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
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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.

two dice
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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

eyes crying
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Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened. – Dr. Seuss

face line drawing
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Dora Maar was a French artist and poet who is best known for being the lover, and muse of Pablo Picasso.

womans face
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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.

cloud with planets
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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

head in clouds
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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

dinosaur astronaut
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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.

easy elephant
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Elephants are seen as a symbol of strength and power, and are praised by many cultures for their size, longevity, stamina, and loyalty.

spaceship and pizza
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Anyone who says that money cannot buy happiness has clearly never spent their money on pizza. – Andrew W.K.

swimming turtle
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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.

eye winking
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Keep your face towards the sun and let your shadows fall behind.

zombie geisha
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There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights. – Bram Stoker

whale tale with stars
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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

hand holding crystal ball
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Astromancy is the practice of seeking knowledge of the future or the unknown by supernatural means, specifically of the stars.

elephant with hearts coming from trunk
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Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. – Anatole France.

wolf howling at moon drawing
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This tutorial will show you how to draw a howling wolf. The artist also shows you the pencils they used to draw this picture.

planets and moon in bottle
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If you believe that you deserve it, then the universe will serve it.

trees in triangle
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In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful. –Alice Walker

hedgehog
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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

spaceship with skull
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Even though you’re growing up, you should never stop having fun. – Nina Dobrev

cat and dog easy
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Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen. – Orhan Pamuk

whale with bubbles drawing
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However big the whale may be, the tiny harpoon can rob him of life.

owl drawing
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Did you know that owls are farsighted? This means they can’t see things close to their eyes clearly.

flower drawing
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You’ll be calm the day you learn to sit alone and do nothing. – Maxime Lagacé

shining moon
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We are all like the bright moon we still have our darker side. – Khalil Gibran

dragon fly with rain drops
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There are over 5,000 species of dragonflies that are part of the scientific infraorder called Anisoptera.

cat with plant easy drawing
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I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior. – Hippolyte Taine

band aid drawing
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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.

small dinosaur drawing
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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.

wilderness in balloon
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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

wilderness in eye glasses
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The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. – John Muir

ice cream cone
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You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy ice cream and that is pretty much the same thing.

wilderness in key drawing
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Birds have always had the ability to bring me out of a dark space and provide relief in bad times. – Jason Ward

mountains in half diamond drawing
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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

cat looking at moon
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In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this. – Terry Pratchett

t-rex drawing with other dinosuars
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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