Leaves are an easy and rewarding subject matter for drawing. Simple cartoon-style line drawings of leaves are about as easy as sketching basic shapes; even a newbie artist can master simple leaf shapes in a short period of time. The recognizable shapes of leaves can then be filled in creatively, as you’ll see in this post. Realistic leaves are actually surprisingly simple to draw, too: as this tutorial shows, creating life-like leaves simply requires some observation and the ability to create leaf shapes that are slightly uneven to mimic how in nature, no two leaves are quite the same.
At first glance, paisley might seem like an impossibly complicated design to draw, better suited for advanced artists than newbies. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Paisley starts as a simple comma-like shape and then can be built into an intricate, impressive design in minutes. Our simple tutorial on how to draw paisley breaks it down into easy-to-follow steps and even offers tips for advancing and making the designs more complicated. Check out our free tutorial on how to draw paisley in six steps.
But why would anyone waste their time trying to draw a straight line when there are so many other interesting and easy pictures to draw?
One of the most common complaints among new artists? “I can’t draw a straight line.”
These easy-to-draw pictures will help you build confidence in your drawing, and explore techniques while creating artwork which is gratifying and recognizable. These are just a starting point — if you’d like even more easy drawing ideas, check out this free downloadable with 100+ prompts!
Food is a fantastic subject matter for artwork: It’s universal, recognizable, appealing and, best of all, it will stay still if you want it to pose for you. Drawing food will also educate you on shapes and spatial relationships. This post on tips for drawing food will help you create recognizable, appetizing foods in your drawing.
Drawing an entire character might seem daunting, but you can get your feet wet by exploring faces and expressions. After just a little practice, you’ll be amazed at the variety of emotion that you can convey with simple lines and subtle variations on placement and angle of eyes, brows and lips. This post offers specific tips for trying out different expressions in an easy-to-master way.
Pastries are a particularly fun type of food to draw. This post details step by step tutorials for how to draw cupcakes, doughnuts and more.
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Buildings and simple architectural structures are a great way to get started with drawing. Even complicated structures will usually have an element of symmetry and repetition in shapes or patterns; it’s just a matter of being patient enough to render them yourself. If adding perspective has you stumped, make it easier by using tracing paper — it’s not cheating at all. You’ll be amazed by the impressive structures you can render by simply following the “blueprint” of an architectural form!
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Cartoon animals are extremely easy to draw because you’re reducing an animal to the bare minimum of lines. You typically need just a few lines to create an adorable character. The simplicity allows you a chance to add adorable expressions, which results in coo-worthy cute creatures. There’s a long-term bonus, too: once you master a cartoonish method of creating animals, you’ll be better equipped with the skills to explore drawing animals in a realistic style.
Does creating beautiful art while soothing stress at the same time sound like your idea of heaven? Mandalas are just the subject matter for you. While the finished mandala may look intricate and difficult to draw, it starts with drawing (or tracing!) a circle. From there, you divide the circle into quadrants and create symmetrical designs within the sections. The resulting piece is stunning, and as a benefit, mandalas are proven to aid in relaxation and stress reduction, so you’ll create great art and while unwinding. Learn how to draw a mandala with our step-by-step tutorial.
Even if you’re a beginner, trees are a cinch. It’s hard to go wrong because there are so many types of trees and so many ways to portray trees that are recognizable. Whether it’s a simplified triangle turned into a Christmas tree or a cloud-like puff atop simple linear trunks, trees are accessible to artists at any level.
Flowers are one of the most gratifying things to draw, because they are instantly recognizable regardless of whether your style is detailed and realistic or cartoonish and bubbly. Their non-linear, organic shapes also make them a very forgiving subject matter if you’re not completely confident in your skills yet. It’s an easy way to explore creating art with mixed media, too, as flowers are instantly inviting when color is added.
Drawing is just like any other activity: the more you practice, the stronger your skills will become. Practicing drawing straight lines is deeply boring. By drawing subjects that interest you, those skills will come in time, and in a more natural, organic way, as you develop a style at the same time. By simply drawing, you’ll learn what methods and styles work for you, and you’ll enjoy the journey. As a bonus, the more you do it, the stronger your skills and techniques will become.
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Doodle drawing might be one of the easiest possible ways to draw a picture. The fact that it is such a free-form method of drawing also takes away any fear of failure: doodling is the place where you can do no artistic wrong. Everyone can doodle, whether it’s rows of hearts and stars, or more involved scenes or shapes. Not sure how to get started with doodling? This post offers some inspiration and different approaches to doodling that can enhance your drawing skills.