20 Pencil Art Drawing Ideas to Inspire You

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If you’re an artist or an aspiring artist looking for pencil art drawings and ideas look no further. I’ve rounded up 20 pencil art drawings for you to use for inspiration.

You’ll notice there are some great sketches in this collection. You may be wondering why you should even sketch in the first place.

Have you ever heard someone say that when you’re writing a first draft, you shouldn’t worry about spelling and grammar errors? 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 that 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 make sure that everything is just right.

Your main focus should be getting your ideas out uninterrupted.

Gather Your Drawing Supplies

Mermaid Sketch

If you’re interested in drawing a mermaid, this sketch of a mermaid is a great reference for you to use.


Credit: weheartit

Quick Sketch

Here you can see why it’s important to get your sketch on paper without worrying about erasing any mistakes or making it perfect.

Now that the general idea has been put on paper, you can start fine tuning your drawing.


Credit: weheartit

Hairstyles From Behind

These drawings show you different hairstyles and how they would look from behind.

Doing something like this would be great practice for drawing hair from different angles.


Credit: weheartit

Feminine Features

If you want to practice drawing feminine features, you can create a sketch of a woman with beautiful eyebrows, eyes and eyelashes, a nose and lips.


Credit: weheartit

The Mouth

These drawings make great references for drawing the mouth. What I love is that you get to see the month from different angles making different expressions.

mouth sketches

Credit: weheartit

Quick Girl Sketch

This quick sketch of a girl is great practice for drawing your female characters. love the addition of the freckles along the nose and cheeks.

quick girl sketch

Credit: weheartit

Bird and Flowers

I thought it would be nice to also include drawings of animals. This bird actually has flowers coming out of it’s wings. What a beautiful drawing.

bird and flowers

Credit: weheartit

Deer and Antlers

Here’s a beautiful piece of art that would look amazing framed and hanging on the wall in your home. I love how the antlers tell a story.

deer and antlers

Credit: weheartit

Beautiful Girl

Here’s a great sketch of a beautiful girl. Again, this is another drawing that’s perfect for anyone who needs female sketch references.

beautiful girl sketch

Credit: weheartit

Owl at Night

This beautiful drawing features an owl sitting on a tree branch in the evening. This pencil art includes stunning details and is really a work of art.

owl and moon

Credit: weheartit

Girl with Bird in Hair

I’m loving this drawing of a girl with a bird holding her hair. I find this to be so creative and beautiful. This would look great with a hint of color.

girl with bird on head

Credit: poeticamenteflor

Hand Reference

We all know how challenging it can be to draw hands. Especially as a beginner.

If you’re looking for more hand references, check out my post 19+ Hand Drawing Ideas and References.

hand reference

Credit: weheartit

Woman Looking Towards Sky

As an artist, it’s good to practice drawing your characters from different angles. Consider drawing one of you characters looking away, or looking towards the sky.

woman looking toward sky

Credit: weheartit

Flowers on Cheeks

Here’s a beautiful drawing of a woman. I love the creative addition of the flowers drawn on her cheeks. This artist did a great job with the eyebrows too.

flowers on cheeks

Credit: unknown

How to Draw a Mouth, Nose and Eyes

If you struggle with drawing the mouth, nose, and eyes, try using this step-by-step tutorial to assist you. With practice, you will make great improvements.

how to draw the eyes nose and mouth

Credit: weheartit

Girl with Straight Hair

This sketch is great references for drawing bold facial features and hair that flows realistically. There’s even a nice addition of a hoop earring to help the picture stand out.

girl with straight hair drawing

Credit: art.istratova

Chadwick Boseman

If you are a fan of Chadwick Boseman, pay homage to this talented actor by creating your own drawing of him. This would look wonderful hanging on your wall.

chadwick boseman pencil art drawing

Credit: marcominiacs

Tea with Flowers

This beautiful drawing is simple and so fun to recreate. I think adding a bit of color would give this a unique look.

tea cup with girl and flowers

Credit: poeticamenteflor

Trendy Girl

This sketch features a trendy girl. I call her trendy because she has a nose piercing, freckles, and moon drawn on her face.

girl with freckles drawing

Credit: _danvillablanca

Realistic Eyes

This drawing is definitely advanced. If you consider yourself an advanced artists, try your hands at using this as reference for drawing realistic eyes.

realistic eyes drawing

Credit: shierly_arts

Beginner Friendly Sketch

Here’s a sketch of a girl that I consider to be a bit more beginner-friendly. If you’re new to sketching woman, this photo would make a great reference for you to follow.

easy girl sketch

Credit: mikikondooooooooo

Stylish Girl

This is one of my favorite sketches in this collection. I love how much detail has been added to the drawing. I also really like the expression on the girls face. This picture tells a story.

girl with earrings

Credit: weheartit

I hope you were able to find some inspiration with the pencil art drawing ideas in this post.

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