Inspirational Drawings & Interviews

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!

Inspirational Drawings and Articles

Pencil broken after drawing spiralling lines with text: 9 ways to overcome artistic frustration and perfectionism when learning to draw

9 Ways to Overcome Artistic Frustration and Perfectionism when Learning to Draw

In this guide I share 9 processes that I find most helpful in easing frustration and perfectionism, in order to allow oneself to more fully enjoy everything that comes with learning how to draw.

Realistic eye drawing with text: 30 Ideas for Drawing (While in Isolation or Lockdown)

30 Ideas for Drawing (While in Isolation or Lockdown)

Find solace in drawing during this tumultuous time by working your way through this list as a drawing challenge, or find the prompt that resonates with you the most, and begin there.

100 Self Portrait Drawings from 1484 to Today

100 Self-Portrait Drawings from 1484 to Today

While it is said that everything we draw 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.

Get Your Drawings Published

Having your drawings published, particularly in noteworthy publications, is an excellent way to expose your artwork to new audiences, make connections with new organizations, add to your CV, and even win some prize money! Here are five excellent drawing books and magazines to submit your drawings to.

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 Inspiring 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.

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

Inspirational Drawing Quotes

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

Artist 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 Samantha Haring

Spaces where objects once were, crevasses between floor boards, and the ways in which residue collects in a room are but a few of the focal points in Samantha Haring's paintings of studio interiors. In this interview, Samantha discusses the illusion of emptiness, dust, and drawing as a daily practice of mindfulness.

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 a few of the challenging themes that Aleah 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

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.

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