10 Easy Pictures to Draw for Beginners

You might think that drawing is like touching your tongue to your nose: Some people can do it and some people can’t. But that’s actually not true. Drawing is more like driving: The more you practice, the better you get. We’ve got 10 easy pictures for beginners to draw.

The key is drawing things that interest you. You’ll be more likely to stick with it (even if your first attempts are a hot mess) and, before you know it, those skills will come. Even cooler, you’ll start developing your own signature style. Yes, you!

Here are 10 great ways to get started. These easy-to-draw subjects will help you explore basic techniques and build your confidence as an artist. Plus, you’ll turn out some seriously legit artwork along the way!

1. Food

Pastries are easy to draw Food is a fantastic subject matter for artwork: It’s universal, recognizable, appealing and, best of all, it will stay still if you want it to pose for you.

Drawing food will also educate you on shapes and spatial relationships.

Pastries are a particularly fun type of food to draw.

2. Faces and Expressions

Faces and expressions Drawing an entire character might seem daunting, but you can get your feet wet by exploring faces and expressions. After just a little practice, you’ll be amazed at the variety of emotion that you can convey with simple lines and subtle variations on placement and angle of eyes, brows and lips.

3. Trees

Cottage with trees Colonial cottage via Craftsy member Helen Rattray

Even if you’re a beginner, trees are a cinch. It’s hard to go wrong because there are so many types of trees and so many ways to portray trees that are recognizable. Whether it’s a simplified triangle turned into a Christmas tree or a cloud-like puff atop simple linear trunks, trees are accessible to artists at any level.

4. Flowers

Mixed media flowers Flowers are one of the most gratifying things to draw because they are instantly recognizable regardless of whether your style is detailed and realistic or cartoonish and bubbly.

Their non-linear, organic shapes also make them a very forgiving subject matter if you’re not completely confident in your skills yet. It’s an easy way to explore creating art with mixed media too, as flowers are instantly inviting when color is added.

5. Cartoon Animals

How to draw a bunny Cartoon animals are extremely easy to draw because you’re reducing an animal to the bare minimum of lines. You typically need just a few lines to create an adorable character. The simplicity allows you a chance to add adorable expressions, which results in coo-worthy cute creatures.

There’s a long-term bonus, too: once you master a cartoonish method of creating animals, you’ll be better equipped with the skills to explore drawing animals in a realistic style.

6. Buildings or Architectural Structures

Buildings in love Buildings and simple architectural structures are a great way to get started with drawing.

Even complicated structures will usually have an element of symmetry and repetition in shapes or patterns; it’s just a matter of being patient enough to render them yourself. If adding perspective has you stumped, make it easier by using tracing paper — it’s not cheating at all. You’ll be amazed by the impressive structures you can render by simply following the blueprint of an architectural form!

7. Leaves

Drawing leaves Photo via Craftsy blog

Leaves are an easy and rewarding subject matter for drawing. Simple cartoon-style line drawings of leaves are about as easy as sketching basic shapes; even a newbie artist can master simple leaf shapes in a short period of time. The recognizable shapes of leaves can then be filled in creatively.

Realistic leaves are actually surprisingly simple to draw too. Creating lifelike leaves simply requires some observation and the ability to create leaf shapes that are slightly uneven to mimic the way that in nature, no two leaves are quite the same.

8. Paisley Designs

How to draw paisley At first glance, paisley might seem like an impossibly complicated design to draw, better suited for advanced artists than newbies. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Paisley starts as a simple comma-like shape and then can be built into an intricate, impressive design in minutes.

9. Mandalas

Mandalas Does creating beautiful art while soothing stress at the same time sounds like your idea of heaven? Mandalas are just the subject matter for you.

While the finished mandala may look intricate and difficult to draw, it starts with drawing (or tracing!) a circle. From there, you divide the circle into quadrants and create symmetrical designs within the sections.

The resulting piece is stunning, and as a benefit, mandalas are proven to aid in relaxation and stress reduction, so you’ll create great art while unwinding.

10. Doodles

Doodle Doodle drawing might be one of the easiest possible ways to draw a picture. The fact that it is such a free-form method of drawing also takes away any fear of failure: doodling is the place where you can do no artistic wrong. Everyone can doodle, whether it’s rows of hearts and stars or more involved scenes or shapes.

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90 Responses to “10 Easy Pictures to Draw for Beginners”

  1. Aasiya

    Thank you for inspiration for my drawings! But can you add more stuf to dra on here? Like how to shade stuff, or how to draw an eye for example. Again, love the ideas and thank you! ❤️❤️

  2. Blushed Rose

    This Blog is very informative and interesting..

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      • Aasiya

        Thank you for inspiration for my drawings! But can you add more stuf to dra on here? Like how to shade stuff, or how to draw an eye for example. Again, love the ideas and thank you! ❤️❤️

    • Anna

      Omg this so hard I soo bad
      I only have 2 good papers that aren’t ripping 😩😩😩

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      • Donald Tenney

        I been a artist for years now people tell me it’s no good what can I ever do to make it right agsin

        • Binda

          Drawing is a creativity where you are able to express yourself. You can never go wrong. Keep going as it is for your own joy. I teach many beginners and especially older adults. Its therapeutic.

    • Judith Everington

      I would love to be able to draw. My
      husband and son have some natural talent,Ihave NONE! is it possible for me to learn?? Ihave time now that I’m retired., but I think I may need help…..
      Is it easier to use watercolours?

    • Elsie


  3. BEcause i like you

    Helpful for all the beginners like me, definitely will try this! By the way, STAN DREAMCATCHER!

      • Barbara Zahn

        Of course not you style. But, continuing with whatever you see, will help you find your style. It’s a slick partner, keep seeking.

  4. Sasha

    I made all the drawings with a pen even know i am not that good of a drawer and i am satisfied with my big ben drawing animal from a cartoon flower and ice cream

  5. Karly

    When I looked at these I didn’t like any of the ideas until I saw the city… it looked hard but it was easy it only took about 45 min and I love the outcome. Definitely try out this website!

  6. IMnotsayng

    I am a very good drawer i just looked up how to be a good drawer but know i know how to draw a cute little bunny

  7. Anna

    Thank You this was very helpful!! I am not the best at drawing but this pushed me to work harder at drawing.😁