The restless sketcher & why drawing makes you happy


Picasso once said that every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once you grow up. I thought about that when I saw a little boy peacefully drawing people with just legs and heads, his facial features completely at ease in a state of perfect happiness. There must be something about this peaceful moment when one creates and it’s too bad that we all think that what we create should be exceptionally perfect instead of just getting our state of mind onto a piece of paper. Try it out this weekend and you will be pleasantly surprised.


“I cannot rest, I must draw, however poor the result, and when I have a bad time come over me it is a stronger desire than ever.”
Beatrix Potter, English author & illustrator


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


“I keep drawing the trees, the rocks, the river, I’m still learning how to see them; I’m still discovering how to render their forms. I will spend a lifetime doing that. Maybe someday I’ll get it right.”
Alan Lee, English book illustrator


“Drawing makes you see things clearer, and clearer, and clearer still. The image is passing through you in a physiological way, into your brain, into your memory – where it stays – it’s transmitted by your hands.”
Martin Gayford, art historian


“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, fashion designer