38 Cool Drawing Ideas for Your Sketchbook

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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.

*I’ve included a FREE Artist Study printable at the bottom of this post!

It’s been both fun and challenging learning new drawing techniques.

With every piece of art that 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 on the search for cool drawing references, and I found some pretty good drawings and sketches.

I thought it would be cool if I shared some of the art I discovered on 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.

Gather Your Drawing Supplies

Choosing Your Pencils

Before you begin your drawing, it’s important that you choose the right pencil.

If you’re new to sketching and aren’t sure what pencil grade to start with, I recommend starting your sketch with a pencil on the H scale.

You can finish off your drawing with a darker pencil grade, such as a pencil on the B scale.

Wilderness in a Bottle

If you like watercolor, I think you’ll enjoy recreating this art piece that features the outdoors within a bottle.

I love to use this watercolor paint for my watercolor projects.

WILDERNESS IN A BOTTLE EASY DRAWING

Credit: smashedfox

Crying Eyes

These eyes hold so much emotion and tell a story. I really love the art style used here.

Use these colored pencils to color in your art work. They help your work stand out so well.

CRYING EYES DRAWING

Credit: shining_star_draws

The Planets

I actually recreated this drawing and can tell you that it was so fun to draw. Use these colored pencils to color in your finished work or art.

PLANETS AROUND HEAD COOL DRAWING IDEA

Credit: brian_galaxy

Watercolor Hygge Doodles

Here are a few small doodles that are were created with watercolor.

I love the simplicity of these doodles. Hygge doodles are always so nice to look at.

WATERCOLOR HYGGE DOODLES

Credit: moreartsdesign

Use a Blending Stump

It can be difficult to get a good blend with pencils. However, you can create a smooth bleeding effect by using a blending stump.

Blending stumps are great for smudging graphite and charcoal.

Globe and Flowers

This drawing of a globe with flowers is actually really easy to draw and perfect for beginners.

GLOBE AND FLOWERS

Credit: smashedfox

Cat and Cactus

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.

CAT AND CACTUS

Credit: milkkoyo

Whale with Bubbles Easy Drawing Idea

This drawing of a whale is so cute and very beginner friendly. I love the color choice used here as well.

I love using these colored pencils to color in my finished work or art.

WHALE WITH BUBBLES EASY DRAWING IDEA

Credit: artistic_caroline

Try Not to Smudge

If you can, avoid smudging your drawing. You can place a piece of paper underneath your hand to minimize how much your hand smudges your drawing.

This will help ensure you have a clean looking drawing once it’s complete.

Remember, you can use smudging to your advantage to smooth out your shading.

Koi Fish

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

KOI FISH DRAWING

Credit: smashedfox

Tinkerbell

I really 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.

TINKERBELL DRAWING

Credit: itslopez

Emotional Eyes

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.

EMOTIONAL EYES DRAWING

Credit: shining_star_draws

Don’t Blend with Your Fingers

Once it’s time to blend, try not to blend with your fingers.

When you blend with your fingers, the oils from your skin will transfer to the paper and may affect the look of your drawing.

Again, I recommend blending stumps for blending your work.

Camping Doodles

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

CAMPING DOODLES

Credit: moreartsdesign

Hedgehog with Pies

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.

HEDGEHOG WITH PIES

Credit: artistic_caroline

Girl with Red Boots

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.

GIRL WITH RED BOOTS

Credit: janecabreraillustration

Practice Sketching Daily

If you want to get better at sketching, the best thing you can do is practice daily.

I recommend setting aside an hour every day to sketch. Don’t worry about your work being perfect. It will get better naturally the more you practice.

State Sunglasses

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

STATE SUNGLASSES

Credit: shining_star_draws

Giant Octopus

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.

GIANT OCTOPUS

Credit: kerbyrosanes

Modern Witch

This piece of art features a trendy witch with birds on her shoulder. I love the colors that are used here.

MODERN WITCH

Credit: gretlusky

Practice Blind Contour Drawing

Blind contour drawing is the practice of drawing the contour of a subject without looking down at the paper.

Blind contour drawing is helpful because it trains the eyes and hand to work as a team.

It always helps the artist see all the details of the subject.

Girl with Tears

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

GIRL WITH TEARS

Credit: gretlusky

Cloud Eyes

This drawing is so creative, and would probably be really fun to draw.

You can add color to the clouds and stars to give your drawing a unique look.

GIRL WITH CLOUD EYES

Credit: weheartit

Eyes and Lips

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

EYES AND LIPS

Credit: weheartit

Add Color

Adding color to your drawing can be a great way to make your drawing stand out.

You can use colored pencils, pastels, or even watercolor paint to add some color to your drawing.

Three Sets of Eyes

I love the look of these eyes. There’s even a great reference for drawing eyes that are closed.

For anyone who’s interested, I’m currently using the Castle Art Supplies 26 Piece Drawing and Sketching Pencils for my sketches.

THREE SETS OF EYES

Credit: weheartit

Black White and Blue Whale

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 I trace over it with the Sharpie.

BLACK WHITE AND BLUE WHALE

Credit: weheartit

Costumes for Cats

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

COSTUMES FOR CATS

Credit: milkkoyo

Use the Grid Method

The grid method involves drawing a grid over your reference photo and then lightlhy drawing the grid on your drawing paper to scale.

The grid method will help with the placement of your drawing. It will give you a reference point between the photo and your canvas.

Swan in Lake

If you want to draw a creative swan picture, this is an awesome reference.

As I mentioned earlier, I use a Sharpie Fine Point pen for drawings like this.

SWAN IN LAKE

Credit: weheartit

Bear Holding a Balloon

I really love this painting and would love to recreate this.

I definitely recommend this watercolor paint for doing a painting project like this.

BEAR HOLDING A BALLOON

Credit: weheartit

Black Raven

I love the crow and the raven. We have a lot of crows in the area I live in, so a drawing like this is right up my alley.

BLACK RAVEN

Credit: weheartit

Creative Deer

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.

CREATIVE DEER DRAWING

Credit: weheartit

Woman with Dress

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

WOMAN WITH DRESS

Credit: weheartit

Ostrich

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

OSTRICH

Credit: weheartit

Girl Holding Planet Balloons

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

GIRL HOLDING PLANET BALLOONS

Credit: weheartit

Converse Sneaker

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

CONVERSE SNEAKER

Credit: weheartit

Woman’s Body

These references are great for learning how to draw a woman’s body.

As I mentioned earlier, I’m currently using the Castle Art Supplies 26 Piece Drawing and Sketching Pencils for my sketches.

WOMAN'S BODY ANATOMY

Credit: weheartit

Simple Leaf

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.

SIMPLE LEAF

Credit: weheartit

Woman Looking Out Window

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.

WOMAN LOOKING OUT WINDOW

Credit: weheartit

Girl in a Bottle

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.

GIRL IN A BOTTLE

Credit: weheartit

Rabbits

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

RABBITS SKETCH

Credit: weheartit

Eyes and Mathematics

While I love the eyes drawn here, I think it’s so cool how there are math equations behind the eyes.

This really does look so cool and creative. Use these colored pencils to color in your art work.

EYES AND MATHEMATICS

Credit: shining_star_draws

Simple Hand with Heart

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

SIMPLE HAND WITH HEART

Credit: Pinterest

Woman and Fish

Here’s a pretty cool drawing of a woman under water with fish appearing to jump from her head.

I would definitely use the Precision Micro-Line pens for this type of drawing.

WOMAN AND FISH

Credit: weheartit

Bambi and Rabbit

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

Make sure you use colored pencils to color in your art work.

BAMBI AND RABBIT

Credit: weheartit

Elephant Painting

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

ELEPHANT PAINTING

Credit: weheartit

Girl with Sad Expression

The girl in this drawing has a sad expression that has been drawn so well.

If you would like to draw a character with emotion, this reference is a great choice.

GIRL WITH SAD EXPRESSION

Credit: doringota

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