50 Drawing Prompts To Help You Fill Out Your Next Sketchbook

Drawing Prompts for Sketching

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Whether you've been drawing for a dozen years or a couple of weeks, artist's block happens to everyone. When it does, you might be searching for some easy drawing ideas. If that's the case, you've come to the right place. We've put together a list of 50 drawing prompts that will keep you inspired for a long time.

Within this collection, you'll find ideas related to nature, animals, fantasy, people, and even architecture. Even if you prefer one category to the other, it's helpful to try sketching a range of subjects to continuously develop your skills. All you'll need to get started is some paper (or your favorite sketchbook) and some drawing supplies.

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Here are 50 drawing prompts to inspire your sketchbook.

Drawing Prompts for Sketching

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A dog fetching a tennis ball

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A family of ducks and ducklings walking in a line

Duck Drawing Prompt

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The life cycle of a monarch butterfly

Monarch Butterfly Drawing Prompt

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A pond of koi fish

Koi Fish Drawing Prompt

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A giraffe eating from a tall branch

Giraffe Drawing Prompt

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A scientific illustration of a species of bird

Illustration of a Bird Drawing Prompt

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A cat sitting by a window

Cat Drawing Prompt

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A gray wolf howling at the moon

Wolf Howling at the Moon Drawing Prompt

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A male peacock with his feathers on display

Peacock Drawing Prompt

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A portrait of your pet (or your dream pet)

Pet Drawing Prompt

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A desert with plenty of cacti

Desert Drawing Prompt

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A grove of orange trees

Orange Grove Drawing Prompt

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Roses in bloom

Roses Drawing Prompt

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A river winding through a forest

River Drawing Prompt

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Cornucopia of different fall foods

Cornucopia Drawing Prompt

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A hiking trail.

Hiking Trail Drawing Prompt

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A photo from a U.S. national park

National Park Drawing Prompt

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A bouquet of sunflowers

Sunflower Drawing Prompt

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Waves crashing along the beach

Ocean Drawing Prompt

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A weeping willow with leaves blowing in the wind

Weeping Willow Drawing Prompt

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A unicorn in its natural habitat

Drawing Prompt of a Unicorn

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The city of Atlantis as you imagine it

Atlantis Drawing Prompt

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A mythical combination of two animals

Chimera Drawing Prompt

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A dragon and its hoard of precious objects

Dragon Drawing Prompt

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Your own spaceship

Spaceship Drawing Prompt

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A vampire sleeping in a coffin

Vampire Drawing Prompt

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Your own fantasy character

Fantasy Character Drawing Prompt

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Fairies sitting on flowers

Fairy Drawing Prompt

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A mermaid saving a sailor at sea

Mermaid Drawing Prompt

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A kingdom on the Moon

Moon Drawing Prompt

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A portrait of your favorite musician

Musician Drawing Prompt

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Before and after a character goes through a magical transformation

Superman Drawing Prompt

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A 1920s flapper

Flapper Drawing Prompt

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Different hand poses

Hand Poses Drawing Prompt

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An hourly comic of your life

Drawing Prompts for Sketching

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A self-portrait

Drawing Prompts for Sketching

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A close-up of a human eye

Human Eye Drawing Prompt

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A prince and princess dancing at a royal ball

Royal Ball Drawing Prompt

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Someone from a famous painting

Famous Painting Drawing Prompt

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Your best friend from memory

Best Friend Portrait Drawing Prompt

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Your dream house

Dream House Drawing Prompt

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The building across from where you live

Architecture Drawing Prompt

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A famous landmark, like the Eiffel Tower or the Empire State Building

Eiffel Tower Drawing Prompt

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The New York City skyline (or another city of your choice)

New York City Drawing Prompt

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A unique castle

Castle Drawing Prompt

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The bedroom of your favorite character from TV or books

Bedroom Drawing Prompt

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An ornate bridge

Bridge Drawing prompt

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The exterior of an old Victorian house

Victorian House Drawing Prompt

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A cute wooden cabin in the woods

Cabin in the Woods Drawing Prompt

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Your kitchen at home

Kitchen Drawing Prompt

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
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