Have you hit a creative slump? Still, you’re looking to fill up your sketch, add art to your bullet journal spreads, or be the next Picasso! Whatever it is, you’ll want to hop on this ride and soak up all the cool, boredom-resistant art ideas we have for you today.
1. Koi Fish
If you want a rather simple drawing idea that looks complex, a koi fish doodle will do the trick. Don’t worry; we’ll keep your secret! Also, Koi fish are super artistic and have a minimal color palette.
2. Kawaii Foods
Kawaii food doodles are possibly the most adorable drawing ideas, especially when you add their big eyes and cute smiles. But avoid drawing them on an empty stomach. Otherwise, you might find yourself raiding the fridge!
3. One-Line Portrait
Just put pen to paper, and start drawing a face. The trick is to keep the pen on your paper at all times, which creates the coolest effect. It may not be realistic, but it’ll surely be artistic!
4. Taxonomy of Collections
What’s a taxonomy, you may ask. This practice classifies objects or concepts. So, wouldn’t it be cool to create your illustrated taxonomy? That can be a collection of mugs, hats, pins, pens, or else. Just lay them out in front of you, and draw your beloved collection.
5. Abstract Underground World
Art can be a safe space, so create an abstract infinite underground world that acts as your refuge. What’s in your personal refuge? Is it a living room, bookshelf, TV, or something else? How many rooms do you want to draw, and how deep under the ground are they?
6. Your Brain
Now, we aren’t suggesting you draw the actual organ, so don’t go fetching your biology books. Instead, draw what’s going on inside your brain or how you’d want it to be. You can break it up into sections, including your worries, thoughts, regrets, desires, and so on.
7. Monster With an Ink Drop
Add a drop of ink to a blank sheet. Then, you’ll want to blow on it, shake the sheet a bit, and blot the ink with paper. Do you see your monster? Feel free to add legs, eyes, teeth, antennae, or any details that’ll bring the creature to life.
8. You Ideal Cafe
If you’re a coffee addict, you probably have an idea of what your perfect cafe is like (real or imaginary). Who are the regulars? What drinks does the place serve? Put it all in your sketch, and create your ideal cafe.
9. Floral Whale
Why draw a plain whale when you can draw a floral one? After creating the outline of the whale’s body, fill the inside with floral doodles, big and small. Your intricate design will blow everyone away!
For some self-reflection, draw your abstract portrait. The portrait should reflect your true essence and defining features, both tangible and intangible. But the catch is you can only use three colors! So, what colors best express your essence?
11. Doodle Library
Do you love doodles? If so, you might want to create a personalized doodle library. This is a chance for you to practice doodling but also have illustrations to fill up your journal spreads in the future.
12. Hybrid Animals
We aren’t talking about existing hybrids but made-up ones. For instance, you can draw the head of an animal with the body of another or combine random parts of different animals to create a marvelous mythical creature.
13. Realistic Elephants
You might want a realistic drawing idea if you’re a seasoned artist. So, why not draw an elephant? Challenge yourself to make it as detailed as possible with your shading.
14. Dancing Stick Figure
We wanted to add a drawing idea for the beginners and the little ones. For this one, you can draw a stick figure dancing in as many poses as you like!
15. Ocean Scene in a Light-Bulb
Just picture it, several fish and sea creatures swimming inside a light bulb. How cool is that? You can even combine this idea with our first by drawing koi fish in the bulb.
16. Dragon Tattoo
Does it get any cooler than a dragon tattoo? We didn’t think so. Just think Mushu from Mulan, except nothing like him. We’re kidding; the Mushu statue would make a pretty cool tattoo illustration.
17. Baby Yoda
Everyone knows that Baby Yoda is cute, so why not make a Baby Yoda illustration? This way, you can give the cuteness ball all the appreciation it deserves.
18. Mosaic Bird
Create a bird’s outline, and fill it with bold colors and simplistic shapes and lines. This idea is for fans of mosaic art who want to challenge themselves. You can recreate this with different shapes, colors, and birds.
19. Cute Animals
There’s an abundance of cute animal sketches online, but you can create one without reference if you want. A tip is to exaggerate and simplify the animal’s features.
Remember the old Nokia “snake” game? Perhaps we’ve just unlocked a memory. You can draw an earthworm getting out of a hole, entering it, or with both ends in different holes.
21. Flowers in a Bottle
If you love simplistic art or DIYs, you know what we’re talking about. Using bottles as vases is a classic DIY trick, but have you tried drawing them? They’re super easy, quick, and cute.
22. Cherry Blossom Study
If you want a realistic drawing, just get the real thing! Use a cherry blossom as your reference, and challenge yourself to capture as many details as possible.
Here’s our artistic take on window shopping. Draw several miniature houses with shop fronts, and don’t worry about making it perfect. The ‘imperfect’ lines and angles are what give your drawing personality!
24. Ballerina Frog
Who would’ve thought that this combination might work? Just draw a frog with long skinny legs and arms striking a ballerina pose. And don’t forget the tutu!
25. Fantastic Keyhole
When we say “fantastic keyhole,” we mean it in the most Alice-in-the-Wonderland sense of the word. The keyhole can take up the entire page, serving as an outline (through which we can see a plethora of mythical creatures and talking flowers). Feel free to use this with our hybrid animals idea.
26. Flowered Skull
When you combine items that aren’t likely to coexist, the result is usually interesting. For example, you can draw a skull with flowers blooming from inside and around, reflecting the dichotomy of life and death.
27. Seaweed and Coral
Seaweed and coral are simply stunning and come in various shapes and colors. Drawing an assortment of them can make for a fabulous sketch.
28. Time Turner
Potterheads will appreciate this drawing because it’s Hermione’s time-turner with the elaborate design and hourglass centerpiece. Also, you can add stars around the hourglass to make it even cooler.
You might be thinking, “draw a what, now?” We hear you, but let us explain. Start by drawing some overlapping circles, which will automatically divide each circle into two or more sections. Then, doodle distinct patterns on each section in black and white or colors.
30. Doodles About Yourself
Start with a self-portrait in the middle of the page, and fill the background with whatever makes you, well, you! We’re talking pets, hobbies, interests, prized belongings, and more.
Ultimately, we hope that our drawing ideas have given you the inspiration you need. We’ve added something for everyone, so pick an idea that matches your skill level and preferred art style, and get sketching!