Cool Drawing Ideas for Your Sketchbook

If you’re looking for cool and easy drawing ideas, I’ve got some inspirational drawings to get your creative juices flowing.

Now that I’ve been spending so much time at home, I decided to get back into drawing. I’ve been loving browsing Pinterest for drawing ideas for my sketchbook.

It’s been both fun and challenging learning new drawing techniques. With every piece of art I create, I see my work getting better and better. So this is a challenge that’s been well worth it.

Recently, I’ve been searching for cool drawing references and found some pretty good drawings and sketches. I thought it would be cool to share some of the art I discovered in my search.

If you, too, are looking for drawing ideas, sketches, and references, I’m sure you’ll find some inspiration for your sketchbook in this post.

Wilderness in a Bottle

WILDERNESS IN A BOTTLE EASY DRAWING
Credit: smashedfox

If you like watercolor, you’ll enjoy recreating this art piece that features the outdoors in a bottle. The colors chosen for this are beautiful.

Crying Eyes

CRYING EYES DRAWING
Credit: shining_star_draws

These eyes hold so much emotion and tell a story. I really love the art style used here. Use colored pencils to color your artwork. They help your work stand out so well.

The Planets

PLANETS AROUND HEAD COOL DRAWING IDEA
Credit: brian_galaxy

I actually recreated this drawing and can tell you that it was so fun to draw. Use colored pencils to color your finished drawing to give it even more detail.

Watercolor Hygge Doodles

WATERCOLOR HYGGE DOODLES
Credit: moreartsdesign

Here are a few small doodles that were created with watercolor. I love the simplicity of these doodles. Hygge doodles are always so lovely to look at.

Globe and Flowers

GLOBE AND FLOWERS
Credit: smashedfox

This drawing of a globe with flowers is easy to draw and perfect for beginners. For more flower references, I’m sharing some helpful how to draw flowers tutorials.

Cat and Cactus

CAT AND CACTUS
Credit: milkkoyo

Here’s a cute little drawing of a cat getting attacked by a cactus. I was thinking that this drawing would make a great greeting card for a friend.

Whale with Bubbles Easy Drawing Idea

WHALE WITH BUBBLES EASY DRAWING IDEA
Credit: artistic_caroline

This drawing of a whale is so cute and very beginner-friendly. I love the color choice used here as well. This drawing would make a great handmade greeting card.

Koi Fish

KOI FISH DRAWING
Credit: smashedfox

This koi fish reference is perfect for the advanced beginner. I really enjoy the addition of the flowers and the water waves.

Tinkerbell Drawing

TINKERBELL DRAWING
Credit: itslopez

I enjoy drawing Disney characters, so I thought it would be fun to include a reference of Tinker Bell. You can color your drawing in if you’d like.

Emotional Eyes

EMOTIONAL EYES DRAWING
Credit: shining_star_draws

Here’s another drawing that shows emotional eyes. Again, I really love the art style used here. I also love how these drawings are black and white.

Camping Doodles

CAMPING DOODLES
Credit: moreartsdesign

I love the aesthetic of these camping doodles. Included are a tint, s’mores, a mug, a campfire, and more.

Hedgehog with Pies

HEDGEHOG WITH PIES
Credit: artistic_caroline

Isn’t this the cutest drawing of a hedgehog carrying warm pies? I think that this would be so fun to draw and color in.

Girl with Red Boots

GIRL WITH RED BOOTS
Credit: janecabreraillustration

I love the simplicity of this drawing of a girl with red boots. And while it’s simple, it’s still a great drawing with a cool art style.

State Sunglasses

STATE SUNGLASSES
Credit: shining_star_draws

This creative drawing features five pairs of sunglasses, each representing a different state. What a clever idea.

Giant Octopus Drawing

GIANT OCTOPUS
Credit: kerbyrosanes

If you’ve got some time on your hands, I think you’ll enjoy recreating this reference of a giant octopus. I love the detail involved with this drawing.

Girl with Tears Drawing

GIRL WITH TEARS
Credit: gretlusky

I love the uniqueness of this drawing of a girl crying. It’s always fun using creative art styles for your reference.

Cloud Eyes Drawing

GIRL WITH CLOUD EYES
Credit: weheartit

This drawing is so creative and would probably be fun to draw. You can add color to the clouds and stars to give your drawing a unique look.

Eyes and Lips Sketch

EYES AND LIPS
Credit: weheartit

Here are some great references for drawing eyes and mouths. I love the different expressions being made here.

Three Sets of Eyes

THREE SETS OF EYES
Credit: weheartit

I love the look of these eyes. There’s even a great reference for drawing eyes that are closed. For anyone interested, I’m currently using the Castle Art Supplies 26-piece drawing pencils for my sketches.

Black, White, and Blue Whale

BLACK WHITE AND BLUE WHALE
Credit: weheartit

This drawing of a whale is a beautiful piece of art. I would love to frame my finished project. I use a Sharpie fine point pen for drawings like this. I first draw lightly in pencil, then trace over it with the Sharpie.

Costumes for Cats

COSTUMES FOR CATS
Credit: milkkoyo

This costumes for cats art is so cute and creative. I love the mummy cat and the candy corn cat.

Swan in Lake

SWAN IN LAKE
Credit: weheartit

This is a fantastic reference if you want to draw a creative swan picture. As I mentioned earlier, I use a Sharpie fine point pen for drawings like this.

Bear Holding a Balloon

BEAR HOLDING A BALLOON
Credit: weheartit

I love this painting and would love to recreate this. If you’re new to watercolor paint, this would be a perfect beginner’s painting to try.

Space Woman

Space Woman Drawing
Credit: shining_star_draws

The artist behind this piece creates some of the most beautiful and unique art. Check out their Instagram for more inspiration.

Black Raven Drawing

BLACK RAVEN
Credit: weheartit

I love the crow and the raven. There are many crows in the area where I live, so a drawing like this is right up my alley.

Creative Deer

CREATIVE DEER DRAWING
Credit: weheartit

If you know someone who loves deer, this would be a great handmade gift for them. I love the incorporation of the woods with the deer. What a creative idea.

Woman Wearing a Dress

WOMAN WITH DRESS
Credit: weheartit

This isn’t a drawing for beginners, but if you’re into fashion design, this makes an excellent reference for drawing a model.

Ostrich Drawing

OSTRICH
Credit: weheartit

This drawing of an ostrich looks like it’ll take some time to complete, but the finished product will be so worth it.

Girl Holding Planet Balloons

GIRL HOLDING PLANET BALLOONS
Credit: weheartit

I love this drawing of a girl holding planet balloons. The colors do a great job of making this drawing stand out in a significant way.

Converse Sneakers

CONVERSE SNEAKER
Credit: weheartit

This drawing is so realistic and fantastic. You could consider doing something like this using color to make it look even more real.

Woman’s Body Sketch

WOMAN'S BODY ANATOMY
Credit: weheartit

These references are great for learning how to draw a woman’s body. For more practice, check out these human anatomy drawing ideas.

Simple Leaf

SIMPLE LEAF
Credit: weheartit

I love the simplicity of this leaf. Simply pick up a leaf from the ground and use it as a reference for your drawing. Of course, you can also use this picture for reference.

Woman Looking Out Window Sketch

WOMAN LOOKING OUT WINDOW
Credit: weheartit

Here’s a sketch of a woman looking out the window. If you’re looking for a side profile sketch of a woman, use this for reference.

Girl in a Bottle Drawing

GIRL IN A BOTTLE
Credit: weheartit

This is one of my favorite drawings because of how creative it is. This picture would look great hanging on your wall or pinned to a corkboard.

Rabbits

RABBITS SKETCH
Credit: weheartit

Aren’t these rabbits so cute and perfectly drawn? I think you’ll find this picture helpful if you want to practice drawing rabbits.

Eyes and Mathematics

EYES AND MATHEMATICS
Credit: shining_star_draws

While I love the eyes drawn here, I think it’s so cool how math equations are behind the eyes. This really does look so cool and creative.

Simple Hand with Heart

SIMPLE HAND WITH HEART
Credit: Pinterest

If you’re looking for a simple and quick drawing reference, try recreating this hand with a floating heart.

Woman and Fish

WOMAN AND FISH
Credit: weheartit

Here’s a pretty cool drawing of a woman underwater with fish appearing to jump from her head. I would use the Precision Micro-Line pens for this type of drawing.

Bambi and Rabbit

BAMBI AND RABBIT
Credit: weheartit

I think that Disney characters are so fun to draw. Practice drawing cartoon characters with this drawing of Bambi and the rabbit.

Elephant Painting

ELEPHANT PAINTING
Credit: weheartit

I love the creativity of this drawing. I think using a different color palette for the paint portion would be fun.

Girl with a Sad Expression

GIRL WITH SAD EXPRESSION
Credit: doringota

The girl in this drawing has a sad expression that has been drawn so well. This reference is an excellent choice if you want to draw an emotional character.

Cute Panda Drawing

Cute Panda Drawing
iStock/Gabriel Onat

These adorable creatures are loved by everyone, with their big round eyes and fluffy bodies. Use this photo to help you draw an adorable panda bear.

Alien Drawing

Alien Drawing
iStock/Ivan Effendi

If you’re a fan of science fiction and fantasy, try drawing an alien. With its out-of-this-world appearance, an alien is the perfect subject for your next drawing project.

Bear Floating with a Balloon

Bear Floating with a Balloon
iStock/Olga Listopad

This cute and imaginative concept will be so fun to draw. It features a tiny bear floating away on a balloon. You might choose to draw your favorite animal floating away.

Otter Drawing

Otter Drawing
iStock/Anuwat Meereewee

Otters are often seen as one of the most playful and adorable animals. Their cute yet simple faces make them a great subject for artists who want to do a quick and fun project.

Two Foxes

Two Foxes
iStock/Victoria Pakhunova

Foxes are known for their beauty, cleverness, and strong family bonds. It doesn’t get any more adorable than this drawing of two foxes nuzzled together in a loving embrace.

Kittens in Love

Kittens in Love
iStock/Ekaterina Madrid

These two kittens are definitely in love. Be sure to include their cute facial expressions and rosy cheeks, and surround them with pink and red hearts.

Simple Shark Drawing

Simple Shark Drawing
iStock/Svetlana Kuzmina

harks are often seen as scary creatures with their sharp teeth and powerful bodies. But don’t let that intimidate you from drawing one. In a few simple steps, you can draw a cool and fierce shark.

Retro Mushroom

Retro Mushroom
iStock/Olga Cherniak

Get groovy with this nostalgic drawing. Mushrooms are a popular symbol in art. Add a bit of retro flair to your drawing collection with this mushroom.

Giraffe Drawing

Giraffe Drawing
iStock/Kris_art

There’s something so cool about giraffes, with their long necks and unique patterns. And now you can capture that coolness in your own drawing.

Thirty Facial Expressions

Thirty Facial Expressions
iStock/Katrink03

When it comes to drawing characters, one of the most challenging aspects is capturing their emotions and expressions. That’s why I’ve compiled this collection of thirty different facial expressions for you to practice.

Easy Snake Drawing

Easy Snake Drawing
iStock/Olga Naumova

Snakes may be perceived as scary, but they can also be fascinating creatures with their sleek bodies and a wide variety of patterns. Some snakes you may enjoy drawing are the cobra, ball python, copperhead snake, and more.

Momma with Baby Chicks

Momma Chicken with Baby Chicks
iStock/Olga Naumova

Here’s a heartwarming drawing idea. There’s nothing cuter than a momma chicken surrounded by her little chicks. Play around with different color palettes for your art.

Earth Drawing

Earth Drawing
iStock/Woocat

The Earth is our home, and there’s no better way to show our love for it than by drawing it. Drawing our planet is a perfect way to celebrate and appreciate the beauty of our world.

I hope you’ve enjoyed checking out these cool drawing ideas for your sketchbook. Remember, the more you practice, the better you’ll get. Happy sketching.

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