37 Simple Drawing Ideas and References

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If you’re looking for simple drawing ideas, I’ve got your covered.

This post is filled with simple drawing ideas and references to inspire you. Below, you’ll find animal drawings, nature drawings, and more.

ballet slippers

Famous for the creation of her role as The Dying Swan Anna Pavlova is one of the most celebrated ballerinas of all time. Did you know that she was also the first ever dancer to tour with ballet around the world. |Photo Credit: Inkbox

two dice

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. You won’t find glory at the center of safety, but at its edge. You won’t find love at a place where you are covered, but in the space where you are exposed. You gotta take some risks.

You have to not only pick up the dice, but roll’em. So go ahead, take the gamble. You have nothing to lose except the chance to win. Life is not long enough to spend it on the sidelines. – Neale Donald Walsch |Photo Credit: Inkbox

eyes crying

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened. – Dr. Seuss |Photo Credit: Inkbox

face line drawing

Dora Maar was a French artist and poet who is best known for being the lover, and muse of Pablo Picasso. |Photo Credit: Inkbox

womans face

One day she discovered that she was fierce, strong, and full of fire. She realized that not even she, could hold herself back because her passions burned brighter than her fears. |Photo Credit: Inkbox

cloud with planets

I will love the light for it shows me the way; yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars. – Augustine “Og” Mandino |Photo Credit: Inkbox

head in clouds

Having your head in the clouds is not a bad thing… as long as you take advantage of the inspiration you find while you’re there. – Misty Dawn Seidel |Photo Credit: Inkbox

dinosaur astronaut

Meet Astrosaurus! The adorable animal astronaut is the perfect piece for those of you who are both intrigued by outer space and obsessed with dinosaurs. |Photo Credit: Inkbox

easy elephant

Elephants are seen as a symbol of strength and power, and are praised by many cultures for their size, longevity, stamina, and loyalty. |Photo Credit: Inkbox

spaceship and pizza

Anyone who says that money cannot buy happiness has clearly never spent their money on pizza. – Andrew W.K. |Photo Credit: Homesthetics

swimming turtle

This super cute creature was inspired by the terrapin, a small species of turtle that divides its time between land and swampy waters. A while ago, the species nearly went extinct because of over hunting. But thankfully, the tiny turtle is tough! Now, it’s not only surviving it’s thriving. |Photo Credit: Inkbox

eye winking

Keep your face towards the sun and let your shadows fall behind. |Photo Credit: Inkbox

zombie geisha

There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights. – Bram Stoker |Photo Credit: Inkbox

whale tale with stars

Take me to the ocean. Let me sail the open sea. To breathe the warm and salty air and dream of things to be. – Erica Billups |Photo Credit: Shihori

hand holding crystal ball

Astromancy is the practice of seeking knowledge of the future or the unknown by supernatural means, specifically of the stars. |Photo Credit: Inkbox

elephant with hearts coming from trunk

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. – Anatole France. |Photo Credit: Inkbox

wolf howling at moon drawing

This tutorial will show you how to draw a howling wolf. The artist also shows you the pencils they used to draw this picture. |Photo Credit: Dragonart

planets and moon in bottle

If you believe that you deserve it, then the universe will serve it. |Photo Credit: Inkbox

trees in triangle

In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful. –Alice Walker |Photo Credit: Inkbox


Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to. – Alfred A. Montapert |Photo Credit: Inkbox

spaceship with skull

Even though you’re growing up, you should never stop having fun. – Nina Dobrev |Photo Credit: Inkbox

cat and dog easy

Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen. – Orhan Pamuk |Photo Credit: Inkbox

whale with bubbles drawing

However big the whale may be, the tiny harpoon can rob him of life. |Photo Credit: Inkbox

owl drawing

Did you know that owls are farsighted? This means they can’t see things close to their eyes clearly. |Photo Credit: Inkbox

flower drawing

You’ll be calm the day you learn to sit alone and do nothing. – Maxime Lagacé |Photo Credit: Inkbox

shining moon

We are all like the bright moon we still have our darker side. – Khalil Gibran |Photo Credit: Inkbox

dragon fly with rain drops

There are over 5,000 species of dragonflies that are part of the scientific infraorder called Anisoptera. |Photo Credit: Inkbox

cat with plant easy drawing

I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior. – Hippolyte Taine |Photo Credit: Inkbox

band aid drawing

We’re all a work in progress, and sometimes we need some help to get us through the bad times. You are always enough, and never forget that. |Photo Credit: Inkbox

small dinosaur drawing

Rawr! It’s been extinct since the Cretaceous Period, but this precious plant-eater remains one of the most recognizable dinos thanks to its big, bony back. |Photo Credit: Inkbox

wilderness in balloon

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter. – Rachel Carson |Photo Credit: Inkbox

wilderness in eye glasses

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. – John Muir | Photo Credit: Inkbox

ice cream cone

You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy ice cream and that is pretty much the same thing. | Photo Credit: Inkbox

wilderness in key drawing

Birds have always had the ability to bring me out of a dark space and provide relief in bad times. – Jason Ward | Photo Credit: Inkbox

mountains in half diamond drawing

The great thing about reaching the top of the mountain is realizing that there’s space for more than one person. And you’re now in the prime position to help others up. – We Dream of Travel | Photo Credit: Inkbox

cat looking at moon

In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this. – Terry Pratchett | Photo Credit: Inkbox

t-rex drawing with other dinosuars

Although they’re strutting side-by-side in this cute conga line of dinos, in real life, you’d never find a T-Rex and a Stegosaurus together. Why? Because there’s actually a 77-million year age difference between the two! The T-Rex is closer in age to us humans than it is to the Stegosaurus | Photo Credit: Inkbox