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.
Drawing Tip #1: Choosing Your Pencils
Before you begin 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.
1. Wilderness in a Bottle
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.
2. Crying Eyes
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.
3. The Planets
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.
4. Watercolor Hygge Doodles
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.
Drawing Tip #2: Use a Blending Stump
It can be difficult to get a good blend with pencils. However, using a blending stump can create a smooth bleeding effect.
Blending stumps are great for smudging graphite and charcoal.
5. Globe and Flowers
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.
6. 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.
7. 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. This drawing would make a great handmade greeting card.
Drawing Tip #3: 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.
8. Koi Fish
This koi fish reference is perfect for the advanced beginner. I really enjoy the addition of the flowers and the water waves.
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.
10. 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.
Drawing Tip #4: 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.
11. Camping Doodles
I love the aesthetic of these camping doodles. Included are a tint, s’mores, a mug, a campfire, and more.
12. 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.
13. 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.
Drawing Tip #5: 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.
14. State Sunglasses
This creative drawing features five pairs of sunglasses, each representing a different state. What a clever idea.
15. 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.
16. Modern Witch
This piece of art features a trendy witch with birds on her shoulder. I love the colors that are used here.
Drawing Tip #6: 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 hands to work as a team. It always helps the artist see all the details of the subject.
17. 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.
18. Cloud Eyes
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.
19. Eyes and Lips
Here are some great references for drawing eyes and mouths. I love the different expressions being made here.
Drawing Tip #7: Add Some 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 color to your drawing.
20. 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 interested, I’m currently using the Castle Art Supplies 26-piece drawing and sketching pencils for my sketches.
21. 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 trace over it with the Sharpie.
22. Costumes for Cats
This costumes for cats art is so cute and creative. I love the mummy cat and the candy corn cat.
Drawing Tip #8: Use the Grid Method
The grid method involves drawing a grid over your reference photo and then lightly 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.
23. Swan in Lake
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.
24. Bear Holding a Balloon
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.
25. 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.
26. 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.
27. Woman Wearing a Dress
This isn’t a drawing for beginners, but if you’re into fashion design, this makes an excellent reference for drawing a model.
This drawing of an ostrich looks like it’ll take some time to complete, but the finished product will be so worth it.
29. Girl Holding Planet Balloons
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.
30. Converse Sneakers
This drawing is so realistic and fantastic. You could consider doing something like this using color to make it look even more real.
31. Woman’s Body
These references are great for learning how to draw a woman’s body. For more practice, check out these human anatomy drawing ideas.
32. 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.
33. 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.
34. 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.
Aren’t these rabbits so cute and perfectly drawn? I think you’ll find this picture helpful if you want to practice drawing rabbits.
36. Eyes and Mathematics
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.
37. Simple Hand with Heart
If you’re looking for a simple and quick drawing reference, try recreating this hand with a floating heart.
38. Woman and Fish
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.
39. 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.
40. Elephant Painting
I love the creativity of this drawing. I think using a different color palette for the paint portion would be fun.
41. Girl with a Sad Expression
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.
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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