Drawing is more than just doodling on a sketchbook. It’s a form of visual art, a way of expressing emotions and capturing moments in time. In addition to its artistic forms, drawing is often used in commercial animation, illustration, architecture, and engineering.
There are several psychological and physical benefits of drawing (if you practice it daily), such as –
- It can sharpen your mind through imagination and thinking.
- Helps you concentrate and observe things in detail.
- Allows you to relax your muscles if you are stressed.
- Instigate the development of emotional intelligence and problem-solving.
- Can help you break free from personal limitations like shyness and autism.
While we may not be able to teach you how to draw, we can inspire you by showing some incredible illustrations created by adventurers like yourself.
We are presenting some of the exciting things to draw to explore your creative mind. The list includes contemporary and traditional drawings as well as freehand sketches, all meant to encourage you to take on artistic endeavors.
33. Colorful Nature
Source: Deviantart / jucexc
Let’s start with a simple one. A sunset scene is often featured in works of art, and it’s also a favorite subject of photography. The one featured above represents vacation, relaxation, and it certainly catches the eye of art fans.
32. Stick Figure
A dancing stick figure | Source: 123rf
Although stick figures are very simple drawings — composed of few dots, lines, and curves — don’t underestimate how fun they can be. You can shape them into whatever you want without focusing on details.
31. Mother Earth
There are zillion different ways to draw Earth. The above picture emphasizes the message ‘Go Green.’ You can make it more compelling by adding water and other trademark bits of nature.
A German Shepherd that looks realistic and anatomically correct
Begin with a simple outline and try to record the main features of whatever is on your mind. For instance, if you want to draw a dog, observe quick sketches and move on to drawing the skeleton, muscles, and fur.
29. Imaginary Character
Try to create your own character and his/her signature hairstyle, eye details, and distinctive personality. If you write fiction, try drawing character(s) in a scene from one of your stories. Once you start practicing, you will learn things you never knew.
28. Line Sketch Drawing
Frida Kahlo by LazzzyV / Deviantart
Line art contains distinct straight or curved lines placed against a light background without hue color or gradations in the shade to represent 2D or 3D objects. Although it’s monochromatic, you can use lines of different colors to give a different look.
27. Cars and Trains
2008 Shelby Gt500 Muscle Car by Stephen Rooks
Drawing your dream car can be a lot of fun, and it’s not as hard as you may think. One of the secrets of drawing any machine is to break it down into its smaller parts.
26. Modern Calligraphy
Source: Instagram / Betype
There is a lot of difference between modern and traditional calligraphy. The modern calligraphy does not follow the structural rules of traditional scripts, such as blackletters, copperplate, etc. If you’re a beginner, you can start practicing with a brush pen.
25. Waves and Clouds
Graphite pencil drawing
There is something captivating about power waves and the people that conquer them. Although it sounds easy, drawing perfect waves or clouds requires close attention to details.
24. Butterflies and Bugs
Butterflies [and some unique bugs] are a great drawing subject. You can follow certain rules to draw a realistic-looking butterfly without any special sketching skills.
Would you like to draw a part of our Universe? Doing so is as easy as a gentle nighttime breeze with the help of this step-by-step guide.
22. A Human Face
A geek girl drawing by Denny Stoekenbroek / Saatchi Art
Sketching a face correctly is a big step towards becoming a great artist. It is the main focal point in the painting, which represents what mood is being portrayed.
21. Trees, Flowers, and Fruits
Another most common drawing subject for beginner artists and experienced artists alike. Before you start, it’s better to visualize how much space you will use. Sketch lightly at first, as you may need to erase some initial curves before you finish the drawing.
20. Random Doodle
Some may say doodling is kid stuff, but the truth is it keeps you focused and gives you rare insights into your own psyche. While doodling, your mental state resides between awareness and daydreaming, which makes it great for new, creative thoughts.
Aliens are frequent denizens of science fiction, from Stars Wars and Star Trek to Toy Story. In the 1960s, these mythical creatures began to be referred to as ‘little green men.’ If you like to draw your own little green men, there is a step-by-step tutorial to help.
18. Homes and Buildings
Credit: Mary Coons
Ever want to be a big architecture? Just grab a pencil and put your imagination on paper. If you want to draw something complex, you need to analyze the design every tiny detail of the house.
17. City Skyline
A city has its own brand of impressive landscapes, and it comes alive at night. If you are planning to draw a city, try to reflect the kinetic energy of an urban setting in the evening. Start with a basic outline, add dimensions, and then add architectural details like intersecting vertical and horizontal lines on the sides of the building for windows.
Image credit: James Royal-Lawson / Flickr
You can draw a simple humanoid robot within a minute. There is no need to sketch the wireframe to represent the robot’s figure and pose. Just make a semicircular face and a rectangular body. Add two circles for eyes, a small colored rectangle for a mouth, two lines for legs, and two triangles for feet. If you want, you can give your robot some futuristic ears and an aerial.
First, you need to decide what kind of bridge you want to draw. The above image is a watercolor drawing of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. If you find it difficult, start with a simple arch bridge with one support (pillar) at each end.
Diamonds are nice little crystals to draw. Although their structure looks complex, they are quite easy to draw on paper. All you need to do is draw some triangles and connect a few straight lines in a specific way. You can also add different shades of colors to transform the 2D image into a 3D diamond.
One of the oldest ways to draw a rainbow is to start from the top and go down in order ROY G BIV, where R=red, O=orange, y=yellow, G=green, B=blue, I=indigo, and V=violet. Instead of drawing a simple rainbow, we will recommend you to get creative and make rainbow-inspired arts.
Light painting by Kassy / Sketchport
Drawing a retro-style camera would be great fun for anyone who is photography nut. If you want to keep it simple, sketch out the main outlines of the camera body, and then draw lenses using clear and smooth lines. You can also add controls at the top and front of the camera. And don’t forget to add shadows to make it look more realistic.
11. Star Constellation
Constellations are regions in the sky in which a group of visible stars forms a perceived pattern, typically representing a mythological creation, an animal, or inanimate object. The International Astronomical Union recognizes a total of 88 constellations, but you can follow your imagination to draw any pattern.
10. Abstract Art
Abstract art is created by abstracting the basic and most recognizable aspects of real-life objects and creating a simplified representation of it. Abstract shapes are mostly used in graphic design because they hold special meaning.
9. Rockets and Spaceships
Deviantart / By hunterkiller
Do you have a soft spot for space exploration and Sci-Fi? If the thought of mammoth battleships the size of cities, massive space station, and exotic looking futuristic rockets gets you excited, grab your paintbrush and make up your own new rocket.
8. Tattoo Design
Credit: Instagram / thedrowntown
Tattoos are an incredible form of art, expression, and a permanent keepsake. For many people, they carry a special meaning, symbolizing their beliefs and values. There are literally infinite tattoo designs, just select one and start sketching.
7. An Astronaut
Credit: Felipe Vargas
Space research continues to capture the imaginations of both adults and kids. As a result, astronauts have earned significant admiration. It might seem quite intimidating to draw an astronaut, but the process is fairly straightforward as long as you give enough time and do not rush through it.
6. Drawings with Depth and Symbolism
Credit: Stephan Schmitz
Some drawings reveal the true face of our world through simple stories. Sketch something that represents people’s life and gives an intense message.
Sketch for Falkenstein Castle by Christian Jank
We all daydream in different ways in which we create our own fantasy. Personally, I always envisage castles and dragons together in a mystical land. What do you see in your mind?
4. 3D Art
By 3D art, we mean a drawing that is perceived to have width, height, and depth. When done properly, it can be super impressive. In fact, some brands hire 3D artists for street marketing and promotion to attract passerby’s attention.
3. Pop Art
Credit: Beefeater Brand World / Behance
Characterized by bold and colorful artwork, Pop Art incorporates several design elements, including different styles of street art, collage, painting, and sculpture.
2. Superhero or Comic Character
Credit: Faisal Alsalahy
Superheroes have become a huge part of worldwide culture, thanks to a parade of blockbuster movies, TV shows, and comic books. With a little help (of coloring books or online tutorials), anyone can learn to draw these caped crusaders.
1. Clever Sketch Using Everyday Objects
Credit: Christoph Niemann
You can integrate everyday objects — like household tools, cutlery, fruits, etc. — as the centerpiece and draw the artwork around them in a way that the item completes the sketch.
Did this list give you some ideas? If so, share the article with your fellow creatives to add some fun to the duller moments of their day. I hope I’ve covered enough to inspire you right now.