How to get drawing ideas

Having easy drawing ideas to get inspiration from will get you drawing more. It happens now and again, you find yourself holding a blank sketchbook; eager to fill it up with new and interesting drawing ideas.

You get excited when you buy new art supplies or fresh new sketchbook. Ultimately, it hits you. You have a sketchbook block. The feeling of not knowing what to draw. Or worse, a fear of not wanting to ruin a sketchbook overcomes you. This is where having a few easy drawing ideas to reference can help you.

Inside this article, I share a variety of ways to defeat creative block by using some extremely easy drawing ideas. You’ll learn basic ways to bypass a drawing rut. While developing an awesome drawing habit.

Crushing sketchbook block with easy drawing ideas

It’s not unusual to experience a drawing block.

All artists experience a form of creative block. But it can hit each artist differently. No worries, defeating a creative block is a learnable skill. Essentially, creative blocks are caused when your mind momentary spark.

Which means you have two options:

  1. Exercise and take a break from drawing.
  2. Spark your mind with easy drawing ideas, challenge, or drawing technique.

Remember, a creative block happens to everyone.

It comes in many forms:

  • The feeling of being confused.
  • Not knowing where to begin.
  • Loss of creative energy or ability to focus.

And though it might seem difficult to get over this phase.

If you’re lacking energy and focus, you have to do what makes you feel relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated mentally. This means getting sleep, regular exercise, and eating healthy.

For when you’re feeling confused and not knowing where to begin you have a few options. Essentially, creativity and motivation flourish with restrictions and limitations.

These restrictions and limitations can be fun. They come in the form of drawing prompts, themes drawing technique experimentation, and challenges.

Drawing ideas are effective because they are creative limitations

When you open your sketchbook to look at a blank page, the possibilities are limitless. You can literally draw anything. But is this a good thing?

Not if it prevents you from drawing. Unless you have drawing themes you’re exploring in your work, I suggest using simple drawing prompts to help you draw more.

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. Essentially, drawing prompts are easy drawing ideas to help you overcome creative block.

These drawing ideas are better than waiting for inspiration

So instead of waiting for inspiration to hit you, you can give yourself a creative limitation to help you push through creative block and draw. 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 prompts something magical happens, inspiration kicks in. You find yourself drawing more and more. Maybe you even ditch using these drawing prompts because inspiration hit you to explore more of a specific concept. If this is the case, then you have yourself a drawing theme.

1. Be curious

Finishing any endeavor starts with the right frame of mind. Which we are in control of. Meaning, we can focus on our specific goals and accomplish them. For example, we want to fill out sketchbooks and never run out of ideas. Being curious sparks creative growth. We have to keep the pulse of our curiosity going.

The best way to indulge your curiosity with drawing is to dedicate time to drawing themes. When you draw a theme, you’re exploring with your drawings. You’re no longer 100% focused on one or two drawings. Rather, you’re pursuing a flow of dozens and hundreds of drawings. Creating more work than you normally would have.

A great drawing theme is something you could easily fill a sketchbook. Typically, it’s a subject you’re interested in. But it’s not something you know a lot about. Drawing a theme is a great excuse to learn more about something you’re interested in.

Which is in line with keeping an open mind…

2. Keep an open mind

We’ll never know everything.

The worst thing we can do is assume we do.

It’s okay to not know everything. Be visually curious about how things are made and structured. This observation-first and inquisitive mindset will help you expand your mental drawing library. Making you aware of details and intricacies to add to your drawings. Understand that there is no ultimate, correct way of drawing something.

Observe. For example, if you’re drawing lips, look at someone’s lips and draw them. No two people have the same lips. Steal from nature and things around you. Look to your surroundings for unique qualities to add to your work.

3. Experiment

Try different drawing techniques in your sketchbook. Drawing techniques can help you fill your sketchbook and find your favorite way of drawing.

It doesn’t matter if you’re using a pencil, pen, pastel or even markers. Ultimately, your drawing skills will grow if you dedicate time to exploring some of these basic drawing techniques. These drawing fundamentals are simple, but still require time to get right.

However, once you fully understand these drawing techniques, you’ll be able to apply them as needed to your future drawings.

Also, experiment with drawing different subjects. Dedicate time to draw animals at the zoo. Or challenge yourself by drawing 100 portraits. Draw things that take you out of your comfort zone. Even better, draw things that take you out of your house.

In this quick guide I’m going to share with you the same drawing prompts I use when I feel stuck with my drawings.

Specifically, for during those moments when you open your sketchbook, but just don’t know where to begin. This sort of creative block can be overcome by giving yourself a creative limitation.

4. Draw every detail of your environment without lifting your pencil

Perhaps the easiest of these drawing prompts 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Morph two objects together

This is my favorite drawing prompt because the results are always unpredictable.

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 drawing prompt to spark your drawing creativity.

How to come up with more drawing ideas

Sketchbook ideas are temporary.

Remember, you need to do something to create a spark. It’s usually something simple. From following a drawing prompt, taking a public drawing challenge, exploring a drawing theme, or experimenting with a new drawing technique.

Final thoughts on using these drawing ideas

Notice something in these drawing prompts?

They all require minimal drawing 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. Having these things aren’t as important as the time you spend actually drawing.

I have one more tip for you to make these drawing prompt more effective. This is to practice these drawing prompts in different environments. Meaning, change up where you normally draw. Go outside and draw. Spend a few minutes challenging yourself with these drawing prompts, but don’t stop there. Start drawing everything you see around you.

So there you have it, use these drawing prompts to help you generate more drawings when you feel like you’re being blocked creatively. Really, your only goal with these drawing prompts isn’t to make your best work ever, it’s to get your creative juices flowing.

To get some momentum with your drawing so you can draw more and more.

I hope you enjoy these drawing prompts and they get you to draw more!