1001 Things to Sketch, Draw or Render

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Welcome to the List

My original list of 1000 Random Things To Draw was a big hit. But that was years ago so here is my new and improved and alphabetized list. Use it for fun or to expand your art skills. If your art is stuck in a rut, step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Do a few or do them all (I dare you). I'm going to delete the original list as soon as I have this one up and running, which means I'll lose my old comments. So feel free to comment again. Most of these ideas would work great for cartooning, realistic drawing, sketches for paintings, illustrations or just to try out new art supplies. Some are traditional and some are off the wall. Have fun. Draw lots. Share your drawing. Let your kids catch you drawing. Love your sketchbook and take it with you.

Remember you can draw from life, from photos, or from your imagination. But if you see a flying saucer in real life, take a photo and draw it later.

Drawings by Fayme Harper

Allison in Wonderland
Allison in Wonderland
Belly Dancer
Belly Dancer
Chef with spoon.
Chef with spoon.
Archer Bear
Archer Bear
Crazy cat
Crazy cat

The New List


1001 Things to Sketch, Draw or Render

1. Aardvark

2. Accordion

3. Acorn

4. Acrobat

5. Adz

6. Aircraft carrier

7. Airship

8. Alarm clock

9. Albatross

10. Ale

11. Algae

12. Alien

13. Alligator/crocodile

14. Ambulance

15. Amoebas

16. Amusement park

17. Angel

18. Angel food cake

19. Angelfish

20. Anteater

21. Anthill

22. Apple

23. Aquarium

24. Arcade

25. Archer

26. Armguard

27. Armoire

28. Army

29. Art Studio

30. Artist

31. Astronaut

32. Atlatl

33. Attic

34. Axe

35. Baboon

36. Baby

37. Backpack

38. Bacon

39. Bag lady

40. Bags

41. Baker

42. Ballroom dancer

43. Baloney

44. Bamboo

45. Banana

46. Banjo

47. Bank robber

48. Barber

49. Bard

50. Bark

51. Barometer

52. Barrel

53. Baseball diamond

54. Baseball mitt

55. Basket

56. Basset hound

57. Bat

58. Bathing suit

59. Beach

60. Beard

61. Beaver

62. Bed

63. Bedroom

64. Beehive

65. Beer

66. Bees

67. Beets

68. Bell

69. Belly dancer

70. Bench

71. Berries

72. Bicycle

73. Bikini

74. Billionaire

75. Billy Goat

76. Binder

77. Birdhouse

78. Bison

79. Blueprint

80. Boardwalk

81. Bolo tie

82. Bongos

83. Bonnet

84. Books

85. Boot

86. Booth

87. Bounce castle

88. Bouquet

89. Bow and arrow

90. Boxer

91. Boxes

92. Bracelet

93. Breadbox

94. Breakfast

95. Bride

96. Bronco

97. Brownies

98. Bubble wrap

99. Bubbles

100. Bugs

101. Bulldozer

102. Bumps

103. Bunk beds

104. Bunkhouse

105. Buns

106. Burro

107. Bus

108. Bustle

109. Butterfly

110. Butterscotch

111. Cabbage

112. Cabin

113. Cable car

114. Caboose

115. Café

116. Cafeteria

117. Cake

118. Calipers

119. Calliope

120. Calvary

121. Camel

122. Campers

123. Campfire

124. Camping

125. Candelabra

126. Candle

127. Candy

128. Candy apple

129. Candy Cane

130. Candy corn

131. Cannery

132. Canoe

133. Canopy

134. Cantaloupe

135. canyon

136. Caravan

137. Cards

138. Carmel corn

139. Carnival

140. Carrots

141. Cash register

142. Casket

143. Cat

144. Cat burglar

145. Catamaran

146. Caterpillar

147. Catfish

148. Cathedral

149. Cauldron

150. Cave

151. Celebrity

152. Cells

153. Cement Mixer

154. Chainmail

155. Chair

156. Chamber

157. Chamber pot

158. Chandelier

159. Chariot

160. Cheapskate

161. Cheese and Crackers

162. Cheeseburger

163. Chef

164. Cherry

165. Cherry picker

166. Cherry tree

167. Chest

168. Chicken/chook

169. Chili

170. Chimes

171. Chimney

172. Choir

173. Christmas tree

174. Church

175. Church lady

176. Circus

177. Claim

178. Clarinet

179. Cliff

180. Climber

181. Clippers

182. Clothes pin

183. Clothesline

184. Clown

185. Cockroach

186. Coffee

187. Coffin

188. Columbine

189. Comet

190. Compass

191. Complex

192. Condo

193. Confetti

194. Congress

195. Corn

196. Corner

197. Corset

198. Couch /sofa

199. Couple

200. Cove

201. Coven

202. Cow

203. Cowboy

204. Cowgirl

205. Cowl

206. Coyote

207. Crab

208. Crab trap

209. Crackpot

210. Crazy quilt

211. Crew cut

212. Crib

213. Crick

214. Crochet

215. Crone

216. Crop

217. Cross

218. Crossbow

219. Crown

220. Crows

221. Cruise ship

222. Crumpled paper

223. Crutches

224. Crystal ball

225. Cube

226. Cucumber

227. Curlers

228. Curtains

229. Cuttlefish

230. Dachshund

231. Daisy

232. Dam

233. Daredevil

234. Deer

235. Demon

236. Den

237. Dentist

238. Desert

239. Desk

240. Dessert

241. Dessert cart

242. Detective

243. Diamond Ring

244. Diaper

245. Dice

246. Diggers

247. Diner

248. Dinner

249. Dinosaur

250. Disco

251. Dishes

252. Diver

253. Dock

254. Doctor

255. Dogcatcher

256. Doghouse

257. Doll

258. Dolphin

259. Donkey

260. Donut

261. Doorknob

262. Doorknocker

263. Dork

264. Dragon

265. Dreidal

266. Dresser

267. Drop spindle

268. Drums

269. Drunk

270. Duck

271. Dump truck

272. Dunce

273. Dutch oven

274. Duvet

275. Dynamite

276. Ear lobe

277. Earrings

278. Earthquake

279. Easel

280. Eggrolls

281. Eggs

282. Eggshell

283. Electric fan

284. Elephant

285. Elevator

286. Elf

287. Elixir

288. Elk

289. Elm

290. Emu

291. Escalator

292. Executioner

293. Explosion

294. Eye patch

295. Eyeball

296. Fabric

297. Factory

298. Fairy

299. Family

300. Farm

301. Farmer

302. Fat guy

303. Feast

304. Feather

305. Feather duster

306. Fencer

307. Ferris wheel

308. Fiddler

309. Fighter

310. Fingers

311. Fire

312. Firefighter

313. Fishhook

314. Fishing net

315. Fishing reel

316. Fishing rod

317. Flag

318. Flamenco dancer

319. Flapper

320. Flea

321. Flood

322. Flower bulb

323. Flowerbed

324. Flute

325. Fly swatter

326. Food cart

327. Football

328. Forge

329. Fork

330. French horn

331. Friend

332. Fries

333. Frog

334. Fudge

335. Funeral

336. Game

337. Garage

338. Garden

339. Garters

340. Gate

341. Gauntlets

342. Gazebo

343. Gecko

344. Geek

345. Genius

346. Ghost

347. Giant

348. Gift

349. Giraffe

350. Gizmo

351. Glasses

352. Glitter

353. Globe

354. Glockenspiel

355. Gloves

356. Goatee

357. Gold mine

358. Gold rush

359. Goldfish

360. Golfer

361. Goose

362. Gopher

363. Gorget

364. Gorilla

365. Gourd

366. Gown

367. Grapefruit

368. Grapes

369. Gravy

370. Great Dane

371. Griffin

372. Grill

373. Grocery store

374. Grog

375. Groom

376. Groundhog

377. Grump

378. Guard

379. Guillotine

380. Guitar

381. Gumball machine

382. Gun

383. Guppy

384. Gypsy

385. Gyroscope

386. Hags

387. Hair dryer

388. Hair salon

389. Ham

390. Hammer

391. Hand

392. Harp

393. Harpsichord

394. Hatchet

395. Haunted house

396. Hedge

397. Hedgehog

398. Herd

399. Highway

400. Hikers

401. Hillbilly

402. Hilltop

403. Hippo

404. Hitchhiker

405. Hockey mask

406. Hod

407. Hoe

408. Honey

409. Hopscotch

410. Horn

411. Horse

412. Horseshoe

413. Hospital

414. Hot air balloon

415. Hot dog

416. Hot tub

417. Hot water bottle

418. Hourglass

419. Hula

420. Hula hoop

421. Hummingbird

422. Hunter

423. Husband

424. Hutch

425. Hydrant

426. Ice cream

427. Ice cream parlor

428. Ice cream sandwich

429. Ice house

430. Icepack

431. Igloo

432. Inchworm

433. Indian

434. Iron

435. Island

436. Ivy

437. Jail

438. Jamboree

439. Jazz band

440. Jester

441. Jeweler

442. Jewelry

443. Jingle bells

444. Juggler

445. Junkie

446. Kaleidoscope

447. Kangaroo

448. Kayak

449. Keg

450. Kelp

451. Key

452. Kids

453. Kiln

454. Kilt

455. King

456. Kissing

457. Kissing bandit

458. Kite

459. Kiwi

460. Knife

461. Knitting needles

462. Koala

463. Lamb

464. Lasagna

465. Lathe

466. Lawn

467. Lawnmower

468. Lederhosen

469. Leech

470. Lei

471. Lemonade

472. Lettuce

473. Library

474. Licorice

475. Light bulb

476. Lily

477. Lime

478. Limousine

479. Lion

480. Lips

481. Lipstick

482. Liverwurst

483. Living room

484. Lizard

485. Llama

486. Loafers

487. Lobby

488. Lobbyists

489. Lobster

490. Lollipop /sucker

491. Lounge

492. Love letter

493. Luau

494. Lunch

495. Lungs

496. Macaroni

497. Mace

498. Machete

499. Magician

500. Magnolia

501. Maid

502. Make-up

503. Man

504. Manatee

505. Mandolin

506. Maniac

507. Mansion

508. Marbles

509. Margarita

510. Marionette

511. Martini

512. Mascara

513. Mashed potatoes

514. Matador

515. Mattress

516. Measles

517. Measuring cup

518. Meat grinder

519. Meatloaf

520. Medicine

521. Mermaid

522. Merman

523. Messenger Bag

524. Meteor

525. Microscope

526. Milk

527. Mill

528. Millionaire

529. Millipede

530. Minaret

531. Miniature horse

532. Mirror

533. Mission

534. Mittens

535. Mobile

536. Monastery

537. Money

538. Monkey

539. Monster

540. Moon

541. Moonshine

542. Moose

543. Mosque

544. Moss

545. Moth

546. Motor

547. Motorcycle

548. Mountain goat

549. Mountain range

550. Mountaineer

551. Mouse

552. Movie Camera

553. Movie Theater

554. Muffin

555. Mule

556. Mush

557. Musk ox

558. Musketeer

559. Mustache

560. Mustard

561. Nebula

562. Necklace

563. Needle

564. Neighborhood

565. Noodles

566. Nook

567. Noose

568. Notebook

569. Nun

570. Nurse

571. Oak

572. Oatmeal

573. Oats

574. Oboe

575. Ocean

576. Octopus

577. Office

578. Ogre

579. Omelet

580. Onion

581. Opera

582. Opossum

583. Organ

584. Ostrich

585. Oubliette

586. Outhouse

587. Oven

588. Overalls

589. Owl

590. Pajamas

591. Palm (hand)

592. Palm tree

593. Pancakes

594. Panda

595. Panther

596. Panties

597. Pantry

598. Papoose

599. Parachute

600. Parade

601. Paradise

602. Parakeet

603. Parallelogram

604. Parasail

605. Parcel

606. Parents

607. Parrot

608. Party

609. Pastrami

610. Patio

611. Pattern

612. Pavilion

613. Peaches

614. Peacock

615. Peanut

616. Peanut butter

617. Peas

618. Peg leg

619. Pegboard

620. Pencil case

621. Penguin

622. Peninsula

623. Pentacle

624. Peony

625. Pepperoni

626. Phone

627. Piano

628. Pickle

629. Pie

630. Pig

631. Pigeon

632. Pilgrim

633. Pillbox

634. Pills

635. Pinball machine

636. Pinchers

637. Pine

638. Pineapple

639. Pioneer

640. Pirate

641. Pitchfork

642. Pizza

643. Planet

644. Plank

645. Plantation

646. Platypus

647. Plow

648. Plumber

649. Poet

650. Pogo stick

651. Poison

652. Poker

653. Pole

654. Police

655. Pollywog

656. Poltergeist

657. Pond

658. Pony

659. Poodle

660. Poodle skirt

661. Popcorn

662. Poppy

663. Porch swing

664. Porcupine

665. Posies

666. Post office

667. Postal Worker

668. Pot bellied pig

669. Potato bug

670. Potion

671. Potter’s wheel

672. Pottery

673. Pouch

674. Poverty

675. Prairie Dog

676. Preacher

677. Pregnant woman

678. President

679. Prince

680. Princess

681. Prospector

682. Pruners

683. Puffin

684. Pug

685. Pumpkin

686. Pumps

687. Puppet

688. Puppeteer

689. Purse/ handbag

690. Putter

691. Pyramid

692. Quail

693. Queen

694. Quill

695. Quirt

696. Quiver

697. Quiz

698. Rabbit

699. Raccoon

700. Racecar

701. Radio

702. Raft

703. Rags

704. Railroad

705. Rake

706. Ramp

707. Ranch

708. Razor

709. Record player

710. Rectangle

711. Refrigerator

712. Refugee

713. Restaurant

714. Ribbons

715. Rice

716. River

717. Road

718. Road trip

719. Roast

720. Robin

721. Robot

722. Rock Star

723. Rocket

724. Rockhound

725. Rocking horse

726. Rodeo

727. Romper

728. Roof

729. Rope

730. Rose

731. Rowboat

732. Royalty

733. Ruby

734. Rug

735. Sad girl

736. Saddle oxfords

737. Sailboat

738. Sailor

739. Sails

740. Salad

741. Sandal

742. Sandbox

743. Sandcastle

744. Satellite

745. Sausages

746. Saw

747. Scale

748. Scarf

749. Scientist

750. Scorpion

751. Script

752. Sculptor

753. Sculpture

754. Sea cucumber

755. Seahorse

756. Seal

757. Seamstress

758. Seashells

759. Seaweed

760. Secret code

761. Sewing machine

762. Shark

763. Sheep

764. Sheets

765. Shelves

766. Shepherd

767. Sheriff

768. Shield

769. Shipwreck

770. Shoe

771. Shoehorn

772. Shorts

773. Shovel

774. Shrubbery

775. Shuffleboard

776. Sideburns

777. Sideshow

778. Silverfish

779. Silverware

780. Simpleton

781. Singer

782. Skateboard

783. Skater

784. Skeleton

785. Ski lodge

786. Ski slope

787. Skis

788. Skull and crossbones

789. Skunk

790. Skunk

791. Skydiver

792. Slack rope

793. Sled

794. Sleepyhead

795. Slicer

796. Slime

797. Sling

798. Slingshot

799. Smoke

800. Snake

801. Snorkel

802. Snow

803. Snow cone

804. Snowboard

805. Snowmobile

806. Snowplow

807. Soccer ball

808. Sock hop

809. Socks

810. Soda

811. Solitaire

812. Sombrero

813. Soup

814. Spaceship

815. Spaghetti

816. Spats

817. Spatula

818. Spear

819. Spelunker

820. Spices

821. Spinach

822. Spinning wheel

823. Spiral

824. Spittoon

825. Splinter

826. Spoke shave

827. Sponge

828. Spool

829. Spoon

830. Sprinkler

831. Sprinkles

832. Sprouts

833. Spy

834. Spyglass

835. Square

836. Square dance

837. Squid

838. Squirrel

839. Stagecoach

840. Stake

841. Stapler

842. Star

843. Starfish

844. Statue

845. Steak

846. Steam engine

847. Steam shovel

848. Stethoscope

849. Stew

850. Stilts

851. Store

852. Stork

853. Stove

854. Strawberry

855. Stream

856. Streetcar

857. Submarine

858. Sugar

859. Sugarcane

860. Sumo wrestler

861. Sunburn

862. Sundial

863. Sunflower

864. Sunglasses

865. Sunhat

866. Sunrise

867. Sunset

868. Sunshine

869. Superhero

870. Supermodel

871. Surfer

872. Surrey

873. Swan

874. Swimmer

875. Swimming pool

876. Swinging bridge

877. Sword

878. Sword swallower

879. Synagogue

880. Syrup

881. Table

882. Tailor

883. Tap dancer

884. Tarp

885. Tea

886. Tea kettle

887. Tea party

888. Teacher

889. Teapot

890. Teepee

891. Telescope

892. Temple

893. Tennis racket

894. Tent

895. Thermometer

896. Throat

897. Tick

898. Ticket

899. Tie

900. Tiger

901. Tight wire

902. Timer

903. Tinfoil hat

904. Toad

905. Toast

906. Toaster

907. Toboggan

908. Toes

909. Toilet

910. Tongue

911. Tools

912. Top

913. Torch

914. Tornado

915. Torque

916. Totem pole

917. Tourist

918. Tower

919. Track

920. Trail

921. Train

922. Trampoline

923. Tramway

924. Trapdoor

925. Trapeze

926. Trapper

927. Treasure

928. Treasure map

929. Tree house

930. Tree swing

931. Tree trimmer

932. Triangle

933. Trigger

934. Triplets

935. Trombone

936. Trout

937. Trowel

938. Truck

939. Tsunami

940. Tuna

941. Tunnel

942. Turban

943. Tweezers

944. Twins

945. Unicycle

946. Universe

947. Vacuum

948. Vampire

949. Vanity

950. Vardo

951. Volcano

952. Volleyball

953. Waffles

954. Wagon wheel

955. Waiter/ waitress

956. Wallaby

957. Walrus

958. Wand

959. Wanderer

960. Water buffalo

961. Watermelon

962. Wedding

963. Weights

964. Welder

965. Wench

966. Whale

967. Wheat

968. Whip

969. Whipped cream

970. Whippet

971. Whiskers

972. Whisky

973. Widget

974. Wife

975. Witch

976. Wizard

977. Wok

978. Wolf

979. Wood burning stove

980. Woodpecker

981. Worms

982. Wrapper

983. Wrench

984. Wyvern

985. X-ray

986. Xylophone

987. Yacht

988. Yak

989. Yarmulke

990. Yarn

991. Yeast

992. Yeti

993. You (self portrait)

994. Yo-yo

995. Zebra

996. Zenith

997. Zephyr

998. Zinnia

999. Zipper

1000. Zodiac

1001. Zoo

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Comments 15 comments

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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

I once used a huge red crayon and started sketching almost evryday until i can no longer use the crayon. It took several months. I compiled it and gave it to my wife.


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AudreyCB 4 years ago from Colorado Springs

Wow, what an incredible list! Sometimes, I do run out of things to draw and just don't know where to start! I'll save this page somewhere and come back to it when I want to sketch something and can't make up my mind what it should be.

I saw that you listed algae and ale. Those are some I'll have to research before trying to draw them!


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Moonmaiden 4 years ago from Lucerne Valley, CA Author

jpcmc That is priceless. I'd be so touched if someone did that for me.

@AudreyCB algae is one of the oldest living things on the planet. If you go to Google images and type in algae, or any word on the list for that matter, you can find some inspiration.


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Dbro 4 years ago from Texas, USA

What a fun hub! I really enjoyed your list, though I have to admit I don't know what some of the items are :)! I love to draw, so this is right up my alley. Your list will certainly serve to spark some creative thoughts when I'm at a loss for subject matter. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful list with us!


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AudreyCB 4 years ago from Colorado Springs

Moonmaiden, I meant I never thought to draw algae before. I'd need to look at some pictures before giving it ago...I did draw a coral reef once that turned out okay...


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Moonmaiden 4 years ago from Lucerne Valley, CA Author

Dbro, at first I was going to take out things that were too obscure, but I thought it would be more intriguing if people had to stretch their knowledge and learn about something new.

@AudreyCB...By chance I ran across some beautiful algae photos today. With the use of a microscope and photography we have all kinds of reference material that Da Vinci never had.


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kartika damon 4 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

This was so much fun to read - love your creative spin on life! Kartika


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Moonmaiden 4 years ago from Lucerne Valley, CA Author

Thanks kartika.


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

My daughter and I draw togather a lot! They will love this!


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Daughter Of Maat 4 years ago from Rural Central Florida

My daughter and I color a lot. Unfortunately, I don't have the talent for drawing from my imagination but I can sketch a picture that I'm looking at with no problem. This is a great list!!

Voted up and awesome!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

What a list. I am very very good at drawing stick men, women, and children but not so much other things. But this might inspire me to enlarge my world of drawings. Off to find a sketch book...thanks for sharing.

Sending Angels to you and yours :) ps


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Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Wow, what a long list of things to draw! I think my children would be into monsters and shipwrecks. Voted awesome.


Sarah Nixon 2 years ago

Totally doing this everyday- Just starting today and drawing 10 a day!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Wow, now that's some list! I recently bought a canvas and paints so here I go! lol!


Madison 17 months ago

This is an amazing list i can never make up My mind about what to draw so thank you

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