If you’re just starting to learn how to draw, you might feel like it’s hard to know where to start. Not only that, but everything seems way too advanced for you!
The secret is to start simple. Simple and easy drawing ideas, to get you used to picking up a pencil and to make you feel more confident in your lines.
And that’s what this article is all about! A big list, full of easy drawing ideas for beginners that any artist can successfully draw!
You can even use create a to-do list of things to draw based on this blog post. Just write down your favorite drawing prompts.
This will surely improve your drawing skills with this simple list of things to draw.
Table Of Contents
- 1 A Happy Face
- 2 A Plant
- 3 A Friendly Ghost
- 4 The Moon
- 5 A Pair Of Cherries
- 6 A Cute Bird
- 7 A Tree
- 8 Stars
- 9 A Heart
- 10 A Dog
- 11 A Cup Of Coffee
- 12 A Pair Of Boots
- 13 A Cat Face
- 14 Smiling Lips
- 15 A Bunny
- 16 A Basketball
- 17 A Flower
- 18 A Pair Of Glasses
- 19 A Cute Skull
- 20 The Sun
- 21 A Bee
- 22 A Penguin
- 23 A Mushroom
- 24 Related Questions
A Happy Face
Drawing a happy face is a great starter. Mainly because you can keep it so simple!
Pick up a piece of paper.
Now draw a circle. Inside that circle add two dots for the eyes and a curved line for the mouth. There, you’re done!
Drawing a happy face this simple is great for warm-up. For when you want to draw something, but don’t know what.
When that happens just start drawing small, simple drawings like these and something will come up!
After that, you can start adding more complexity to your happy faces. Try different styles and looks, more complex or less. There’s a lot to choose from, so experiment!
I don’t often draw flowers and plants in general. However, sometimes it’s something I really enjoy drawing to wind down. Just drawing a simple cactus or succulent.
These can have very simple shapes like circles and ellipses, so it’s quite easy to draw them in a very cute and simplified way!
Alternatively, you can also just draw a simple stalk with some leaves! Look up simple plants and draw what you find the most beautiful.
A Friendly Ghost
Ghosts can be cute and actually quite easy to draw!
Just draw the shape of a round silo. About 90% of your ghost is done, now all you need is to add two dots for the eyes and a line for the mouth.
Want to give it a little bit more personality? Instead of leaving the bottom of your ghost with a straight line, give it a wavy line!
The eyes and mouth are also very customizable! You can draw these cute eyes bigger, smaller, with eyelashes and bright spots.
And the same goes for the mouth! Draw it open, close, big or small smile, you choose.
Even when making simple drawings there are many options to give a more unique look to your art!
The moon is always a perfect subject for beginner artists to draw. By drawing the moon you get to practice your circles and curved lines! Drawing the outer space is always fun.
I’ve also mentioned this one as part of my 20 Cute Drawing Ideas list, which you can check right here.
You can draw a full moon, but also all the other phases that it goes through. Don’t be shy and add a little start or two.
This is also a great chance for you to try different materials! Instead of picking a white piece of paper, try drawing on black paper!
Get a white gel pen, soft pastels, or even chalk and draw the moon with it.
If you’re doing this digitally, do the same, draw on a black background. Experiment with different brushes and textures, it’s fun!
A Pair Of Cherries
Quick, simple, and easy! Cherries are another fun subject that comes to mind when I just want to draw something very simple and quick to wind down from work.
Two circles, joined by a small stalk. Go ahead and add a small leaf to it, to give it extra pizzazz.
You can either draw it using just a pen and that’s it. Or, if you want something more colorful, use some red and green markers.
What about drawing a number of cherries, each with a different color? That could make a nice pattern!
A Cute Bird
Birds can be quite complex, however, you can draw them in a very simple and cartoony way.
Look it up online for some ideas or even better: get an image of a bird. Now draw the outline of that bird.
Alright, you have the main shape of your bird! Now just add eyes, little legs, and maybe a wing or two!
Everything can be simplified by using basic shapes, so take advantage of that.
Trees are always a great one to draw since there are many different ways to tackle them.
You can draw a leafless tree. Only a trunk and branches. You also don’t need to be very clean with the branches. Just some random lines, going one way and the other and it’s done!
Then, of course, you can draw a tree full of green leaves. You don’t need to be super organized with these either. Random dots on top of the trunk of your tree and you’re finished.
Try adding a flower or two even!
Another option is to just use very simple shapes: a rectangle for the trunk and a circle for the top. Try different shapes for the top of your tree: an ellipse could work as well as a cloud shape.
Explore different options and have fun!
Stars are another example that can be drawn in several different ways. This is another drawing prompt based on outer space. (I really like the universe and celestial spaces)
You can draw the usual star shape. But if you want to make things even easier for yourself, you can just draw something similar to an asterisk or a diamond shape!
Add some dots around it, like they’re far away stars.
Stars tend to be bright, so you can do the same idea as with the moon: try drawing them on a dark background!
Hearts are always easy and cute… the simplified version, of course!
Drawing a real-life heart is very complex, and that’s not what we’re here for. Draw a pattern of tiny little hearts, like the ones we see in cartoons.
Draw them very simply with no details or add some stars around them or a highlight or two inside the heart.
Grab your sketchbook, doodle a few different things, look up different examples, and see what you like best!
Dogs are cute, so you don’t really need any more reasons to draw them.
The fun thing about drawing dogs is that there are many different breeds to choose from. You can keep it really simple or add as many details as you want!
I do have a course on drawing dogs where I show you how to draw not only one but 3 different breeds of dogs in many different positions and perspectives.
My philosophy is to make drawing an easy and enjoyable hobby, so if you want to know more about drawing dogs, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this course!
Another option is, if you own a dog, inspire yourself in your furry friend. This way, the whole process is even more fun.
A Cup Of Coffee
Get inspiration from your morning coffee and draw it!
Draw a cute mug, filled with coffee, and don’t forget to add bits of steam leaving the cup.
The fun thing about coffee is that you can draw many different types of beverages. You can draw coffee with some cream on top, maybe with some sprinkles even.
You can draw a clear mug, filled with a coffee latte. The milk and the coffee can even be layered, making a nice mix of colors there!
From simple black coffee to lattes and mochas, there are lots of fun choices to draw.
A Pair Of Boots
Hiking boots, heel boots, or rain boots. Better yet, do you own any kind of boots? Then take them out and draw them.
Keep things simple. Easy and basic shapes will get you there. A boot can be made out of an ‘L’ shape.
Then all you need to do is add some details: laces, texture, color. As always there are many options to make your drawings more unique, so explore than and have fun!
A Cat Face
I couldn’t recommend you to draw a dog and not a cat, right? In this blog we love both of them, so now it’s time for cats.
If you think that drawing a whole animal is too hard, then draw just the face.
The face of a cat is very unique with the big round eyes, little nose, and whiskers.
You can keep things very simple by adding dots for the eyes or drawing them with big colored circles and a slit for the iris.
Go more realistic or cartoony, the choice is yours as long as you’re enjoying the process.
Again, if you own a cat, take the opportunity and use them for reference!
Admittedly, drawing a full face can be a bit too complex for a beginner artist. There’s just too much to get right.
Eyes, mouth, nose, ears… knowing not only how to draw them, but also drawing the right proportions and in their rightful places!
It’s one of the things that beginner artists struggle with and I was no exception.
So, instead of drawing everything at once, take smaller steps.
Draw just some lips!
Thin or thick, with or without lipstick.
You can draw closed lips or open, showing some teeth! There’s a lot to learn with just lips, so take your time.
I promise I’m not going to mention every single animal. But bunnies are just too cute to pass.
And more than that, they’re simple to draw! Round face and long ears. Complete your cute bunny with a face, round body, and soft tail.
Very simple shapes and you have a finished bunny!
Just like with the cat you can choose between drawing just the face or going ahead and drawing the full body. The choice is yours.
You can start with just the face and later on, when you feel more confident, draw the rest of the body!
Want to practice your circles? Then draw a basketball!
Start with a simple circle first. Repeat that as many times as you need.
Keep in mind that you don’t need to draw a perfect circle. We’re not perfect, so as long as it resembles a circle, it’s enough!
Then just add the familiar basketball lines and add some color.
This is one of those very easy things to draw, but can be quite fun to sketch!
If you want to go a step further with your basketball drawings, draw them in movement. Drawing some slight oval shapes instead of circles can be a nice change of pace!
We’ve covered plants above, so now it’s the time for flowers!
There are soo many to choose from, so either pick a favorite of yours or pick one that looks the easiest to draw.
Personally, I think daisies, pansies, or even sunflowers have some of the easiest shapes, so they can be a good starter!
A pretty button, along with some colorful petals. Don’t forget to add a leaf or two for some extra details.
You can even add a butterfly on top!
A Pair Of Glasses
There are many different types of glasses, made out of different shapes.
However, the lenses are always made out of basic shapes like rectangles, squares, or circles.
If you can draw those, you can draw a pair of glasses!
Lookup for different pairs of glasses and draw them. Take the chance and add some color to them.
This is a good opportunity to practice coloring shiny objects!
A Cute Skull
Skulls are the kind of thing you’ll always end up drawing in art classes. It’s a good way to understand better how the head works and which shapes to use.
However, you don’t need to go and draw a realistic skull right now. That might be way too much at this point.
So let’s keep it simple. A very cartoony skull should do it!
You can draw a skull by drawing two very simple shapes: a circle and a square, joined together.
Now just add two holes for where the eyes used to go, some teeth, and a hole for the nose. You’re done!
One of my first drawing ideas was to draw the moon. So now it’s the sun’s turn!
Simply draw a circle with some random lines around it and you’re done. Go ahead and add some color.
Want to add some more uniqueness to your sun? How about drawing wavy lines around it? Or better yet, small triangles?
Go ahead and draw a smiling face to your sun or even some sunglasses, that could look quite amusing!
This is also one of the pretty simple ideas that I recommend for younger kids or even toddlers, in my 60 Drawing Ideas for Kids That Spark Their Imagination article, which you can read here!
Kids love to start by drawing the sun and this kind of drawing tutorial!
Bees have a very fun shape and color scheme, so I think it’s an amazing idea to draw.
They’re also very round, so you have the opportunity to, again, practice your circles and ellipses!
A round head, a round body, and tiny round wings. Now just add small lines for their legs and you’re done. Don’t forget to add some color!
Penguins with their silly little walks can be very cute, so I had to add them to the list.
You can also draw them by using very easy and simple shapes.
Draw a shape that resembles an egg, that’s the body. Now all you have to do is add tiny little arms to the side and a small orange beak.
There you have it, you just drew a penguin in a fun and easy way!
I love drawing mushrooms! I have just so many pictures of different mushrooms saved on my computer.
Whenever I want to draw something different and simple, I look for one that looks interesting and draw it.
There are so many different types of mushrooms, made out of different shapes and colors!
Some are very simple to draw, others can be more complex. So choose something according to your mood and have some fun!
Some beginner artists have some questions when it comes to drawing, so here are a few quick answers!
What is a good drawing idea for beginners to start with?
One of the easiest drawing ideas for kids and beginners is to draw simple geometric shapes like circles, squares, triangles or even a rainbow.
Another fun idea is to draw a rocket ship (with just those shapes!), which can be done by drawing a simple triangular shape with a few extra details like a window and flame.
These are easy things to draw while building confidence in your sketching skills.
Can you suggest any easy things to draw for young children?
An easy drawing idea for very young kids would be doodling small creatures or favorite characters in a chibi style.
Such as baby Groot, cute animals (like a Whale or Dolphin) or even drawing a simple paper plane.
These drawings are simple and allow children to explore their creativity.
What other drawing skills can young kids or beginner artists practice?
One of the best things to draw for beginners to improve their skills is to practice drawing continuous line drawings, where the pencil never leaves the paper.
This helps to improve hand-eye coordination and control. Additionally, sketching simple objects or scenes will help build foundational drawing skills.
Are there any easy drawing ideas that incorporate letters or numbers?
Absolutely! Beginner artists can create illustrations by turning letters or numbers into objects, like using a “B” for a butterfly or the number “8” for a snowman.
This helps them learn and recognize letters and numbers while being creative.
I hope these drawing prompts are helpful and you have fun improving your drawing skills.
Not enough ideas? Here are 20 More Cute Drawing Ideas!
Or if you’re looking for a challenge, here are 7 Hard Things To Draw Right Now!
Patricia Caldeira is the main writer here at Don Corgi. She's an art teacher with over 20.000 happy students across many platforms and courses!
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