Cool Things to Draw in Photoshop

Looking for cool things to draw of various topics and themes? To be successful, start building up some good online and offline resources to reference fun things to draw. Consider this guide as a list of a few fun things to draw when bored or stumped for ideas.

As a budding professional with special artistic goals, is it always good to have a source of art inspiration. Unfortunately, inspiration is not something that can be forced - especially when struggling to find interesting cool things to draw.

Rather, it is something that just happens. For that purpose alone, creating a library of drawing resources to help it along is helpful. The more reference materials available, the higher the chances inspiration will come as art ideas can come from just about anything.

There's no way around it. No matter the skill level, all artists need references. Some places to find inspiration are books, from real life, different genres, other artist, etc. Aside from those, consider the content here as another source of inspiration to be bookmarked and referenced at a later date.

Miscellaneous cool things to draw

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anime shading

Anime Shading

Various anime shading and comic shading techniques have evolved over the years. With the move to the digital platform, it has never been easier to do. While there are many ways to learn this technical skill, it still goes back to two fundamental basics: having a line art and shading underneath it.

anime girl drawing

Anime Girl Drawing

An anime girl drawing is a cool piece of artwork that a lot of artists love to draw. Being an open-ended topic, anyone can draw one depending on their skill level. This guide is will go over the critical thinking process and technical skill needed to learn how to draw anime girls.

chibi drawing

Chibi Drawing

A chibi drawing is a type of art that is well-liked as people are quickly drawn to adorable art. The style itself resonates with a broad audience since it's simple to get an idea across. It is also not as taxing on the artist to draw. Why wouldn't one not take advantage of this ever growing type of art?

Fairy Cartoon

Fairy Cartoon

A mischievous being, having a fairy cartoon around is always a nice reminder what is possible when anyone is enjoying the art of drawing. Expect to have some fun on learning how to draw a cartoon fairy that looks good while testing one's abilities to be creative.

how to draw a heart

How to Draw a Heart

Learning how to draw a heart is a great way to show affection. Whether it is used all year round or just saved up for Valentine's Day, heart drawings are always welcomed. By itself, a heart is an easy shape to draw. However, drawing a heart that is symmetrical will require some creative thinking.

how to draw a star

How to Draw a Star

Learning how to draw a star accurately is one of those tasks that looks simple but can be difficult to achieve. In reality, with a little math, symbolic star drawings with any number of points can be easily drawn out with any modern drawing software.

how to draw a star

How to Draw Spiderman

Through experimentation, this guide on how to draw Spiderman will look at the thought process and reasoning needed to create a Spiderman drawing. Most of the complexities deals with the design on the costume where using a grid is helpful. Here's how I did it.

cartoon earth

Cartoon Earth

Drawing a cartoon Earth presents its own challenges. If perspective and accuracy is ignored, it can be an easy task. However, there are ways to create an Earth cartoon that is both accurate and relatively easy. For this to happen, some extra manipulation options in Photoshop must be used.

cartoon basketball

Cartoon Basketball

Why draw a cartoon basketball manually when Photoshop has all the default tools to do it all at once? From the ball textures to even a natural perspective curvature, this guide will look at what is needed to render a basketball in just a few clicks.

cartoon basketball player

Cartoon Basketball Player

A very popular sport in America is basketball. A cartoon basketball player is a neat way of identifying this popular sport to younger audiences. This exercise will go through the process of drawing of a basketball player. It really isn't that difficult at all. Just be creative with the subject.

cartoon chef

Cartoon Chef

Preparing food is an art form itself. A cartoon chef is a fun representation of this important profession. This guide look at the creative process and the drawing tools needed to make an awesome looking chef cartoon.

cartoon ninja

Cartoon Ninja

A cartoon ninja is a fun way to draw this legendary profession. Contrary to most media depictions, there are no written evidence that they wear a black garb. Rather, disguising ones self as civilians is the more preferable method of blending in. Therefore, there is a lot of leeway for drawing a ninja cartoon.

cartoon pizza

Cartoon Pizza

A popular food around the world, a cartoon pizza can look very different depending on the ingredients used in that culture. To keep it visual interesting, try to go beyond a simple cheese pizza and strive for toppings that give the pizza a more tasty appeal.

princess cartoon

Princess Cartoon

A princess cartoon drawing is a pleasant portrayal of subtlety, beauty, and nobility. Unlike fairy tales of the past, however, a princess in modern times isn't a simple one dimensional character. Therefore, there are a lot of acceptable ways to draw a cartoon princess.

santa cartoon

Santa Cartoon

This guide will go over the steps in creating a Santa cartoon. Use it to celebrate the holidays as a decoration during Christmas time. There is no better time for giving, being thankful, and doing simple festive arts and crafts with the family.

cartoon soccer player

Cartoon Soccer Player

A cartoon soccer player is a fun way to show appreciation of a sport that is played around the world. This guide will go through the simple steps of making a cute little drawing of a soccer player using very basic drawing tools. I will be explaining what to look for and what drawing tools to use.

cartoon vampire

Cartoon Vampire

There are so many ways an artist can draw a cartoon vampire. Dracula isn't the only one! It can be a traditional caricature of a human-like being or something that resembles more beastly in appearance. It can be male or female. That alone gives a lot of leeway for creativity.

Other cool things to draw and study are:

From picture books From different genres
  • Perspective
  • Object shapes
  • Shading and lighting
  • Humans, animals, etc.
  • Building designs, furniture fixtures, etc.
  • Color composition
  • Fantasy and history
  • Science fiction
  • Action and romance
  • Comics and cartoons
  • Sports and leisure
From the real world From the digital world
  • Cars and mechanics
  • Houses and buildings
  • Furniture and electronics
  • Animation and movies
  • Sculptures and mannequins
  • Digital magazine layouts
  • Stylized effects
  • Photo-manipulation
  • Industry drawing software
  • Cartooning and animation
  • 3D rendering