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10 Drawing Ideas for Digital Artists

There are always times when our artist heads are just empty or just way too filled with stuff. It could be that we think that we have drawn everything there is to be drawn. Feels like there is nothing more to give to the world.

It could also be that our head is just too filled with stuff that we can’t truly focus on anything. To give a relief on that I have collected 10  drawing ideas for digital artists. Now you might be a beginner in this whole digital art thing, and if that’s the case don’t worry. I have something for you at the end of the post. Then again, if you are a more seasoned artist you might find these ideas helpful in your already busy artist schedule.

So beginners and pros alike. Let’s jump to the ideas to get your creative drive going on.

 

 

Draw this again “Challenge”

Have to start with something that is very close to me. Something I just like a lot. Now, the main thing here is to draw something you have drawn previously. It could be that you are not too happy with it. Or you want to draw it again just to see how much you have improved over the years.

No matter the reason, it is always, and I mean always cool to see how you can improve an old drawing. You have the idea already in place so the only thing you have to do is just to draw it again.

There was a year where I drew very differently.

I had a completely different drawing process then that I currently have. It was a change in style but also in the way of creating art. You see.

There is always a process which you follow to create art.

It can and most likely will change over the years. That’s natural.

But having a way of drawing, really speed up your drawings and you can always tweak your process in the future. I first started with this semi-real style but after a while. I just noticed that cel shade style always gave me the best vibes.

Now, I have to say it was hard to find my own style. Just because every time I saw some other artists style, I was hooked and wanted to create in a similar style. I would have bought everything from that artist and I in some manners I did.

I learned a new style but yet again. Cel shade won every time. But yeah, that was shortly about the style and draw this again challenge.

 

Draw this again challenge, if you want to call it that. Enables you to see how, you have progressed but also lets you see, how differently you draw your images currently.

So if you are stuck with, what to draw and have like zero imagination and creativity. Start with this. You will have the idea already there. You can also start to improve the image you already have. So you kind of don’t have to start all over again. This might be true or not. So, this is subjective to your current situation.

Biggest takeaway

Easy to get your creativity back as you have an idea in place already. Pick a drawing that you drew like many years ago to see some real results in yourself.

 

Drawing fan art

I am preeeetty sure we all idolize something, someone or we are fans of something or someone. This has at least one positive outcome and that is that we get this happy feeling from it. This is easiest to understand from the point of anime or game series. I for one, like a lot of Studio Ghibli productions. So every time I see let’s say Spirited Away or Howl’s Moving Castle. I get this good feeling inside.

Now that I have this good feeling inside. I also receive a small amount of inspiration to me. Often getting inspired by the artwork of Studio Ghibli. Getting this good feeling from the colors, facial expressions and so on. So when you are looking to get inspired or you struggle with what to draw. You can always turn to the media that more than often inspires you. For me, that is anime, games, movies. For you, it might be some other media.

Fan art enables us to draw something we love but doing it in our own style. It also frees us from the creative pressure. You are not creating anything new in a sense of something the world hasn’t seen before. Like a new character, a prop, those kinds of things.

You get to draw something that has already been designed and thought out. This is something that eases your mind and lets another kind of creativity flow through you.

As mentioned before, creativity is something that is demanding (maybe not for you but usually for beginner artists at least) and thus freeing that pressure. Can give you flow to your drawings and more importantly drawing ideas.

Biggest takeaway

Fan art gives you a way to present yourself while still easing the pain of being super creative.

Drawing Concepts and or Drawing Concept Art

This is a bit different than the rest of the ideas. But still, a very good way to get drawing going. Now, I don’t too often do these. However, I have my own little secret world building project going on. And for this, I have created some concepts of characters, props, items, creatures and so on. So in a sense, this is one of the easiest things to draw. You are just creating concepts and nothing final. Letting your creativity flow and just sketch away.

Easily put your ideas to the canvas while not thinking too much about the end result. Just throwing ideas and maybe from those ideas. One becomes a fully made illustration. So in a way you can ease the pain of drawing an image when you have first done this rough sketch of something. Something that might not even have a clear form just a thought of what it could be. A silhouette.

So instead of drawing something to final, you draw something to half final. Maybe even not that. MAybe it is just a concept drawing like mentioned in the title. One key point from me is that, do think of it as a concept. This is something I struggle with sometimes.

I always like to draw things to completion. To finalize drawings. So drawing concepts is not easy for me. I have a struggle letting go of the idea I have in my mind. However, that is exactly what you should be doing. Draw the idea and let go. Move on to the next one.

Biggest takeaway

Create concepts of ideas floating in your mind. Draw, let go and move on to the next idea.

 

Theme

Yeah, you can also draw by choosing a certain theme for your drawings. Now, I have talked about this before here. But to quickly give you the basics. Drawing with a theme in mind is something that directs you to a certain path. It locks your creative mind to a spot. It narrows down your drawing but at the same time makes you focus on drawing something certain.

So let’s say you were to draw a clown. Now, theming it up. You could think about drawing the clown in pixel theme, or that it would be made out of water. Maybe the clown would be part of plants and vegetation? Now, that is theming it up.

Another way is to draw with an established theme, like games, nature, technology or something. It could be hard to get the grasp of this. But the thing here is to draw something that has a specific idea behind them already. Let’s say we draw something from nature, like a snail. Now you have a theme, nature and also the object, snail.

So instead of banging your head against the wall while trying to come up with new ideas. Draw something that is already present.

Biggest takeaway

Themes help you with ideation and you can easily just select something from present time and draw that in your own style.

 

Original Characters

I think we all have a point in our artistic careers where we want to create our very own character. You might even be a background artist but I would still say that most likely you have had this feeling even once in your life. I am not sure where this feeling comes from? Maybe from the fact that it is so cool to create a living character with its own quirks and features.

I have always loved creating characters and that hasn’t changed. I think this is where you can truly put your imagination into play. You decide what features, what looks the character is having. You are in control and you get to decide where to place that character.

In what world, in what time and what is the thing that makes your character unique and interesting. You can design different outfits and accessories and all. It is so much fun but I do have to be honest. This might just be one of the toughest to get on with.

The reason being that the amount of creativity and imagination needed is rather intensive and massive. So in order to give your character real life and to make it a living person. You truly have to put in the work. Like, Seriously.

Then again, when you have created that character, you can be proud and for a long time.

Biggest takeaway

Creating original characters is insanely rewarding but demands a lot of creativity from you. So approach with care.

 

Drawing Animals / Imaginative creatures

While we might sometimes focus too much on characters and drawing those. Drawing creatures is also an option. Go figure 🙂 But yeah, drawing creatures is actually pretty fun as you can easily create any kind of creature and yes they can define the laws of anatomy a bit more. You can easily add multiple eyes to a creature or maybe color the creature with some unimaginable colors. Drawing creatures is actually much fun. You can really bend your creativity and really add interesting things to creatures.

What you should though remember when drawing creatures. Is that they slightly have to a realistic anatomy behind them. So let’s say you are drawing a creature that is out of this world. To make it believable. You have to make sure there are some bone and muscle structure to support the creature.

My biggest advice is to collect reference images first of a certain animal you are drawing. If you are drawing something from the imagination. Stay with me here. Now, when you have those reference images. Just draw what you see and after that transform your creature to anything you like.

This way it has the bone and muscle structure but can be distorted to something very different.

Biggest takeaway

Designing creatures open up another level of creativity and might be a challenge. However, use reference images to your advantage.

Practice Drawing

Maybe you might not want to create a fully fledged illustration. Maybe you just want to practice drawings? And that is also a way to draw. You see. Doing study drawings is very important and also something I lack totally but will be picking up sooner or later. Doing these study drawings is something that improves your artistic abilities.

You start to learn how to draw things. Yes, we still need reference images but what I am going for here is that you understand the shapes you are drawing. You are not 100% dependent on reference images.

You are also more able to distort the shapes realistically. And that is something I am aiming for in the long run. Distortion of the shapes. Studying drawings could be boring. That is mostly or even entirely the reason I don’t do those as often as I should. It is somewhat slow and you don’t create any real drawings by the end of it.

You just practice and practice. But on the other side, you will gain a lot of skills and enhance your abilities to another level. So in that sense, these are one of the most important things you should do when starting out as an artist.

Biggest takeaway

Practice makes a champion or something along those lines. It truly is important and shouldn’t be forgotten as one of the ways to improve your drawing skills.

 

Drawing a Mecha

I chose this idea for its own. As it is something I know people like to draw and is different from a character, landscape and creature drawings. Drawing mechas are both easy and hard. They are easy because you can just add details after details and it still makes sense.

You can draw very complex mecha designs by just adding details and elements to a mecha and they are always justified. Meaning like the elements and objects are something that belongs to the mecha even if they would be very weird and unrelated. Mechas truly give you that freedom to creativity.

What makes them hard is actually the amount of work needed to make them interesting and exciting. To make them strong, believable and intimidating. I personally love drawing mechas. I can just throw ideas into it and see it evolving to something complex and exciting.

Mechas can also be beautiful and that affect you get when you add round shapes to the design. So if you are looking to draw something complex and something you can just pour details into. Draw a mecha.

Biggest takeaway

If you are looking to pour all your complex ideas, details and badassnes into something. Choose a mecha.

Portrait

Oh! My favorite! Yes, I just love to draw portraits or faces looking straight at the viewer. But why is that? Well, because it’s easy. For me at least and if you are struggling with this there is a tool called symmetrical ruler. Which is talked more about here. But getting back to the subject. So drawing portraits is fun because you have a certain thing you are already drawing. Character, face or upper body and that’s it. You have already set some boundaries for yourself.

So the creativity starts by defining the mood, facial expression, hairstyle, female, male and so on. Portraits are fun because you can somewhat develop your own original character at the same time. But you don’t have to think so far as to what is the world he/she is living on or other things.

You can make simple portraits or then again. If you want to push yourself, you can take the character building elements to it.

You can also draw portraits with creatures in it. So do also think that aspect when you are deciding the subject or object of your portrait drawing.

Biggest takeaway

Portraits give you certain frames on how and what to draw. That eases the pain of creating massive and complex drawings that take an insane amount of time to complete.

 

Landscape and Background Drawing

Something I have never drawn but that doesn’t mean you couldn’t. Now, as time goes by it is possible that I have painted a few landscapes. I had to include this as an option. because, well, it IS an option. I have always, and I mean always liked anime backgrounds. Those are goddamn awesome. I just love the variations in color and the way backgrounds create atmosphere and mood to the drawing.

Drawing backgrounds can give you a way to express yourself differently if let’s say you are more into character drawing. So this will enable to draw something totally different. You might even feel discomfort in it. However, you can approach it as a way to do something new and exciting. You are stepping out of your comfort zone. Now, I never do that :D. Just joking, maybe sometimes I draw something that feels unnatural to me.

So if you are full of drawing those same characters, creatures, portraits, and everything. Painting landscapes and scenery is certainly something very different. In that sense, it can give you creative flow that you maybe not have experienced before. It could also be a challenge to draw something to different. So be ready for mixed emotions.

Biggest takeaway

Landscapes can give you ways to express yourself in a way that you haven’t been able to before.

 

So here is a recap of everything and the biggest takeaways

 

Draw this again “Challenge”

Easy to get your creativity back as you have an idea in place already. Pick a drawing that you drew like many years ago to see some real results in yourself.

Fan Art

Fan art gives you a way to present yourself while still easing the pain of being super creative.

+ link to Fan Art Blog Post Darling in the FranXX

Drawing Concepts and or Drawing Concept Art

Create concepts of ideas floating in your mind. Draw, let go and move on to the next idea.

Theme

Themes help you with ideation and you can easily just select something from present time and draw that in your own style

+ link to the blog post mentioned Draw with a Theme in Mind

Original Characters

Creating original characters is insanely rewarding but demands a lot of creativity from you. So approach with care.

Drawing Animals / Imaginative creatures

Designing creatures open up another level of creativity and might be a challenge. However, use reference images to your advantage.

+ link to How to Draw a Dragon blog post

+ link to a Creature post 5 Tips on How to Design a Creature

Practice drawing

Practice makes a champion or something along those lines. It truly is important and shouldn’t be forgotten as one of the ways to improve your drawing skills.

Drawing a Mecha

If you are looking to pour all your complex ideas, details and badassnes into something. Choose a mecha.

+ the link to an art tutorial How to Draw Awesome Mecha

Portrait

Portraits give you certain frames on how and what to draw. That eases the pain of creating massive and complex drawings that take an insane amount of time to complete.

Landscape and Background Drawing

Landscapes can give you ways to express yourself in a way that you haven’t been able to before.

 

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