Artists' quotes about drawing & sketching - The spirit of sketching
Here are some quotes thinking about sketching/drawing , notice how little variation of opinion there is in these quotes from across continents & spanning the centuries.
A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.
William Strunk, Jr.
The whole essence of good drawing - and of good thinking, perhaps - is to work a subject down to the simplest form possible and still have it believable for what it is meant to be.
For the artist, drawing is discovery. And that is not just a slick phrase; it is quite literally true.
"In spite of everything I shall rise again: I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing."
Vincent van Gogh
In drawing, nothing is better than the first attempt."
Drawing is the honesty of the art. there is no possibility of cheating. it is either good or bad."
"You can't do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh."
John Singer Sargent
I sometimes think there is nothing so delightful as drawing.
There are many ways to draw beautifully.
Vincent van Gogh
Anything that passes before your eyes is a possible subject. Beauty may appear anywhere, at any time. You just have to be ready for it"
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)
A drawing a day keeps the cobwebs away. Robert Genn
I draw like other people bite their nails. Pablo Picasso
Pictures that have had months of labor expended on them may be more incomplete than a sketch.
Let whoever may have attained to so much as to have the power of drawing know he holds a great treasure.
Draw, Antonio, draw - draw and don't waste time!
We should talk less and draw more.