20 Pencil Drawing Ideas To Inspire You To Start Creating

Pencil Drawing Ideas

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There's a lot that goes into making art. Paint, brushes, pastels, and markers are just some of the materials that creatives will have in their studio. However, you don't need to go on a shopping spree to dip your toes into drawing. With just a pencil and some paper, you can start honing your skills—one sketch at a time.

As with any medium, drawing with pencil requires time and practice. We've put together a list of ideas that will take you through the animal kingdom, across landscapes, and into your own home. By learning how to draw a variety of subjects, you will grow more comfortable with pencils and what they can do. You can also gain more confidence rendering whatever sparks your interest.

Some of these prompts will be more challenging (like drawing horses and hands), while others may be a bit easier (such as sketching an egg or a book). Try your best to tackle them all and see what kind of progress you make by the end.

Scroll down to see our full list of pencil drawing ideas.

Need a new utensil before you get started? Then, be sure to take a look at our guide to the best drawing pencils.

Start creating with these 20 pencil drawing ideas.


Animal Drawings



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Windy Landscape

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Cut Fruit or Vegetables

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Still Life

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Ballet Pointe Shoe

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Stack of Books

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Column Capital

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Sculpture Head

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Want to learn alongside an instructor? These online classes go over how to draw different subjects with pencil.


Architectural Drawing

Photo & Art: Demi Lang / My Modern Met Academy

Architectural Illustration for Everyone: Draw Buildings in Ink and Colored Pencil — Draw architecture like a pro with this course by Demi Lang. She'll take you step by step through the process of drawing buildings using ink and colored pencil.


Drawing 101 Class

Photo & Art: Margherita Cole / My Modern Met

Drawing 101: Learn the Building Blocks of Sketching — Learn the fundamentals of drawing and gain the confidence to sketch any subject you like.


Procreate Drawing

Photo & Art: Melissa De Nobrega / My Modern Met

Portrait Drawing for Beginners: Learn How to Draw Anyone You’d Like — Learn to draw facial features, characters, and people! In bite-sized lessons, this portrait drawing course will break down one of the most complex subjects, the human face, into something simple and approachable.


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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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