Pencil Drawing Gallery
For Ideas and Inspiration
Take Your Drawing To The Next Level
Here is your pencil drawing gallery showing a variety of styles on nearly all subjects your can think—you'll find lots on the human figure, faces, animals, Gothic, fantasy, Anime with all its offshoots and plenty more.
of these sketches—which will be added too frequently, have been culled
from my diaries (sketchbooks) dating back to the year dot.
I've also included some early drawings by Rembrandt, Durer, Rubens and other great masters, to show you what can be accomplished by "economy of line" —in other words, it is not what you put in but rather what you leave out to create a dynamic drawing. The line says it all.
The art of drawing came about because it was originally intended for preliminary sketches
to be transposed into other media—usually oil painting. These old
masters gave us an insight into the artists search for forms, ideas and
Compare Rembrandt's sketches to Degas, or Durer to Rubens
or Raphael—each with their own distinctive handwriting. This was often
lost in translation.
Take the ingenuity of Henri Matisse's line drawings; seems
simplistic and easy to do, right? Take careful note of his lines which
have been controlled skillfully to project the form into space giving a
3D effect. The vitality in his drawings is pure genius. Few artists have
this ability—perhaps a few come close.
Rubens AKA Sir Peter Paul Rubens was a Flemish/Dutch painter,
lived in Antwerp, was quite prolific in his drawings and paintings and
was influenced by Titian, Michelangelo and da Vinci. He painted mainly
religious and mythical subjects. His drawings (one shown below here) are
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