Why Anyone Can (and Should) Draw Regularly
Drawing is a brilliant creative outlet, a fun hobby and a useful skill to have, and the more you do it, the better you get.
I've put together this page because although I'm creative, I've never given drawing a go as I've always thought 'I can't draw' and that's that. But recently, I've decided to try to draw at least 10 minutes on most days, and it turns out I can draw....because anyone can!
Drawing can consist of doodles, cartoons, sketches and any other drawing style you like. You can draw from life or create your own subject, you can create patterns or design products. Whatever you feel like drawing, draw it! Don't compare your drawing to anyone elses or worry about making a mess or ruining a piece of paper. Just go for it! The worst that can happen is you 'waste' a piece of paper.
You can draw in pen, pencil, ink or charcoal and you can add all kinds of things to the drawing (if you want); like pictures from magazines, watercolour paints, newspaper cuttings, acrylic paint splatters etc. - it's up to you, because it's all about being creative - any way you can.
I hope this page inspires you to regularly take time out to be creative, whether it's drawing or something else - like baking, art journaling, poetry, knitting or writing. Enjoy :-)
Beginner's Drawing Skills
Best Drawing & Creativity Books
There are a variety of excellent books available on the subject of drawing, with some being more about encouraging creativity and inspiring ideas and others being more about technical drawing advice, and here are my top 5 picks:
What Are You Wearing?
One idea which is always viable for a drawing is to illustrate what you are wearing - so you never have the excuse that you can't think of anything to draw!
Illustration above by Katie Green.
Tips For Overcoming the Barriers
Personally, the most difficult things about drawing are a) taking the time out to draw when I've got other things to do b) getting started and c) thinking what to draw.
- Taking time out: Anyone has 10 minutes somewhere in their day to draw, whether it's when you wake up or just before you go to sleep (keep your sketchbook next to your bed), when you're half-watching TV, when you're on the train or bus, in a cafe, waiting for a cake to finish baking, when you're sunbathing, when you're on holiday etc. Have a kitchen timer set to 10 minutes if you like.
- What to draw? I've written some drawing prompts on this page, but there is never a lack of things to draw, whether it's household objects, yourself or other people, animals, flowers in your garden or scenes on your travels. Or you can make up characters and monsters or fairytale castles, or doodle random objects or patterns.
- Getting started: getting rid of the blank page is the hardest thing, so just do it without thinking (what is the worst that can happen after all?) - you could splatter some paint on the page and draw over it, draw a scribble and make that into a drawing, draw a border around the page (simple or ornate), split the page into smaller, more bite-size portions, or shade the whole page with watercolour crayons or coloured pencils first :-)
- Keep your sketchbook at hand with the next blank page ready to be drawn on, and your pen/pencil alongside. If you spend a lot of time at the computer for instance, keep it within reach.
- Have relaxing music playing in the background. Anything visual will only distract you, so turn the TV off.
- Look out for things around the house that you would like to draw, whether it's a jar of Marmite, a candlestick or a pile of books. Put these things next to where you keep you sketchbook so there is always something to draw. I like to keep a couple of photo-filled magazines next to my sketchbook so that I can either draw from the photos, or cut them up to use in collages.
- Go through the alphabet and draw something for every letter until you get bored.
- Have someone scribble on a piece of paper, and then you must try and create a picture from it.
- Think of 2 different animals. If they had a baby, what would it look like? What would you call it?
- Draw a monster which you would imagine living in a deep, dark cave, or another spooky setting. Then draw this animals predator - or what it eats to survive.
- If you were asked to design a castle for the middle of urban London, what would it look like?
- Re-design the Daleks (from Doctor Who) to make them more dangerous.
- Draw a giant, human-eating plant.
- Draw 5 completely different pairs of shoes.
- What do you think the Loch Ness monster would look like?
- Design a hat worthy of Lady Gaga.
- If you owned a country, what would your flag look like?
- Draw a household object using the hand you don't normally draw with. Then draw it again with your writing hand, but without taking the pen off the paper.
- Draw someone's face whilst only looking at the person's face, not at the page AT ALL!
- Pick a random word from the dictionary and write it out in either 'Las Vegas' style lettering, a spooky font, a chunky font with a spiky metal texture, a cute and fluffy style or as if the word were made of ice.
- Draw an ornate frame around your page. Draw or paint some 'modern art', or cut out a magazine photo to go inside.
- Draw a washing line with clothes and underwear hanging from it.
- Draw a stick man holding a pile of random objects, so that they go up to the top of the page. You can draw a mix of things from books and wellington boots, to anvils and suitcases.
- You could go to the Illustration Friday website and create a drawing based on the 'word of the week'.
- Type a color like 'pink' into Google images and use the results to either copy or give you ideas about what to draw.
- Draw a city skyline at night with skyscraper silhouettes and lit-up windows.
- Get the board game 'Pictionary' and use the cards included to tell you what to draw. Limit yourself to 10 minutes or similar for each drawing.
- Illustrate the letters of the alphabet.
- Draw the back of a spoon to give you practice with reflections.
- Draw your non-drawing hand or your feet.
- Trace lines from photographs; a nice idea to get you drawing without fear of mistakes. Go here for a tutorial.
- Draw a selection of your own, or someone else's, favourite books - like the drawings shown on this blog.
- Draw a bird every day for a month. They can take 5 minutes or an hour, be a doodle or a painting, a cartoon, a fantastical creature or a realistic drawing - it's up to you!
You could do the same for all kind of things such as fish, musical instruments, bugs, monsters, trees, flowers, hats, eye glasses, vehicles/modes of transport, favourite foods etc.
Do each drawing on a separate piece of paper and at the end of the month, bind them all together in a booklet, or display them on your wall as a montage.
- 2 children are trying to sneak into a building without being recognised as children. What disguise are they wearing....fake beards, trench coats, giant platform shoes?!
- Illustrate a cover for your favourite book, or illustrate certain events, scenes or people within a book you are currently reading.
- Draw your husband/wife/girlfriend/boyfriend, with a list of the top 10 things you like about them. If you are single, draw your ideal husband/wife/girlfriend/boyfriend with the top 10 attributes you would like them to have. It can be as funny or as serious as you like!
- Draw a cityscape around a polystyrene cup - taking inspiration from Cheeming Boey.
- Try the website recommended here to get you started on your drawing - failing that, use paint to make your own random blob and let your imagination fly!
What Have You Eaten Today?
A fun drawing project is to sketch out an alphabet and make your own font. Or you could choose one letter and decorate it, draw the same letter as many different ways as possible, or draw as many objects you can think of that start with that letter (e.g. 'C' - cat, coat, candle, crayon, clock etc)
Photo by Karen Horton.
Simple Still Life
You will never run out of things to draw with still-life studies - there are subjects all around you whether it's the classic fruit bowl, headphones, sunglasses, shoes or anything at all - you could also focus on just a small part of a larger object such as one corner of an ornate mirror or the reflection on the back of a spoon.
Photo and charcoal drawing by RC Designer.
What You Can Draw Today - Examples of Drawing Subjects, Plus Helpful Drawing Methods
- Artistic Magazine Cover Revamps
A cool way to recycle your magazines into art.
- Sketching with Found Leaves
Use natural materials as your inspiration.
- How to Draw Perspective
Excellent tutorial covering basic linear perspective.
- Personalized Pet Art
If you don't have pets you can doodle any other animal or object you like instead.
- Draw Your House
Clever idea for making your own free lightbox too.
Drawing With A Ball-Point Pen
Highly Rated Drawing Equipment
You can start drawing with as little as a pencil and a piece of paper, but once you get started you might want to increase the quality of the pencils, pens and paper you use, or even try out different mediums such as ink or pastels?
Drawing Inspiration & Tutorials - Techniques & Ideas to Inspire
- What I Wore Today
Drawings of people and their clothes.
- Extended Landscape Method
Good idea to kick start drawing.
- Using Coloured Pencils
For colouring in your drawings.
- Using Pastels
Drawing with pastels is fun because they produce intense colour.
- Pencil Technique Lesson
How to do graduating shading.
- Cartoon Drawing Tutorials
Lessons on drawing animals and faces.
- Drawing Lessons & Exercises
Learn technique including perspective.
- Sketching 101
A walkthrough for creating a sketchbook.
- Using a Grid
This is a good way of making something seem a lot easier to draw.
- Drawing In Action
Watch inspiring wall and chalkboard drawing.
- NY Times Lessons
Technique information and a series of lessons.
- Drawing on Driftwood
Easy houses and boat drawings on wood - ideal art project for beginners.
Why not draw varieties of the same thing, such as gloves, beards, eyes, hairstyles, leaves, drinks glasses, vases, hats, planets, planes, bicycles, underwear, spectacles/sunglasses, shoes, skirts, dresses, keys etc.
Make a Post-It Flip Book
Crazy Drawing With Pen Dots
Drawing Prompts, Ideas & More Awesome Blogs
- Sketching Prompts
To give you a starting point.
- Warm-Up Exercise
Using ink, teabag or paint splatters.
- Ideas List
With example illustrations.
- Start To Draw Your Life
Free inspiring booklet to download.
- 75 Ways to Draw More
Another inspirational guide.
- The Annotated Weekender
Fun doodles on photos, magazines and adverts.
- Marc Johns
My favorite illustrator who makes unique and simple statements.
- Kate Bingaman Burt
Drawing things you've bought is a fab idea.
- Tommy Kane
- Tools Artists Use
Read artist interviews, and see what materials they use.
- 10 Great Drawing Tips
Simple but very helpful tips for getting started and for improving your skills.
- Song Lyric Art
Using your favourite quotes as a basis for art.
Not Just Paper
There are so many things to draw and doodle on, including fruit! How about drawing on the sidewalk with chalk? Doodling on a garage door, painting on rocks and pebbles? Drawing with a permanent pen on a plain t-shirt? Painting on branches? Using a porcelain pen to decorate mugs and plates? Loads of possibilities!
Sketchbook Blogs & Galleries - Great Sources of Inspiration
- Moleskine Art
Examples of different styles of drawing.
- Flickr Images
Browse through thousands of drawn images.
- Urban Sketchers
A selection of sketches from different artists.
- Mattias Ink
Drawings with a fountain pen.
- Doodlers Anonymous
Fun and interesting doodles.
Simple illustrations using different techniques.
- Nataliya Platonova - The Last Supper
A fun idea for how to fill a sketchbook!
- Book By Its Cover
A showcase of sketchbooks.
- An Open Sketchbook
Ink and watercolour line drawings.
- Liz & Borromini
Colourful ink sketches.
12 Drawings a Day
12 drawings a day = 1 second of animation a day.
This amazing video was created over 3 years by sketching on hundreds of used bits of paper.
Do You Draw?
Please Leave a Comment!
Laetitia H. on February 20, 2019:
This article is amazing! Thank you very much for the inspiration and useful tips.
Ankit raja on March 12, 2016:
Very useful! Thank you
Thomas D on February 23, 2015:
Hi - that's really a great blog entry. I'm all for drawing every day. In fact i've been soing it for more than 5 months now, and I'm not planning on stopping anytime soon (preferebly never!)
I wrore a blog entry about my experiences some 300 drawings in - it's got some points important for the motivational aspects. I'd be happy if you'd include it in your list above!
Have a great day!
betsy-loveldsauthor on April 19, 2014:
I have a program on my tablet that I love to draw with. Thanks for the great ideas.
teelover on February 15, 2014:
Great tips, thanks!
noner on December 04, 2013:
I don't know if it can really be called drawing, but I do doodle a bit. My artistic level never matured much past kindergarten.
Jackson Thom from West of Left South Lucky on October 30, 2013:
I have a pencil with me at almost all times. I doodle in the corners of pages, or all over things whenever I get the chance. Great article!
ChocolateLily on July 29, 2013:
I keep intending to drawing more often, but I get stuck on what to draw. I feel like everything I draw should be exactly the way it is in my head, but often that doesn't happen. It's so relaxing when it "works," though. You've got some good ideas here.
primarolia on June 15, 2013:
Great lens...Thanks for the tips..
supersiva on June 06, 2013:
If i get some crayons, paper, pencil or ballpoint pen - my imaginations roll over in the form of gods, animals, nature, cartoon figures etc. Now a days I am getting my hands on Tablet to create something new and share...
Carol Houle from Montreal on June 03, 2013:
I used to draw and paint in oils. For a long while I was inspired by book covers and ads in magazines. I really like your prompt sections. Makes me want to give it another go. Nice lens!
dudokdudok on May 31, 2013:
I used to draw, it was my escape from bussy life, but now with 3 lil ones it is more-less impossible. Your lens inspired me to at least think about going bact to drawing. Well put together lens.
Underrated on April 22, 2013:
I have no talent in drawing so...
Vikk Simmons from Houston on March 30, 2013:
Great page. I never really thought of doodling on fruit, and I love the photograph doodling. Pinned to bookmark. I may have to drag out one of the sketchbooks.
wellingtonboot (author) from U.K. on March 07, 2013:
@anonymous: I don't know if this will help but I have a leather journal making tutorial here:
you could maybe use??
Thanks for visiting :)
anonymous on March 06, 2013:
Fantastic ideas, can't wait to begin! Just having a slight problem; am living in Tanzania and they don't sell nice sketch books here. What to do; make one myself with (cerial boxes) cartboard as front and back? Any ideas on this one; anyone???? Thanks!!! Inge
knitstricken on February 27, 2013:
Your lenses are like a good potato chip; it's impossible to stop at just one! This makes three lenses of yours, and only of yours, SquidAngel blessed by me today. I'm stopping for the day, but I know I'll be back! And I'm adding this lens as a resource on my own lens, "Squidspiration". Cheers and have a great daay!
anaisfraiche on February 22, 2013:
I love to draw since young and was quite good at it but I quit because life gets in the way and people said you can't make a living selling art (not true of course). I wish I never listen to their opinions and I wasted years of not drawing. I started to draw again this month mostly because my young daughter loves scribbling and playing with crayons so I thought why not inspire her to pick up drawing? Within 2 weeks I filled up 2 sketchbooks and started my third. It's fun and I think I won't stop this time. You have some great ideas on this lens that I wanted to try. Thanks for sharing them.
adobson7002 on February 13, 2013:
I can really relate to your lens! If you get a second, I would love it if you would check out mine http://www.squidoo.com/my-app-idea-the-doodle-proj... :)
anonymous on February 13, 2013:
imamomof6ru on February 12, 2013:
I used to enjoy drawing with chalk. Right now, I'm engrossed in my kids' lives and have very little time for being artistic. However, my son, 10, enjoys drawing. He studies it and draws almost all day!
bloggerjon on February 01, 2013:
Great lens and as an artist myself I love the face on the apple.
caketech on January 17, 2013:
This lens is inspiring to me to create daily! Thanks for sharing!
John Dyhouse from UK on January 13, 2013:
Love your sketches and thanks for all those prompts. I spend more time thinking about sketching than actually putting pen to paper sometimes
Beverly Rodriguez from Albany New York on December 30, 2012:
Love this lens, very imaginative and informative. Thanks for sharing.
AnnRadley on December 12, 2012:
Such a wealth of ideas for drawing....I think this will help get me drawing again
daisychainsaw lm on November 29, 2012:
This is a great lens, really useful, thanks!
anonymous on November 16, 2012:
i love deawing, i draw everyday <3 thanks soo much for th tips there soo usufull!!! thankyou !!! this is my favourite art website naw ! heheheh
margarida-lp-7 on October 26, 2012:
Wow! This is a great lens. All this information is sparking all sorts of ideas. Thank you for sharing it with us. :)
ChristmasIdeaShop on October 07, 2012:
I love your lens. So informative and some great ideas. I also found out that I could draw once I actually tried it but I don't seem to be able to keep up with it. I admire anyone that does and continues practicing each day.
Spiderlily321 on September 14, 2012:
Excellent lens here! I added you to my sidebar on my "do you like to draw?" lens. Thanks for sharing
Sarah Switalski from Iowa on September 05, 2012:
It's been a long time since I sat down to draw anything but I would love to make it a part of each day again. Thanks for the tips!
Aleayah on September 04, 2012:
Drawing is my passion but I had no much time because I am working :)
johnoseventyfive on August 29, 2012:
waw nice...I like this
CreativeSnap on August 25, 2012:
very nice. Thank you for sharing so many tutorials!
efcruzarts on August 11, 2012:
makes me remember my sketching mode ...nice lens
AuroraK on June 20, 2012:
I should get back to sketching daily! And those books are a nice collection! :)
xisniel lm on May 29, 2012:
What a great lens, thanks for the tips! :)
anonymous on May 24, 2012:
I love those post!!! <3
I will always visit this website! COOL!!!:D
caketech on May 22, 2012:
I came back here for more inspiration! This lens is great, and I always find something here that stirs my imagination!
anonymous on May 03, 2012:
Wow! Amazing I haven't read all of it, but it certainly makes me enthusiastic. I've started drawing again a year ago, but certainly need some more drive. *bookmarks page*
PeterStip on May 01, 2012:
great lens, you really make people enthusiastic for drawing. I love to draw and teach about improvisation and drawing. Great fun
nurjean-chaneco on April 23, 2012:
hello! i also love to draw ever since i was a child. i really find your lens great, informative and inspirational :)
agoofyidea on April 15, 2012:
I bought a set of colored fine point sharpies and I draw my own coloring books. I like to color inside the lines so drawing with the sharpie first and then using my huge box of crayons makes me happy. Fun lens.
anonymous on April 10, 2012:
Tips and talks about drawing is very important. Reading and drawing is so good for the youth and as adults too.
SquidooRocks55 on March 28, 2012:
Studentz, Your lens really got me thinking
Michelle61 on March 22, 2012:
Thank you. I'm inspired!
KandH on March 22, 2012:
When I want to draw, I do and I enjoy it :) Nice lens!
JakeDesign on March 17, 2012:
Great Lens! I draw every day, of course, it is how I make my living. Still, I still have times when I just don't "feel" it. However, it always passes and i begin to feel that need again. you presented a lot of good info for beginners. I have met so many people who have always longed to create and i always tell them to "just do it." Start small and be persistent. Your lens would be a very good place to start. :)
SarahHappens on February 10, 2012:
This is one of the prettiest lenses I've seen today. Very inspiring! I love the drawing prompt list. There tons of writing prompt memes out there but we doodlers need more drawing prompts! Thanks for sharing!
caketech on February 02, 2012:
I had to come back and bless this lens. I really enjoyed the drawing prompts.
TrevorLedford on January 12, 2012:
I like this lens. I always have my sketchbook nearby. The drawing prompts are great. I'm gonna bookmark it. Thanks.
JohnMichael2 on January 05, 2012:
a great collection of suggestions - thank you!
RocklawnArts on January 02, 2012:
I need to get back to drawing. Thanks for the drawing prompts!
flycatcherrr on December 26, 2011:
I like the list of Drawing Prompts - just what's needed to get me to pick up a pencil more often.
curious0927 on December 11, 2011:
I've been looking for inspiring content for years! and Voila....here you were. Every single thing on this lens has inspired me. Especially the the tutorial on "drawing everyday" and the book "Drawing for the Undiscovered. You are Generous and Kind. Thanks for your hard work for me to enjoy and learn from!
dwnovacek on November 08, 2011:
Beautiful and inspiring lens. Angel Blessed!
efcruzarts on October 21, 2011:
Bernie from Corbin, KY on September 24, 2011:
i might start
Recession Proof2 on August 21, 2011:
Great lens, thanks.
studiomargot on August 14, 2011:
As an artist, I must say I just fell in love with your lens! Beautiful drawings (my favorite is the oil pastel patterns), beautiful theme. I'm currently in the process of making drawing a daily part of my life now. Your beautiful lens is reminding me to do so. Thank you for sharing you passion for drawing!
spiritartist on August 02, 2011:
Very cool lens! Lots of sketching inspiration here!
bassetmonkey on August 02, 2011:
Hi, there! Love the lens and the variety of pictures you put up. Love the godzilla/town picture mash up, the apple sketch (and the picture there in ... nice!). I also like the socks sketch. Lots of inspiration here! Nice work!
anonymous on July 24, 2011:
Awesome lens. A lot of great tips and ideas. I love it.
Caromite on July 22, 2011:
Great lens! I like it :)
serenity4me lm on June 30, 2011:
Very nice. I draw and paint. I would give anything if I could just sit and paint while watching the garden - 24/7. You can get so much peace by just relaxing and enjoying whatever it is you're creating. Loved the lens!
Actiongames LM on May 31, 2011:
Some times I need to just draw!!! I do many types of art but drawing is not my strong suit. I use drawing to start and find my baring. Nice lens
anonymous on April 02, 2011:
I agree, great Lens, I love drawing and painting, and Lensrolled this to my Outstanding Zazzle Atrists Lens.
anonymous on March 24, 2011:
Great lens :) I enjoyed reading it.
OriginArtz LM on March 20, 2011:
Thanks for the input. I am also thinking of drawing everyday because I think that my creative side is always ignored ( Dang, logic ). I've lensrolled this lens for my my first lens
wellingtonboot (author) from U.K. on March 16, 2011:
Thanks very much! I'm glad you like this page :-)
Renaissance Woman from Colorado on March 16, 2011:
Fabulous lens! Makes me want to pull out a piece of paper, or an apple, and start sketching again. Awesome examples and tips.
sukkran trichy from Trichy/Tamil Nadu on March 12, 2011:
lovely drawing page. ~blessed by a squid angel~
spiritartist on March 01, 2011:
LOVE this lens. Have just lensrolled it to my SketchingEveryday lens. Great ideas and content!
Tonie Cook from USA on February 17, 2011:
Everyone should make their mark - be it doodling on a napkin, in a journal, or on a board. This is a beautifully inspiring lens.
anonymous on February 07, 2011:
Very interesting and fun. Enjoyed every aspect and am now motivated to take up back my drawing tools.
bjslapidary on February 01, 2011:
What a great lens. Now I'll have to get by the barrier and pick up my pen and sketch. Thanks.
deldobuss on January 26, 2011:
I am going to try to draw/doodle more this year! My daughter is teaching me to love art and creativity.
Barb McCoy on January 25, 2011:
I am loving your lens! So much to be inspired by...love the Post-It flip book! Thanks so much for the great info.
I am adding it to my favorites, lensrolling to my art lenses, and blessing.
***Blessed by an Angel***
noobeegin on January 01, 2011:
Fantastic lens! I could doodle and sketch all day, if given the opportunity. I use anything I have in front of me as well.
slackira on December 21, 2010:
Great lens.I too sketch. but I'm not an artist.
Joy Neasley from Nashville, TN on November 27, 2010:
I love to draw everyday. Recently though, I have decided to spend 15 to 20 minutes a day drawing a baseball sized card, using the basic foundations of drawing techniques. I am less then a month into it, and have realized that with the cards, I can see the development and improvement rather quickly.
CozyKitty on November 15, 2010:
I've always felt like i can't draw, but now i'm really inspired to give it another go. Fav + thumbs ^!
Enigmaa8 on November 12, 2010:
Very inspiring lens, I love to draw but as you say its just finding the time, getting started and finding the inspiration in everyday life. You have given me hope that it is possible if I really want to. I will defiantly try more :)
Wendy T. Gibson on October 30, 2010:
Fantastic lens! Thank you!
anonymous on October 14, 2010:
:D Awesome! I love the prompts~ They're so... Inspiring! XD I'm glad I found this place~ ^^
WendyArts on October 12, 2010:
This is a wonderful lens!! You've included so much great stuff!!! I know I'll be returning. Thanks.
KarenTBTEN on October 07, 2010:
What a nice art lens! Blessed by a SquidAngel.
Mildegard on September 07, 2010:
Very inspiring lens! Hope it helps me) I don't even know either I like or hate to draw, because my self-criticism makes almost every new picture a disappointment. I'm in search for the solution of the problem for now.