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Art department: 149 Sketchbook ideas

1. Draw the inside of your closet

2. Draw the contents of your desk drawer

3. Just before your room is cleaned, draw it

4. Draw the contents of your refrigerator

5. Draw the contents of your medicine chest

6. Draw the contents of your garage

7. Draw your dad's work table after he's worked on a project

8. Before the dishes are washed, draw them

9. Draw a pile of laundry waiting to get washed

10. If you have an octopus for a furnace, draw it

11. Draw a pile of bicycles on the sidewalk

12. Draw the guests at your parents dinner party

13. Draw yourself in a mirror

14. Draw your brother/sister practicing his/her instrument

15. Draw your friend shooting hoops in the driveway

16. Draw yourself painting your toenails (if you do)

17. Draw your hand in multiple positions

18. Draw your hand holding a variety of objects

19. Draw your hand against other parts of anatomy (chin, knee, etc.)

20. Draw your bird, cat, dog, fish, snake, leopard, lobster doing something strange

21. Draw what is in the rear-view mirror of your car

22. Draw a dead bird in a beautiful landscape

23. Draw a flower growing next to a turned over garbage can

24. Draw raw chicken parts; cooked parts; after eaten parts

25. Draw a piece of cake and make it look delicious

26. Draw 2 eggs in the shell, fried, over easy

27. Draw one popcorn kernel, draw a bag of popcorn

28. Draw a raw steak, steak bones

29. Draw moving water, still water

30. Draw a wet object, make it look wet

31. Draw an object when looking through a tube (microscope)

32. Draw an object seen through glass (how does the glass make a difference)

33. Draw something floating

34. Draw a dark object in a light environment

35. Draw a dark object in a dark environment

36. Draw the contents of a light room when sitting in a dark room

37. Climb a ladder, draw what is below

38. Climb a mountain (hill), draw what is below

39. Lie on the floor, draw what is eye level

40. Dig a hole, put a whole in the hole, draw what is in the hole

41. Fill in the hole, cover up the whole, draw the covered hole

42. Find a quiet place in a crowd, draw the crowd

43. Find a quiet place, draw the quiet

44. Find a noisy place, draw noise

45. On the school bus, draw your friends on the way to school, draw your friends on the way home. Is there a difference?

46. Shine a light through an open weave structure, draw the cast shadow

47. Draw an object that is lit by the light coming through mini blinds

48. Draw a portrait that is lit by the light coming through mini blinds

49. Draw an object that is lit by a candle

50. Draw a figure that is lit by a candle

51. Draw your sister/brother by the light cast by the TV or computer screen

52. Draw your father/mother by the light cast from the TV or computer screen

53. Draw an apple, pear, banana

54. Draw an apple, banana, and a wrench

55. Draw a scoop of ice cream and an old shoe

56. Draw an apple, a vacation photo, a hammer and a gold fish

57. Tighten a C clamp on a banana, draw it

58. Draw an apple, pear, and a banana that is tightly wrapped in aluminum foil, plastic wrap

59. Draw an apple, pear, and a banana that is tightly wrapped in string

60. Copy the Mona Lisa

61. Rearrange the Mona Lisa to suit yourself

62. Rearrange the Mona Lisa to suit your art teacher

63. Put Mona Lisa in a contemporary setting

64. Copy any work of art older than you

65. Remake the above work of art in your way

66. Make a drawing that says something about the environment

67. Make a drawing that says something about the world situation

68. Make a drawing that is pure propaganda about any issue you feel strongly about

69. Make a drawing that is totally truthful

70. Make a drawing that lies all over the place

71. Make a drawing that is completely impossible

72. Draw a portrait inside out

73. Draw an apple, pear, banana inside out

74. Look out your bedroom window, draw what you see

75. Look out your bedroom window, draw what you would like to see

76. Draw an apple, pear, banana that is wrapped in an apple, pear, banana

77. Draw a form fitting case made of steel that would fit an apple, pear, banana

78. Draw two squares of a sidewalk and make it look interesting

79. Make a detailed drawing of five square inches of grass

80. Make a detailed drawing of five square inches of hair

81. Make a detailed drawing of five square inches of a feather

82. Make a detailed drawing of five square inches of a dollar bill

83. Make a drawing of grass, hair, feathers and a dollar bill

84. Draw an insect under a magnifying glass

85. Rearrange, redesign the insect

86. Change the size relationship (scale) of the insect and something else (i.e. building, ships, cars)

87. Draw a portrait of your best friend as an insect

88. Draw a self portrait of you as a beautiful insect

89. Draw a family insect portrait

90. Copy Copley's Watson and Shark

91. Change the figures depicted in the Copley painting to people you know

92. Rearrange Copley's painting Watson and the Shark to work on dry land

93. Crumple a magazine ad, draw it

94. Crumple a photograph, draw it

95. Crumple a drawing, redraw it crumpled

96. Cut out a photo into small pieces, rearrange the photo in some other order, draw it

97. Make a drawing that looks sticky

98. Make a drawing that oozes

99. Make a drawing of a mechanical structure or machine

100. Make a drawing of a machine that oozes

101. Make a drawing of a machine so that the parts are sticky

102. Make a drawing of a fine mechanical instrument (camera) under water (use your imagination)

103. Draw the Brooklyn Bridge

104. Draw the Brooklyn Bridge over a small body of water i.e. bathtub

105. Draw a form fitted case made of wood and lined with velvet for an apple, pear, and a banana

106. Draw a chair

107. Draw the concept of the uses of a chair (sitting) without the chair

108. Draw a bed

109. Draw the concept of the uses of a bed without a bed without the bed

110. Make a drawing that illustrates the phrase "I have come to a juncture in my life"

111. Make a drawing that illustrates the phrase "There is an insufficiency of intellect"

112. Make a careful drawing that illustrates the word "Haste"

113. Draw the imaginary skeleton of an apple, pear, and banana

114. Draw a monument for a bagel

115. Draw a photograph of an apple, pear, and banana at an angle tilted away from you

116. Draw a portrait of you and your friends as cards; the queen, king, and jack of spades

117. Draw a slice of the best pizza you have ever seen

118. Make a drawing of all your drawing materials

119. Make a detailed drawing of a rock

120. Make a drawing at McDonalds

121. Draw the reflection from light bouncing off a motorcycle

122. Draw your portrait from the reflection of a shiny chrome object i.e. toaster, bowl, spoon

123. Draw the reflection from a body of water

124. Draw the reflection from a store window

125. Draw the reflection of reflection

126. Reflect on your drawing of reflection, draw your retrospection

127. Draw an aerial view of your back yard

128. Draw a transparent object

129. Draw a translucent object

130. Draw a translucent object that is inside a transparent object

131. Draw a translucent apple, pear, and banana

132. Draw a building in which you would like to live

133. Make a drawing using a map of the USA as a motif

134. Make a portrait of yourself as you see yourself in twenty years

135. Make a pastoral drawing

136. Draw life in the city

137. Draw a mysterious doorway or staircase

138. Drape a mysterious object in cloth, draw it

139. Draw a moving object

140. Draw an empty room, make it interesting

141. Draw a woman wearing a big hat

142. Draw a masked man (not a super hero)

143. Draw a sleeping person

144. Draw a flower, make it appear dangerous

145. Draw a person looking out a window

146. Draw a person looking in a window\

147. Draw a person reading a letter

148. Draw an apple, pear, and banana in outer space

149. Draw a detailed drawing of a nut and bolt