When you are learning to draw it can be easy to fall into the trap of taking yourself too seriously. Sketches don’t have to look like they came out of Da Vinci’s journal, after all. A simple drawing can often say a lot, but you should take a break from that sometimes too and just stick your pencil on the paper and try having a good time.
Today I’ll talk about ‘how to draw the easiest thing ever’ and while that title is in contention, I can definitely share 3 simple ideas that you can have a little fun with. Emojis are fun and you’ve got a million examples you can try to top on your phone and really have a good time with it. You can also just add eyes where they don’t belong and the effect can be comical or even creepy. Finally, stick figures don’t get enough respect, and I love them so they are going here as well.
Without further ado, here’s how to draw some of the easier things ever.
Drawing your own emojis
Emojis are fun and we use them every day. Have you ever thought about drawing some of your own? While there is potential for marketing if you happen to whip-up a batch that everyone likes, I personally just enjoy bringing up a list of them and proving to myself that I can do better. Give it a go yourself and you’ll see that you can joyfully pass quite a bit of time with this simple drawing exercise.
I think the appeal comes in the minimalism. With emojis, less is definitely more, and it really forces you to think. They are also one of the easiest things ever to draw, just bring along your colored pencils so that you can do them proper justice.
Try it out by yourself or get a younger sibling or your kids to help… it’s a great way to turn a simplistic drawing style into an afternoon of fun!
Adding eyes where they weren’t before
Draw a little circle and then draw a smaller circle inside, filling it completely in with dark color. Congratulations, you’ve just made an eye and you’ve drawn one of the simplest things ever. While adding goatees and mustaches to magazine photos has long fallen out of vogue, drawing eyes on everything that you can is something that never gets old.
You can also really have some fun with it. Simple, googly eyes are the easiest, but if you want to ramp up the ‘creep factor’ in anything by 100% then you can start showing off by making a very detailed, real-looking eye.
Personally, I like taking a break from the serious, so I keep it simple and focus on the part that I think is much more important – the placement of the eye. Simple googly eyes can have a profound effect, depending on how and where you place them. Have you ever drawn or painted something serious and then hidden an eye in it, just to see if anyone notices? Denying that it was intentional is a treat!
So, slot 2 for our compilation of the easiest things to draw ever goes to that classic staple of adding eyes where they aren’t supposed to be. It’s simple and surprisingly fun.
Stick figure art
You can do a surprising number of things with stick figures if you are creative enough. Those simplistic little figures really pop when you take them out of their element. For instance, as an exercise, find a classic painting like Seurat’s 1884 “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte” and draw and color it in normally, but replace all the people and animals with stick figures. Make them look as solid as possible with thick, bold, strokes of a marker or thick pencil lines.
The end results are actually quite satisfying and you can do this will all sorts of paintings and sketches. After you do one, I can give a 99% guarantee that you are going to make a day of it. ‘The Vitruvian Stick Figure’ is probably going to happen and you’ll probably have to force yourself to leave Da Vinci’s ‘The Creation of Adam’ alone (or more realistically, draw it with stick figures and hide the results).
Yes, it’s kinda silly, but I highly recommend giving it a try. Some of the results that come out are quite unique. Your challenge here is to make those stick figures look like they are SUPPOSED to be there. If you get stuck for ideas for your stick figures, take a look at this 3rd party article to help you get your creative juices flowing.
Personally, I still say go after the classics. Though their creators are long gone, I like to think that somehow, somewhere, they are looking on and quite genuinely amused.
The easiest recap ever
Today we’ve had a little exploration in ‘how to draw the easiest thing ever’ and as you can see, it’s a 3-way tie between making your own deceptively-simple emojis, sticking eyes on everything in sight (pun completely intended), and elevating stick figures by hosting them in new and hilarious ways.
Art is supposed to be fun. It’s a way of life, after all, and the best way to keep your creative juices flowing is to shrug off that harness of discipline and to let your mind wander on the paper for awhile. Everyone needs a vacation and too much attention to form can stifle your style. So, if you find it impossible to completely let go, at least compromise by trying to draw one of these 3 things I’ve mentioned and use your super-discipline to make these things nothing short of amazing.
…or just have a little fun for once!
If you need a little further inspiration at this point, be sure to check out my guide ‘100 Fun Things To Draw For Practice And Fun’ and just scroll a bit through the examples there. Once you get that eureka moment, turn your pencil loose and see what happens!