worth telling, a truth worth revealing. (Irving Stone)

The tattoo can only exist as part of the skin, as a drawing always is an incision in the material and therefore cannot be parted from it. (Antoni Tapies)

Drawing is an act of commitment and of laying bare one's soul, yet perhaps should be kept as routine as a simple daily walk in fresh air. (Karen Gillis Taylor)

I drew pictures rapidly and with few lines, because I had to write most of the pieces, too, and couldn't monkey long with the drawings. The divine urge was no higher than that. (James Thurber)

A drawing is always dragged down to the level of its caption. (James Thurber)

You can never do too much drawing. (Tintoretto)

Beautiful colours can be bought in the shops on the Riato, but good drawing can only be bought from the casket of the artist's talent with patient study and nights without sleep. (Tintoretto)

It is not bright colors but good drawing that makes figures beautiful. (Titian)

I do not know if you bridle your pen, but when my pencil moves, it is necesary to let it go, or - crash!... nothing more. (Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec)

Do not mourn the loss of lead from a pencil; / Rather, rejoice in the mark it has made. (Author unknown)

Draw every day for at least half an hour. If you don't feel like it then draw until you do. (Author unknown)

We all have at least 100,000 bad drawings inside of us. The sooner we get them out and onto paper, the sooner we'll get to the good ones buried deep within. (Author unknown)

Rough sketches, which are born in an instant in the heat of inspiration, express the idea of their author in a few strokes, while too much effort and diligence sometimes sops the vitality and powers of those who never know when to leave off. (Giorgio Vasari)

Studies drawn from major works of sculpture offer a direct approach to understanding the power of expression and form. In addition to the technical value of the skills gained through this process, one is exposed to the choices made by the hand of the master. (Costa Vavagiakas)

I have always tended to start with drawings. It's a very ancient, very normal way of doing it... (Deon Venter)

Drawing is based upon perspective, which is nothing else than a thorough knowledge of the function of the eye. (Leonardo da Vinci)

Drawing is concentrated observation. (Van Waldron)

This drawing is my teacher for the painting at hand. (Frank Webb)

-on his drawings...
I was really relieved not to have to drag something in front of the camera; I could use a pencil and paper. A regular pencil and typing paper. That appealed to me. (William Wegman)

Drawing is the probity of art. (J. Alden Weir)

Open your eyes and draw. Look, look, look. (George Alexis Weymouth)

Drawing is the art of being able to leave an accurate record of the experience of what one isn't, of what one doesn't know. A great drawer is either confirming beautifully what is commonplace or probing authoritatively the unknown. (Brett Whiteley)

The comfort of the pencil. (Judi Whitton)

If people looked at me like I was a little different, I would maybe sit next to them, and I would draw. (Kehinde Wiley)

Had he learned to draw, M. Renoir would have made a very pleasing canvas out of his Boating Party. (Albert Wolff)

And, of course, I began drawing so much - wild, undisciplined pencil drawings and watercolors of knights battling and such. (Andrew Wyeth)