You’re looking at a blank sketchbook page, again. Whether you need a creative break in the day, a weekend project, or more drawing prompts to fill the pages, it can be challenging to keep generating cool drawing ideas.
We’ve compiled a list of ideas, tips, and resources to jumpstart your creative juices no matter your drawing expertise – now grab your tools and get going.
Draw a caricature of yourself.
Depict yourself as a superhero.
Draw self-portraits from different perspectives. Try positioning a mirror from different angles.
Sketch your hands in different positions. Draw your feet.
Draw a close up of the eye. Try your teeth. Do a study of different people’s ears.
Draw a self-portrait from your reflection in a spoon.
Draw yourself double your age.
Study and sketch people in cafes, parks, and on public transportation.
Blind contour drawing:Without looking at your paper, draw any object, such as your own hand, in one continuous line without lifting your hand from the page. Grab a partner and do simultaneous blind contour portraits of each other.
Subtractive drawing:Try this one with charcoal. Using it horizontally, shade your paper an even value of grey. Now “draw” with your eraser – erase the highlights of your subject.
Everything else: Draw the negative space around an object.
Topsy turvy:Draw a portrait from an upside down photo.
Scenes from memory: Sketch 3 scenes from your day from memory. Play with perspective and try this daily.
Copy the masters:Draw a painting by your favorite painter. Or go to a museum and draw works you enjoy.
360 degrees:Choose an object and draw its outline. Turn the object slightly and draw the outline again. Repeat.
Minimalist: Draw something with the fewest lines possible.
Get the gist: A great way to approach drawing the human body, gesture drawing captures the basic form of your subject in a loose manner that often expresses emotion. Try limiting your time to gesture drawings of 10-30 seconds.
Light it up: Play with lighting. Draw outside at different types of the day and inside using multiple or single light sources from different angles.
Consider the following tips to help improve your drawing skills:
Try different media Pencil drawings are just the tip of the iceberg. Try charcoal, pastels, pens, markers, crayons, and conte crayons. Experiment and mix media to discover what produces your best drawings.
Draw daily and at the right time Don’t just wait until Inktober to get on the grind. Find the time of day in which you have the most creative energy and don’t waver from it. After the first week it will settle in as routine.
Commit to a drawing series online Tumblr and Instagram among other platforms offer daily drawing challenges (think Inktober, but yearlong). Joining one of these and posting your drawings will increase your accountability and motivation. Not only will set themes give you direction and just the right amount of constraints to work within, you’ll also be joining a creative community that shares feedback.
Check out the following resources for more drawing ideas: