50 Fun Things to Draw When Bored!
Need something to create meaning in the mundane routine of daily life? Get yourself a sketchbook and browse my list of fun things to draw when bored.
Drawing is something that everyone at every level should do. It is one of the best ways to express your feelings, thoughts, and memories. Each of us needs a safe space where we can create art without feeling judged – even by our own inner critic!
In fact, our own inner critic is the worst critic!
You need to allow yourself to draw for the pure enjoyment of putting pen (or other medium) to paper and exploring the process of mark-making and how it feels.
Don’t give up because the end result is not what you expected it to be. You have to push through the fear of failure and realize that making art is so much more than doing a perfect artwork.
Drawing skills are something that develop when you practice them. It is a good idea to try out sketching subjects that are easy to draw and things you find fun as you learn to draw!
How do you start drawing?
Do you sometimes feel that drawing is difficult or seem to be getting worse at drawing as time passes? I recommend drawing things that are easy for beginners! Then, your drawing skills will definitely improve and your drawing confidence will grow.
In fact, exploring things that are easy for beginners is a way to learn how to draw!
How do you know what drawing ideas (subjects) are good for drawing?
What can you draw easily that will improve your drawing skills and give encouragement when you get stuck in drawing hard subjects?
In order to learn to draw, I recommend finding fun drawing subjects and drawing them.
The drawing skills you learn in drawing lessons will make drawing a range of subject matter far easier. Drawing and sketching your favorite anime or manga characters can be really fun – exploring drawing techniques used by professional artists like character designer Shingo Adachi can also be useful!
Boredom is a funny thing. We spend most of our lives looking for quiet spaces to just do what we want to do, and then suddenly when we have lots of space and time, we feel like something is missing.
I truly believe boredom is rather a lack of purpose, or the desire to do something meaningful. It is so important that we embrace that creative craving and make something…and drawing is one of the best ways to do that!
In my list of things to draw when bored, I have included both easy to draw and more challenging subject matter for you to choose from.
50 Things to Draw When Bored
Leafy, organic patterns in a fox face.
This is a great way to create an interesting piece of art! Sketch the outline of the animal’s head and then fill it with geometric and organic shapes. I would suggest starting your drawing in pencil and then going over the lines in pen.
Here is another example of an animal face with a pattern inside. It has been drawn in pen and if you like you can color in the shapes after you have finished the drawing.
Mouse Drawing in Pencil
This is one of many gorgeous little animal sketches done by rabbit-rivulet on Instagram. The artist has used delicate pencil lines and accurate shapes which really give us a sense of this little creature’s sweet character!
Emotion’s Doodle Character
Perhaps you are not feeling brave enough to tackle a more complex drawing, and you want to do a simple drawing that expresses how you feel. This is a fun drawing to do because you can change up the facial expressions and add color to the drawing if you like!
This also makes a great little doodle for your bujo, art journal or sketchbook!
If you want to learn how to draw skulls then it is a really good idea to visit your local museum and draw from observation. Practicing skull drawing definitely improves your drawing skills!
Another one of the sweet treat drawing ideas! This will certainly get your appetite going – and it’s easy to draw.
A cupcake is one of the easy things to draw and it helpful to try out as you learn to draw the basic. First, draw the geometric shapes (circles and squares) and then add details to make it look like a cupcake! This drawing is so cute – do you want to eat one?
Drawing a Zentangle is a lot of fun and is very therapeutic! It’s easy to float away to another world while you are drawing your patterns. It is also one of the easiest things to draw!
You can have a focus shape for your Zentangle design, and then you can fill up space around the shape with Zentangle patterns and lines. This is definitely one of the best things to draw when bored because you don’t have to plan it out too much beforehand! Zentangles are cool things to draw and you can come up with some great drawing ideas of your own for them!
Moon Zentangle Mandala
This beautiful Zentangle drawing was carefully drawn by Paridhi Jawandhiya. The use of black pen with white highlights really makes this design pop! Have a look at some of her other work – she has some amazing drawing ideas!
Happy Penguin Drawing
This sweet little happy penguin is by Farbe and Fabeln – one of the cutest drawing ideas!
Tiger Cubs Illustration
These tiger cubs are certainly not easy to draw. The artist has some serious skill. Practising sketching in this style will definitely improve your drawing skills!
Draw a Black and White Cat
If you know me, then you know I HAD to include cats into this list! I am a huge animal person and my two cats are my fur children 😊
Yes cats are not easy things to draw (or easy animals to draw rather). They have their own unique personalities and characteristics!
Draw a Siamese Cat
Draw a Ginger Cat Basking in the Sun
Draw a Cat in Pencil & Watercolor
Draw a Bulldog
Draw a Basset Hound
Draw Tadpoles in Pen
Draw a Still-life
A still-life is a great way to test out different shading techniques and mark making because you are sketching a collection of different objects!
Explore your environment and collect inanimate objects to arrange into a composition. In this still-life, the artist has mostly drawn fruit but you could use anything from shoes, to bottles to stuffed toys!
Draw Wild Flowers
Go outside in your garden, or to the park and pick some wildflowers. Wildflowers can make wonderful subject matter for line drawings like the ones in the image below.
Draw Poppies as a Line Drawing
Draw a Cactus in Colored Pencil
Sketch a Rose in Pencil
Draw a Leaf
Draw a Seashell
Sketch a Periwinkle
Draw a Cartoon Octopus
Sketch a Tree on Blue Paper
Sketch a Ship at Sea in Blue Ball Point Pen
Sketch The Lady & The Tramp in Colored Pencil
This is definitely one of my all-time favorite Disney movies! It can be so much fun redrawing some of your favorite Disney characters (even if you’re only a kid on the inside 😉).
These awesome cones are drawings done by tattoo artist CadeCran. Check out more of his awesome designs here.
Sketch a Young Girls Face
This beautiful sketch was done in pencil by Juliet.
Beetles in Colored Pencil
These jewel-like beetles were drawn by Sallyann at Biophilicart – definitely go and check out her other incredible drawings!
Beetle with Rain Drops
Here is another gorgeous beetle of hers with rain drops on his back – drawn with colored pencil.
Sketch Magical Buildings in Colored Pencil
Colored Pencil Drawing of A Train
Sketch a Mans Face in Colored Pencil
This superb colored pencil portrait was done by Sophie Galliers.
Drawing Eyes in Pencil
Draw a Dragons Head
Sketch an Urban Landscape
Draw a Beautiful Butterfly
Sketch Some Cute Characters
Sketch a Flower Crown
Draw a Parrot in Pen
Draw A Plant on Black Paper with White Gel Pen
Draw a White Charcoal Hand on Black Paper
Draw a Sunset Beach Scene
A great idea is to draw your image and then fill in the color using watercolor washes. You can use a permanent pen to draw before or after painting your watercolor washes.
Step-by-Step Drawing Tutorials
[How to on Black Paper]
So once you have decided on what to draw, you need to make sure you have the right equipment!
Here is a list of my recommended drawing materials:
- 2B, 4B, 6B Lead Pencils
- Micron Pens
- Faber Castell Pitt Pens
- Good quality Paper
- Kneadable Eraser
- Easy to use Eraser
- Gel Pens (White for Black Paper)
- Gel Pens Multicolor
- Colored Pencils
- Copic Markers
I hope that you decide to bookmark this page for those moments when you feel like you need some creative inspiration and some ideas for things to draw when bored! Drawing is such a fun and relaxing activity and once you start the habit you may just uncover something you have been missing all along!