Does this ever happen to you?
You feel inspired to sit down and sketch, but when you actually sit down to sketch, nothing is happening.
Maybe you start putting marks down on the paper, but your mind feels blank.
- Why does this happen?
- Why do you have nothing to draw the moment you sit down to sketch?
- How is it you can feel inspired and still be unable to sketch?
It’s so frustrating.
Which is why drawing prompts can be such a big help.
Inspiration is sparked by action
There is no question that drawing every day will help you get better. But what if you don't feel inspired every day.
The hard truth is that you can't wait to become inspired. You have to just start drawing – ANYTHING – and it will help you spark inspiration.
This is why drawing prompts can be so valuable.
When you force yourself to tackle a creative challenge, you don't need any inspiration. Sketching becomes a game.
Then a few minutes into the drawing prompt something magical happens… inspiration kicks in. You find yourself drawing more and more. maybe you even ditch the drawing prompt because inspiration hit you to draw something else.
Use these drawing prompts to help you start sketching:
- Draw every detail of your environment without lifting your pencil
Perhaps the easiest drawing prompt is to just sit down and start drawing every detail of the environment you're in. The challenge to give yourself is to not lift your pen or pencil. This prompt helps you overcome the challenge of knowing what to draw. While also giving you a creative challenge so you don't over think your drawing before you get started.
- Blind contour drawing
If you enjoy the contour line exercise, then you should certainly try this one. In this exercise, look only at the subject that you are drawing and not at the paper. Yes, you read that correctly. Use a pen in this exercise and try to coordinate your hand and eyes to work together, recording the outer border of what you're looking at. The idea here is to train your hand and eyes to work in unison. As you do more blind contour line drawings you will get better and begin seeing some wonderful, fluid lines in the world around you.
- Draw studies of your opposite hand
Hands have always been challenging to draw. But if you make them something you draw a first thing, they'll be forever easy for you. Keep these simple by drawing only drawing lines and not worry about light and shadow. Give yourself 30-60 seconds to draw your opposite hand. then change the shape of your hand and draw it again in the same time frame – on the same page. Fill up the page with a dozen drawing of your hand. In fact, you could do a few drawings of hand on the same page every day as a warm-up to spark inspiration.
- Revisit old drawings
Sometimes the biggest inspiration blocker is a blank page. Instead of starting on a fresh sketchbook page, instead, flip to a page with drawing already on them. Then finesse and rework some of your older sketches. Add color, add more details, let your imagination go wild on an old observational drawing, add a pattern. This will help you take action and get your drawing energy up so you can eventually turn to a fresh page and start a new drawing.
- Morph two objects together
Merge any two objects together. They can be anything! Reference a photo of an animal and morph it with a plant you're looking at on your table. All the other drawing prompts before this was mostly about challenging your observation and coordination skills. This drawing prompt is about challenging your imagination and creativity. Use this morphing idea to spark your drawing creativity.
Notice something in these drawing prompts?
They all require minimal drawings supplies and resources. You can pick up any pencil or pen and a few pieces of paper and start drawing.
It doesn't matter if you have some elaborate art studio, the best drawing supplies, expensive paper… those things don't matter as much as the moments of time you make to sit down and actually draw.
I hope you enjoy these drawing prompts and they get you to draw more!