26 Cool Things to Draw When You’re Bored

If you’re looking for cool things to draw when you’re bored, I’m sharing some creative drawing ideas for you to check out.

These easy drawings are perfect if you’re looking for something you can draw pretty quickly and receive instant gratification.

Below, I’m sharing cartoon characters, animals, girl sketches, and more. I’ll also be going over some of my favorite tips for drawing and sketching.

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1. Draw a Skull

Artist Credit: weheartit

This step-by-step tutorial shows you how easy it is to draw a skull. I recommend using a blending stump for blending.

2. Draw Flowers in an Umbrella

Artist Credit: weheartit

I’ve always been a fan of flower drawings. This creative drawing features a hand holding an umbrella with flowers growing from it.

3. Draw a Rose

How to Draw a Rose
See more in the book Drawing and Painting Beautiful Flowers.

When it comes to drawing, nothing beats capturing the delicate beauty of a rose. When I was a beginner artist, I was intimidated by the idea of drawing such a complex flower. However, with some practice and determination, I’m now able to draw this beautiful flower.

4. Draw a Penguin

PENGUIN DRAWING (things to draw when you're bored)
Artist Credit: weheartit

Here’s a great beginner-friendly drawing of a penguin. If you’re looking for something simple to draw, go with this.

5. Draw a Girl with Pigtails and Bangs

Artist Credit: weheartit

I love a good girl character sketch. For more girl sketches, check out my post featuring female character sketch ideas.

Drawing Tip #1: Have a Good Drawing Setup

This may seem like an obvious one, but it’s worth mentioning. Having a good drawing setup will make the drawing process much more enjoyable.

Make sure you have a comfortable chair, a well-lit area, and enough space to move around.

Invest in good quality materials if you’re using pencil and paper. My favorites are Strathmore 400 Series sketchbooks and Prismacolor Premier colored pencils. But use whatever you’re most comfortable with.

Additionally, it’s always a good idea to warm up before you start drawing. This doesn’t have to be anything complicated. Just do some quick sketches of simple shapes or objects. This will help get your creative juices flowing.

6. Draw Izuku from My Hero Academia

Artist Credit: weheartit

I recently started watching My Hero Academia and have been enjoying it. If you’re a fan of the show, I think you’ll love using this Izuku drawing as a reference.

7. Draw a Skull with Butterflies

Artist Credit: weheartit

Once you practice drawing a skull using the reference I included above, try to expand your skills with this skull and butterfly drawing.

8. Draw Scooby Doo

Artist Credit: weheartit

Scooby Doo is a lovable dog who helps his friends, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, and Velma, solve mysteries. Scooby is known for his cowardly nature, but he is always brave when it counts.

I was the biggest Scooby Doo fan as a kid. For that reason, I’ll always have a soft spot for this character.

9. Draw Six Types of Eyes

How to draw eyes
Watch the tutorial on How to Draw Six Types of Eyes.

If you want to get better at drawing eyes, this video tutorial will show you how to draw six different types of eyes. If your eyes don’t look perfect at first, that’s okay. Just keep practicing, and you’ll get better.

10. Draw Pluto

Artist Credit: weheartit

Pluto is a cartoon character who has appeared in various Disney films and shorts since his debut in 1930.

He is Mickey Mouse’s pet dog and is known for his lovable, mutt-like personality. I’m loving this Pluto drawing. Even beginners can have fun drawing this silly and loveable character.

Drawing Tip #2: Practice Different Shading Techniques

One of the most important things to learn in drawing is creating the illusion of depth and volume.

This is done by using various shading techniques. Experiment with different pencil strokes and see what effects you can create.

Another important aspect of drawing is perspective. This is the ability to create the illusion of three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface. Practice drawing objects from different angles and perspectives.

The best way to improve your skills is to practice regularly. Set aside time each day to draw, even if it’s just for 20 minutes. Soon you’ll see your skills begin to improve rapidly.

11. Draw a Cat

Artist Credit: weheartit

Cats are so fun to draw. I think you’ll love this reference if you’re looking for an easy cat drawing.

12. Draw a Girl with a Butterfly on Her Nose

Artist Credit: weheartit

Here’s another fun girl character sketch. Adding the butterfly on her nose makes this a cute and creative drawing.

13. Draw Bart Simpson

Artist Credit: weheartit

Bart Simpson is the main character of The Simpsons. He is a ten-year-old boy who is constantly getting into trouble. Fans of the Simpsons will love recreating this Bart Simpson sketch. Consider giving yours a touch of color to make the drawing stand out.

14. Draw a Nervous Kid

Artist Credit: weheartit

Have fun recreating this sketch of a nervous kid with braces. If you’re an illustrator, this will make a great illustration.

15. Draw Dog Faces

Nine Friendly Dog Faces
iStock/Lesya Una

If you’re searching for doodle ideas, draw these nine friendly dog faces. Draw each pup with a different expression, such as happy, curious, or even upset.

Drawing Tip #3: Get Good at Drawing Simple Objects

One of the best ways to learn how to draw is by starting with simple, basic objects. Try drawing a sphere or a cube, or practice creating outlines of other simple shapes.

Once you have mastered these skills, move on to more complex objects like flowers or animal drawings. In addition to practicing your drawing skills, it also helps to study the work of other artists.

Look at different styles and techniques, and see which ones inspire you most. You can even try recreating their drawings as practice. As you continue to improve your skills, don’t be afraid to experiment and take risks.

Drawing allows you to explore your creativity and develop new ideas. So embrace this process and enjoy the journey of becoming an excellent artist.

16. Draw Billie Eilish

Artist Credit: weheartit

This drawing of Billie Eilish is so well done and would be so fun to draw and maybe even color in.

17. Draw Two Different Girls

Artist Credit: Reflections

This art piece looks very different from the other drawings I’ve shared. This picture is colorful and super creative.

18. Draw a Cute Couple

Girl Kissing Guy on the Cheek Drawing
Credit: Pinterest

This sweet drawing shows a girl leaning in to kiss her guy on the cheek. He has a surprised look on his face as she embraces him tenderly.

19. Girl Wearing Black Sabbath Shirt

Artist Credit: imgur

This girl is a heavy metal fan and loves Black Sabbath in particular. I think this would be so fun to try. I love how big her smile is too.

20. Draw The Genie from Aladdin

Artist Credit: weheartit

Who doesn’t love the genie from the movie Aladdin? I must say, Robin Williams voices my favorite version of the genie.

 21. Draw Random Love Doodles

Random Love Doodles
Credit: Pinterest

These random love doodles are overflowing with cuteness. From the hearts to kittens to bunnies, I can’t help but appreciate how perfect they look.

Drawing Tip #4: Do Quick Sketches Daily

One of the best ways to improve your drawing skills is to do quick sketches daily. What you draw doesn’t matter as long as you’re practicing your skills.

You can try doing a different sketch each day or focus on perfecting one specific type of drawing. For example, you could practice drawing portraits, landscapes, or still lifes.

If you’re struggling to come up with ideas for your sketches, try looking at some reference photos online. There are millions of images to choose from, so you’re sure to find something inspiring.

22. Draw a Cute Bunny Rabbit

Artist Credit: ashura ou

Put a twist on your standard bunny rabbit drawing with this fabulous sketch.

23. Draw a Dandelion

Artist Credit: diary of a journal planner

I love super simple drawings like this dandelion. It’s currently the spring season, as I type this, so this is the perfect drawing for this time of year.

24. Draw a Giraffe Eating

GIRAFFE EATING (things to draw when you're bored)
Artist Credit: weheartit

Isn’t this giraffe the cutest thing? I think that it would be fun to color in a drawing like this.

25. Draw a Mouth Eating a Lollipop

Artist Credit: Unfilled Flag

This incredible drawing was done for Inktober 2018. If you didn’t know, Inktober is a month-long art challenge focusing on improving your drawing skills.

26. Draw a Unicorn Horn

Artist Credit: Prada Porter

I love the simplicity of this unicorn horn drawing. This drawing is a t-shirt design by Prada Porter.

There you have it. Over 20 fun and easy things to draw when you’re feeling bored. I hope this list inspired you and helped jump-start your creativity.

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I'm Tiffany, author of the 30-Day Drawing Challenge Workbook. I'm a crafting expert and writer with over 12 years of experience. I love sharing my passion for crafting, which includes crocheting, drawing, painting, and DIY projects.