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17 ways to draw better creatures

When you're drawing creatures, it's vital that they're believable. No matter how crazy your designs become, just remember that they must always be grounded in some way – usually through correct anatomy – if you want to keep your audience engaged. 

Here, I'll explain some tips I've learned about drawing believable creatures (see more creature design tips here), and how you can make sure your fantasy creatures look as real as possible. For more advice on creating believable characters of all genres, see our post on top character design tips. Also, for advice on drawing humans, see our post on how to draw muscles.

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01. Create thumbnails

A step that's often skipped in the design process is the thumbnail creation process. Chances are that you won't land on your best design right out of the gate. This is where thumbnail exploration comes into play, with the addition of studying real-world reference. 

Don't worry about details at this stage. Instead, focus on shape language and just having fun with the shapes you're creating. By doing so, your final design will be that much more thought-out and believable, and your passion for creating will shine through.

02. Keep exploring

You can never do too many thumbnail sketches. This stage is vital and ensures that you're exploring as many avenues as possible. A lot of times, we'll get a specific idea in our head and think that design is the final. 

Although this does happen on rare occasions, chances are you're far from landing that awesome final design. Thumbnail creation will ease the process and surprise you at the same time. That's why it's so fun!

03. Look beyond the norm for ideas 

The first thumbnail that interests me is number 16. One of the important aspects about choosing thumbnails is finding an interesting silhouette. In this case, a multi-legged creature with a strange torso excites me and I go with it. 

I try to find silhouettes that don't follow standard shapes, which verge on the cliché. For instance, it's common to see creatures with hulking shoulders and small heads. There's nothing wrong with that; however, I'm aiming for a non-traditional design.

04. Mix the familiar with the new

Thumbnail number 21 intrigues me, specifically because I never intended for my creature to look like fungus. The silhouette is working because we have a familiar shape while it still looks unexpected. 

Whenever I sketch creatures, I try to ensure there's a uniqueness with a touch of familiarity. But I'll go into more detail about familiarity in a later tip. With this thumbnail, I explore plant shapes and try to imagine how this creature will move and eat. Let's see what the third choice brings.

05. Combine real-world insects 

This thumbnail intrigues me because it's a mix of insect shapes. Insects have been a major influence in my creature designs. In this particular case, I use shapes from crickets and spiders. The rear legs offer a unique shape, they bow outwards and are able to support the creature's weight, as well as aid jumping. 

I'm also choosing this as the third thumbnail to develop because something about it says ‘other-worldly' to me. It's a shape that's not common and should offer fun possibilities. Unexpected shapes can turn into awesome designs down the road.

06. Think carefully about the head

One of the most enjoyable stages in the creature design process is head exploration. Here, I'm exploring the first round of head designs. I know that I want something insect-like and creepy. 

So, I begin looking at references of Earth insects and arachnids. Whenever you're stuck and don't know where to go next in the design process, just take a good look at real-world animals. They offer all of the answers and give you clarity when coming up with new designs.

07. Maintain the shape language

It's important not to limit yourself when exploring with thumbnails. So I'm doing a second round of head studies just so I have a good number of ideas. It's easy to get carried away with random shapes and not-so-believable features. 

With these head studies, I make sure that all of the shapes stay within a unified shape language. For instance, number 5 looks like a combination of an earthworm's head and bark from a tree. I make sure that all of the shapes taper like a worm's head and the ends look like broken bark.

08. Finalise head design

Refining the head is so much fun. This is where you can really bring the creature's personality out. Here, you can see that I go into detail about the creature's face, functions and overall aesthetic. 

I go into the importance of call-outs in tip 12, but here you can see they're useful for describing a functional feature. And make sure that your creature has personality. This doesn't necessarily mean facial expressions, but the skull design, eyes, mouth, muscles and overall shape are very important.

09. Add muscles and tissue

Apply these stages of anatomy design to your development process, and see how far you can push the believability of your imaginary creature…

When thinking about your creature's anatomy, consider the bone structure first. This stage is often forgotten because we want to jump right into the cool skin textures and muscles. I sketch the creature's skeleton on the left followed by what the muscles will look like attached to the bones on the right. 

Now we have a clear indication of the muscle structure in front view. The skull should be drawn before any other bones because even the skull can show personality, which dictates the facial structure later on.

10. Put the legs on show

Next, I'm painting a rear view with lots of energy so that I can see this creature in action and what muscles are helping it push off the ground, as if it were running or attacking. 

Rear three-quarter views are just as important as front views in selling your design, because we're not limited to just one angle. I'm fading the arms off because they aren't the focal point here – the legs are. I want to make sure the legs get the attention they deserve.

11. Combine anatomy elements

Now, I go into detail about the tendons and muscles of the arms and then juxtapose that on to my original pencil sketch. I'm choosing the arm for the close-up because it's a complex array of tendons, ligaments and muscles. 

If you have a certain area of your creature that needs clarification, this becomes your chance to go into detail and ramp up the believability to your design. Because I've juxtaposed the muscle rendering on top of the pencil sketch, we can now see underlying anatomy.

12. Decide on sketch

Out of the three sketches I developed earlier, I'm choosing the third ideation because of the uniqueness of the silhouette. Proportions are key because it helps solidify a design. 

Its arms, legs, torso and head aren't too long or too short. The shapes are just the right size so we don't question something being out of place. This creature has unique proportions so I must make sure it remains believable using real-world reference.

Skin texture is extremely important because it adds realism to your creation. It also gives the viewer a close look at your creature's environment, eating habits and evolution. With skin texture, I'm figuring out what type of environment my creature lives in. And with this information, I can begin to tell its story.

14. Use call-outs

Call-outs enable you to explain a certain feature about your creature. Movement, weaponry and feeding are just a small numbers of features you can have for your creature. The problem I see with a lot of creature design is too many ambiguous surfaces with no real thought behind them. 

Calling out certain areas and explaining what they are helps make the creature more believable. I use call-outs to give my creatures a sense of purpose.

15. Show energy

Showing energy and movement gives a real sense of how your creatures moves as if it were standing in front of you. Conveying that type of realism will be helpful when you're sending your sketches off to the art director and modelling department. They need to get a real sense of how your creation will behave as a living, breathing creation. Energy brings your design to life. 

16. Bring in a degree of familiarity

Establishing familiarity means you're bringing recognisable shapes into your creature design. Indeed, this approach should be applied throughout the design process. These fantasy insect sketches are based on mood boards that feature images of different insect species, because my creature is heavily influenced by bugs. 

The more I paint these fantastical extrapolations of real-world creatures, the more familiar I'll be with what actually exists on Earth. This will help me create a believable creature in the end.

17. Put it all together

I combine all of the stages of my design process into a single sketch. A side view keeps things simple and can show enough of the creature to get a sense of its proportions, textures, and build. 

Don't limit yourself to just doing a side view, though. A front three-quarter view is also effective and can show anatomy as well. When making your final sketch, think about what story you want to tell the audience. Is your creature believable? If so, you've done your job as a creature concept artist. 

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Is your heart aching with desperation to go on yet another adventure but you just can’t find the opportunity? While we may not be able to fix you a break from work, we can show you some fantastic illustrations coming from the hearts of adventurers like yourself. Check out these cool drawing ideas, carefully curated by us to ease your restless mind full of wonder.

111 Drawing Ideas For An Adventurer`s Heart

Contents

  • 111 Drawing Ideas For An Adventurer`s Heart
    • 1. Around The World in 360 degrees
    • 2. Journey Into The Centre of The Solar System – An Artist’s Sketch
    • 3. Let’s Run Away Together, Into The Wild
    • 4. Of Peace, Love, and Psychedelia by Dorothy Thompson
    • 5. Life in a Bottle by Natalia Camacho
    • 5. A Romantic Date With Oneself Out in The Woods
    • 6. A Misty Shore From The Sea By David Powell
    • 7. River, Tree, and Mountain Coexisting Peacefully– David Powell
    • 8. A Love Triangle with Nature and Heaven– Unknown Artist
    • 9. A Night in The Woods
    • 10. Bliss Amidst Nature by David Powell
    • 11. Illustration Of a Campsite
    • 12. Remnants of a Fading Flame By David Powell
    • 13. Bliss Amidst Nature by David Powell
    • 14. In Love With Camping By David Powell
    • 15. A Clear Moonlit Night by The Woods
    • 16. Follow Me into The Lonesome Night By David Powell
    • 17. Fun With Hammocks by The Campfire By David Powell
    • 18. A Beachside Odyssey by David Powell
    • 19. Camping During Spring vs Camping During Summer
    • 20. Camping Alone at Night
    • 21. Sam Larson Draws His Ideal Portrait of a Campsite
    • 22. Woods, Mist, and Beyond– All Make for An Interesting Campsite
    • 23. Camping by The Riverside
    • 24. Camping Life – Happy Life
    • 25. Watching Sunrise Across The Cliffs
    • 26. Following The Footsteps of Mother Nature
    • 27. A Quaint Night Out With Oneself
    • 28. Going Around The Globe, In All Directions
    • 29. Floating Dreams With a Dandelion by FineCigars
    • 30. Switching on Nature’s Lightbulb by tayla_ob
    • 31. A Day Inside of a Light Bulb
    • 32. The Religion of Nature in Sketches
    • 33. Of Hearts and Heartbreaks
    • 34. An Illustration of a Wavy Scene By Osman Mansaray
    • 35. The Lone Wolf Howls at Midnight By Eva Svartur
    • 36. A Scene by The Lighthouse By Osman Mansaray
    • 37. A Simple Depiction of Nature By David Powell
    • 38. A Boat by The Island By David Powell
    • 39. Watching The Milky Way From The Desert
    • 40. Let’s Fly Away Like Paper Planes
    • 41. Camping by The Seaside By David  Powell
    • 42. Camping on The Clouds By David Powell
    • 43. “I feel so high; I feel I can almost fly” by David Powell
    • 44. Postcards From Mother Nature By Sam Larson
    • 45. Rhapsody of Calm and Chaos Defined in Sketches By Unknown Artist
    • 46. When The World is Your Camping Spot By Osman Manray
    • 47. Geometry and The Universe by Insta_Blackwork
    • 48. Camping In the Middle of Nowhere yet Perfectly at Peace
    • 49. Swinging In an Hammock, by The Campsite By David Powell
    • 50. The Ocean Bleeds With Moonlight
    • 51. An Artist’s Portrayal of The Rocky Cliffs
    • 52. “Little Sketch on The Bus” By drawntosketching
    • 53. Come With Me to The House in The Woods
    • 54. Home is Where The Heart is by Jared Kohn
    • 55. Into The Upsidedown of Nature by Jared Kohn
    • 56. Reflected by The Moon; Captured by The Eyes
    • 57. The Gentle Beast Becomes One With Nature By Unknown Artist
    • 58. Oh Deer! Where Are My Flowers?
    • 59. Sketch of a Wolf Kissed by The Miracle of Nature
    • 60. A Kaleidoscopic View Into a Beautiful Soul
    • 61. Nature – The Giver and Taker of Life
    • 62. Going Around in Circles of Life, to Witness The Beginning and The End
    • 63. Dead in The Woods Where Crows Feast
    • 64. A Half Moon Style Painting of a Natural Scene
    • 65. The Roaring of The Ocean Waves Captured Inside of a Full Moon
    • 66. Just Some Outlines of a Cliff
    • 67. Formation of The Mountains Through The Ages
    • 68. The River Flows Lazily Over The Edge
    • 69. Giving You The Gift of Nature
    • 70. Let Us Be One Together and in Peace With Our Roots
    • 71. Where Death Knells is Also Where Life Emerges
    • 72. My Heart is Like a Lotus Flower
    • 73. A Quiet Night Under The Stars Captured Inside of The Love Sign
    • 74. A Puny Boat Braves The Tumultuous Waves
    • 75. Breezing Away to Destination
    • 76. An Unusually Large Coconut Looms Over a Campsite
    • 77. The Ideal Vacation Spot
    • 78. Up in Flames at Dead of The Night
    • 79. Make-A-Wish and We’ll Make It Come True
    • 80. Encouraging You to Go Places and Wonder More
    • 81. Preserve Mother Nature for The Sake of Entire Mankind
    • 82. Fox Dives for His Hunt While Nature Watches in a State of Calm
    • 83. Your Daily Dose of Camping Served Over a Cup of Coffee
    • 84. A Simple Scene of the Countryside
    • 85. Nature Reclaiming What is Rightly Hers
    • 86. Painting With Flowers and Petals
    • 87. Night and Day are Just Perspectives of Mankind
    • 88. To The Moon and Back in Perfect Circles
    • 89. Praise the Sun, the Wondrous Father!
    • 90. “Going Camping Once Again in My RV”
    • 91. Creation of The Universe in One Simple Explosion
    • 92. Elements of Nature Depicted Through Sketch of a Lying Fox
    • 93. My Heart is in Your Hands
    • 94. Enter the Matrix – The Inescapable Urban Jungle
    • 95. The Sun Shines Through the Clouds and Makes the Waves Rise
    • 96. Stop Working; Start Living!
    • 97. Land of the Rising Sun
    • 98. Asking You to Go Out and Explore
    • 99. Of Aliens, Conspiracies, Peace, and Love
    • 100. Taking My Jeep on an Adventure Once Again
    • 101. Living inside the RV; Living on the Edge
    • 102. Into The Wild in Four Different Strokes
    • 103. Geometrical Patterns Brought to Life With Sketches
    • 104. Simple Sketch of a Pond and a Camping Site
    • 105. A Wolf Howls at The Dead of Night
    • 106. Girl Meets Wolf – Their Fate Locked Together
    • 107. Jared Kohn Works Up a Genius Sketch Once Again
    • 108. The Classic RV That Defined the 70s
    • 109. An Astronaut’s Plaything
    • 110. Running With The Runner
    • 111. Traveling Alone Through the Mountain- A new Beginning
  • Conclusion

1. Around The World in 360 degrees

Wouldn’t you want to go on a grand voyage across the world? You might be not ready yet, but it surely can admire this beautiful sketch of a 2D view of the planet.

1. Around the world in 360 degrees

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2. Journey Into The Centre of The Solar System – An Artist’s Sketch

Ever felt like you should be the center of the universe? Well, this artist certainly lived their dreams while drawing their vision on a piece of paper.

2. Journey into the centre of the solar system – an artist's sketch

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3. Let’s Run Away Together, Into The Wild

Remember the movie “Into the Wild”? Well, this amateur sketch of an RV with luggage and a surfboard perch above might make you reminiscent of the classic.

3. Let's run away together, into the wild

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4. Of Peace, Love, and Psychedelia by Dorothy Thompson

The 70s hippie culture, the fascination for extraterrestrials, and the force of nature that binds together the entire planet summed up in just a few sketches.

4. Of peace, love, and psychedelia by dorothy thompson

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5. Life in a Bottle by Natalia Camacho

A thought-provoking sketch showing a human heart inside of a bottle supporting a plant. What did the artistry to convey? Maybe we are close to Mother Nature than we think.

5. Life in a bottle by natalia camacho

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5. A Romantic Date With Oneself Out in The Woods

Take yourself out on a date and enjoy the calm of the woods. When the moonlight shines down on the ground, the world transforms into paradise.

5. A romantic date with oneself out in the woods

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6. A Misty Shore From The Sea By David Powell

A need sketch of a shore as seen from a distance in the sea. The waves seem rather intimidating, don’t you think?

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7. River, Tree, and Mountain Coexisting Peacefully– David Powell

David Powell, with his penchant for simplistic sketches, shows the harmony of numerous elements of nature. You need to give this a serious look to understand the beauty really.

7. River, tree, and mountain coexisting peacefully– david powell

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8. A Love Triangle with Nature and Heaven– Unknown Artist

A scenic mountain portrayed beautifully inside of triangular lines. If this is not what you call artistic skills, then what is?

8. A love triangle with nature and heaven– unknown artist

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9. A Night in The Woods

“KEEP IT SIMPLE” – when life can be so easy going, why make it complicated? Look at this enchanting sketch of a camping site and a bonfire to fuel your imagination of living detached.

9. A night in the woods

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10. Bliss Amidst Nature by David Powell

Another beautiful illustration of a campsite encapsulated in a circle drawn by David Powell. The jagged edges of the fern trees break the monotony quite a bit.

10. Bliss amidst nature by david powell

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11. Illustration Of a Campsite

Another scene of a campsite with the river flowing in the middle. You can see how beautiful this sketch would look if turned into a logo.

11. Illustration of a campsite

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12. Remnants of a Fading Flame By David Powell

Minimalist illustration has never been so classy! Who knew that David Powell could work of magic by drawing a simple bonfire on white paper?

12. Remnants of a fading flame by david powell

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13. Bliss Amidst Nature by David Powell

13. Bliss amidst nature by david powell

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14. In Love With Camping By David Powell

David Powell returns with yet another illustration of a camping site, this time taking a more orthodox approach to creativity. This work of art is special, yet not overbearing.

14. In love with camping by david powell

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15. A Clear Moonlit Night by The Woods

A tent, towered by a cliff at a distance, and the full moon showing her might in all glory. Is this what a beautiful night out in the woods look like?

15. A clear moonlit night by the woods

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16. Follow Me into The Lonesome Night By David Powell

David Powell’s liking for a quiet night out in the woods seems to have no end. This beautiful illustration just shows the artist’s creativity.

16. Follow me into the lonesome night by david powell

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17. Fun With Hammocks by The Campfire By David Powell

Nothing can be more relaxing than swinging in a hammock, while out with your best buddies for camping. Look at this picture and tell us if it doesn’t make you want to be there.

17. Fun with hammocks by the campfire by david powell

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Enough of the forests; beach lovers gaze upon this illustration, and we promise you’ll instantly be transported to a beachside, with cool winds and rolling waves.

18. A beachside odyssey by david powell

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19. Camping During Spring vs Camping During Summer

The title of this image is pretty much self-explanatory. The image shows the difference in the scenery in summer and spring. We bet there are fans of both the seasons.

19. Camping during spring vs camping during summer

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20. Camping Alone at Night

Camping alone might have some risks, but the wisdom and peace of mind you gain from the tranquility are the greatest rewards anyone can get out of life.

20. Camping alone at night

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21. Sam Larson Draws His Ideal Portrait of a Campsite

Sam Larson tries his hand in drawing a campsite with only one tent, a bonfire, and some fern trees in the background. The impact this image makes is noteworthy.

21. Sam larson draws his ideal portrait of a campsite

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22. Woods, Mist, and Beyond– All Make for An Interesting Campsite

What is your dream camping place? Is it near a cliff overlooking the ocean, in the midst of a forest, or in your imagination floating high among the clouds? If you can dream it, you can do it!

22. Woods, mist, and beyond– all make for an interesting campsite

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Very few things can be soothing to the brain than camping right beside a river. The sound of the flowing water is sure to calm your tired nerves.

23. Camping by the riverside

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24. Camping Life – Happy Life

Living simply, or simply living? We say both! This image with an RV, a bonfire, a tent, and the crescent moon in the distance speaks a thousand words on living.

24. Camping life – happy life

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25. Watching Sunrise Across The Cliffs

This enchanting illustrative painting might not seem blindingly obvious, but a closer look reveals a sunrise beyond some high cliffs.25. Watching sunrise across the cliffs

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How innovative is this design of portraying nature through the paws of a mighty beast? Is it a lion, tiger, or a giant grizzly? We leave the thinking up to you.

26. Following the footsteps of mother nature

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27. A Quaint Night Out With Oneself

27. A quaint night out with oneself

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28. Going Around The Globe, In All Directions

This inspirational image shows a 2D version of the Earth’s map with North, South, East, and West pointed in directions. We don’t know what exactly it signifies, but it sure looks great!

28. Going around the globe, in all directions

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29. Floating Dreams With a Dandelion by FineCigars

Don’t you love blowing dandelions? Well, check out this artist’s rendition of the blowing of dandelions in action in a fine sketch of black and white. Looks beautiful!

29. Floating dreams with a dandelion by finecigars

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30. Switching on Nature’s Lightbulb by tayla_ob

A thought-provoking piece of art showing the growth of a light bulb with trees and birds flying inside. The idea must have come to the artist’s mind as Eureka.

30. Switching on nature's lightbulb by tayla_ob

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Another beautiful sketch within the confines of a light bulb shape shows mountains and the sun living harmoniously. Pretty neat, right?

31. A day inside of a light bulb

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32. The Religion of Nature in Sketches

What can be a bigger religion than the religion of Mother Nature? Here you see a highly popular religious symbol spectacularly portraying the forces of nature.

32. The religion of nature in sketches

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33. Of Hearts and Heartbreaks

When fantasy and reality collide, you get something that is thought-provoking. One half of the heart is intact and the other half is decaying. Could this mean heartbreak?

33. Of hearts and heartbreaks

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34. An Illustration of a Wavy Scene By Osman Mansaray

Once again, a wavy scene is illustrated within the confines of three fourths a circle. The cliff, the wave, and the birds flying never looked so serene in unison before.

34. An illustration of a wavy scene by osman mansaray

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35. The Lone Wolf Howls at Midnight By Eva Svartur

Eva Svartur has made a fantastic sketch of a moonlit night with a lone wolf out on a hunt. Imagine what you may, but the idea of this image is indeed unique.

35. The lone wolf howls at midnight by eva svartur

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36. A Scene by The Lighthouse By Osman Mansaray

Osman Mansaray once again manages to take our breath away with a lighthouse scene with roaring waves and flying birds. Does this remind you of any movie?

36. A scene by the lighthouse by osman mansaray

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37. A Simple Depiction of Nature By David Powell

The master of minimalistic art, David Powell, draws a simple cliff a river and a tree using as few lines as possible. Is there any way you can beat his minimalistic style?

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38. A Boat by The Island By David Powell

Once again, the master – David Powell – conjures up magic using few strokes of his pencil. Can you depict an island with a boat nearby it in a simpler way? We bet not!

38. A boat by the island by david powell

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39. Watching The Milky Way From The Desert

We are made of stars, and to the stars we shall return. This beautiful sketch shows the beauty of our universe as seen from the desert. Imagine spending a night there!

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40. Let’s Fly Away Like Paper Planes

Let’s go! This simple yet effective sketch urges you to leave your woes behind and go out exploring. After all, you only live life once.

40. Let's fly away like paper planes

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Wow! What an amazing sketch once again by David Powell, and this time showing a camping scene nearby shore. As you can see from the canoe that the river is nearby and the person is probably comfortably tucked inside the tent.

41. Camping by the seaside by david  powell

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42. Camping on The Clouds By David Powell

How do you feel about living in the mountains or perched above a high cliff? Your dreams of floating among the clouds will finally come to life. This is what the image portrays.

42. Camping on the clouds by david powell

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43. “I feel so high; I feel I can almost fly” by David Powell

David Powell clearly has some fascination with “high living.” Using imagination, he has now depicted the idea of literally living on top of clouds. Wouldn’t it be great if dreams could turn into reality?

43. "i feel so high; i feel i can almost fly" by david powell

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44. Postcards From Mother Nature By Sam Larson

Postcards from nature, for people who love nature. This beautiful sketch shows three postcards of three different scenes, done to close perfection.337dacb40b7d422b63c39a3ee21bdad9

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45. Rhapsody of Calm and Chaos Defined in Sketches By Unknown Artist

The perfect triangle shows scenery with trees in the distance and a river flowing right down the middle. You’ll find such picture perfect scenes in real life quite easily. What follows are a series of sketches that portray the force and beauty of nature, which are not easily described in words.

45. Rhapsody of calm and chaos defined in sketches by unknown artist

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46. When The World is Your Camping Spot By Osman Manray

Camping enthusiasts love nothing more than finding a calm place to pitch their tent and get lost in thoughts. For them, the universe could serve the same purpose.

46. When the world is your camping spot by osman manray

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47. Geometry and The Universe by Insta_Blackwork

Who would have thought you can blend geometrical patterns with sketches of the universe? Apparently, this artist did, and they did it in the most spectacular fashion possible!

47. Geometry and the universe by insta_blackwork

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48. Camping In the Middle of Nowhere yet Perfectly at Peace

Take one look at this image and you’ll be reminded of the old West and sultry desert scenes. The cactus in the sketch makes all the difference.

48. Camping in the middle of nowhere yet perfectly at peace

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49. Swinging In an Hammock, by The Campsite By David Powell

Another scene showing an isolated yet relaxing spot, complete with a hammock and a bonfire. All you need is a guitar and some Bob Dylan songs to tune.

49. Swinging in an hammock, by the campsite by david powell

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50. The Ocean Bleeds With Moonlight

What a breathtaking image! We’ve heard that the moon and the sea are best of friends, but never imagined an artist could capture their relation in a more spectacular way than this.

50. The ocean bleeds with moonlight

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51. An Artist’s Portrayal of The Rocky Cliffs

Chaos and beauty combines into one, in this unique sketch of nature. The dots of different shades lend this image its uniqueness.

51. An artist's portrayal of the rocky cliffs

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52. “Little Sketch on The Bus” By drawntosketching

It might take some serious challenge to doodle something as beautiful as this while riding a bus. Just take a look at it – isn’t this the most precious thing you’ve ever seen?

52. "little sketch on the bus" by drawntosketching

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53. Come With Me to The House in The Woods

Who wouldn’t like to have a house in the woods? Their own abode of serenity, a place of calm amidst the storm. If this sketch doesn’t make you want to build a house like this, then you’re probably not a lover of teacher after all.

53. Come with me to the house in the woods

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54. Home is Where The Heart is by Jared Kohn

Another beautiful sketch portraying Mother Nature in a unique fashion. The artist who drew this seems to have projected his thoughts of “the perfect place” to stay in a white paper canvas.

54.  home is where the heart is by jared kohn

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A scene that looks straight out of the TV show Stranger Things! Do you fear going into the world of upsidedown? Well, this artist certainly has taken a liking for it.

55. Into the upsidedown of nature by jared kohn

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56. Reflected by The Moon; Captured by The Eyes

The crescent moon captures the reflection of a mountain scene. This image is not only unique, but very soothing to look at.

56. Reflected by the moon; captured by the eyes

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57. The Gentle Beast Becomes One With Nature By Unknown Artist

The silhouette of a deer becomes the perfect canvas for painting a starry night in the woods. We don’t know what this effect is called, but it sure looks Rad!

57. The gentle beast becomes one with nature by unknown artist

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58. Oh Deer! Where Are My Flowers?

Don’t you love deers? Some tribes revere these gentle beasts as spirits of their ancestors and do everything necessary to protect and love them. The artist seems to share the same impression.

58. Oh deer! Where are my flowers?

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59. Sketch of a Wolf Kissed by The Miracle of Nature

This is one image that leaves us speechless. How on earth did anyone think of adorning the face of a wolf with flowers? Whoever did it, did so without realizing that they may have created a masterpiece.

59.  sketch of a wolf kissed by the miracle of nature

via Pinterest

60. A Kaleidoscopic View Into a Beautiful Soul

Did you ever think a kaleidoscopic pattern can be as beautiful as this? Well, we say that it’s the flower patterns making the difference as well as the artistry that has gone into it.

60.  a kaleidoscopic view into a beautiful soul

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61. Nature – The Giver and Taker of Life

A thought-provoking sketch of a lion half alive, half decomposed, surrounded by flowers and leaves. This art possibly implies how nature holds the power to give and take life. Gaze into the soul of this animal and you’ll see what the artist had intended to portray.

61.  nature – the giver and taker of life

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62. Going Around in Circles of Life, to Witness The Beginning and The End

A beautiful sketch of what seems to be portraying the circle of life. Birds, trees, and other plants of various types surround this circle-like shape, giving it a truly magnificent aura.

62. Going around in circles of life, to witness the beginning and the end

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63. Dead in The Woods Where Crows Feast

A haunting sketch of what looks like a scene in the forest with nothing but dead trees and a whole lot of mist. The crows flying at to the element of horror and mystery.

63.  dead in the woods where crows feast

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64. A Half Moon Style Painting of a Natural Scene

Nothing much to explain here – it’s just a beautiful image drawn within a half moon shape. Despite the ambiguity, you can clearly see the river flowing in the middle of the scene.

64.  a half moon style painting of a natural scene

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It’s fascinating how much artists experiment with creating scenes inside geometrical shapes. This one wonderfully displays a large, roaring wave in the middle of the sea.

65.  the roaring of the ocean waves captured inside of a full moon

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66. Just Some Outlines of a Cliff

It is as the headline of the image says – outlines of a cliff, probably sketched using pencils.

66.  just some outlines of a cliff

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67. Formation of The Mountains Through The Ages

The birth of the mountains drawn using minimum number of lines. Come to think of it, you cannot tell until the last image that the artist intended to draw a scene of the mountains.

67.  formation of the mountains through the ages

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68. The River Flows Lazily Over The Edge

Ever heard people saying “think out of the box?” Well, this artist took it a little too literally and came up with this interesting sketch. The river flowing out of the geometrical shape portrays the artist’s unique thinking.

68.  the river flows lazily over the edge

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69. Giving You The Gift of Nature

Another wonderful sketch of a hand holding out a camping landscape. We bet the artist was really wishing he could escape the world and go pitch a tent when they drew this.

69. Giving you the gift of nature

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70. Let Us Be One Together and in Peace With Our Roots

Holding hands or two roots intertwining? It’s actually both! We believe this surreal sketch urges the viewer to accept nature as it is and become one.

70.  let us be one together and in peace with our roots

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120+ Cool Drawing Ideas For Your Sketchbook

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Drawing in your sketchbook is fun, relaxing, and did I mention fun?

It’s always crucial to study the fundamentals and practice your drawing skills like proportions, perspective, value, and composition.

Sometimes though, you just wanna draw. And it’s easy to get into a sketchbook rut where you want to draw but you’re fresh out of ideas(it’s the worst!)

So here are over 120 ideas for those days when you’re looking around like “What the heck do I draw?”

1. Shoes

Dig some shoes out of your closet and set up a little still life, or draw the ones on your feet (or someone else’s feet!)

 

2. Cats & dogs

If you have a furry helper at home, draw them!

If you don’t then just do a quick image search on Google or Pinterest to find a fuzzy friend to draw.

 

Cat drawings illustrations

3. Your smartphone

Come on, you always have this on you. Pull it out, lay it down, and start drawing.

 

4. Cup of coffee

Drawing is a great activity to couple with your morning coffee.

Whether it’s black coffee in an old mug or a fancy latte, this is one you should definitely try.

 

5. Houseplants

Do you have any houseplants around?

Draw their portrait and make ‘em look pretty.

If not, hop on Google to find a picture of a plant you’d love to have in your house.

 

6. A fun pattern

Start drawing swirls, dots, stripes, zigzags, or whatever you want to create a fun pattern.

Google “zentangling” to get inspiration. (Bonus: This is super relaxing and meditative.)

 

7. A globe

A globe on a stand is great practice for practicing proportions and symmetry.

You might even improve your geography skills at the same time!

 

Illustration of globe

8. Pencils

Pretty much all artists have a collection of these laying around so make them pull double duty!

Dump out your pencils and start sketching.

 

9. Clothes

Draw that pile of clothes on your floor (pretty sure you have one).

Or draw clothes on hangers, that’s fun.

For an added challenge try drawing clothes on a person or mannequin, but ONLY the clothes.

 

10. Bananas & apples

Set up a little still life with some fruit from your kitchen. Then enjoy a healthy snack when you’re done.

 

Illustration of apples and fruits

11. Kitchen utensils

While you’re in the kitchen: grab some silverware or cooking utensils, dump them on the table, and draw them where they fall.

 

12. Couch

You probably sit on your couch all the time. But have you ever really looked at it?

Get some practice at drawing soft material and gain a new appreciation for your favorite piece of furniture.

 

13. Headphones

Sketching knots and wires can be tons of fun!

Draw your headphones arranged neatly or in a tangled mess. Although come on, they’re a mess and you know it.

 

Drawing of headphones

14. Your feet

With or without shoes, feet are an important part of figure drawing.

Put your sketchbook in your lap, look down, and start drawing. Try with bare feet, socks, whatever.

 

15. Your hands

Now these are always available!

Pose one hand and draw it with the other, or try drawing your dominant hand with your non-dominant one. Or just look up some references and practice drawing hands that way.

Come to think of it, yeah that 2nd option’s gonna be way easier.

 

16. Books

Books are surprisingly versatile subjects for artists.

Draw them stacked, open, sprawled on the floor, resting on a shelf, in a box or with a fox.

 

17. Trees and bushes

If you need a break outside find a shady spot and draw any trees or foliage you see.

You can also do this from a window or just draw from a photograph if the weather isn’t ideal.

 

18. Pillows

If you want practice time but just don’t want to get out of bed, well here’s your solution.

Practice drawing cloth, folds, and soft material without having to leave your comforter’s warmth.

 

19. Superheroes

Flip open a comic book and copy your favorite illustrations.

Draw a photorealistic rendering of your favorite Marvel characters, or invent your own superhero in your own style.

 

20. School desks

Waiting for a class to begin? Bored with the class you’re in?

Pass the time by drawing some desks. Just don’t get caught!

 

21. Balloons

Balloons are great practice in shapes, lighting, and shading smooth textures.

Find a photograph or use this as an excuse to buy yourself some balloons.

 

22. Lightbulb

Draw a real one on its own or in a light fixture, or draw a cartoony light bulb to spark your inspiration.

 

Drawing of a lightbulb

23. TV

Don’t just watch TV; draw it!

Sketch your fancy flat screen or go for an old-fashioned set with rabbit ears.

 

24. Cartoon characters

Draw your favorite cartoon or comic book characters, or make up some of your own.

This one should be yabba dabba delightful.

 

25. Yarn ball

Yarn is a crazy texture. You’ll get a lot of practice here with lines and form.

Pro-tip: Don’t combine this with the “draw a cat” prompt. For obvious reasons.

 

26. Charger

If you’re craving more after drawing your smartphone, draw the charger!

If you feel really wild draw them both together.

 

27. Mouse & keyboard

Here’s a fun exercise in linework, shading, and perspective.

Challenge yourself to draw your mouse and keyboard, not just any random mouse and keyboard. Notice what makes it unique.

 

28. Glasses

Pose your sunglasses or regular glasses and start drawing.

You can have a lot of fun drawing clear or tinted plastic. Or some Where’s Waldo spectacles.

 

Drawing of glasses

29. Your bed

Try this for a crash course in drawing fabric folds.

But really this is more challenging than it sounds, especially if you don’t make your bed!

 

30. Staircase

Here’s an amazing exercise in line and perspective work.

Draw stairs from different angles to play with different perspectives. Also try to get the depth just right: it’s tricky but extremely valuable for all artists.

 

31. The trash

You’d be surprised how many interesting shapes you can find in the garbage.

Draw a dumpster or your kitchen garbage can, or even trash on the street. Then take a nice big inhale to get those “juices” flowing… or just throw it away. Litter ain’t cool.

 

32. Jewelry

Go through your jewelry box or draw a piece of jewelry on someone else.

See if you can capture the texture and sparkle.

 

33. Your idea of Heaven (or Hell)

Get creative here!

Make this a whole scene or a series of smaller doodles that encapsulate your idea of heaven or hell.

Or for you married folks maybe it’s better to imagine dinner at the in-laws house. Every night, forever.

 

34. A silly face

Let loosey and get goosey. Go for realistic portraits, cartoon expressions, or something in between.

It’s all fair game when the end goal is to be a goofball.

 

Drawing of a silly girl face

35. Paper towels

They seem mundane and utilitarian, but even the most humble objects make great drawing practice.

You’d be surprised how interesting paper towels can be when you try to draw them. Sounds like sarcasm but worth a try right?

 

36. Notebook

Open, closed, spiral bound, try all the possibilities.

Play with different angles to practice perspective and maybe try drawing one of your other sketchbooks.

 

37. Bar of soap

Really get into the texture here.

Maybe add some soap bubbles and puddles for fun.

 

Drawing a bar of soap

38. Shampoo

After you draw soap, get out a shampoo bottle and throw that into the mix.

Or squirt some on the counter just for the fun of drawing a shiny blob of stuff. I don’t know, it’s your sketchbook.

 

39. A skull

Skulls are super spooky and super fun to draw.

Also they’re genuinely good practice for portrait work and for studying anatomy in general.

If you have one hanging around, arrange it in a still life or draw it on its own. Or just find a photo of a weird animal skull to draw.

 

40. Skyscrapers

Draw these on blank or grid paper, or draw them wiggly on purpose!

Put your own spin on this and play with line and perspective work.

 

41. Game controllers

This is extra fun if you have a collection of different video game consoles.

Practice drawing proportions and how light reflects off different plastic materials. Tons of variety here with the shape of joysticks and buttons.

 

PlayStation 4 controller drawing

42. Gnomes

Because why not?

If you happen to have a gnome laying around, perfect! If not, Google image search has you covered.

Also I’ve heard you might check somewhere over your garden wall.

 

Colored pencil drawing of gnome

43. Candy & junk food

If the fruit prompt didn’t do it for you, try this sweet alternative.

Draw the actual food or the package it comes in. Or both. Either way, you learn something!

 

44. Water bottle

Sketch your bottle, and don’t forget the shadows.

This is a great prompt for lighting practice and working around shapes.

And then, you know, drink some water. All this drawing can make you thirsty.

 

45. Birds

Draw birds you see in your neighborhood and flying around the local park.

Or do an image search for the most exotic bird you can find. This is one of the best prompts to go from easy to hard with so much to pick from.

 

Pencil drawings of birds

46. Christmas stuff

Draw lights, Christmas trees, presents, stockings, candy canes, fruit cake, your shih-tzu in his little Christmas sweater…anything goes!

 

47. Halloween stuff

Another holiday with even more weird stuff.

Skulls, bones, black cats, pumpkins, spiderwebs…the list goes on and on.

Draw your decor, your Halloween candy, anything you can find that’s Halloween-y.

 

Cool halloween drawing

48. Bathroom faucet

Utilitarian things like this are great for drawing practice.

Especially because you don’t look at them often so you have to pay attention to draw them correctly.

 

49. Bicycle

Bicycle, tricycle, unicycle, tandem, find any kind of bike you want and put pencil to paper.

 

50. Skateboard

Doodle around your own skateboard or a picture of one.

Really pay attention to knicks, scratches, and bumps that make that particular skateboard unique. Also I bet it’s got some sick deck art.

 

51. Monsters

Draw a portrait of your favorite movie monster or invent your own.

Cartoony or scary, the style is totally up to you. Might I recommend starting with Mike Wazowski and working from there?

 

52. A Chair

For an extra challenge, include shadows with as much realism as possible.

Draw a bare-bones kitchen chair or a plush armchair.

 

Drawing of a chair - realist style

53. Isometric art

If you need a break from drawing true perspective, give this a try. It’s a fun challenge and not something that most artists bother to practice.

 

54. Quick poses

Practice your figure skills by limiting yourself to ten, thirty, or sixty second gesture drawings.

This process is covered in detail in Proko’s figure course along with all of his free figure drawing videos.

And if you don’t have a bunch of references saved locally you can always use one of these websites to auto-generate poses. This way you just focus on the drawings and really nailing those gestures.

 

55. Dice

Drawing plain cubes is great practice for shapes. But it gets kinda boring.

Here’s a fun spin on the classic “draw a cube” exercise.

 

Drawing of small dice

56. Monopoly pieces

While you’re digging dice out of your board games, try drawing Monopoly pieces too.

There’s a wide variety of subjects here so draw them together or one at a time.

Just don’t be too upset when you realize your old Monopoly game has all the classic pieces you miss.

 

57. Deck of cards

Before you leave the game cupboard, find a deck of cards.

Draw individual cards, the neatly stacked deck, or play a little 52 pickup and sketch the results.

 

58. Coins

After you draw some easy subjects take a break on the couch.

While you’re there go through the cushions to find some coins.

Try drawing super detailed pictures of individual coins, or dump them and draw them together.

 

59. Hair styles

This is another great one if you’re bored on your train commute, in a waiting room, or during a class.

Or if you wanna practice some weird hairdo from the 1930s you saw online.

 

Drawing of braided hair

60. The sun & moon

Whether you’re into realism or more stylized drawings, this is a fun idea for all skill levels.

Try drawing different phases of the moon for an even better challenge.

 

61. A bridge

You can draw anything from the Golden Gate Bridge to a simple footbridge in the woods.

Or even better: imagine your own.

 

Drawing of a bridge colored

62. Fish

Pull up a chair in front of your fish tank or Google pictures of the craziest fish on planet earth.

If you haven’t seen a blobfish before you might wanna look into that.

 

63. Airplanes

Mechanical things like airplanes are awesome for learning proportions and getting control of your lines.

Try drawing a single seater as well as huge commercial airplanes, or anything else inbetween.

 

Drawing of Serbia Air airplane in sketchbook

64. Horses

Horses have fascinated artists for millenia.

They’re also insanely hard to draw and require a ton of practice.

Find a field of horses to draw from, or find pictures of different breeds. Catch them running, grazing, jumping, rearing up. The possibilities are endless.

 

Quick sketches of horses

65. Company logos

This is especially great if you’re into graphic design so you can see how sketching logos works.

Try copying your favorite logos or invent some of your own.

 

66. Silly hats

Hit up Google for this one, unless you’re a crazy hat connoisseur.

Granted if that’s you, hats off to you! (Sorry that was so bad)

 

67. Famous statues

The Statue of Liberty, the Colossus of Rhodes, the Little Mermaid…

Google famous statues or statues that exist today. Maybe some others from history. Lots of marble to turn into graphite.

 

68. Wallet

When was the last time you really examined your wallet as an object?

Now’s your chance. Try drawing it open and closed, with money or (as we all know) without money.

 

69. Gym equipment

Draw weight machines, dumbbells, jump ropes, even the pool.

You can find so many interesting shapes and subjects in a gym and the machines are really complex which is great for practicing concept art ideas.

 

70. Table fan

If you’re sweating on a hot day, distract yourself by drawing your table fan.

Just make sure to sit where it won’t blow your pages around.

 

71. Old photos

Google or dig out some old photos and copy them realistically or in your own style.

This one prompt can keep you busy for quite a while and leave you smiling as you dig through old memories.

 

72. Toys

If you still have any childhood toys or if you have kids, well, draw some toys!

It’s also a good excuse to hit up a toy store at 2 in the afternoon.

 

73. Celebrity faces

Portrait practice is so important!

And what’s more fun to draw than celebrity portraits?

Try drawing your favorite celebrities in famous roles or at red carpet events.

 

Fullsize Ariana Grande hyperrealism drawing

74. Guitars

If you have a guitar, draw its outline and practice the details.

Pay special attention to frets or little details that make it special.

 

Water filling guitar - sketchbook drawing

75. A nice car

Draw your dream car and draw yourself driving it.

Or draw a clunker and slap a ticket under the wipers. That’ll show whoever owns that fictitious pile of junk!

 

76. The human torso

Practice drawing the torso and spend a lot of time here. Anatomy is huge and torsos have so much musculature to practice.

Try male and female, different body types, with and without clothing.

 

77. Soda cans

Pay attention to logos here and other things like bar codes or nutrition information labels.

Crunch a few cans if you want a more variety.

 

78. Scissors

For a deceptively simple prompt, draw scissors from different angles. Open and closed.

 

79. Staplers

While you’re rifling around for the scissors grab a stapler too.

If you want to get really crazy, open it and scatter a few staples around for an office-themed still life. Just don’t touch Milton’s Swingline.

 

Drawing of a stapler

80. Emojis

Copy some of your favorite emojis or design a few you wish existed.

This can be really fun because you can get pretty crazy with the artistic style.

 

81. Farm animals

So many to pick from here so I guess just draw your favorite!

Cows, pigs, chickens, sheep, rabbits, goats, get out there and smell that farm air.

 

82. Nature

This can be anything from vast landscapes like mountains or beaches, to the tiniest leaf or mushroom.

Try a bit of both.

 

83. Door knobs

Draw every door knob in your home and challenge yourself to make each distinct.

It’s harder than you think!

 

84. Ice cream

Draw it on the cone, in a cup, or still in the carton.

But draw quick before it melts!

 

85. Nutella

Basically ice cream but better.

Draw the entire jar or scoop out a spoonful and draw that before you gobble it up.

 

Drawing of a Nutella jar

86. Oceans

Anything ocean-themed is fair game here.

Beaches, coral reefs, starfish, tube worms, anything you can think of. Maybe even some nude beaches if you’re into that kinda thing.

 

87. Any book cover

Draw your favorite book covers and maybe add a few creative touches.

So many beautiful book covers out there to pick from, with new ones published every week. Go exploring!

 

88. Houses

Draw your house, a friend’s house, or your dream house.

Or browse Pinterest “dream house” boards because you know there’s thousands of these right?

 

89. World capitals

Draw some of your favorite cities or world capitals you’d like to visit someday.

Images online might be the place to start but if you can book some plane tickets, even better.

 

90. A swingset

Visit the local park or your own backyard to draw a swingset.

Try capturing it from multiple angles to really expand your practice regimen.

 

91. A yeti

Whether you want to go cute or scary, try drawing one of these mythical creatures and see how it turns out.

 

92. Your computer

You spend a lot of time on your computer, so give it some attention and immortalize it in your art.

 

93. Flowers

Head outside to draw from life, or find photographs of your favorites if things aren’t blooming yet.

Or use this as an excuse to buy yourself a bouquet. Treat yo’self!

 

Drawing of a colorful flower

94. A clock

This could be anything from your microwave clock to a wristwatch to a grandfather clock to Big Ben.

Or maybe some kind of device that combines all three…

 

95. Thanksgiving

Draw a Thanksgiving feast, portraits of your relatives, Thanksgiving decor, or anything that reminds you of family time.

 

96. A king & queen

Draw a king and queen from history, from a favorite book or movie, or create your own.

The Queen of Hearts is also acceptable.

 

97. Motorcycles

Whether you’re into classic or newer bikes, this is a great idea to practice with texture, form, and shading.

There’s also some pretty gnarly designs out there.

 

Drawing of cool motorcycle

98. Pool table

If you want to step up your basic shapes try drawing a pool table.

It’s all rectangles and spheres with a lot of nuances between them.

 

99. An old boat

You can make this as simple or elaborate as you want.

Old rowboat or crazy complex pirate ship, it’s up to you matey.

 

100. Magic

This one’s open to interpretation and that’s what makes it so fun.

Draw a rabbit in a hat, an abstract sketch of what a spell might look like, or something Harry Potter themed. Just be sure to make it… magical.

 

101. Dodos

They might be extinct, but they’re still great for drawing.

Draw a group, or draw a single magnificent dodo all by its lonesome.

 

102. Ghosts

Have fun drawing cute, cartoony ghosts, or go all in with the horror and gore.

For an extra challenge play with drawing transparent ghosts. This probably requires a bit of color but it’s fun to see how far you can take little challenges like this.

 

Drawing of cute ghosts

103. Your window

Wherever you’re sitting, draw the closest window to you. Include curtains, blinds, and maybe even your view.

Or maybe a window to another dimension… *twilight theme starts playing*

 

104. Zebras

Drawing stripes is fun! Also pretty easy to color if you only have a standard graphite pencil.

If you loved the horse prompt then step it up a notch with this zany creature.

 

105. Jazz

Draw jazz instruments, a jazz band, or even an abstract drawing inspired by jazz music.

Your sketchbook, your rules.

 

106. Tuxedo

You can always draw a guy in a tux which is pretty sleek.

But you could also draw a tux by itself, a tuxedo cat, tuxedo cake… basically just start chasing tuxedos and see where you end up.

 

107. Wrapping paper

Whether it’s neatly on the row, plain, heavily patterned, or crumpled and ripped after Christmas morning, this is a fun one to draw.

 

108. Champagne

Practicing sketching a champagne bottle, a cork, champagne in a flute, or all three!

Make sure to get the bubbles in there too. Texture is everything.

 

109. The circus

Interpret this how you will but it better be festive.

Draw a tent, acrobats, trapeze artists, clowns, show horses, or peanuts!

You could even do a whole sketchbook series on this.

 

110. Movie theater

When you think movie theater, what images come to mind?

Popcorn, a ticket stub, or even a poster for the last movie you saw. Or the usher walking up the isles with a flashlight on a hunt for those teenagers making out in the corner.

 

111. Cigars

Draw a brand new cigar, one that’s smoldering and ashy, or a person smoking one.

And have fun with the smoke! That’s one texture you can really push with some practice.

 

Drawing of a smoking cigar

112. Pizza box

When your delivery shows up, save the box for drawing practice.

Some may call you crazy but I saw it’s worth it. Or maybe design your own box from scratch.

 

113. A chocolate factory

Try something that would make Charlie proud.

A building, a variety of chocolate, or something in the variety of Roald Dahl.

 

114. Anything upside-down

This is a classic art exercise because it forces you to look and not just draw what you think something looks like.

So turn any object or photo upside down and start drawing. Pay careful attention to every detail.

If you’ve never done this before you’ll be amazed at the end result.

 

115. The tooth fairy

When you were a kid, how did you picture the tooth fairy?

Try drawing that and make your kid-self proud. Or find a photo for inspiration and go from there.

 

116. Candles

Candles come in all shapes and sizes so they’re great practice for drawing forms.

Not to mention excellent practice for lighting if you draw them lit in a dark area.

 

Drawing of a lit candle

117. Camping tent

Sketch a regular ol’ tent, with or without scenery, or design the ultimate camping tent.

Or go on a camping adventure and bring that sketchbook with you.

 

118. Hot tub

Keep it simple and just sketch a hot tub (with the cover on, if you want to stay REALLY simple).

Or draw a full-on hot tub party scene. But if you’re drawing from inside the tub make sure you don’t drop your sketchbook. Paper and bubbling water don’t play nice.

 

119. April Fool’s Day

Anything that makes you think of April Fool’s Day is fair game here.

From a cheesy banana peel, a flower that squirts water, some diagram for short sheeting a bed, or a picture of someone running into a wall of cellophane.

Turn your sketchbook into a prankster’s paradise.

 

120. Spaceships

Draw your favorite star ships from science fiction stories and keep em coming!

Add some rockets from history or use this prompt to design your own spaceships.

 

121. People

People are the ultimate drawing subjects.

Draw yourself, your loved ones, celebrities, and random people you see in public. There’s no better artistic practice than working on real people in the real world.

 

Realist drawing of three cubes

122. Cubes and spheres

Of course, you can always get back to basics with forms like cubes, spheres, cones, cylinders, and pyramids.

These forms are classics for a reason.

Also if you want some totally awesome & free exercises to practice drawing shapes you should check out the Drawabox lessons.

Drawabox is absolutely perfect for beginners and even really good practice for more experienced artists who want to improve their skills drawing from imagination.


Author: McKella Sawyer

McKella is an artist and freelance writer from Salt Lake City, Utah. When she isn't painting or writing for clients she loves to write fiction, travel, and explore the mountains near her home either on foot, horseback, or a mountain bike. You can view her art on Etsy and her writing services at TheCafeWordsmith.com.


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Need some ideas for what to draw in your sketchbook? This list of 365 drawing ideas is sure to inspire you to doodle, draw, or sketch something every single day of the year whether you use ink, pen, pencil or charcoal to create.

You can choose whether to draw one drawing a day, go in the list in order, or simply skip around and choose the ones you like best!

Here are 365 Drawing Ideas to Inspire:

1. View from the park

Parks are great sources of inspiration for drawing. Snap a few of your own reference photos of monuments, benches, and scenes that capture your eye or spend some time in the park with your sketchbook drawing the different scenes you notice.

2. Hot Air Balloon

Hot air balloons are mesmerizing to watch in the sky and can be a beautiful and whimsical thing to learn how to draw. While it’s not too common anymore to see one floating past you in real-life, there are MANY photos out there that you can use as a reference.

3. Selfie

Snap a photo of yourself or try drawing yourself while you look in a mirror.

4. Leaves

You might see leaves on the ground during autumn or notice them on trees in the spring and summer. Choose a few different leaf shapes to draw.

5. Bicycle

They say once you learn how to ride a bike you never forget – so why not try the same thing with learning to draw a bicycle? You can make it realistic or simply create a fun doodle.

6. Hedgehog

Hedgehogs are adorable spiny creatures most commonly found in Europe, Asia, and Africa, and in New Zealand. Draw one today!

7. Baseball and/or Baseball Glove

This was actually an assignment we had in high school to practice realistic sketching and shading using nothing more than a #2 pencil!

8. Fruit Bowl

The classic fruit bowl still life might not sound like the most creative idea for drawing, but have you tried it? You might just be surprised. You could also draw a still life of bananas, oranges, apples, or grapes.

9. Tropical Fish

There are so many types of tropical fish to consider as an idea for things that are easy to draw – choose from an angel fish, a clown fish or even maybe a butterflyfish!

10. Skyscrapers

We see so many great examples of skyscraper architecture in our cities that there are endless sources of inspiration for types of skyscrapers you could draw. Take your sketchbook out locally to a city near you, or spend some time drawing iconic skyscrapers such as the Bank of China Tower, the Taipei 101, or the Chrysler Building.

11. Dragon

Dragons are mythical creatures that have been a drawing subject since ancient times. Draw a dragon with a knight in shining armor, a Chinese dragon, or maybe even a friendly dragon that helps you roast marshmallows.

12. Keys

Unlock the power of your creativity by drawing some keys! You can choose to draw old fashioned skeleton keys or draw a sketch of the keys out of your purse or your house key.

13. Volcano

Have you ever seen a volcano in real life? Even if you’ve only seen one in movies or in photographs they can be fascinating subjects for art and sketching.

14. Sail Boat

Sailboats are often see on lakes and at marinas and can have all sorts of beautiful designs on the sails.

15. Bear

Draw a teddy bear, a brown bear or a grizzly bear – your choice!

16. Clouds

Lay down on a blanket in your yard or at a park and spend some time cloud-gazing for inspiration on what to draw.

17. Family Member

You can have a family member pose while you create a portrait sketch of them, or draw a portrait based on a photo of someone you know.

18. Shark

What can I say about sharks? They have big teeth, they live in the ocean, and they can be very fun and popular to draw.

19. Feather

Birds of a feather…are a great thing to draw! You can make them icon style, or try to recreate a realistic feather on paper.

20. T-Shirt

Surely you have a t-shirt in your closet that would make for a great subject for drawing.

21. The Kitchen

Kitchens are where food is made and are often overlooked as the perfect place to sketch to get a glimpse into your everyday life.

22. Satellite:

Satellites are constantly in orbit around our earth, and they are very interesting looking items with many different geometric lines to use to build your drawing skills.

23. Penguin

Penguins are seabirds that live in mostly cold climates. They don’t fly but they sure do love to swim!

24. Fashion Sketch

What’s trending in the fashion world? Come up with your own fashion designs or take inspiration from some of the leading fashion designers to create your own fashion sketches.

25. Aliens

The best part about aliens as a drawing idea? You can make them look like almost anything your imagination can think of, since it is very rare to actually see them in real-life.

26. Pirate Ship

Ahoy Matey! Pirate ships are a great thing to draw in your sketchbook and can be realistic or make your own cartoon.

27. Skateboard

The nice thing about drawing a skateboard is its not nearly as intimidating as trying to actually ride a skateboard.

28. Cake

Celebrate today by drawing a beautiful cake! You can choose how many layers, what kind of icing, and what type of topper fits the occasion. There are so many ideas to draw for what kind of cake you make!

29. Butterfly

There are so many different kinds of beautiful butterflies you could draw, such as monarchs or swallowtail butterflies.

30. Race Car

race car sketch

Vroom vroom, race cars are designed for speed. Draw your favorite kind of race car, whether it’s an old fashioned derby style car or a racecar fit for Nascar tournament.

31. Cats

If you have a cat you can draw a portrait of your own pet or of course you could make a cartoon cat – we all know and love Garfield the Cat and his affinity for lasagna.

32. Dogs

With over 190 registered dog breeds by the American Kennel Club you could almost make it a daily challenge just to draw a different type of dog.

33. Super Hero

It’s a bird, it’s a plane…it’s super man! Draw one of your favorite super heroes or create your own!

34. Cup of Coffee or Tea

If you’re going to drink coffee or tea every day, you might as well sketch it, right? Not a coffee or tea drinker? You can always sketch a glass of water.

35. Dinosaur

Dinosaur…roar! Draw a T-rex, a brontosaurus, a triceratops, pterodactyl or a velociraptor if you wish – there are so many great dinosaurs to choose from as sketchbook inspiration!

36. Web Icons

Web icons have become so common place we see them everywhere online. Sketch some icons for your favorite social media channels or visit a site like flaticon.com for inspiration!

37. Pizza

Pizza can be a lot of fun to draw, especially because you get to choose the toppings! Will you make it a veggie pizza, pepperoni pizza or maybe a Hawaiian pizza with pineapple and ham?

38. Dandelions

Every kid knows if you blow on a dandelion and make a wish your wish will come true, much to the dismay of gardeners everywhere who view them as weeds. These edible flowers make for a great easy drawing idea.

39. Hair Styles

Draw a braid, an up-do, or even crazy Medusa inspired snake hair if you wish.

40. Necklace, Bracelet or Rings

Jewelry can be a very interesting thing to sketch or draw, especially if the jewelry has special meaning to you, such as a necklace or ring passed on through your family or given to you by someone special.

41. Ice Cream Cone

Ice cream comes in all sorts of different flavors, and of course there are many different shapes and sizes of cones to choose from, whether its a cake cone, a sugar cone or a waffle cone!

42. Aquarium

Aquariums are beautiful habitats for all sorts of fish and can include plants or even decorative items.

43. Haunted House

It doesn’t have to be Halloween to enjoy drawing a spooky and haunted house. Don’t forget details like cracked windows and bent railings – and maybe even a few spirits peeking through.

44. Bridge

Whether you draw a beautiful covered bridge scene or a bridge that goes over a river or harbor through the city, bridges give you plenty of architectural inspiration to use as drawing ideas!

45. Crazy Hats

Go ahead, give yourself permission to be a mad hatter and design as many crazy hats as you can think of!

46. Chevron Patterns

Chevrons are fun to draw and there are so many different pattern variations you can try!

47. Lamp

You could draw a chandelier, a bedside table lamp, or maybe even a lava lamp!

48. Cruise Ship

Cruise ships are designed to take tourists to view the sights and scenes along the ocean coast. Draw the view from the deck or draw the view from one you can see passing by on the coast.

49. Planets in Outer Space

Draw a single planet like Mars, Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Neptune or Jupiter – or draw the whole solar system!

50. Eyes

They say eyes are the window of the soul, and it’s true you can learn a lot about a person’s feelings and thoughts based on how their eyes look. Draw your own eyes or draw the mesmerizing eyes of different animals.

51. Caricature

A caricature is a type of cartoon drawing where something about the subject is exaggerated to be funny. For example, if your friend loves to knit or crochet, you might exaggerate the ball of yarn in their hand. Use this drawing idea to make a funny sketch of your friends, family members or even a pet or celebrity.

52. Shoes

Everybody needs shoes to walk around, so go ahead and grab the pair of shoes you wear everyday and sketch them!

53. Dream Catcher

Dream catchers are designed to catch bad dreams and keep nightmares away. They are a lot of fun to draw!

54. Rocket Ship

Fly to the moon or a distant galaxy far, far away in your very own rocket ship you can design with this simple idea for drawing.

55. House Plants

Whether it’s a succulent, an aloe vera plant, or a terrarium, if you have anything green growing in your house it can be an excellent source of inspiration for drawing ideas.

56. Inspiring Quote

Practice your hand-lettering by illustrating one of your favorite quotes, sayings, or verse from a poem.

57. Guitar

Guitars are stringed instruments that can instantly make us tap our feet and sing along. You can choose to sketch an acoustic guitar or an electric guitar.

58. Deciduous Trees

Deciduous trees are the type of trees that lose their leaves in the winter. Examples include oak trees, maple trees, cherry trees, and ash trees. You can choose what season to show the tree – is it spring, winter, summer or autumn?

59. Circus Clown

Clowns can be funny, happy, sad…or even scary! You get to decide which you wish to draw with this drawing prompt.

60. Fairy Tale

Illustrate a scene from your favorite fairy tale. Some examples include Snow White and the 7 Dwarves, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, or Hansel and Gretel.

61.Bottles

Bottles come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. You could draw a message in a bottle, soda bottles, apothecary bottles and more.

62. What You Last Ate:

What you last ate for breakfast, lunch or dinner is a simple and obvious drawing idea, but so few people think to actually do it and is a great idea for something to include in a sketchbook.

63. Parrot:

Parrots are colorful and tropical birds, so pull out the colored pencils or some inks to make this come alive in your journal.

64. Books

What is your favorite book? You could choose to draw a stack of books or draw the cover of a recent book you’ve read and enjoyed. 

65. Elephants

They say an elephant never forgets, and if you draw one you will have a picture to remember an elephant by forever!

66. Camping Scene

Whether you want to draw a travel trailer or a tent, sketch a camping scene. Don’t forget the campfire and marshmallows!

67. Tigers

Tigers are big cats with interesting black and orange striped patterns, making them the perfect subject for a page in your sketchbook.

68. Roses

Cartoon-like roses can be easy to draw – they are just a spiral and a circle. Or, challenge your skills to draw a life-like rose complete with petals and stem – just watch out for those thorns!

69. Zebra

Zebras are native to Africa and are another interesting animal to draw that are best well known for their black and white stripes.

70. Monster

Could there be a monster hiding under your bed, or in your closet? Probably not, but you never know – which is why you should draw a bigger, more friendlier monster to protect you and scare away all other monsters.

71. Globe

You might remember globes from school and they make for fantastic drawing objects, especially if you are a travel or geography buff.

72. Staircase

We see steps everywhere in regular life, whether it’s in your house, in a park, or maybe even a spiraling staircase along a water tower like in the photo above I took at a nearby park by my house.

73. Peacock

My grandparents used to have peacocks when I was a kid, and they are absolutely beautiful and incredible birds with detailed feathers that are perfect for drawing!

74. The Ocean

You could create an under water scene complete with coral and sea creatures like whales, an octopus and more.

75. Crocodile or Alligator

Crocodiles have a longer, V-shaped snout, while alligators have broad U shaped snouts. Either way, you could draw a snapping good crocodile or alligator in your journal – maybe even both!

76. A Clock

What’s the time? There’s always time to draw something daily! Draw a clock tower, a grandfather’s clock, or an alarm clock.

77. Gumball Machine

A gumball machine can be a lot of fun to draw, and of course there is no rule you have to fill it with gumballs – you can always choose to fill it with a different type of candy, it is your drawing afterall!

78. Giraffes

Known for their long necks, make sure you don’t forget their third horn at the top of their heads. We love visiting the giraffes named Louis and Socks at the local zoo where we live.

79. Bubbles

Bubbles make for a great ideas for what to draw, especially because they are relatively easy for beginners and you could fill a whole page with bubbles in no time!

80. Sports Player

Do you have a favorite sport? Sketch a player in action whether its soccer, baseball, football, hockey or badminton.

81. Airplane

There are so many options for what you could draw with an airplane, whether its the plane’s exterior, the interior, the view from the window, or even possibly the pilot’s cockpit.

82. Sunflowers

Sunflowers are bright, cheerful, and one of my favorite flowers to see standing tall in the summer sun.

83. Mountains

Try your hand at this idea for drawing mountains by sketching a Rocky Mountain or Appalachian mountain landscape.

84. Bath Tub

Rub-a-dub Dub, draw a bathtub! Don’t forget your rubber duckie!

85. Herbs

There are so many great herbs that you can use for drawing. If you grow your own fresh herbs, set them up in a way you can sketch them as a real subject or use reference photos for herbs like basil, rosemary, and thyme.

86. Family heirlooms

Family heirlooms are always special, and what better way to preserve them than to sketch them in your art journal?

87. Duck

If you’re a lucky duck, you might even be able to see these water birds at a nearby park or lake by you, but plenty of reference photos abound – you can even use the photo I took of a duck here if you’d like as inspiration!

88. Wildflowers

Draw a beautiful landscape meadow of wildflowers, or take inspiration from botanists through history who meticulously sketched and documented wildflowers in the field.

89. Spider

Someone once told me I didn’t draw a very serious spider, so I gave this spider a briefcase, neck tie and his own private office with a certificate just to prove how serious he was.

90. Drawing Supplies

You already have the perfect subject for drawing in your hand – a pen, pencil, bottle of ink or charcoal set all make for great things to draw.

91. Fairy

Fairies are enchanting, tiny human-like creatures that have wings and can fly.

92. Woodland Animals

Draw a deer, a raccoon, a fox, a squirrel, or other woodland animals with this drawing idea.

93. Hippie Van

While you may not be able to actually own and live in a hippie van, you can draw one and that’s the next best thing.

94. Ostrich

Ostriches are fun to draw – and you can decide whether or not it sticks its head in the sand! {Of course, they don’t *actually do this* but that’s the nice thing about drawing, you can use your imagination!}

95. Pie

Whether it is just a slice of your favorite kind of pie or the whole thing, your mouth will be watering by the time you are done drawing this one!

96. Eggs

Eggs are a great way to practice your shadowing and depth in drawing. And don’t think you’re limited to just plain white eggs like you get at the grocery store – you can always make them different hues and sizes or decorate with patterns and shapes!

97. Money

Grab a dollar bill or some loose change and try drawing it. This is a great way to practice shading, depth and more if you want to create realistic drawings.

98. Cooking Utensils & Kitchen Gadgets

Don’t use your blender that often? It’s the perfect opportunity to finally put it to use as a drawing subject! You could also sketch your pots and pans, eating utensils, or other kitchen gadgets you have around the house.

99. Your House

Where we live makes for an excellent idea of what to draw, and you can choose whether to draw the interior or the exterior.

100. Radio

Old fashioned radios are fascinating objects, and many times they still work even in today’s world of digital media. Go for a classic vintage radio, or maybe even draw a 90’s style boombox.

101. Fast Food

You know the drill: soda, burger and fries.

102. Phone

We have smart phones with us almost every day – why not draw it in your sketchbook and document that? Or, draw an old rotary phone for a throwback to the days before cell phones existed.

103. Tools

You could draw a hammer, screw driver, drill, saw, wrench or draw the whole toolbox.

104. Arrows

There are so many different styles of arrows you could try drawing, whether you make arrow doodles or draw a realistic bow and arrow set.

105. Jelly Beans

Known for their unique shape, multiple colors and best found in Easter baskets, jelly beans are a great idea for something to draw!

106. Game Controller

Are you a gamer? Whether it’s Play Station, X-Box, a Gaming Keyboard, or an old school Atari controller, draw a game controller that reminds you of your favorite video games.

107. Soup Can

Take inspiration from Andy Warhol and try your hand at drawing a soup can.

108. Fireworks

Let your paper be the sky for a colorful display of patterns of light.

109. Forest Scene

Think trees, moss covered rocks and maybe even a stream winding through a forest scene perfect for a landscape sketch.

110. Astrological Signs & Symbols

What’s your sign? You could draw a Pisces fish, the Scales of Libra, the Scorpion of Scorpio or the Archer of Sagittarius for example.

111. Banners

Banners are a lot of fun to draw and you can make them as whimsical as you wish. I love drawing banners in my art journals!

112. Wristwatch

Do you wear a watch? Whether its a smartwatch or a classic watch you wind up, draw a wristwatch in your sketchbook.

113. Nuts, Bolts & Other Hardware

Take a walk down a hardware aisle or go through your garage to find nuts, bolts, and other miscellaneous hardware to sketch and draw.

114. Typewriter

There is something cool about a typewriter, even if they don’t make much sense in today’s digital age…they are definitely fun to draw!

115. Bunnies or Rabbits

Bunnies and rabbits are cute, soft and fluffy. I used to have one as a kid!

116. Ivy

Ivy is a plant that spreads, often times along a wall, window or trellis and is best known for beautiful leaf shapes – perfect for drawing in your sketchbook!

117. Machines

We see all kinds of machines in our daily lives – from the washing machine, to the dishwasher to the furnace that keeps our homes warm. You could also invent your own machine!

118. Garden Tools

A garden shovel, gloves, trowel etc are all examples of common garden tools that make the perfect subject for still life drawing ideas.

119. City Skylines

Draw a silhouette of a city skyline, whether it is a local city where you live or one you want to visit someday.

120. What’s on your desk?

Take a look at what is on your desk today and sketch it – no matter how messy your desk may be!

121. Pineapple

Pineapples were named pine apples because of their exterior resembles a pine cone. Often viewed as a symbol of friendship, these tropical fruits are the perfect thing to try drawing!

122. Hearts

You can choose to draw doodle hearts, or draw an anatomically correct depiction of a human heart.

123. Train

The first steam train was invented in 1804 and many people were afraid to ride them. Today, trains are still used for transportation and shipping. You can make a passenger train or a cargo train. Draw a single box car, the engine, or the caboose!

124. Lawnmower

My husband is always talking about fixing his broken lawnmower, so I had to include it on this list. You can draw a riding mower or a push mower or even a commercial lawnmower.

125. Hourglass

An hourglass is a type of sand filled timer which you’ve probably seen more often in board games.

126. Scissors

A basic and important office supply, drawing realistic scissors can be more challenging than you might think!

127. Mailbox

Everybody gets mail, so why not sketch your mailbox?

128. Ticket

Have you recently gone to an event where you needed a ticket? Draw or sketch that ticket in your sketchbook.

129. Circles

Circles might seem like a mundane drawing idea, but there are so many great ideas for drawing circular patterns and different circle sizes!

130. Vines

If you are lucky enough to have a grape vineyard nearby, you can find a LOT of inspiration to sketch and draw vines! Many different types of vines also grow on trees.

131. X-Ray

X-rays allow us to see inside someone or something. You can draw an X-ray view of a person or an object.

132. Tunnels

Tunnels are a great way to practice drawing perspective, especially if you are drawing the view from the beginning to the end of a tunnel.

133. People at Work

Millions of people go t work every single day. This could be construction workers, people in your office, or even the cashiers at the store.

134. Ladders

Ladders are another great exercise for drawing perspective. There are also many different kinds of ladders – from step ladders to paint ladders to imaginary ladders that climb all the way to the clouds.

135. Playground

Draw a swingset, sliding board, the view in the sandbox at a nearby park or playground where you live.

136. Swirls

Swirls are fun to draw and can be highly meditative and addictive! Fill a page with swirls or practice drawing some swirly flourishes.

137. Dancing

Draw people who are dancing, and be sure their clothes and dance moves reflect the type of music they are dancing to!

138. Sunglasses or Eyeglasses

Set up a pair of your sunglasses or eyeglasses on a table and start sketching them.

139. Hills & Valleys

Rolling hills and valleys can give a typical landscape sketch a lot of visual interest.

140. Rocks & Stones

Are you a rock collector? Have you ever been to a rocky beach or noticed rocks along the shore of a river? Take some time to draw the details of rocks or stones.

141. Fence

Good fences make good neighbors, according to poet Robert Frost. They also make for great drawing subjects, whether it’s a white picket fence, a split rail fence or a wrought-iron fence.

142. Triangles

There are so many different kinds of patterns you can create just with a simple triangle!

143. Cows

Moo! Cows can be found on farms around the world and are a great animal to try drawing – this sketch of a baby calf is so cute!

144. Frog

There are over 6,300 known species of frogs in the world, which means you have a lot of choices on what kind of frog to draw! Draw a tree frog, a bullfrog, an African claw frog, or other frog of your choosing.

145. Spool of Thread & Other Sewing Notions

Do you have a sewing box? A simple spool of thread and other sewing notions can make for a great still life.

146. Tomato

Some people love tomatoes, others could leave them. Either way, they make for a n excellent drawing subject.

147. Squares and Rectangles

Drawing squares and rectangles gives you plenty of opportunities to discover new patterns in your doodles. Tip: For straight lines, use a ruler!

148. Tea kettle

How about a nice relaxing cup of tea? Sketch a tea kettle in your journal.

149. Lightbulb

The symbol for creativity and ideas, light bulbs are an invention we still rely on heavily today. Try drawing something inside of a lightbulb for an illuminating challenge.

150. Party Supplies

What do you need to throw a party? You could draw party hats, noise makers, or keep it simple with just party foods.

151. Railroad tracks

Railroad tracks are very dangerous to be around, so I do not suggest trying to go near them for sketching, but there are many pictures you can use as reference and they are great practice for perspective.

152. Porch

Porches are welcoming gathering places for company and the perfect scene to sketch.

153. Rainbow

Rainbows are easy to draw and a great excuse to pull out the colored pencils. An easy way to remember the order of the colors is the acronym Roy G. Biv: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet.

154. Lemonade Stand

Every kid dreams of having a lemonade stand someday, and now is your chance to finally design the lemonade stand of your dreams.

155. Piano

Do you play piano? You can choose to draw a close-up of the keys, someone playing the piano, an upright piano, or a baby grand piano.

156. Hallways

Interior hallways can be a great way to practice drawing perspective, especially if the hallway has a lot of doors or wall decor.

157. Watch Gears

What’s inside a watch? Lots of little gear parts that make for fun and easy drawing ideas.

158. Taco

It doesn’t have to be taco tuesday to draw a taco. Fill up that shell with all your favorite ingredients and toppings!

159. Paint & Paint Brush

Pull out your paints and paint brushes to set up a still life scene of an artist at work.

160. Faces With Different Emotions

So often in portraits we see people happy – try drawing faces with different emotions such as angry, sad, frustrated, or calm.

161. Dishes

Dishes can have all sorts of different patterns and styles that can make for fantastic creative inspiration.

162. Fountain

Whether its an outdoor or indoor fountain, there are all sorts of interesting details to capture when drawing a fountain.

163. Puzzle Pieces

Puzzles are always entertaining. Grab a puzzle off your game shelf and scatter a few pieces around to sketch and draw.

164. Monkey

You probably can’t have a pet monkey like Curious George in real life, but you can always draw a character of your own.

165. Angels

Angels are majestic divine beings of light, and a fantastic source of inspiration for sketching and drawing.

166. Hands

One of the nice things about drawing hands is you always have a realistic model attached to you! Try different poses or holding different objects.

167. Pair of Socks

Do you have a pair of crazy socks? You can sketch a pair of socks you already own, or make your own crazy sock designs.

168. Bag or Purse

We use bags all the time in our everyday life, whether it’s a shopping bag or a purse where you keep your keys, wallet and more. Draw the bag itself or draw a fashion sketch of a person wearing a bag.

169. Umbrella

Rainy days are a lot more bearable when you have a good umbrella to keep you dry!

170. Beach Scene

The beach is a relaxing and serene place to sit with a sketchbook and sketch the sights.

171. Bowling Ball and Pins

Bowling can be a lot of fun, and drawing a bowling ball and pins makes for a good drawing exercise.

172. Roller Coaster

Do you have a favorite rollercoaster ride? You can draw a lifelike imitation of a rollercoaster you love, or design your own with plenty of ups, downs, twists and turns.

173. Witch

We often associate witches with mean and scary looking old ladies, but Glenda the Good witch from the Wizard of Oz reminds us that not all witches are bad.

174. Headphones

Love listening to music? Don’t forget to sketch your headphones.

175. Ghost

Are ghosts real? What do they look like? Now is your chance to draw one!

176. Paper Clips

Pull out a handful of paper clips from your office desk and sketch them.

177. King or Queen

You can draw a king or queen from history, or even imagine yourself as king or queen for the day.

178. Graffiti

Graffiti is a unique form of art and perfectly legal when done on paper.

179. Ladybugs

Ladybugs are cute beneficial insects in any garden.

180. Abstract Line Art

Use this as a chance to draw stripes or have fun with experimenting with different line angles on paper.

181. Mermaid

Fictional characters that live under the sea, mermaids have captivated the imagination of sailors and storytellers for ages.

182. Toys

Do you have any toys from your childhood? Pull them out and sketch them.

183. Junk Drawer

Everybody has a junk drawer – that place where stuff just ends up somehow. Go through your junk drawer and pick a couple of random objects to draw.

184. Highway road

Have you been on a any recent road trips lately? Highway roads are always an interesting thing to draw.

185. Backpack

What’s in your backpack? Whether you’re a hiker or a student or carry your laptop in a backpack, there’s plenty of different styles and shapes to choose from to draw!

186. Mushrooms

Did you know there are over 10,000 different types of mushrooms? That gives you a LOT of options for what to draw, whether you draw realistic mushrooms or fantasy style mushrooms in an enchanted forest.

187. Cactus

Whether you have a cactus growing at home or want to take inspiration from a desert landscape, cacti make for excellent drawing subjects.

188. Turtle

Don’t be shy – draw a turtle! You can make it realistic, cartoonish, or somewhere in between.

189. Seashells

Seashells are abundant in the world and come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, giving you plenty of creative options to explore when it comes to drawing them.

190. Photo Frames

Every piece of art needs a good frame, and this is a great prompt to make doodle frames or draw ornate frames inspired from vintage and antique photograph displays.

191. Gate

Where does the gate lead? You can draw a garden gate, a gateway to a new portal or maybe a gate to a haunted and spooky hollow.

192. Vegetables

Don’t want to eat your vegetables? Draw them instead!

193. Quilt

I am always fascinated by the details in patchwork quilts. You can try drawing different quilt block designs, or even take inspiration from a crazy quilt with elaborate stitching and embroidery embellishing each patch!

194. Sunrise/sunset

The sun rises and sets every single day and that itself is pretty amazing! What’s a drawing prompt list without a sunset or sunrise?

195. Flag

You can draw your state or country’s flag, or choose to draw different flags from around the world.

196. Bell

There are many different types of bells, from bell towers to school bells to jingle bells.

197. Potato Chips

Are you in need of a snack? Next time you reach for that bag of potato chips, sketch it!

198. Your Closet

Open up your closet doors and sketch a scene of your current wardrobe. Hopefully you won’t find too many skeletons in there!

199. Vintage Photographs

Old vintage photos make for great drawing reference photo idea, especially when they feature historical lifestyles.

200. Fire

Heat things up by drawing flames or fire. You can draw a campfire, a fire in a fireplace, or flames surrounding another object.

201. Raindrops

Raindrops are their very own shape, and there are so many different ways you could interpret this! You could make raindrop patterns, or try to realistically capture what raindrops may look like on a pane of glass or when they fall and hit the ground.

202. Map

Your choice – make a map of where you live, somewhere you’ve visited, or maybe even a map of a completely fictional and imaginary fantasy world.

203. Optical illusions

Optical illusions play with lines, shadows, and depth to create images that aren’t always what they appear to be. Play around with different ideas until you get a drawing that makes you look twice.

204. Snowman

Do you want to draw a snowman? You can make your snowman as elaborate or as simple as you’d like!

205. Steampunk

Steampunk is a type of science fiction where everything is steam powered. Think gears, flying contraptions, and all sorts of odd inventions. Prefer figure drawing? You could also draw people in steampunk attire!

206. Seagulls

These birds may be noisy, squacky, and annoying to deal with at the beach, but they are still beautiful to look at and the perfect subject for drawing.

207. Computer

We spend enough time at the computer, so take a break from the digital world and get out that sketchpad!

208. Chickens

Chickens come in all sorts of varieties – the American Poultry Association recognizes over 50 different breeds of chickens. You can choose to make this as simple or as complex as you wish!

209. Historic Scene

Scenes from history are always fun to illustrate, especially if you choose to depict a time before cameras were invented, which was in 1816.

210. The library

Go visit your local library and bring your sketchbook! You can choose to sketch the outside of the building or sit at a table where you can get a good view of the rows and rows of books.

211. Your grocery store

Shopping for food is an everyday necessity, and chances are you’ve been to the grocery store at least once in the past year. Draw some of the aisles, a grocery display case, or draw the exterior of the building.

212. Jar of Something

Everything in mason jars is all the rage in decor, or maybe you’re like me and love a jar of bread and butter pickles or homemade jam.

213. Numbers

You don’t have to be a mathematician to appreciate there are so many different ways to draw numbers! Practice hand-lettering in different styles or use basic numbers as a base for more elaborate doodles.

214. Your Bed

Researchers estimate the average person spends about 26 years of our lives in bed…which is a LOT of time sleeping! Give your bed its proper tribute by illustrating it in your sketchbook.

215. Impossible World

Maybe there’s an imaginary world where fish fly in the sky, or the moon is underwater…invent an imaginary fantasy world and draw it!

216. Speech Bubbles

How do you convey spoken words in your drawings? With speech bubbles of course! You can draw them comic book style or practice creating new patterns using a basic speech bubble shape.

217. Farm or Barn Scene

The Barn is an iconic image of the countryside, and no wonder – these giant buildings serve as a place to store farm equipment and provide shelter to animals. Draw a barn!

218. Labyrinth

A labyrinth is a meandering path that leads to the center of a shape. Traditionally circular in nature, they are often used in common times for reflection and meditation.

219. Kite

Go fly a kite! And if there’s no wind or you don’t have a kite, you can always draw one! Again, there are so many different shapes and types here to choose from!

220. Astronaut

Remember that rocket ship you drew in prompt number 54? What about the person flying that thing? Draw a picture of the astronaut brave enough to travel in your spacecraft.

221. Yarn

Balls of yarn can be a fun challenge to draw, especially when you get into different types of hand spun yarns or art yarn!

222. Dice

Go ahead, take a chance…and draw some dice! Did you know there are more dice than just the average 6-sided dice? They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, as I learned from playing Dungeons & Dragons.

223. Pumpkins

You can draw a pumpkin patch, a fall themed still life display, or maybe even carve out a face on your pumpkin and create a jack-o-lantern!

224. Flooring

Have you ever spent time staring at the floor? I know that sounds sarcastic, but you might just be surprised how many different textures and patterns exist on what we walk all over every single day.

225. Scene from a Dream

Have any crazy dreams lately? Illustrate a scene from a dream in your sketchbook. Bonus? You can interpret what that dream means based on the image you drew!

226. Bench

Imagine a bench. Who is sitting on it? Draw it!

227. Garden

There are so many different things you can draw for a garden, whether its a vegetable garden or a flower garden or maybe just a peaceful place outside surrounded by plants.

228. Blue Jeans

Get a pair of blue jeans out from your closet and try putting them in different poses on a table or the floor and draw what you see.

229. Wild West Scene

Cowboys, outlaws, and a good saloon make for the perfect backdrop for a wild west scene you could draw.

230. Children playing

Kids are always a source of inspiration to draw, especially when they are playing.

231. Silhouette

Silhouettes are outlines of an object, person or place. Try drawing silhouettes of people in different poses, or draw silhouettes of everyday objects around the house.

232. Mice

Hopefully there are no mice in your house – but they are cute, when they don’t sneak up on you! You could draw a realistic mouse, or draw personified mice characters who live in their own burrow in a meadow.

233. Baby/Infant

Like kids, babies are another great source for portrait photos. You can use a baby you know as inspiration, or dig out those old photos of you as a baby when you were new to this world.

234. Hippo

I’d never want to see a hippo close in real life {I hear they can be very aggressive and dangerous!} but I’m definitely okay with drawing them!

235. Ice

When the cold wind blows you get ice! You can draw icicles hanging from the eaves of a roof, or maybe even ice cubes that are guaranteed not to melt.

236. Favorite Animated/Cartoon Character

When I was in the second grade I was so lucky to take a cartooning class where I learned to draw Mickey Mouse, Snoopy, and more. Do you have a favorite cartoon character or anime character? Try to draw them as close as the original as you can.

237. Camera

So often as artists we use reference photos to inspire our work, but we forget the camera itself can be a great drawing idea!

238. Mad Scientist’s Lab

Think bubbling potions, beakers, and oh my, what’s that monster doing under the sheet over there in the corner?

239. Wood Texture

Wood grain can be a beautiful texture to draw, especially in pencil, ink, or charcoal. There are so many options for patterns and shading!

240. Gnomes

Who doesn’t love garden gnomes? Maybe they’re tacky, but I think they’re the perfect thing to draw – especially if you draw them in different clothes and styles.

241. Life Underground

Most of the time we think about life on the surface of earth, but there’s all sorts of things that happen underground, from coal mines to subway train stations to fault lines and magma…what world do you imagine? Draw it!

242. Ears

Ever hear the phrase, I’m all ears? Now’s your chance to illustrate it!

243. Car

We drive in cars every day and there are so many different types we see on the road. You can choose to draw your first car, your current car, or the cars you see passing by on the street near where you live.

244. Holiday scenes

There’s so many holidays we celebrate around the world – you can choose from Easter, Halloween, Christmas, Fourth of July or maybe even St. Patrick’s Day.

245. Song Lyrics

Do you have a favorite song? Illustrate a scene from the song, or practice your hand-lettering by drawing a quote of the lyrics.

246. Parking Lot

Parking lots might not sound like that exciting of an idea for drawing, but you can be surprised what happens in them! They are great places for people watching, or you could sketch the scene of one to continue a series of drawings of places around where you live.

247. Movie Scene

What’s your favorite movie? Draw a scene from a movie you love or have watched recently.

248. Xylophone

Xylophone is pretty much the only word we could think of that begins with the letter X, so it made our list. 🙂

249. City Street Scene

Walk around the city and sketch the sights on the street.

250. Award or Trophy

Have you ever been given a trophy or award for an achievement? You could also draw trophies or awards for your pets or friends, like “Best Listener” or “Most Furry”.

251. Stars

Look up to the night sky and draw the stars. You could also research and draw different constellations.

252. Truck

From dump trucks to tractor trailer trucks to pick-up trucks, there are all kinds of trucks you can draw. Above is a picture of a pick-up my brother drew.

253. Skeleton or Skull

Skeletons and skulls might be creepy to some, but they can be a lot less scary if you opt to draw a sugar skull from the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday.

254. Birds

Bird watchers know there are thousands of different species of birds, which means you have a lot of options here! To keep things simple, try drawing birds that are native to where you live and can be found regularly in your backyard and parks.

255. Friend

Ask a friend for a photo or see if they would be willing to pose while you draw a portrait of them.

256. Cleaning Supplies

Fact: It’s more fun to draw cleaning supplies than it is to actually do the laundry, dishes, and other household chores.

257. Wheels

From wagon wheels to car rims, there are all sorts of different types of wheels you could draw. You could also use wheels as a base for making repetitive patterns.

258. Sled Ride

Have you ever been on a sled in the winter? You can draw kids sledding or draw an old fashioned Christmas sleigh!

259. Door

What’s behind that door? You can draw the door of your house, or draw a door that captures your eye and makes you want to open it…or avoid it.

260. Diamonds

Diamonds are easy things to draw and you can play with all sorts of different patterns and repetitions with them.

261. Favorite Things

What are your favorite things in the whole wide world? Draw them!

262. Waves

Waves are a very cool thing you can draw, whether its realistic waves in the ocean, or simply waves of lines that create a pattern.

263. School

Draw a picture of what you remember school looked like when you were a kid, or draw all the school supplies you remember needing.

264. Abandoned Warehouse

Abandoned warehouses are cool architecture places to draw, just remember that you shouldn’t actually go into an abandoned warehouse without proper permission and safety clearances – it can be VERY dangerous!

265. Cooking Spices

What’s on your spice rack? Draw it!

266. Favorite Place From Your Childhood

What is a place you remember from your childhood? It can be any place you visited that brings back happy memories.

267. Vase of Flowers

The classic still life is the perfect opportunity to practice drawing!

268. Vacation Spot

Think back on all of the places you’ve visited and vacationed at over the years. Draw a scene of one of your favorite spots!

269. News Headline

Look to the news today and draw a headline from the current events.

270. Village

Draw a whimsical village of cute little houses.

271. Chair

Artists like Van Gogh are famous for painting a chair, so get your start by drawing one!

272. Horse

Horses are incredible creatures admired for the beauty and strength. Draw wild horses or someone riding a horse.

273. Drum Set

Not everybody has room for a drum set in their house or the talent to play one, but you can always draw one!

274. Exercise Poses

Draw a figure in different exercise poses, such as yoga or aerobics.

275. Something That Smells Nice

What’s your favorite smell? Draw something that you think smells nice.

276. Illustrate Onomatopoeia Words

Onomatopoeia words are words that are spelled exactly like they sound – and they can be fun to illustrate. Some example words are splash, buzz, pop, fizz, and swish.

277. Detective

Take inspiration from Sherlock Holmes and draw a detective on the case to solve the next mystery.

278. Mythological Creatures

Centaur, griffins, and manticores are all examples of different types of mythological creatures you could draw in your journal.

279. Games

Draw a game board, game pieces or make up a design that could be used on your very own deck of illustrated cards.

280. Picnic

Set the scene for the perfect picnic lunch – hopefully there won’t be any ants to ruin the fun!

281. Owl

With over 200 owl species to choose from, you could draw a barn owl, a snowy owl, or great horned owl. The above picture my daughter drew when she was six.

282. Your Favorite Decade

Draw a scene from your favorite decade, whether it’s the roaring 1920’s or the fun and colorful 1980’s.

283. Flash Light

No need to stay in the dark – you can draw your own light with a flash light!

284. Bathroom Cabinet

Draw your toothbrush, a bar of soap, or anything else you may regularly keep in your bathroom cabinets.

285. Idiom

Idioms are expressions and phrases that generally don’t make any literal sense in the real world…one example being it’s raining cats and dogs. Illustrate a silly idiom or other expression that we don’t take literally. You can find more idioms at the Free Dictionary Idiom Search.

286. Rock Star

Everybody thinks about becoming a rock star at some point, take inspiration from one of your favorite artists or bands or draw yourself rocking out to your favorite kind of music.

287. Party Animals

Draw animals going to a party. Don’t forget their party hats!

288. Attic

What’s hiding up in the attic of that old house? Draw it!

289. Happy Couple

Draw a couple that is happy and in love together.

290. Neighborhood

Sketch a street scene from your local neighborhood.

291. Bar or Restaurant

Where’s the last place you’ve eaten or gone out to? Draw a picture of the exterior or interior of the building.

292. Time Machine

Time machines don’t exist yet, but here’s your chance to design one that will help you travel back and forth in time.

293. Runner

They say life is a marathon and not a sprint…unless a lion is chasing you. Draw someone who is running from something, or maybe they are competing in a 5k or marathon.

294. Treehouse

Wouldn’t it be great to live in a treehouse for a day? Design and draw a Pete Nelson worthy treehouse for you to escape to.

295. Museum

Museums are full of interesting artifacts from history. Visit a museum near you or do a virtual tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History online here.

296. Boxes

Boxes can be empty or they can be full of surprises. You can draw just one box or a whole stack of them!

297. Robot

Draw a humanoid-like robot, or draw a robot straight out of a science fiction movie. Cartoon robots are also always fun!

298. Glass

Drawing glass can be a fun way to explore drawing reflections and shadows.

299. Mechanic’s Garage

Draw a mechanic’s garage with cars needing repaired.

300. Helicopter

Did you know the fastest speed of a helicopter ever recorded is 248 mph? That’s crazy!

301. Brick Wall

Brick patterns are a great idea for something to draw.

302. Lighthouse

Lighthouses help keep sailors and ships safe while out at sea. They are also beautiful tourist attractions all around the world.

303. Gifts and Presents

Did you receive any gifts or presents recently? Draw them! You could also draw wrapped presents.

304. Christmas Tree

Deck the halls and put up a Christmas tree, in your art journal or sketchbook at least! Not Christmas time or don’t celebrate Christmas? You could always decorate your tree to be more to your liking.

305. Tower

Towers have been used historically for many different reasons, and they stand tall along the skyline. Draw one!

306. Hotel

There are so many famous hotels you could choose to draw, or draw the outside of the last hotel you stayed at.

307. Ant Farm

Ants build the most fascinating tunnels in ant farms. Illustrate an ant farm to show their secret lives in their homes.

308. Battle

You could draw a historic battle or you could draw a fantasy battle between an ogre and a dragon.

309. Waterfall

There are so many waterfalls in the world, experts can’t even agree how many there are! They are beautiful cascading natural elements perfect for sketching.

310. Remote Control

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a remote control that does everything? Take inspiration from the remote control you have for your TV or design your own with custom buttons you could use in your life.

311. Bakery

Cakes, cookies, bread…mmmm…all of my favorite foods can be found at a bakery, so draw one!

312. Suitcase

Packing to go somewhere? You could draw a suitcase ready to travel the world, or draw yours.

313. Earth

We live on this great big earth, so draw it.

314. Mandala

A mandala is a geometric figure that represents the universe. They are often used for meditative purposes and can be so relaxing to draw.

315. Cassette Tape

Am I showing my age here? Even if everything is digital today, cassette tapes are still cool to draw in my book.

316. Antique Car

Cars from the 1900’s look a lot different than the ones we drive today! Draw an antique or classic car that was manufactured before 1970.

317. Castle

You drew the queen and king in prompt number 177, now where are they going to live? Draw a castle fit for royalty, or take inspiration from one of the famous 500+ castles that already exist in the world.

318. Lightning

Lightning can be mesmerizing and the earth is struck by lightning an estimated 1,400,000,000 times a year – now that’s electrifying!

319. Snakes

Some people are scared of snakes, but the best way to overcome that fear is to draw one on paper. Besides, it’s your imagination – you can make the snake a friendly, non-biting one!

320. Crowd

I heard you can really draw a crowd…haha…I know, that’s a terribly punny joke but I couldn’t resist.

321. Sword

Swords are often seen in coats of armor and in historical fiction stories like the sword in the stone…try drawing one!

322. Compass

Which way north? Draw a compass rose.

323. Pig

Pigs are very intelligent creatures…and they are cute!

324. Wolf

Be careful if you drew three pigs in the last prompt, this could get hairy and become the story of three little pigs quick, which doesn’t end too well for the wolf.

325. Anchor

Anchors are symbols of strength and safety and often used in logos and tattoo designs.

326. Donut

Who doesn’t love a good donut? Draw your favorite flavor donut.

327. Hummingbird

Hummingbirds are very fast to see in real life, but they are beautiful birds to draw.

328. Statues and Sculptures

Draw your own life-like statue or sculpture, or try to draw a realistic rendition of a famous statue such as The Statue of Liberty or the sculpture of Discobolus.

329. Zipper

Zippers are something we use all the time, and they are fun to draw! You can also use the basic shape of a zipper for all sorts of pattern drawing ideas!

330. Television Set

You can draw a retro TV set or draw a more modern day version of a smart TV.

331. Ufo

That alien that you drew in prompt #25…what kind of spacecraft were they flying? Draw an unidentified flying object.

332. Scarecrow

Scarecrows are not really all that useful for scaring away crows, but they have become an iconic decoration around the fall and autumn season.

333. Snipe

One of the popular games for kids to play in the woods is to go snipe hunting…of course you never find one because snipes don’t exist. No one knows what a snipe really is, but this is your chance to imagine what one would look like if it were real.

334. Chameleon

Chameleons are best known for being able to change their colors to blend into their environment. This is a great opportunity to practice shading or draw with multiple colors.

335. Jellyfish

The nice thing about drawing a jellyfish on paper is they can’t sting you! While you’d never want to get too close to one in real life, they are beautifully amazing creatures of the sea.

336. Unicorn

A unicorn is a mythical creature that looks much like a horse with a single horn on its forehead. They are often depicted in art and folklore, making it the perfect drawing prompt.

337. Tulip

Tulips mean spring is coming, and they are fun beautiful flowers to draw in any weather or season. Because they are bulbs, you can even force them to grow in the winter like I did with my flowers. See my post on the seasons of being an artist.

338. Pinwheel

Pinwheels are toys that twirl around when someone blows on them. They are symbolically seen as a way of “turing one’s luck around” and often signify playfulness and happiness.

339. Palm Tree

Did you know palm trees are actually evergreen trees? They are characterized by broad fan-like leaves and usually found in tropical regions around the world.

340. Rainforests

Rainforests are home to thousands of exotic plant species and animals and are typically found around the earth’s equator.

341. Deserted Island

What would you do if you were stuck on a deserted island? What would it look like? I hope you brought a notebook and pencil!

342. Snowflakes

No two snowflakes are alike, and you can have so much fun drawing different patterns and designs of snowflakes.

343. Ball or Sphere

Balls and spheres are a great opportunity to play around with drawing different shadow angles and light sources.

344. Goldfish

Goldfish are easy to draw and are a favorite pet for many people.

345. DNA Helix

It’s crazy to think we have DNA and I even recently just did a DNA test on Ancestry.com – it’s so fascinating to me to trace back all of my ancestors. Drawing the helix is a great way to practice different shading techniques as well.

346. Moon

One of my favorite songs is You Are the Moon by the Hush Sound, and I can’t think but illustrating a beautiful moonlit landscape everytime I hear it.

347. Trapeze Artist

Trapeze artists are highly skilled entertainers who perform all sorts of aerial tricks on ropes. Often seen at circuses, many modern artists can be seen in cities and other places.

348. Atoms and Molecules

You don’t have to be a chemistry major to recognize that atoms and molecule diagrams can be fascinating subjects for drawing ideas!

349. Carousel

I’ve always loved merry go round carousel rides and still ride them even now whenever I get a chance. You can choose to draw the whole carousel or just draw a carousel horse.

350. Cabin or Cottage in the Woods

Draw your own artists retreat place in the form of a cabin or cottage in the woods.

351. Buttons

Buttons make for great doodles, or you can always draw a magic button that you can push for when things go awry.

352. Pot of Gold

What’s at the end of your rainbow from prompt #153? Shamrock optional.

353. Doctor’s Office

Have you ever noticed all the different things they have at the doctor’s office when you go in for a check-up?

354. Panda Bear

Panda bears are just cute and that is why you should draw one.

355. Building Blocks

Building blocks are a great way to play with different angles, lines, and shadows.

356. Ferris Wheel

Ferris wheels are popular carnival rides and a great thing to draw.

357. Turkey

You can draw a turkey – it’s as simple as tracing your hand. Of course, you could always opt to draw a turkey that’s a bit more realistic.

358. Lollipops and Candy

Craving something sweet? Draw a lollipop or another favorite type of Candy.

359. Bus

You could draw a city bus, a school bus, or even a double-decker bus.

360. Flamingo

Flamingos are graceful birds most well known for their ability to balance on just one leg.

361. Ukulele

Ukulele’s only have 4 strings and are smaller and higher pitched than a guitar. Both of my daughters play the Ukulele!

362. Strawberry

Strawberries are amazingly detailed when you look at one up close, making them a great option for a close-up sketch.

363. Sandcastle

Did you know people build sandcastles at a competitive level? It’s amazing what architects, engineers, and creative designers and make out of sand at sand castle competitions!

364. Record Player

We may not play records that often anymore, but they are still a totally fun vintage thing to draw.

365. Magic Wand

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a magic wand? Well, you can always draw one!

I hope you enjoyed this list of 365 Drawing Ideas and of course if you create any of these things to draw I would love to see it in our Artjournalist Facebook community group!

Do you have any ideas for things to draw that I might have missed? I’d love to hear your ideas and how you will use these drawing prompts – tell me in the comments below!

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