I spend a lot of time in a sort of free state when I’m writing in the beginning and sketching. Tony Gilroy
I love all kinds of art. I mean, I love sketching and acting and music. Amandla Stenberg
“One must always draw, draw with the eyes, when one cannot draw with a pencil.” -Balthus
One must always draw, draw with the eyes, when one cannot draw with a pencil. Balthus
“The ability to draw depends on one’s ability to see the way an artist sees.” -Betty Edwards
I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil. Truman Capote
“I love the quality of pencil. It helps me to get to the core of a thing.” -Andrew Wyeth
Computers don’t create computer animation any more than a pencil creates pencil animation. What creates computer animation is the artist. John Lasseter
Sketching is like dancing. It’s process as much as product. You can turn your head off and just sort of dissolve into the now. Doing a giant, super thought-out painting is the opposite of that. Molly Crabapple
“An artist must have his measuring tools not in the hand, but in the eye.” -Michelangelo Buonarroti
I’m born with a pencil in my hand. I did lots of sketching. Karl Lagerfeld
Ideas are elusive, slippery things. Best to keep a pad of paper and a pencil at your bedside, so you can stab them during the night before they get away. Earl Nightingale
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“The painter draws with his eyes, not with his hands.” -Maurice Grosser
“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 not what one sees but what one can make others see.” -Edgar Degas
I became interested in photography when I found my own sketching was inadequate. Ben Shahn
“In drawing, one must look for or suspect that there is more than is casually seen.” -George Bridgman
Map out your future – but do it in pencil. The road ahead is as long as you make it. Make it worth the trip. Jon Bon Jovi
What can a pencil do for all of us? Amazing things. It can write transcendent poetry, uplifting music, or life-changing equations; it can sketch the future, give life to untold beauty, and communicate the full-force of our love and aspirations.
Forget about where you want to be and go out and build stuff. Dodgeball came from being bored at work… things happen because you make them happen. Stop sketching, and start building. Dennis Crowley
“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
Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field. Dwight D. Eisenhower
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
“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
Drawing is the only thing I’ve found in which I can lose myself completely. I love it. It started as something that relaxed me, but now it’s a struggle because I’m pushing myself. The day-to-day sketching is fraught. Peter Capaldi
Sometimes the very best of all summer books is a blank notebook. Get one big enough, and you can practice sketching the lemon slice in your drink or the hot lifeguard on the beach or the vista down the hill from your cabin. Michael Dirda
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 rather like playing chess: your mind races ahead of the moves that you eventually make.” -David Hockney
I have owed you this letter for a very long time-but my fingers have avoided the pencil as though it were an old and poisoned tool. John Steinbeck
I always carry a sketchbook around with me, and I sketch whenever I can… I might be in a financial review and be sketching because I find that I actually listen better when I sketch. Truth be told, there are probably more sketches in my books than there are written notes.
I believe in sketching because there is something very sensitive in sketching, you know, in sketches that you don’t have out of a computer that looks the same like everybody even if, later on, the dresses are OK, but I like to sketch, and I like to see trails made after my sketches that look the same.
It is you know, what I like. Karl Lagerfeld
I loved painting and drawing for many reasons. One of them was that all it really required was me, a pencil and a pad. It was something I was passionate about, and still am. Danny Huston
“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
Sketching in general – anywhere, not just in Gitmo, but in life, in the world – is a profoundly disruptive act. Because you’re creating something when you’re kind of expected to consume or sit passively.
I’ve always sketched things as a way to get into them, whether it was a fancy nightclub or, you know, to have kids think I was cool, whatever. Molly Crabapple
People still think of me as a cartoonist, but the only thing I lift a pen or pencil for these days is to sign a contract, a check, or an autograph. Walt Disney
I would like to be known as an ‘artist’. Whether that be music, acting, sketching, cooking, whatever. I’m interested in all of those things. Mark Salling
I don’t use names or captions for my many portraits of politicians and authors for newspapers. The drawing has to be self-explanatory, so I spend a lot of time sketching to find an idea and an angle that is clear. Siegfried Woldhek
“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” -Pablo Picasso
Twitter could save a lot of money by writing its executives’ names on their doors with pencil instead of fancy placards. Like an episode of ‘Suits,’ Twitter execs come, go, change jobs and disappear under black clouds every few minutes.
Office administration costs must be astronomical! Milo Yiannopoulos
About the use of language: it is impossible to sharpen a pencil with a blunt axe. It is equally vain to try to do it with ten blunt axes instead. Edsger Dijkstra
“At its essence, art is an alchemical process. Alchemy is a process of transformation.” -Julia Cameron
Few people know that I am also an artist; I truly enjoy sketching and drawing. Sonakshi Sinha
I lived in South America when I was growing up. I spent hours sketching. I was good at drawing, and I was obsessed with fashion, but I was also obsessed with magazines. Nina Garcia
I’ve been designing since I was 8. I started sketching dresses I could wear when skating. I was always involved in all aspects of skating, not just the technique, the choreography, the music, but the visual aspects, too – what I should wear.
I would love to have my own fashion line because I love sketching. Becky G
You can lead a horse to water, but a pencil must be led. Stan Laurel
My job ranges from creating the initial overall theme of the season, to developing fabrics and sketching to sampling and fitting. Nicole Richie
“Originality depends only on the character of the drawing and the vision peculiar to each artist.” -Georges Seurat
“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
There were no museums or galleries in Shanghai, but I was very keen on art – I was always sketching and copying, and sometimes I think that my whole career as a writer has been the substitute work of an unfulfilled painter. J. G. Ballard
A good short-story writer has an instinct for sketching in just enough background to ground the specific story. Lynn Abbey
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For me, the sketching of dresses was about fantasy and dreams. In my little room at home, I felt that I was somewhere else. In Paris, for instance. Alber Elbaz
One of the best places for a shy person to meet people is in a coffee shop. If you are a reader, bring a book and read it there – that gives a guy something to ask you about. Same goes for sketching, writing, or any hobby you can take with you.
It’s not how big your pencil is; it’s how you write your name. Dave Mustaine
Just like hair frames our face, brows frame our eyes. I see so much potential in harmonized beauty whenever I see a woman who’s not filling in her brows, and I just want to go in with my brow pencil and just be like, ‘Filling in eyebrows, OK, done – look in the mirror and be inspired.
‘ That’s one of my pet peeves, but beauty is subjective. Michelle Phan
“How you draw is a reflection of how you feel about the world. You’re not capturing it, you’re interpreting it.” -Juliette Aristides
I always craft my words to the point where I think and hope they’re perfect before I ever begin sketching. Kevin Henkes
I love my paper and ink, but I see the benefits of the iPad and Apple Pencil. Om Malik
You know what it’s like to wake up in the middle of the night with a vivid dream? And you know that if you don’t have a pencil and pad by the bed, it will be completely gone by the next morning. Sometimes it’s important to wake up and stop dreaming.
When a really great dream shows up, grab it. Larry Page
When I was either 7 or 8 years old, I did a sketch every day of my teacher and what she wore. At the end of the year, I gave her the sketchbook. For me, the sketching of dresses was about fantasy and dreams. Alber Elbaz
You need pencil miles to be a great artist, animator, or filmmaker, and the sooner you start making mistakes, the quicker you learn. Phil Lord
My journey began with a single pencil. While traveling through India in 2006, I asked a boy begging on the streets, ‘If you could have anything in the world, what would you want?’ and he answered me with two words: ‘A pencil.
‘ Luckily, I had one in my pocket, and in the second it took me to give it to him, a defining dream was born. Adam Braun
Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling. Gilbert K. Chesterton
“Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation.” -Henri Cartier-Bresson
“All the visible world is only light on form.” -Andrew Loomis
Do you have hands? Excellent. That’s a good start. Can you hold a pencil? Great. If you have a sketchbook, open it and start by making a line, a mark, wherever. Doodle. Chris Riddell
Graffiti is linear, and it’s done with a pencil, and it’s like writing on walls. Cy Twombly