33 Drawing Quotes to Inspire Your Art Journal Pages

Isn’t a good quote sometimes more inspirational and motivating than a whole book or a movie?

I hope you’ll find inspiration in these 33 drawing quotes I’ve collected.

They have inspired me since forever and I’ve been collecting quotes ever since I can remember. My quotes art journal can witness that for sure.

Also, including quotes on art journal pages can be powerful and add that cherry on top.

The list of drawing quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster, and leaves less room for lies. – Le Corbusier

quote about drawing van gogh

When I see a white piece of paper, I feel I’ve got to draw. And drawing, for me, is the beginning of everything. – Ellsworth Kelly

For the artist, drawing is discovery. And that is not just a slick phrase; it is quite literally true. – John Berger

Drawing is a way of coming upon the connection between things, just like metaphor in poetry reconnects what has become separated. – John Berger

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. – Chuck Jones

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

The first writing of the human being was drawing, not writing. – Marjane Satrapi

My idea of Heaven is to wake up, have a good breakfast, and spend the rest of the day drawing. – Peter Falk

While drawing, I discover what I really want to say. – Dario Fo

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With drawing, I am acutely aware of creating something on a sheet of paper. It is a sensual act, which you cannot say about the act of writing. In fact, I often turn to drawing to recover from the writing. – Gunter Grass

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

Lose your inhibitions about drawing and just do it. – Chris Riddell

Drawing a good picture is like telling a really good lie – the key is in the incidental detail. – Shaun Tan

I think the way kids create is so inspiring. They’re drawing a picture? They love the picture they drew; they’re not tortured about it. – Spike Jonze

a quote by john berger

For me, drawing is a way of navigating the imagination, and it remains the fundamental vehicle of my practice. Drawing allows me to be at my most inventive. – Shanzia Sikander

Even though I’m usually not conscious of it, I think drawing has always served a sort of therapeutic purpose in my life. There’s something about the process of translating the messy chaos of real life into a clean, simple drawing that’s always been comforting to me. – Adrian Tomine

Drawing is the root of everything. – Vincent Van Gogh

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   

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

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

a photo with a quote by shaun tan

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

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

A drawing is simply a line going for a walk. – Paul Klee

Drawing is vision on paper. – Andrew Loomis

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


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