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.

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.

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, 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

2. 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

3. The Planets

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

PLANETS AROUND HEAD COOL DRAWING IDEA
Credit: brian_galaxy

4. 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.

5. 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

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.

CAT AND CACTUS
Credit: milkkoyo

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.

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.

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.

KOI FISH DRAWING
Credit: smashedfox

9. 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

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.

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.

11. 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

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.

HEDGEHOG WITH PIES
Credit: artistic_caroline

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.

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.

14. 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

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.

GIANT OCTOPUS
Credit: kerbyrosanes

16. 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.

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.

GIRL WITH TEARS
Credit: gretlusky

18. 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

19. 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.

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 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

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 I trace over it with the Sharpie.

BLACK WHITE AND BLUE WHALE
Credit: weheartit

22. 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 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

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

24. Bear Holding a Balloon

I really 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.

BEAR HOLDING A BALLOON
Credit: weheartit

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.

BLACK RAVEN
Credit: weheartit

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.

CREATIVE DEER DRAWING
Credit: weheartit

27. 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

28. 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

29. 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

30. 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

31. 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

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.

SIMPLE LEAF
Credit: weheartit

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.

WOMAN LOOKING OUT WINDOW
Credit: weheartit

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.

GIRL IN A BOTTLE
Credit: weheartit

35. 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

36. 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.

EYES AND MATHEMATICS
Credit: shining_star_draws

37. 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

38. 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

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.

BAMBI AND RABBIT
Credit: weheartit

40. 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

41. 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

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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