Drawing on a sketch pad

Person drawing on a sketch pad. (Photo credit: Unsplash+ in collaboration with Getty Images)

Have your creative sparks ever been squashed by a lack of skill? Luckily, you don’t have to be an artist to express yourself by doodling. Anyone can pick up a pencil and paper and see where their mind takes them. You might not be the next Picasso, but that doesn’t mean you should experiment with your creativity. Whether you’re zoned out and just want to doodle or want to learn how to draw as a new hobby, we have you covered. We went on a search for the top five easiest things to draw, according to pros. Below is the list we compiled based on what 10 art experts and websites recommend most for bored or budding artists. And you don’t even need a cave wall to get started! Read on for some inspiration, and leave any suggestions in the comments below!

The List: Easy Things to Draw, According to Artists of All Skill Levels

1. Animals

Drawing animals really comes down to first sketching simple shapes and transforming them into a creature's face and body.
Drawing animals really comes down to first sketching simple shapes and transforming them into a creature’s face and body. (Photo by MESSALA CIULLA on Pexels)

Drawing animals may sound complex, but it’s actually as simple as just molding basic shapes into our favorite creatures.  Artist Shihori Obata says to start with a few circles on your page, and before you know it, those circles can transform into adorable animal faces. Let your imagination roam wild – what kind of critter will you create?

Feeling a little moo-tiful today? Then check out this cute cow suggestion from Color Made Happy. Cows aren’t just for farms anymore, they’re taking up residence on sketchbooks everywhere! Draw your cow lounging in the grass, or maybe it’s standing tall, ready to greet the day. Don’t forget to add some details – a patch of wildflowers here, a blade of grass there – to make your bovine buddy truly come alive. 

Another way to make animals extra cute on paper is to draw them in stuffed form! Squishmallows turn into pretty adorable doodles. Plus, they are usually simplified versions of real-life animals, making it super easy to recreate them on paper.

2. Spirals

It might sound mundane to sketch spirals, but you'd be amazed how quickly they can turn into beautiful pieces of art.
It might sound mundane to sketch spirals, but you’d be amazed how quickly they can turn into beautiful pieces of art. (Image by Bianca Van Dijk from Pixabay)

In this case when you say, “I’m spiraling,” it’s a good thing. Ever feel like mesmerizing magic happens right beneath your pen? Displate gets it. They suggest creating your own wave masterpiece with a simple trick: swirling lines! It’s true, a few graceful curves can morph into a stunning seascape. Pick your favorite colors and let the waves ripple across your page. The beauty of this one? It can keep going and going. Feeling stuck at home for a while? Grab your pen and turn those idle hours into an epic ocean mural – one wave at a time!

Feeling a little too structured lately? Let loose with some free-flowing doodles, just like Artful Haven suggests! Pen in hand, unleash your inner artist. Doodling is all about going with the flow, there are no mistakes, just pure creative expression. Let your pen dance across the page, weaving lines, circles, dots, spirals – whatever your heart desires! You might be surprised by the whimsical creatures and captivating patterns that emerge.

3. Flowers & Trees

Drawing flowers or plants is a great way to feed that desire to create simple art.
Drawing flowers or plants is a great way to feed that desire to create simple art. (Photo by Victoria Bilsborough on Unsplash)

Roses are red, violets are blue. Make them any color you want! Here are some expert tips on drawing flowers and trees. Adobe has a secret weapon in your artistic arsenal: shapes! That’s right, those basic building blocks we all learned in grade school can transform into stunning botanical masterpieces. Think of a rose as a puzzle – separate the stem, petals, and leaves, then break those down further. Stems are like long tubes, petals are like hearts or teardrops waiting to bloom, and leaves often have jagged edges. Play with these shapes on your page, building the rose layer by layer, starting from the center and letting the petals unfurl. Before you know it, you’ll have a rose that rivals a real garden bloom!

Feeling stumped by scenery? Look no further than your window for inspiration, courtesy of Live Bold and Bloom! They suggest sketching a tree – any tree! Capture the majestic silhouette from your vantage point. Are the branches bare? No problem! Focus on the angles and graceful curves of each limb. Full of leaves? Even better! Use a combination of smooth and jagged lines to build the overall shape of the tree. In no time, you’ll have a stunning landscape scene, all thanks to a little arboreal inspiration.

4. Shapes

Drawing simple shapes and then adding more lines and shapes to them can lead to some fantastic spontaneous artwork
Drawing simple shapes and then adding more lines and shapes to them can lead to some fantastic spontaneous artwork. (Photo by Miguel Á. Padriñán on Pexels)

It may sound boring or stupid, but don’t glaze past this one just yet. You can shape up your art skills by practicing the basics, experts say. Skillshare says that mastering these fundamental building blocks is an artistic superpower, even for beginners. Think of shapes as the alphabet of drawing – understanding them is key to unlocking a world of creative possibility. So grab your pencil and get comfy! Start by sketching all sorts of shapes in different sizes: circles, squares, triangles – the whole gang! The more you practice these basic forms, the more comfortable you’ll feel when tackling more complex drawings later. Who knows, you might just surprise yourself with the cool creations you can build from these simple shapes!

Feeling a little boxy? DavidCharlesFox.com says it’s time to break out of your comfort zone and explore the world of geometric shapes. Circles, squares, and triangles – these aren’t just boring building blocks, they’re the foundation for artistic magic! Play around with different thicknesses of line and how you fill in these shapes – you might be surprised by the interesting effects you can create. Before you know it, your sketchbook will be bursting with geometric masterpieces!

5. Sweets

Child drawing and eating candy
A child drawing and eating candy (Photo credit: Unsplash+ in collaboration with Getty Images)

The next expert recommendation is a stack of donuts! You could also choose to create a single donut and transition straight from shape drawings. Big circle, smaller circle in the middle, then done! LifeFamilyFun.com says you can make these so realistic, you might be tempted to take a bite (but don’t worry, the calories are nonexistent). Glazed, sprinkled, or powdered – pick your poison and let your artistic taste buds go wild! Who knows, you might even invent a flavor or two along the way.

Feeling more like a cupcake kind of day? Brightful says go for it! Cupcakes are a blast to draw, especially when you get to pick out all your favorite colors. Channel your inner baker and pile on the frosting – swirls, rosettes, or maybe even a creative piped message. Don’t forget to add some sprinkles for an extra touch of fun and whimsy! Before you know it, you’ll have a cupcake masterpiece that looks good enough to eat.

What a sweet way to end the list of the easiest things to doodle! Feel free to drop us a comment and let us know what you’re going to draw. 

“Drawing is an exercise for a restless imagination.” —Tim Burton

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