When you just start out drawing or have been drawing for a long time, it can often be hard to come up with new ideas for things to draw. You may be used to just look for new things to draw by looking around you and asking other people but that isn’t really useful most of the times. You often end up just giving up and stopping because of it and don’t feel the need to restart.
A great solution to this problem is to use a “What Should I Draw Generator” these are generally apps or websites that help you get new ideas for things to draw. FakeClients is one of these websites and is one of the most well-known generators for not only people who like to draw and illustrate but also various designers.
It not only gives you a new idea for something to draw but also is a great practice exercise for people who draw professionally or would like to draw professionally one day. Because you get your drawing prompt in the form of a message from a fake client, you also get to practice working for clients. This is very useful when you are looking for a job or applying to a school for example where you need to show your portfolio. You can use FakeClients to create new work for in your portfolio while practicing your drawing skills! You also get used to work according to the requirements and wishes of a client which can be very challenging at times but is certainly a great exercise.
Drawing is fun but it can certainly become very boring. Especially if you are getting really good at drawing but you hit that point where it doesn’t feel like you are making improvements anymore. You keep sketching that eye or tree for example but you don’t challenge yourself to learn something new anymore. This is a big reason for using a ‘What Should I Draw Generator’. It really helps you get out of that mindset of drawing being boring and it challenges you again like you were challenged when you began drawing. Whether you want to become a professional illustrator or just do it for fun in your spare time, you will also get used to working according to some set requirements. This may inspire you to become a professional illustrator in the future or, if that was already your plan, improve your ability to work for clients.
What to draw generators are very useful tools for people that like to draw but there are many other solutions if you don’t know what to draw besides these generators. I already talked about some of these ways in the previous section. One I mentioned was to ask someone else what to draw first. This can be very helpful as you will often get stuck in your head if you try to think of something to draw yourself and someone else likely has a whole other perspective on it. If you don’t have anyone to ask it to, another great exercise is to just look out of the window and draw the first thing you see or the first moving thing you see. Try to kind of “force” yourself to draw these things because otherwise, you’ll just end up thinking “not good enough” with every idea you have. If you want to get better at drawing people and you are sick of drawing every celebrity there is, another great exercise to practice your drawing skills is to do the same with people. Look out of the window and draw the first person you see walking by the street or standing outside. This is a much better exercise than drawing celebrities as most people aren’t “perfect” and may have some quirks that are challenging to draw. You can even create some sort of caricature by highlighting these quirks and odd features people have. If you do this often you’ll get better and better at it and it will be easier to come up with new ideas in the future because you’re used to most of them.
If you haven’t got access to an internet connection or you want to come up with some drawing ideas on the road or just don't wanna use your phone for a moment, there are some options that don't require you to have access to the internet. It’s a relatively simple exercise you can do right now. Grab a piece of paper or a whiteboard if you have one and create three columns. In each of these columns, you can write different objects, poses, people, attitudes or feelings. For example, create one column with 20 different animals and people. Now, create another column right next to it with different objects or accessories these animals or people can hold. In the third row, write down some places like a park, a swimming pool, the moon, etc. Now when you want to come up with a new idea for something to draw, you simply pick 3 random numbers, with dice or just coming up with one in your head and see what interesting ideas come from it. Some funny potential ideas from the previous examples would be “A cat, holding a sword, on the moon” or “A man with a hat, in a pool”. Because these are completely random, it creates some very interesting and strange ideas. These really force you to get creative and may lead you to discover new techniques and ideas.
There are a ton of what to draw apps that will help you generate new drawing ideas on the go. Besides FakeClients.com, these sites will also work well in helping you generate new drawing ideas.
Artprompts is very well known and widely used among artists. It has been around for a long time and works quite well in giving you simple prompts. Unfortunately, the site hasn’t been updated much and the drawing ideas may be a bit too simple for some people using the site.
The Magatsu art prompt generator is a bit more customizable than artprompts. You can configure the number of prompts you want to be generated for example and select if you want them to be simple or more elaborate. It can be a bit hard sometimes though, as the elaborate prompts often don’t make much sense.
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