37 Simple Drawing Ideas and References

I earn commissions for purchases made through links in this post.

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.

1. Ballerina Shoes

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.

ballet slippers
Photo Credit: Inkbox

2. 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

two dice
Photo Credit: Inkbox

3. Crying Eyes

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

eyes crying
Photo Credit: Inkbox

4. Picasso Style

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

face line drawing
Photo Credit: Inkbox

5. Woman’s 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.

womans face
Photo Credit: Inkbox

6. Cloud and 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

cloud with planets
Photo Credit: Inkbox

7. Head in the 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

head in clouds
Photo Credit: Inkbox

8. Astronaut Dinosaur

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.

dinosaur astronaut
Photo Credit: Inkbox

9. 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.

easy elephant
Photo Credit: Inkbox

10. Spaceship and Pizza

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

spaceship and pizza
Photo Credit: Homesthetics

11. Sea 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.

swimming turtle
Photo Credit: Inkbox

12. Peek a Boo

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

eye winking
Photo Credit: Inkbox

13. Unique Zombie

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

zombie geisha
Photo Credit: Inkbox

14. Whale Tail

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

whale tale with stars
Photo Credit: Shihori

15. Hand Holding Crystal Ball

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

hand holding crystal ball
Photo Credit: Inkbox

16. Elephant with Long Trunk and Hearts

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. – Anatole France.

elephant with hearts coming from trunk
Photo Credit: Inkbox

17. Easy Wolf 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.

wolf howling at moon drawing
Photo Credit: Dragonart

18. Message in a Bottle

If you believe that you deserve it, then the universe will serve it.

planets and moon in bottle
Photo Credit: Inkbox

19. Nature in a 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

trees in triangle
Photo Credit: Inkbox

20. Cute and Easy Hedgehog

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

hedgehog
Photo Credit: Inkbox

21. UFO Drawing

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

spaceship with skull
Photo Credit: Inkbox

22. Cat and Dog Outline

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

cat and dog easy
Photo Credit: Inkbox

23. Simple Whale

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

whale with bubbles drawing
Photo Credit: Inkbox

24. Owl with Heart Eyes

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

owl drawing
Photo Credit: Inkbox

25. Simple Flower

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

flower drawing
Photo Credit: Inkbox

26. Bright Moon

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

shining moon
Photo Credit: Inkbox

27. Dragonfly

There are over 5,000 species of dragonflies that are part of the scientific infraorder called Anisoptera.

dragon fly with rain drops
Photo Credit: Inkbox

28. Cat and Plant

I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior. – Hippolyte Taine

cat with plant easy drawing
Photo Credit: Inkbox

29. I’m OK Band-Aid

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.

band aid drawing
Photo Credit: Inkbox

30. Stegosaurus

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.

small dinosaur drawing
Photo Credit: Inkbox

31. Balloon with Mountains

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 balloon
Photo Credit: Inkbox

32. Glasses and Nature

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

wilderness in eye glasses
Photo Credit: Inkbox

33. Easy Ice Cream Cone

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

ice cream cone
Photo Credit: Inkbox

34. Key with Birds and Trees

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

wilderness in key drawing
Photo Credit: Inkbox

35. Mountain Dotwork

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

mountains in half diamond drawing
Photo Credit: Inkbox

36. Cat and the Moon

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

cat looking at moon
Photo Credit: Inkbox

37. Four Easy Dinosaurs

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

t-rex drawing with other dinosuars
Photo Credit: Inkbox

I hope you’ve enjoyed this list of ideas for simple drawings. For more ideas, check out out post featuring Easy Drawing Ideas.