What should I draw today

What should I actually draw? You are not alone with this question. Many other creatives also have exactly this problem. You have your drawing material together and are now sitting in front of a sheet of paper, but you are lacking inspiration? We can help you here! We'll show you from which sources you can get your drawing ideas and hope to inspire you.




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The white sheet or the very beginning is difficult

Creativity is not a skill that you can activate at the push of a button. Creatives and artists can tell you a thing or two about this - creativity is something difficult to grasp and extremely moody. Sometimes the muse kisses you and everything flows, sometimes you scribble without real ideas or inspiration. It is a misconception that well-known artists are or were always full of ideas and inspiration. Even these experienced creatives have and had to struggle with lack of inspiration and setbacks time and again, but have usually developed a strategy to get into the right mode.

So the goal should be that you put yourself in a creative mood with certain aids and thus access your potential.



General tips in advance

From our artistic experience, we can give you some important tips which work well for us and hopefully help you too. Give it a try:

Create a creative environment:
To be creative, you have to be comfortable. Make sure that your surroundings are set up accordingly: the right lighting, pleasant temperatures, a fine drink, candles or your favorite music are good ways to get in the mood.

Take your time:
Creativity doesn't work at the push of a button, so take your time to get into the right creative mood.

No expectation:
Try to break away from expectations of yourself and your drawing.

Solve mental blockages - the greatest enemy of creativity is a cerebral approach:
The antagonist to creativity is often a cerebral approach. Therefore, try to let your intuition guide you more.

Just start - follow your intuition:
Last but not least, it is definitely the most effective: Just start, scribble and if you take note of the other points above, the muse will definitely kiss you.

Otherwise, we have summarized our top 10 sources of inspiration for drawing ideas for you below.



The 10 best drawing ideas sources of inspiration

There are so many subjects to draw with. But it is often difficult to grasp and implement them. With the following 10 sources we would like to offer you many ideas for drawing and thus ensure that you will always find new inspiration.


Idea 1: drawing photos

Great photos or images can be ideal templates for your drawings and inspire you. Look through your photo albums, for example, or pull out your old illustrated books. You will find that with this you will find a real variety of drawing ideas.


Idea 2: Get inspiration from famous artists

Learn from the best. True to this motto, you can also get a lot of exciting inspirations from great drawing artists. Their great works are definitely worth a second look. By tracing works by great artists, you can sometimes discover the secret of the effect of these pictures or drawings. You can then integrate these into your works and develop yourself further. You can find exciting pictures for drawing grandmasters in their field, for example on Wikipedia.


Idea 3: travel

One of the best things to do to generate new ideas is to travel or be on the go. You won't find so many motifs anywhere else, be they architectural monuments, street scenes, nature scenes or people. Also, think back to your last vacation, that too will give you a lot of sign ideas.


Idea 4: specialist literature and fashion books

Fashion illustrations are a very good source when you need drawing ideas. These are usually reduced to the bare minimum and can be really inspiring. You should also look at specialist literature on illustrations.


Idea 5: visit exhibitions

Visit exhibitions or museums from time to time. On the one hand, local artists are happy about more visitors and interest, but you also get a lot of new ideas. Because it is always interesting to find out what other creative people are creating. Other art forms such as figurative art can also help you to find new motifs.

When you visit museums, be sure to take a notepad and pencil with you - mostly you can make sketches of the exhibited works there and then develop them further at home.


Idea 6: draw your surroundings

Are you sitting in front of a blank sheet of paper? Then let your gaze wander - what do you see? Let yourself be inspired by your surroundings, because sometimes the good is so close. This could be part of your interior or a single item on your desk. Or let your gaze wander out of the window, what do you see? Nature offers countless ideas for your pencil drawings - from landscapes to plants, animals or buildings.


Idea 7: Sign ideas from idea portals

Portals like Pinterest or Deviantart are ideal for getting ideas for drawing. Thousands of artists and creative people upload their works to these portals. This does not necessarily mean that you should copy these drawings 1: 1. Rather, these can give you new ideas for motifs or techniques.


Idea 8: Learn new drawing techniques

Do you already know all drawing techniques? If not, learning new techniques will automatically give you new impetus and ideas for drawing. In our post Learn to draw you will find many drawing techniques and their designs.


Idea 9: Mixed Media - Combine different painting media

You can complement your pencil drawings in a variety of ways with other painting media and thus take them to a new level. This can be extremely inspiring. You can also put the finishing touches on old drawings of yourself. Pencil drawings are often the beginning of other painting techniques such as this Watercolor painting. On the subject Mixed media we wrote a post that we recommend to you.

The following other painting media and painting techniques can be perfectly combined with your pencil drawings:

  • coal
  • Watercolors
  • colored pencils
  • Edding / permanent marker
  • Wax pencils
  • Oil pastels
  • Pastel chalk
  • Acrylics


Idea 10: sketchbook for drawing ideas

Get a sketch / scribble book in which you can sketch your drawing ideas and refer to them later. Similar to a musician who writes down his lyrics ideas, you can also record your ideas, inspirations and motifs there. It's not about perfection, but rather about capturing your ideas. So you can always have your sketchbook with you on the go to make sketches and notes.



Bonus tip: Draw ideas and instructions from specialist books and eBooks

This is actually the easiest and fastest way to collect new ideas for drawing with pencil: reference books, collections of ideas and instructions in written form. These can either be conventional books or eBooks, which you can download and get started right away. Often these ideas are also provided with instructions so that they are particularly suitable for beginners. But even experienced draftsmen can always find new ideas and motifs.

We have therefore put together the best books with ideas for drawing for you.


Pencil drawing ideas for beginners

If you are a beginner, these book recommendations will help you with drawing ideas for beginners to develop an understanding of form and to learn to draw step by step using templates.


Drawing ideas for advanced creatives

If you are interested in figurative drawing and want to draw people, anatomy and poses, this work is perfect. On almost 200 pages you will learn everything about figurative drawing and get many ideas for drawing. In the exercise part you can then trace these straight away and learn a lot in the process. View on Amazon
If you have already mastered the basics of drawing, Cliff Wright's work will provide you with a wealth of inspiration and ideas for drawing. Cliff Wright's approach is to first learn to see, that is, to get involved in something and to look closely at it is very important. The numerous examples can be traced, so the book takes you along as an advanced draftsman and brings you further. View on Amazon



Our conclusion

As you can see, there are tons of ideas for drawing, all you need to know is what to look out for. We hope we have inspired you with this article and wish you a lot of fun with your further drawings.