Looking for some fun and creative art prompts and cute drawings 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, compiled by a color-loving artist and teacher, for all ages to use and enjoy. Whether you’re a kid, teen, or adult, there are ideas for creative drawings here to get art ideas going.
Because I’m an English teacher by day, you’ll notice that some of the prompts are infused by a little vocabulary lesson action. (Hey, it’s sort of like hidden studying… You might just improve your ELA grade while simultaneously sketching here today!)
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. As a kid, I used paper, pencil, and pen for art, but have since transitioned to digital drawing. Either medium will work for doing these drawing prompts, so pick whichever most calls to you. Ready to dive into the list of art ideas? Let’s go!
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.
Use Rainbows Creatively
Here are tips on how to make a classic rainbow arch, then ideas on exciting new ways to create rainbow art: including this rainbow princess!
Explore Common Symbols
Using this art about the mathmatical Pi Symbol as a model, explore other common symbols that have artistic flair!
Alter Something on an Animal
I realized halfway through writing this article on how to draw a cute snail that I'd accidentally made the mistake of putting the eyes on the face instead of on the antennae or tentacles, as would be anatomically correct! This made me realize a great new art prompt: Draw an animal, but change ONE thing about it.
Personify a Part of Nature
Pick something in nature, and personify it by giving it human characteristics! In my example here, I personify the wind, a cloud, and a tree.
Draw a Grumpy Animal
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!
Make Onomatopoeia Art
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.
Anthropomorphic art gives human-like life to non-human things. In my example here, I've made broccoli and carrots come alive!
Teach How to Do Something by Art
Explain, step by step, how to do something that you've mastered, so that others can learn from your journey. Here is my example about how to quit coffee.
Make Liminal Space Art
A "liminal space" is an in-between place, time, or stage. Liminal space art can produce eerie effects, as there's a sense of dizzying possibility, being in a middle space.
Illustrate the Difference Between Homophones
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.
Draw a Moment of Foreshadowing
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.
Change Context by Art
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!
Draw a Lesson for a Child
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!
Investigate Art's Importance
Think about the ways that art has enhanced your life -- from city murals to time during school to draw -- and create a creative piece illustrating that!
Do Juxtaposition Art
Juxtaposition is contrasting two very different things next to each other. Play with juxtaposed colors, expressions, sizes, and textures for this art prompt!
Illustrate Figurative Language
Figurative language is defined as a figure of speech like simile, metaphor, or hyperbole which is different from a literal meaning (what you see is what you get). Pick one and illustrate it!
Make a New Version of a Character
Think of a famous character (in my example here, I used the Queen of Hearts), and create a totally new version of them, completely re-imagining everything and not being tied to former representations.
Draw a Person in a Flower
That's it -- that's the whole art prompt: Draw a person inside a flower. Hehe -- it's funnier and more fun than expected!
Do This Creative Drawings Meditation
What is creativity? This article leads you through a sort of meditation to let the pencil flow and follow the line wherever it takes you. Click through to see the whole flow.
Draw Flower Crowns and Outfits
What illustration can you create, using flower shapes? In my example here, I got very into flower crowns.
Benefits of Drawing
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!
Art Prompts Fun!
Which of these art ideas and drawing prompts most captured your imagination? Personally, I’m partial to the rainbow princess, because I adore both rainbows and colorful clothing. Put them together, and that’s a match made in heaven for artistic enjoyment! I’m curious to hear what stood out to YOU, though.
Feel free to be in touch with me on social media at @WorldLillie to share what you make. You can also check out my new list of easy, cute drawing ideas for kids and adults. Are there other’s you’d like added to the this list of art prompts? Do share!
The author and artist, Lillie Marshall, is a National Board Certified Teacher of English who has been a public school educator since 2003, and an experienced Reiki practitioner since 2018. 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!