Easy Sketch Ideas Beginners Can Draw

If you’re an artist or an aspiring artist looking for easy sketch ideas, look no further. I’ve rounded up over twenty easy drawing ideas beginners can sketch.

You may be wondering why you should even sketch in the first place. Have you ever heard someone say that you shouldn’t worry about spelling and grammar errors when writing a first draft?

That the first draft is just for getting your thoughts out? The same concept applies to sketching. Sketching your ideas is the first step in the design process and is something every artist should do.

When you sketch, it doesn’t have to be perfect. The purpose of your sketches is to get your ideas out quickly. Don’t worry about erasing or trying to ensure everything is just right. Your primary focus should be getting your ideas out uninterrupted.

Check out this collection of beginner-friendly ideas. There are even some step-by-step tutorials. There are also sketches perfect for the adventurous beginner. You’ll also love this post with simple drawing ideas.

Baby Turtle

BABY TURTLE DRAWING
Credit: weheartit

If you’re looking for a cute drawing of an animal, check out this adorable baby turtle drawing. This drawing has a bit more detail but is still beginner-friendly.

Female with Cute Hair

Female with Cute Hair Drawing
Credit: rawsueshii

Here’s a classic sketch idea of a young lady with her hair in pigtails that will make an adorable drawing. I love the addition of the star earrings.

Whale in a Lightbulb Drawing

Whale in a Lightbulb Drawing
Credit: Amimi

Draw a whale swimming in an old-fashioned light bulb to add a creative flair to your art. The addition of the heart makes the super cute.

Little Shark

LITTLE SHARK
Credit: weheartit

If you’re looking for a beginner-friendly drawing, it can’t get any easier than this drawing of a shark. If you have kids, this is a very kid-friendly drawing too. I love drawing simple images like this. I find it to be so relaxing and fun.

Chubby Kitten

cat laying down
Credit: weheartit

This kitten is lying down on its belly, looking so adorable. If you love drawing cats, give this cute and chubby kitten a try.

Baby Alligator

BABY ALLIGATOR DRAWING
Credit: weheartit

How adorable is this drawing of a baby alligator? I love how you see the drawing from two different angles. I find that to be so helpful for beginners.

Cat and Dog Doodles

cat and dog doodles
iStock/Lesya Una

Doodling has never been this cute. Draw a page filled with cats and dogs together for an adorable sketch.

How to Draw a Pumpkin

HOW TO DRAW A PUMPKIN
Credit: bonjournal

You’ll probably want to draw a pumpkin when fall rolls around, especially if you have a bullet journal. This tutorial shows you how to draw a pumpkin step-by-step.

Female Dresses

Female Dresses
Credit: weheartit

If you need dress ideas for your characters, here’s a variety of cute and beginner-friendly dresses. This is also an excellent reference for drawing clothes if you need practice.

How to Draw Mickey Mouse

HOW TO DRAW MICKEY MOUSE
Credit: weheartit

I enjoy drawing Disney characters. If you want to draw a Disney character, Mickey Mouse is a great character. This step-by-step tutorial makes it easy to draw Mickey Mouse.

How to Draw Realistic Eyes

HOW TO DRAW REALISTIC EYES
Credit: leemarej

If you’re new to drawing eyes or have trouble drawing them, this eye study should help. It explains the basic eye shape, how light hits the eye, and more.

Red Mushroom Drawing

Red Mushroom Drawing
iStock/Lesya Una

For a whimsical sketch, draw a red mushroom in the middle of a grassy field. You can create different colored mushrooms for your drawing.

Camping Area

CAMPING AREA DRAWING
Credit: weheartit

This is a really simple drawing that’s perfect for beginners. This drawing features a camping area, mountains, and trees. Once complete, this would look cool pinned to your wall.

Character Eyes

CHARACTER EYES DRAWING
Credit: weheartit

This step-by-step tutorial shows you how to quickly and easily draw anime-style character eyes. Once you break things down into steps, it makes it a lot easier to do. To go the extra step, consider coloring in your drawn eyes.

Five Smiling Cat Doodles

Five Smiling Cat Doodles
iStock/Peri Priatna

Make five cute kitties your own by sketching them, each with different facial expressions.

Small Camping Area

SMALL CAMPING AREA DRAWING
Credit: weheartit

Here’s another drawing of a camping area. This one has slightly fewer details and is perfect for drawing newbies. I think simple drawings like this make great gifts to friends or family. For example, you could draw something like this on a handmade greeting card.

How to Draw a Nose

HOW TO DRAW A NOSE
Credit: katcanpaint

Drawing a nose can be challenging for some; however, this tutorial shows you how to draw the easiest nose ever. This is a great tutorial for new artists looking to draw a simple nose on a character.

Nose Studies

NOSE STUDIES
Credit: carlinblake

This isn’t a tutorial exactly, but it shows you how differently shaped noses look from the front view, side view, and at an angle. This is great for learning how to draw different types of noses. Of course, many more nose shapes exist, but this is a good start.

How to Draw a Diamond

HOW TO DRAW A DIAMOND
Credit: weheartit

I love how simple this picture breaks down the steps to draw a diamond. It’s a lot easier than the final step looks. Simply draw one line at a time, and you’ll have a stunning diamond.

How to Draw a Bunny

HOW TO DRAW A BUNNY
Credit: weheartit

I love drawing animals, so this bunny tutorial is very helpful. Following this tutorial, you’ll have your own bunny drawing in no time. I love how simple this step-by-step tutorial is.

Line Drawings

LINE DRAWINGS OF ANIMALS
Credit: weheartit

If you’re a fan of line art, try drawing some of the animals pictured below. Using the line art style, you can also draw faces, shapes, and more. You can create a beautiful piece of art when using this drawing method.

Fingers Touching

FINGERS TOUCHING DRAWING
Credit: weheartit

If you’d like to practice drawing hands, you can reference this picture of two hands touching. For more, check out my post for hand-drawing references and ideas.

Manga Female Hair Styles

Manga Female Hair Styles Drawing
Credit: Naschi

This reference sheet explores various manga female hairstyles. The artist behind this sketch teaches others how to draw amazing manga art. Be sure to check out more of their work.

Manga Female Head

Manga Female Head Drawing
Credit: Naschi

These step-by-step instructions will teach you how to draw a female manga character’s head.

Manga Pleated Skirts

Manga Pleated Skirts Drawing
Credit: Naschi

Pleated skirts are super popular in the world of manga and anime. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to draw manga-style pleated skirts, this tutorial will help.

How to Draw a Cat

HOW TO DRAW A CAT
Credit: weheartit

If you want to know how to draw a cat, this simple tutorial makes it easy. Once you get down to the basics, you can draw a cat with more detail.

Bunnies Hugging

bunnies hugging
Credit: weheartit

Use the reference to assist you in drawing these adorable bunnies hugging. Include a few hearts, and feel free to add color to your drawing.

Winnie the Pooh

WINNIE THE POOH SKETCH
Credit: weheartit

While this isn’t a step-by-step tutorial, these sketches of Winnie the Pooh are still very beginner-friendly. I love the sketches of Winnie the Pooh with his honey jar. You can color in your Winnie the Pooh to add more detail to your drawing.

How to Draw a Rose

HOW TO DRAW A ROSE
Credit: urbankate_in_ca

If you’re interested in drawing flowers, this simple tutorial will show you how to draw a rose in three steps. This step-by-step tutorial makes drawing a flower easy. Make sure you color your rose to make it even more beautiful.

How to Draw a Braid

HOW TO DRAW A BRAID
Credit: kaja

Here’s a simple step-by-step tutorial showing you how to draw a braid. It even gives tips for coloring the hair. When drawing your braid, I recommend using precision micro-line pens.

Eiffel Tower with Hearts

EIFFEL TOWER WITH HEARTS
Credit: weheartit

If you love the Eiffel Tower, try drawing this simple sketch of the Eiffel Tower surrounded by hearts. I love how perfect this drawing is for beginners. This drawing would look great on a handmade greeting card for someone you love.

Tiny Penguin Drawing

TINY PENGUIN DRAWING
Credit: weheartit

Here’s a simple drawing of a little penguin. This is an easy drawing that’s perfect for beginners. You could even add a pop of color to your penguin, coloring the beak yellow or orange.

Palm Tree Inside Planet

PALM TREE INSIDE PLANET DRAWING
Credit: masa_tattooer

I love drawings of planets, which is why I’ve included a few in this collection. This drawing is of a planet and stars, with a palm tree and sand located within the planet. This would look even better if you colored everything in.

The Little Mermaid

THE LITTLE MERMAID SKETCH
Credit: sandrasartgallery

Even if you’re new to drawing, you can reference this sketch of Ariel from The Little Mermaid. I think this character sketch is so beautifully drawn.

Camping Site

CAMPING SITE SKETCH

Minimalist camping sites are always fun to draw because even though they’re minimalist, the finished results look wonderful. This drawing is beyond simple and can quickly be drawn using pencil and paper or digitally with your computer or tablet.

63. How to Draw Hands

HOW TO DRAW HANDS
Credit: weheartit

While this may not be beginner-friendly, I thought it would be helpful for anyone learning to draw hands.

Hands are among the most challenging body parts for artists to draw. This tutorial explains how to draw different hand shapes and movements.

64. Flower in Heart

FLOWER IN HEART SIMPLE DRAWING
Credit: masa_tattooer

Here’s a simple drawing that anyone can do. It shows a heart holding water and a simple flower. You can add your personal touch by changing the flower or adding color.

Step-by-Step Eyes

STEP-BY-STEP EYES DRAWING TUTORIAL
Credit: weheartit

Here’s another helpful tutorial for drawing eyes. This tutorial breaks down each step, which helps make drawing eyes easy. Although this may seem complicated at first glance, if you look at each step, you’ll see how easy it can be to draw eyes.

Flowers in Light Bulb

FLOWERS IN LIGHT BULB EASY DRAWING
Credit: urbankate_in_ca

I love this drawing of flowers in a light bulb. After finishing this sketch, it would look great hanging up on your wall. You could even add some color to make it stand out more.

Mouth Expressions

MOUTH EXPRESSIONS
Credit: weheartit

If you want to draw different mouth expressions for your character, this sketch shows you how to draw a smile, smirk, grin, and more.

Female Making a Shocked Expression

Female Making a Shocked Expression
Credit: rawsueshii

With practice, you can learn to draw a female, making a shocked expression, capturing the wide eyes and open mouth that convey her surprise.

Face in Flower Pot

FACE IN FLOWER POT DRAWING
Credit: masa_tattooer

This line drawing is so simple yet creative. I love how the face is growing from the flower pot, and the top of the head is a simplistic flower. To change this drawing, ask yourself what other shape you could draw from this pot.

Camping Ground and Mountains

CAMPING GROUND AND MOUNTAINS
Credit: weheartit

This camping drawing resembles the previous ones but includes more detail for the mountain, trees, and tent. It is an excellent beginner drawing if you want to practice stippling.

Planets in Head

PLANETS IN HEAD EASY DRAWING IDEA
Credit: brian_galaxy

At first glance, this drawing may seem complicated. However, if you look closely at it, you’ll notice that it’s pretty simple to draw. I recreated this drawing and can tell you that it was so fun to draw.

Girl Characters

GIRL CHARACTERS
Credit: weheartit

Here’s a sketch breakdown of four different girls. Each girl has her own look and style. You should find this reference very helpful if this is your drawing style. It would be fun to color in these characters once they’re complete.

Head in The Clouds

HEAD IN THE CLOUDS DRAWING
Credit: inkbox

I love how simple and creative this “head-in-the-clouds” drawing is. If you’re looking for something you can sketch quickly, try this reference.

Cute Avocado Doodles

Fun Avocado Drawings
Credit: Pinterest

Have fun drawing cute avocado characters. There are avocado slice characters, guacamole bowl characters, avocado toast characters, and more.

Creating art can be intimidating and challenging. We may sometimes feel overwhelmed with where and how to begin. Hopefully, this list of sketch ideas has inspired you to enjoy the process of creating art.

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