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115 Objects to Draw When You Need Artistic Inspiration

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What should I draw? That’s a question that many of us ask ourselves in a cloud of frustration as we sit down with our art supplies. Art is so fun and relaxing, except when we have artist’s block that we can’t seem to break through. Well, sometimes your brain just needs a jumpstart. 

When looking for objects to draw, start looking around your room. If you don’t see anything inspiring, take a walk around your house and start looking in closets and boxes you’ve forgotten about. If all else fails, use this list of 115 household objects that you can use for inspiration.

It can be really easy for our inspiration to dry up, even when there are great drawing subjects all around us. All of the 115 objects we’re going to talk about can be found around your house. So, if you like drawing from a reference, all of these objects will be within your reach. 

The Benefits of Drawing Ordinary Objects

Before we dive into the 115 objects that you can draw, let’s talk about why drawing ordinary objects can be useful in the first place. At first, you might think that drawing a fork or a garden hose is boring. Sure, it might not be as exciting as drawing a fanciful pirate scene, but the benefit that drawing ordinary objects can have for your overall drawing ability IS exciting.

When we draw everyday objects, we’re forced to look at the world as it really is, not how we imagine it to be. Our brains are really good at taking quick snapshots from our eyes and matching that info with our previous knowledge. 

For example, when we look at a fork, we instantly know it’s a fork. Our brains quickly match the visual information from the fork that we’re looking at to our previous knowledge of what we understand a fork to be.

This is great as we function in the world, but it’s not so great as we sit down to do art. Suddenly, we can’t rely on that quick snapshot. Instead, we need to know how all of the pieces come together to make the whole. What lines and shapes come together to make that fork? 

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Drawing everyday objects is a great lesson in learning how to see the world from an artist’s point of view. 

Another benefit of drawing everyday objects is that you’re forced to work with the elements. How is the sun shining on that fork? What kinds of shadows does that create? How can you reposition that fork to lessen the reflections? 

When we draw from our imaginations, we’re free to take matters into our own hands. We can adjust the lighting to make the shadows fall in a certain way. We can change the shape of the object so that it’s easier to manage. We can make things as we want them to be.

When we draw everyday objects, we’re stuck with the objects and circumstances that we have. This can be a great challenge and way to improve your drawing skills.

Alright, let’s dive into those 115 objects and get your artistic juices flowing!

In the Living Room

  1. Your hand
  2. Your pet
  3. A family member
  4. Remote control
  5. Door 
  6. Window
  7. Vase of flowers
  8. Candle (lit, for a challenge)
  9. Board game pieces
  10. Lamp (turned on, for a challenge)
  11. Keys
  12. Dumbbells
  13. Table
  14. Chair
  15. Deck of playing cards
  16. Musical instrument
  17. Houseplant

In the Kitchen

  1. Piece of fruit
  2. Spatula
  3. Salt and pepper shakers
  4. Microwave
  5. Cereal box
  6. Soup can (a la Andy Warhol!)
  7. Standing mixer
  8. Piece of silverware
  9. Your favorite mug
  10. Your favorite book
  11. Your lunch
  12. Jar of sprinkles
  13. Fridge  
  14. Water faucet
  15. Piece of pasta
  16. Rice
  17. Beans
  18. Pot or pan
  19. Fridge magnet
  20. Coffee pot
  21. Dinner plate
  22. Wine bottle
  23. Dish Sponge
  24. Drying rack

In the Office

  1. Your computer
  2. Video game controller
  3. Picture frame (draw the photo in it)
  4. Backpack
  5. Cellphone
  6. Scissors
  7. Ball of yarn
  8. Paintbrush
  9. Envelope
  10. Headphones
  11. Watch
  12. Dollar bill
  13. Quarter
    55. Printer
  14. Office chair
  15. Stapler
  16. Bookshelf

In the Bedroom

  1. Necklace
  2. Ring
  3. T-shirt
  4. Pants
  5. Suitcase
  6. Laundry basket (full, for a challenge)
  7. Bed
  8. Clock
  9. Pillow
  10. Blanket
  11. Charging cord
  12. Light switch
  13. Socks
  14. Neck tie

In the Bathroom

  1. Bar of soap
  2. Toothbrush
  3. Toothpaste
  4. Hairbrush
  5. Makeup
  6. Headband
  7. Bottle of nail polish
  8. Shower
  9. Toilet
  10. Deodorant
  11. Tissue box

Outside and in the Garden

  1. Ball (basketball, tennis ball, volleyball, etc.)
  2. Broom
  3. Rake
  4. Shovel
  5. Gloves
  6. Hat
  7. Sunglasses
  8. Hammer
  9. Full toolbox
  10. Umbrella
  11. Pumpkin
  12. Car
  13. Steering wheel
  14. Your house
  15. Fence
  16. Tree
  17. Mailbox
  18. Fire hydrant
  19. Flag
  20. Garden statue
  21. Basketball hoop
  22. Patio furniture
  23. Trash can
  24. Doorbell
  25. Stepping stones
  26. Garden hose
  27. Lamp post
  28. Flower bed
  29. Swimming pool
  30. Any bugs you find
  31. The neighbor’s house
  32. Shoes

This list of objects to draw isn’t exhaustive. Heck, you can probably see more than 115 things from where you’re sitting right now. This list is only meant to be a starting point. It’s also meant to be an example of all of the things you can draw if you open up your mind and stop trying to find perfection. A lot of us get caught up in drawing the “perfect” thing. We want the perfect idea, the perfect reference, and the perfect drawing at the end of the day. 

In reality, nothing about art is perfect. 

Art is all about taking chances, making mistakes, and enjoying the process. Focusing on perfection at any step of the process will only leave you with a severe case of artist’s block. Who knows, you may end up really loving that drawing of your fork!

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