We’re over halfway through the annual Inktober drawing challenge, and with just over a week to go you might find your inspiration waning. Or, perhaps you’re flying through and considering keeping up the habit! Either way, we hope these inspirational quotes will motivate you to keep creating, come rain or shine.

Read on for 12 quotes on drawing from some legendary creatives.

“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

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

Henri Matisse

“I am not a big technology person. I don’t go on the Internet really much at all. Drawing is like a zen thing; it’s private, which in this day and age is harder to come by.”

Tim Burton

“In drawing, nothing is better than the first attempt.”

Pablo Picasso

“Mickey Mouse popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 20 years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner.”

Walt Disney

“While drawing, I discover what I really want to say.”

Dario Fo

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”

Scott Adams

“Visual storytelling of one kind or another has been around since cavemen were drawing on the walls.”

Frank Darabont

“Drawing is the root of everything.”

Vincent Van Gogh

“A drawing is simply a line going for a walk.”

Paul Klee

“We all have 10,000 bad drawings in us. The sooner we get them out the better.”

Walt Stanchfield

“Every artist was first an amateur.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


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