Sometimes we all need a little sweetness in our lives: a chance to say, “Aww! So cute!” To that end, here is a big and bubbly list of 12 cute drawing ideas to get your pencil or pen moving across the page (or digital art screen, as the case may be).
Kids and adults alike can follow these easy prompts. I’m always adding to this list, so feel free to submit your own ideas!
Cute Drawing Ideas
See sweet, easy, and cute drawing ideas for all ages to get your creativity going. Clicking the button under any prompt to see other cartoons in each style.
Cuteness and fluffy hair are correlated! Pick an animal (in my case here, a sheep), and draw it with as much fur as imaginable. You'll know you've succeeded if, when the picture is done, you want to nuzzle your face into all that fluff.
Draw a food (like a pear, or, in my example here, bread rolls) and sketch eyes and a big, friendly smile on it! Though I'm not really sure you'd actually want to eat a roll that says hello to you, it's still awfully cute to gaze upon.
Continuing with the theme of juxtaposition, placing an unexpected object or thing in a setting it's not usually found can be very cute if done right. In my example here, the wide-eyed frog is sitting cutely on... a woman's bed!
People and animals make highly cute and funny faces when in the middle of jumping, so see if you can sketch a "freeze frame" moment from a leap, as shown in my example here with a purple whale emerging from the ocean. Indicate the movement of the jump with lines.
We can't have a list of cute drawings without the prompt of drawing a sweet little child, can we?! The key to the cuteness for kid cartoons is large, wide eyes with a shine them: achieved by leaving a sliver of white in the pupil to show the reflection. Bonus points for adorable tiny bodies to go with the big heads!
Contrasting a funny little hat with a spiky body (like a cactus or, shown here, sea urchin) is a sure path to cuteness. Spikes can be pretty easy to sketch by using zig zag lines in and out, or drawing individual needle lines.
It is wildly cute for something that's not even a human (ex: a pumpkin) to look arrogant and smug. So many people in the world are insecure about the smallest of things, so to see a cocky fruit is hilarious!
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!