Inspirational Drawings & Interviews

Inspirational drawingsDrawing by Samuel G. Richards


Welcome to the Inspirational Drawings & Interviews directory of The Drawing Source!

A place where you will hopefully experience that exhilarating rush that occurs when you find artists and artworks that resonate with you.

Use this directory to learn from the various ways that artists have solved drawing problems, and to visually brainstorm new ideas for your own drawings.

The following pages will share lessons to be learned from incredible artists, provide information about a particular artist’'s life or artwork, invite you to marvel at phenomenal works of art, suggest strategies to generate your own unique drawing ideas, and the like!



NEW! Artist Interview Series

Join The Drawing Source Community for a new interview series! Read about and view the work of esteemed contemporary artists, both emerging and established, who explore aspects of the figure or portrait, and utilize drawing not only as a technical practice, but as a unique and personal mode of expression.

These wonderful artists give us insight into their creative process, influences, and themes they are exploring, before delving into the question that initially inspired this interview series: "What is drawing to you?"

An Interview with Aleah Chapin

How the body is experienced and perceived, how life affects the body as we age, and the boundaries of gender specificity are but a few of the challenging themes that artist Aleah Chapin has explored in her work. In this interview, Aleah discusses telling a story through the body, the landscape as a character, and the importance of trusting the painting process.


An Interview with Hollis Dunlap


An Interview with Hollis Dunlap

I am thrilled to present the first in the series of artist interviews: a conversation with phenomenal artist and draftmsan Hollis Dunlap.

I have long been inspired by  Hollis's engaging compositions, individual painting style, and symbolic imagery.



An Interview with Steven Daluz

In this interview, Steven Daluz discusses his explorations of ethereal light, mystery, and the sublime.

Steven works both figuratively and abstractly, and has developed a unique technique employing gold-leaf, which causes a glow to appear to come from within his paintings.



Inspirational Drawings
and Articles

100 Self Portrait Drawings from 1484 to Today

100 Self-Portrait Drawings from 1484 to Today

While it is said that everything we draw or paint is a self-portrait, it can be particularly fascinating to view how artists depict themselves in their artwork, and how self-portraiture has changed over time.

From 1484 to the present day, here are 100 self portraits drawn by Old Masters as well as contemporary artists.

Generate Unlimited Drawing Ideas

Generate Unlimited Drawing Ideas with These 5 Exercises

A drawing practice (or any artistic practice, for that matter) cannot be sustained if one only chooses to work “when inspiration strikes” with an idea.

In this article I present 5 exercises to use to generate unlimited drawing ideas that are unique to you.

The drawings of Kathe Kollwitz

The Drawings of Käthe Kollwitz

The drawings of German artist Käthe Kollwitz (1867 – 1945) are unparalleled in their emotional intensity, honesty and deeply affecting depictions of the devastation of poverty, war and social injustice.

The Inspirational Drawings of Alphonse Mucha

The drawings of Alphonse Mucha are, strangely, some of his least known works of art. From his intricate, decorative object drawings to the dramatic, surreal “Le Pater” series, these drawings are bound to make an impression on you. Mucha was an impeccable draughtsman, and a creative and visionary designer. A phenomenal artist to be influenced by!

5 Lessons to Learn from Leonardo da Vinci Drawings

5 Lessons to Learn from Leonardo da Vinci Drawings

One of the most remarkable minds of the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci was an inventor, architect, anatomist, engineer, and, of course, an artist.

In this article I analyze five characteristics that make da Vinci's drawings uniquely his, and what we can learn from them to benefit our own drawings.

Inspirational Drawings quotes

Drawing Quotes

A directory of drawing quotes and shareable images from artists of the past and present, for the times when you need a bite-size dose of inspiration!



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