160+ Ideas for Drawing

In Art, Artists by improveyourdrawings

Every artist at some point has experienced the feeling of not knowing what to draw. The scene is a common one, you have a blank sheet of paper in front of you and nothing comes to your mind, or even worse, a lot of ideas come to your mind but none of these ideas seem attractive enough.

In this article, I will present you a list divided by themes that you can check anytime you run out of ideas of what to draw. My goal with this list is to give you a starting point. Once you are drawing something, whatever it is, your brain is out of this paralysis state and new ideas will come to your mind. So let’s start with the list:

Animals

  • An Owl flying with its wings fully spread.
  • A Panther resting on a tree branch waiting for its next meal to pass by.
  • A Hyena head with an evil grin smile on its face.
  • A cute Squirrel holding a nut.
  • A Horse racing with the wind making its horsehair and its tail floating in the wind. I wrote a tutorial on how to draw a horse in case you are interested. You can check it out by clicking here.
  • A Crocodile in the water with only its eyes, back and tail visible above the water.
  • A Wolf sniffing the snowy ground tracking a prey.
  • A herd of Cows grazing on a field.
  • A Monkey going from branch to branch, either grabbing one branch and leaving the other, or jumping from one to the other, you choose.
  • A Lion biting a Zebra´s neck( this is a 2×1 animals type of deal )
  • A Hippo baby swimming underwater.

Anime Characters

  • Kakashi from the acclaimed manga Naruto. I have a tutorial on how to draw him in case you are interested. Click here in case you wanna check it.
  • Goku from the classic anime series Dragon Ball. You can check my tutorial on how to draw him clicking here.
  • Izuku from my Hero Academia . Check my tutorial here.
  • Yuuki Asuna from the Sword Art Online series.
  • Android 18 from the Dragon Ball series.
  • Saitama from the fantastic and hilarious One Punch Man series. Here is my tutorial on how to draw him in case you are interested.
  • Ichigo from the acclaimed anime Bleach. Check my tutorial on how to draw him.
  • Briareos from the Shirow´s all time classic series Applessed.
  • Monkey D. Luffy from the legendary manga series One Piece. If you are interested you can check my tutorial on how to draw him clicking here.
  • Sasuke Uchiha from Naruto series.
  • Meliodas from the anime series Seven Deadly Sins.
  • Charizard from the Pokemon series. Clicking here you can find our tutorial on how to draw Charizard.

Athletes Performing

  • A sprinter crossing the finish line.
  • A pole vaulter jumping in the air.
  • A basketball player dunking.
  • A football quarterback throwing the ball.
  • A gymnast performing on the pommel horse. 
  • A track and field athlete performing a hammer or a disc throw, you decide.
  • A soccer player shooting a penalty.
  • A soccer goalkeeper jumping in mid air.
  • A baseball player hitting a homerun with the bat.
  • A hockey player hitting the disc with the stick.
  • A volleyball player receiving the ball.
  • A rugby player tackling another player with the ball in his hands( this is a little bit more difficult than the other ones because involves two athletes interacting).

Buildings

  • The Cadet Chapel in The Air Force Academy in Colorado
  • The Empire State Building in New York
  • The Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany
  • The Colosseum of Rome
  • La Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona
  • The Forbidden City in Beijing
  • Burj Al Arab Jumeirah tower in Dubai
  • The Cathedral of Brasilia
  • The Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur
  • Hagia Sophia Museum in Istanbul
  • The Hohenzollern Castle in Germany
  • The Chrysler building in New York
  • The Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai

Construction and Working Tools

  • A Chainsaw, with or without blood on it :), it´s a joke
  • A Hammer with some nails
  • A Screwdriver
  • An Utility Knife
  • A Hand Saw
  • A Power Drill
  • A Tape Measure
  • A Step Ladder
  • A Combination Pliers
  • A Nail Gun, as a kid I always dreamed to shoot one, not to anybody of course 🙂
  • A Wrench, adjustable or normal.

Fighters and Martial Artists

  • A Boxer punching the Heavy bag.
  • A Karate girl doing a high kick
  • A Judoka doing a hip throw to another Judoka
  • A Muay Thai fighter doing a jumping knee
  • An MMA fighter doing ground and pound to another fighter on the ground
  • A Shaoling Monk doing a flying kick
  • A Capoira dancer doing a spin kick
  • A Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter doing an armbar to another fighter on the ground
  • A Sumo wrestler throwing salt to the ground before a match
  • A Taekwondo fighter doing a jumping back kick

Flowers

  • A Campion (Silene tomentosa)
  • A Tulip flower ( Tulipa )
  • A Jade Vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys)
  • A Parrot’s Beak (Lotus berthelotii)
  • A regular red Rose
  • A Chocolate Cosmos flower(Cosmos atrosanguineus)
  • A Koki’o flower (Kokai cookei)
  • A Amorphophallus titanum, also known as the Titan Arum
  • A Fire Lily ( Lilium bulbiferum )
  • A Kadapul flower also known as Epiphyllum oxypetalum
  • A Camellia japonica, or more commonly known as Middlemist’s red

Heavy Equipment Vehicles

  • A Wheeled Bulldozer
  • A Backhoe Loader
  • Bucket-wheel excavator (BWE) used in surface mining
  • A Cargo truck for transporting goods.
  • A Semi-Trailer Truck for transporting large amounts of goods.
  • An Amphibious excavator with the chassis crawler floating on sealed pontoons
  • Agricultural Tractor used in farms
  • Snowcat for moving on snow
  • Dumper Truck used for taking dumps of construction
  • Spider excavator used for ground excavation in difficult terrain
  • Trencher used for digging trenches
  • Reach stacker for handling cargo containers

Home Applaciences and Portable Electric devices

  • Your mobile phone no matter the brand 🙂
  • A laptop, open or close
  • A microwave oven with a bol of soup in it
  • Refrigerator with the door open and lots of foods in it
  • A Gas fireplace with a frying pan on it
  • An air conditioner
  • A Vacuum cleaner
  • A kindle reader with the page of a book showing on the screen
  • A washing machine with the door open and dirty clothes inside
  • A wireless console controller, no matter the console
  • A hair dryer
  • A fan, could be a ceiling one or a portable one
  • A radiator heater

Mythological Creatures

  • A werewolf howling to the moon
  • A Hydra of 8 heads
  • A Pirate ghost floating on mid air
  • A bigfoot carrying a deer carcass
  • A chupacabra runningin the desert
  • The rake creature
  • A wendigo on a tree looking at you
  • A zombie raising from his grave
  • A vampire showing the fangs
  • A syren floating in the water
  • A kraken attacking a boat

Famous Space Ships

  • The USS Enterprise from Star Trek
  • The Millenial Falcon from Star Wars
  • The Death Star from Star Wars
  • The Rocinante from The Expanse series
  • The Nostromo from the Aien movie
  • The USS Sulaco from the Aliens movie
  • The Yamato from the Space Battleship Yamato animation series
  • The Event Horizon from the Event Horizon movie
  • The Normandy SR-1 from the Mass effect videogames
  • The Prometheus from the Prometheus movies.

Sailing ships, Cargo ships, and Warships

Vintage European style boat engraving from Chaucer for Children. A golden key by Geoffrey Chaucer (1877). Original from the British Library. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel.
  • A modern battleship shooting to enemy ships
  • A modern frigate
  • A modern destroyer chasing another ship
  • An aircraft carrier with a hornet jet landing on it
  • An ancient Roman warship
  • A carabela from the XV century Spanish conquistadors
  • An XVIII century ship of the line
  • A viking ship with some warriors on board

Types of armors

  • A Samurai armor. Here you have the tutorial on how to draw a Samurai in full body armor
  • A XV century knight armor. Here you have the tutorial on how to draw a Knight in full body armor
  • A Viking leather body armor
  • A Chainmail armor from an XI century knight
  • An Interceptor body armor from the US Marines
  • An Osprey assault body armor
  • A Mongol Plate armor from the XII century. Here you have the tutorial on how to draw a Mongol warrior in full armor
  • A Roman legionare body armor
  • A quilted cotton Aztec armor

Video game characters

  • Sheppard from the Mass Effect saga
  • Kratos from the Gpd of war saga. You can check my tutorial on how to draw him clicking here.
  • Sonic from the Sega Sonic games. You can check my tutorial on how to draw him clicking here.
  • Tracer from the Overwatch game. Here you have the tutorial on how to draw her.
  • Mario from the Super Mario Bros games. Check our tutorial clicking here.
  • Link from the Zelda games. Check our tutorial clicking here.
  • Wario from the Super Mario Bros games. Check our tutorial on how to draw him, clicking here.
  • Samus from the Metroid saga. Here you have the link to our tutorial on how to draw her.
  • Ice King from the Fornite videogame. Here is the link to the tutorial.
  • Raptor from the Fornite videogame saga. Here is the tutorial on how to draw him.

Comic characters

  • Superman, the man of steel, the iconic superhero
  • Green Lantern from the DC comics
  • Wonder Woman
  • Black Panther from The Marvel comics and movies
  • Thor, the Viking God, and his hammer
  • Daredevil, the superhero from Hell´s Kitchen
  • Batman, the Dark knight of Gotham
  • Thanos, the archenemy of the Avangers
  • Captain America, the iconic american hero
  • The Hulk
  • Wolverine, the mutant with adamantium claws

Author: Toni Justamante Jacobs, Senior Concept Artist and Illustrator