Easy Drawing Ideas for Beginners

There are many approaches and methods that you can use to develop creativity and different drawing ideas. However, drawing simple subjects, objects, and ideas is a straightforward approach. This post includes a comprehensive list of simple, easy drawing ideas you can attempt if you are new to drawing and sketching.

Easy Drawing Ideas

When thinking about cool drawing ideas and things to draw, you must decide how you wish to draw and develop your drawing skills and present your subject. 

Simple Drawing Ideas When You are Bored?

Focus on simple drawing ideas such as basic objects, Drawing prompts, and line drawing. Here is a to-do list you can try straight away.

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    Cool Drawing Ideas: Still Life Objects

    Draw an Egg

    Alternatively, draw a set of eggs in a bowl. This practical way to draw an egg with a soft-grade graphite pencil. Focus on outlining and representing the three-dimensional form of the egg and developing your graduated shading skills. Learn Drawing Fundamentals: Accuracy, Values, & Light.

    Easy Drawing Ideas for Kids
    Easy Drawing Ideas for Kids

    Draw a Feather

    Cool drawing ideas of a feather that focuses on detailing the individual parts and details. Use a fine line; they represent the different parts of the feather.

    Apple or a Piece of Fruit

    An apple can be drawn in several ways. One method is a blind contour pencil drawing of the outline or contour of the apple. An alternative approach is to draw a bowl of fruit where different shapes can be overlapped; I love these ideas.

    Cubist Still Life

    If you are interested in drawing ideas of still life, consider completing a Cubist drawing of still life. Reduce the subject to its basic geometric shapes and draw it from alternative viewpoints.

    A Set of Keys

    This is another easy option if you consider developing a range of drawing styles. Continuous line drawing or a focus upon the negative spaces within a composition drawing and exploring the subject.

    A Pair of Shoes

    A continuous line drawing could be used to draw a pair of shoes. Focus on different ways to draw shapes and rhythms created by the shoes’ lases and draw the fine detail seen on the surface of worn leather. Read this drawing tutorial.

    Table Lamp or Light Bulb

    Learn to draw in your sketchbook a shaded drawing that focuses on dark values of tone created by the cast shadows of a table lamp on a table. Try drawing the form of the objects and the cast shadows formed by a table lamp. Learn the Secrets of Shading with Steven Zapata.

    Old Pair of Boots

    This subject can take the form of a complete pencil drawing of the surface of worn leather boots. Center on representing the flaws of the exterior. Or the leather, the cords, and any covering marks when applying the tone in graphite.

    Draw a Bookshelf

    A bookshelf is a mundane everyday object which could take the form of a quaint pencil study. Organize and position the books in various ways to create visual interest. Books can be neatly stacked or leaned next to each other to create rhythm.

    Still Life With Bottles

    This is a traditional subject that can be developed using various drawing methods and techniques. Using the base of the table for stability and organizing the basic shapes of the objects. Contour drawing or tonal sketching can be used to draw this subject. Watch my drawing tutorial in the video above.

    Draw Children’s Toys

    Drawing ideas based on imaginative shapes and bright colors, children’s toys are an excellent choice for a drawing that incorporates color in different mediums. Color Pencils or Conte crayons are excellent choices for developing your drawings.

    A Piece of Cake

    Drawing ideas that children love to learn to draw is cupcakes or slices of cake can be created in mixed media and tonal techniques. This is an easy drawing that children will enjoy in a mixed media collage with colored pencils.

    A Pair of Glasses

    Mundane and straightforward glasses or spectacles are perfect for producing blind contour drawings of cross contour drawings. Focus on conveying the shape of the frame, lens, and glass. Also, look at the reflections on the lens.

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    Draw a Table Top

    Tabletops are a recurring theme in the tradition of the still life.

    They are perfect for arranging lots of different objects, ranging from flowers to bottles and jugs. These ideas are suitable for linear drawings in a variety of techniques.


    Children’s toys can offer great motivation for studies and sketches with color.

    Concentrate on rendering with colored pencils. These are ideal as they can be layered and blended to create impressive results if you are new to rendering in color pencil.


    Musical instruments are particularly adept at creating excellent drawing compositions acquired from simplified shapes or combinations of forms.

    This would make great inspiration for flowing linear drawings in pen or ink.


    Continuing with the theme of musical inspiration and linear drawings.

    When positioned in various ways, the guitar would make an excellent source of inspiration for a Cubist composition or a tonal drawing.

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    Sketch Drawing Ideas

    Focus on overlapping shapes and integrated viewpoints.


    Volin’s are excellent objects for modeling shape and form with shade and tint.

    Use willow charcoal or a graphite stick to draw and emphasize the shape and style of the violin from various viewpoints.

    Vase with Flowers

    Flowers are an excellent subject because you can quickly and readily incorporate ‘mistakes’ into your drawing without drastically affecting the end result.

    Glass-filled with Watercolor Paint

    As a beginner, you will need to focus on a basic observational drawing of multiple and observed ellipses.

    Christmas Tree

    The Christmas tree is seasonal, and many people choose to draw during the festive season.

    There are several basic drawing methods you can represent a simple tree.

    The simplest way of being a triangle drawn on top of a tree trunk. Details can then be added to the drawing to enhance its overall appearance.


    In this drawing, you can focus on arranging the paintbrushes in different positions. Upright, flat, or arranged in odd combinations, paintbrushes, both large and small, make an excellent source of inspiration for drawing.

    Unfolded Laundry

    The creases and the folding of clothing and garments can make it a valid subject to draw. Look at and observe the shadows created by the various layers, textures, and surfaces to create drawings in various media.

    Chess Piece

    A chess piece is an excellent drawing idea for a tonal-shaded picture. Shade and value can be applied to the chess piece to describe the shape of the object.

    Dramatic lighting can also create a strong use of directional shadows. You can also juxtapose different parts to create negative space and an interplay between the various chess pieces.

    Draw an Old Arm Chair

    The character of an old worn piece of furniture will make an excellent choice for a tonal study or a color pencil drawing. The Details of texture and color can be combined to create a picture from direct observation.


    As a teacher, I know the subject of cake and sweets can really enthuse a class of young children. Make color and decoration the focus of your drawing. This subject is also great for developing into mixed media drawings with texture and color paper.

    Draw a Hot Air Baloon

    This is a relatively easy drawing idea that will allow you to develop drawing skills in basic outline shapes and forms.

    Easy Sketches for Beginners: Ideas of People

    Drawing ideas for adults who are looking to develop their portrait drawing skills

    Draw a Realistic Eye

    Learn to draw the basic underlying form of the eye. Progress on adding more detail on paper or in a sketchbook. Focus on pupils and iris. Practice drawing with a realistic eye by focusing on the details of shading and detail through observation while drawing.

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      Draw an Eye Crying

      One of the best ideas and things to draw is a basic realistic drawing of an eye. Learn to draw from the basic front view. Progress may be on the slightly more complex subject of drawing a teardrop.

      Draw an Eye Closed

      Continue to develop your understanding of the human eye by drawing a closed eye. This drawing will extend your abilities to apply shade and tonal values on the eyelid.

      Human Head with Hair

      Practice drawing hair the right way by drawing the form of the hair. Apply tone, shade, and exceptional detail to create a more realistic effect.

      Person Swimming

      This is a complex subject for the beginner to attempt, so only do so when you are confident to try it. Focus on the waves, splashes, and water ripples to create the illusion of somebody swimming.

      Pop Art Portrait

      Look at the portraits of Lichenstein or Warhol and create a vivid portrait. A simple portrait using flat bold primary color with a bold line outline.

      Draw a Skull

      The human skull can be drawn in many ways, such as shading, line, and tone. The skull is a powerful symbol with connotations relating to life and death. Skulls with flowers, skulls as tattoos, etc…… There are many various alternatives that you could explore. For drawing tutorials, click above.

      Cubist Portrait

      If you have become competent at drawing portraits from direct observation, an alternative option could be to make a Cubist Portrait. It is a place to start your design by drawing it from different angles, overlaying, and integrating the different angles. Once you are satisfied with the overall design, add tone and shading.


      Easy things to draw include the face, generally drawn and interpreted in various styles.

      If you are looking to develop and create a portrait, it is worth drawing in graphite the lips in isolation. Learn how to draw the underlying form of different aspects of the lips.

      Person Writing

      Drawing people or figure drawing is one of the more challenging subjects such as hands and portraiture for the beginner to master. However, if you are determined to learn to draw the human form, then drawing it in different poses and positions is well worth trying.

      A Person Climbing a Tree

      Furthermore, progressing with your figure drawing should include progressively drawing more challenging poses. Action poses are an excellent way to achieve this, with a person running or climbing offering an ideal subject.

      Reclining Figure or Person

      The reclining figure is a recurring theme that has been explored in various artistic mediums from drawing, paintings, and the sculptures and carvings of Henry Moore throughout history.

      If you are looking to develop your figure drawing using different poses, this is another option you should definitely consider trying.

      Figure drawing and drawing people are also ideal for trying new techniques such as pastels or charcoal drawings.

      Person Sitting on a Chair

      This is another alternative pose that, when broken down and reduced to its purest form, will make an ideal pose for the beginner who is new to drawing people.

      Old Person Face

      Drawing expressive faces is a great way to add expression to your portraits. Old people, in particular, offer a great subject to draw in terms of the lines of expression and the shape of their facial features. Hackney’s portrait of his mother is an excellent example of how to draw an old lady.

      Drawing Ideas of People
      Drawing Ideas of People

      A Famous Person From History

      Continue with the cool drawing theme of portraiture to draw a portrait of any famous person. Your portrait can be developed in a stylized manner, such as a Pop Art portrait using bold lines and vivid background colors.

      Happy Clown

      Clowns can be a controversial character to draw. As for drawing ideas, people either love it or hate it. One exciting idea here is the draw a self-portrait. Using a mirror and makeup, dress up as a clown and create a vivid depiction of yourself using a color pencil or watercolor.

      Scary Clown

      You can take the idea of drawing a clown on a stage further by drawing a creepy clown by changing the appearance of the makeup and the features of the face.


      Learning to draw the proportions of the human body and portraiture is a critical skill that all graphite artists need to become adept at. Illustrating the portions of children, in particular, is different from that of a fully grown adult.

      So attempt to draw a cute baby portrait either from direct observation or drawing from a secondary source. Focus on achieving the correct proportions of the head and face and portray this accurately through your drawings.

      Draw a Girl

      Drawing portraits of children can be great for development as a portrait artist. Again, use this exercise to draw the proportions of the head and face.

      Draw a Boy

      This could be drawing a young boy’s face or a petite boy playing. Focus on portraying the character of the child through your drawing. This can be achieved with a detailed observational drawing or a linear drawing.

      Old Man

      Drawing an Old Man
      Drawing an Old Man

      Drawing ideas based on portraiture can be challenging in the level of detail conveyed on the face of an older person.

      Focus on the conventional idea of the features and head and concentrate on the character of the face. The personality is expressed through the drawing of the peculiar characteristics and wrinkles.

      Old Woman

      Often the characteristics of the male and female facial features can appear quite different. So in this representation, learn to draw by solely conveying the feminine features of your portrait.

      Two People Kissing

      Try portraying two characters instead of one is a tricky thing to draw when sketching portraits. If you are looking for a challenge, drawing two people kissing will clearly be challenging. Think especially about positioning heads relative to each other and combining characteristics and tone.


      Action figures and characters are fantastic drawing subjects from which to draw and generate drawing ideas.

      Focus on the location and posture of the figures you have decided to imitate in your sketch to create a more compelling sense of movement in your pictures.

      As with all action figures reducing them to their purest basic form and shapes will make drawing the human form much more straightforward.

      Learn How to Draw a Judo Champion

      If you have attempted to draw an individual action figure, then it is reasonable that you may wish to develop your drawing skills in a more advanced manner.

      Drawing a pair of judo figures is just such a challenge. Begin by drawing the contour of each individual character, depending on the level and amount of detail you wish to add tone and value to your drawings.

      Finally, drawing draw speed or motion lines to create the illusion of moving action figures. For more information about drawing speed lines, read this post, How to draw speed lines in pen.

      Person Running or Sprinting

      These action figures concentrate on how to draw action and motion lines. Additionally, you can draw movement by depicting motion shapes and blurs to develop dynamic effects in your compositions.

      Native Indian

      Drawing figures and portraiture of indigenous civilizations past and present can result in the reproduction of remarkable representations and drawings. Focus on costume, hair, and makeup to create what can be compelling portraits.

      Create a blind contour drawing a Hand

      Of all the elements of the human form to draw. Hands are described by many as one of the trickiest to recreate. To create a blind contour drawing of the hand in different positions. You will need to begin a chosen method that will supply you with an uncomplicated process for drawing them. Study this drawing tutorial.

      For additional information, read my post, How to Draw Hands Step by Step.

      Draw a Self Portrait

      Self-portraits can be created in many styles employing various materials and techniques.

      Practicing using a mirror, you can create a unique self-portrait in graphite, color pencil, or charcoal.

      Consider your viewpoint and situation and how this will ultimately affect your completed drawing.

      Do you want to draw a close-up viewpoint or the whole of the face? Mark a point on the mirror to help position your pose when you need to move away from the mirror.

      Draw a Caricature

      A convenient way to produce a caricature of a famous person is to find a photograph and practice drawing the features of the face while under a strict time limit.

      A caricature is usually drawn quickly under a time limit of two or three minutes, so you will need to become familiar with your subject before and while drawing it.

      Concentrate on illustrating the characteristic peculiarities of the individual, such as the eyes, nose, and mouth, on creating the likeness you are trying to resemble.

      Develop Your Drawing Skills: Nature & landscape

      Easy Sketches to Draw
      Easy Sketches to Draw

      The Surface of Water

      Drawing Water Wave Landscape drawing ideas that can be attempted in several ways. Producing a shaded drawing, or alternatively, an oil pastel, are both sympathetic techniques to the depiction of reflections, waves, and ripples.

      Draw a Water Wave

      The power of the sea or the coastline is a subject that many artists have sought to depict and represent through their artwork.

      Read my post, ‘How to draw water, waves, and ripples. ‘

      Garden Scene

      If you are looking to represent nature or the scenery through your drawing but do not have access to a scenic viewpoint, you should consider creating an illustration of a garden scene. 

      Try to combine all of the different components in the garden, such as wildflowers, bushes, and more important details such as trees if the garden has them.

      Create Easy Drawing ideas of Trees

      Deciduous trees during winter offer particular characteristics to draw, with a labyrinth of exposed forks, branches, and twigs contrasting with the stark winter sky.

      Here is a subject fitting for portraying in various materials, such as charcoal, graphite, or conite crayon. Watch this drawing tutorial in the video below.

      Tree Covered in Snow

      Continue with the literal or natural representation of wintertime trees. Consider a dark winter landscape with snow-covered buildings and trees.

      A Scene from a Shop or Cafe

      Urban scenery or a cityscape gives the artist many distinct choices to work from and produce drawings. A cafe scene is a typical street scene full of various ideas and people going about their everyday business.

      Scenic Viewpoint

      For people prepared to visit or access the country, unearthing great locations to draw isn’t tough. Watch out for scenes that combine the various characteristics of the landscape, the horizon, and streams.

      These features can all be orchestrated to create striking compositions. For further information, see my article Tips for Drawing Landscape Vistas.

      The View Through a Doorway

      Many accomplished and famous artists have chosen to explore viewpoints through their drawings. Use the doorway as a frame to enclose the contents of the picture space and entice the viewers’ eyes to the focus on the picture plane.

      Shooting Star in Outer Space

      The detailed drawing of outer space shooting stars elicits movement and the enchantment of space and the heavens. This is a fantastic drawing subject for younger children to draw and explore, helping them strengthen their creativity and drawing skills.

      Palm Tree

      Many people frequently search how to draw a palm tree, as it seems so strikingly different from an ordinary tree. Especially when you consider that the crown of the tree comprises many-layered slices of leaves.


      Dragon Drawing

      Interested in depicting fantasy creatures through your drawing? Dragon drawing in color pencil drawing where specific colors can be layered and blended together. Focus on the scales around the dragon’s eye and the head of the dragon’s eye itself.


      The eagle is probably the most popular of all the birds of prey that people choose to illustrate. This is a perfect subject for graphic illustrators contemplating a photo-realistic illustration of a bird of prey.


      Illustrations and drawings or polar scenes are ideal for exploring the visual effects of cooling and cold colors in color pencils.


      The drawing of running animals is a favorite choice of subject for many people, and if you are looking for an animal drawing, a running horse is an excellent choice.


      Drawing a favorite pet, past or present, is also chosen if you want to learn to draw from a secondary source. This is an excellent way to produce an accurate reproduction of a photograph.


      A zebra drawing would make an excellent image of a moving animal. This is also a great way to practice drawing motion or speed lines in your pictures if you want to develop this aspect of your drawing.


      Draw a portrait of a tiger’s head, and concentrate on the features of the close head up. Remember to draw from a secondary reference as depicting a tiger close up from life is probably not advisable!


      Monkey portrait has a certain charm, and you can find many in the national geographic Encylopedia.


      The extraordinary grace of the King of the jungle makes an excellent choice for illustrative artists looking to produce illustrations of animals.

      Leopard Face

      This is a fantastic idea for a detailed color pencil drawing of the leopard’s head. Again focus on the proportions of the face and head and progress on applying detail.


      Fish and goldfish, in particular, offer an elegant and decorative subject to study and draw. Focus and concentrate on the fish’s form as the fish’s fins and tailpieces as these make excellent topics to represent and render in your artwork.


      Staying with an aquatic theme and fish and sharks are favorite subjects which young children. The grid method is an easy way to draw sharks by drawing the different parts of the shark step by step.

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        Ian Walsh is the creator and author of improvedrawing.com and an Art teacher based in Merseyside in the United Kingdom. He holds a BA in Fine Art and a PGCE in teaching Art and Design. He has been teaching Art for over 24 Years in different parts of the UK. When not teaching Ian spending his time developing this website and creating content for the improvedrawing channel.

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