I like all the quotes.
"The cartoonist, when he sketches, is going through a process of study. He
concentrates upon the model, plumbs its movement, bulk, outline. Then he sets it
down, remembering that he wants only the spirit — the "guts" of the thing he's
after. He puts into his drawing all his experience. He simplifies. He plays with his
line. He experiments. He isn't concerned with anatomy, chiaroscuro or the
symmetry of "flowing line." There's nothing highbrow about his approach to the
sketch pad. He is drawing because he likes to draw! All types of sketching benefit
the artist. Never stop sketching! Sketch at home, in the subway, on picnics, in art
school or in bed. But SKETCH!
— From the book Cartooning For Everybody by Lawrence Lariar
"I suggest that you wed yourself so thoroughly to your sketchbook that it almost
becomes a physical extension of yourself. And now what you must do is draw and
draw and look at drawings and draw and draw and draw and look at drawings and
— From the book Learning to Draw by Robert Kaupelis
"Finally, I cannot stress too strongly the value of carrying a sketch book at all
times. In it you can record notes and ideas and, above all, a continuous record of
your development as an artist or cartoonist."
— From the book Cartooning Fundamentals by Al Ross
"He (the artist) moves through life as he finds it, not passing negligently the
things he loves, but stopping to know them, and to note them down in the
shorthand of his sketch book... He is looking for what he loves, he tries to capture
it. It's found anywhere, everywhere. Those who are not hunters do not see these
things. The hunter is learning to see and to understand — to enjoy."
— Robert Henri
Sketching is to the artist what shadow boxing is to a boxer, keyboard practice is to a
concert pianist, practice is to a tennis player, or a participant in any sport (or endeavor).
Above I have quoted artists and cartoonists who swear by and recommend sketching as a
necessary part of an artist's daily ventures (adventures).