Jim Dine

"I could make a hundred drawings for each one I get. I am positive that by rubbing out, and trying to do better, and knowing I can do better, the whole drawing gains a kind of history and substance that it didn't have before."

"I am not erasing because I couldn't get the object accurately, but because I am hoping for grace to come to me. I don't think hard work makes a good drawing...if I erase, it's because I didn't  get what I wanted the first time and if I don't get it by the twentieth time let's say, and the paper is halfway gone, then I start to patch the paper...The quest is to keep the thing alive--the drawing and the state of grace."

"When I start a drawing, I just look very hard and begin to make marks, and then erase the marks, and build up this history of marks...I do know that I never see a figure totally; I always see just a part of it.  I try to see how it is put together.  But I just make marks. I like to sully the paper, to get into it and make a bit of a mess and get going."