Download our FREE drawing prompts list. Tips on how to keep drawing even when you run out of ideas. No more blank sketchbooks, find topics to keep your creative juices flowing.
Being creative isn’t always easy. Sometimes days go by and that inspiration to get started just doesn’t happen. The blank page stares back at you mockingly.
Luckily all hope is not lost! You merely need to jumpstart your creative process. That’s why I have created a list of drawing prompts to jolt your mind and have you creating in no time.
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How To Stick To The Drawing Prompts List
1. Pick a colour or material you normally avoid
What if your favoured choice of tool is holding you back?
Like most artists, I had a preferred medium for many years – coloured pencils. Watercolour and acrylic paints opened up new ways of self-expression for me.
Are there particular media that you have always wanted to try but have been too afraid to give it a go? Maybe you have always wanted to try inks, or even just painting on a larger surface. If you consistently paint with a brush try using your fingers and see how that makes you feel and how it changes your technique or the image you create.
Trying new tools and methods leads to finding new perspectives. Push through the fear of the unknown because this might be where you’ll find yourself.
2. Design a creative ritual
Prepare your work/creative space the day before you plan to draw. Lay out your tools and brainstorm ideas that will help you prepare for the execution. The hardest part is getting to the task, so find your optimal productive time and don’t let your negative thoughts force you to back off. Focus on completion. The point of a ritual is to practice it regardless of how you feel, even if it is for 10 minutes only.
3. Commit to a drawing series online
Make the smallest commitment that you can keep, even if it is only one tiny sketch a week. Just stick to it! Focus on completion rather than perfection. Join an online series and share it with people around you. This practice increases accountability as people will come to expect work from you.
As much as I would love for you to join my drawing prompts, pick a list that inspires you! Specific themes and topics will provide the right creative constraints and give you the direction you desire.
4. Doodles not drawing
If you enjoy a Netflix binge after dinner as I do, use that time to create some stress-free doodles. Drawing while your mind is occupied is a great way to flow without getting caught up with your more critical mind. Listen to a podcast if you prefer and just put your hand to paper and see what happens. Allow your subconscious to take over and experience a new kind of artistic freedom.
I also enjoy doodling on newspaper or handwritten notes where the text becomes a part of the design. This method is a great way to break the habit of expecting beautiful pieces of artwork.
5. Open your eyes to a new perspective
Try looking at your topic in different ways. How can you add a little of your own special personality to make it unique? Perhaps you can zoom in on the subject’s eyes, or try a new lighting angle. Attempt drawing a blind contour of the subject. Ask someone else to describe the subject and draw it without a reference. Looking at an object from a new point of view is a sure recipe to break that stubborn creative block.
6. Utilize the buddy system
Find a creative partner who wants to grow along with you. Join art meetups, Facebook Groups, or find a friend who enjoys art. Partnering with someone who enjoys the creative journey as much as you do is a great motivator. You can discuss your ideas and get constructive feedback from them.
Set a task and a time limit to complete it and keep that promise and commitment with your partner. Being a buddy to another budding artist is a mutually beneficial activity and gentle propeller to your artistic dreams.
Follow this list so that your sketchbook does not stay blank this year.
Pin it so that you can share it with others and return to it regularly.
Please tag me with @drawingwithpri on your social media so that I can see your creations and provide free feedback if you’d like a follow-up.
Please share with me any current struggles in your artistic journey. Where are you stuck currently? Would you like some guidance on these issues?