Looking for some fun and creative art prompts to get your drawing inspiration flowing? You’ve come to the right place! Here is a growing list of interesting — and sometimes surprising — ideas for what to create.
Because I’m an English teacher by day, you’ll notice that some of the prompts are infused by a little vocabulary lesson action. Though my art style is cartoon line drawings, you’re welcome to interpret these art prompts in any style or art medium: from detailed paintings to collage.
Drawing inspiration and art prompts from the artist and creator of DrawingsOf.com to help your creative ideas start flowing. Enjoy! Click through any of the links below to get more examples and information.
Pick an animal (my example here is an octopus), and draw them being extremely GRUMPY about something. Bonus for creating a story to explain why -- and whether there could be something to improve their sour mood!
Onomatopoeia is "sound effect words" like "POW!" "BANG!" "WHIRRR!" and is often featured in cartoons -- especially superhero fights. Your art prompt here is to create a drawing using some of these fun style of noise words in the art.
Join me on my quest to teach the difference between homophones: two words that sound the same but are spelled differently and mean different things, such as "pear" vs. "pair." View my growing list here for ideas.
Foreshadowing is a hint of something that will come in the future. In my example here, the clouds in the first image foreshadow a storm -- but the character didn't put the clues together to realize it was coming.
Context is defined as the surroundings of something, and it COMPLETELY changes things. For this art prompt, create one character, then place them in two totally different contexts (background scenes) to see what happens! In my example here, I put a frog in two places... including a woman's bed!
Think about a child you know, and a lesson they need to learn -- then illustrate it by your drawings! My example here is a story I made for my son about how to apologize well... instead of just having a giant tantrum!
How has drawing made you happier and healthier? This is a very meta art prompt, but here goes: draw something that shows your appreciation of drawing in your life!
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Which of these art prompts most captured your imagination? Feel free to be in touch with me on social media at @WorldLillie to share what you make. Are there other’s you’d like added to the list? Do share!
The author and artist, Lillie Marshall, is a National Board Certified Teacher of English and mother of two who has been a public school educator since 2003. All art on this site is original and hand-drawn by Lillie. She launched DrawingsOf.com Educational Cartoons in 2020, building upon the success of her other two sites, AroundTheWorldL.com (established 2009) and TeachingTraveling.com (founded 2010). Subscribe to Lillie’s monthly newsletter, and follow @WorldLillie on social media to stay connected!