Stuck? Unsure what to do with art? Need ideas for drawing? Boy, have I got your back!

Index

Preface & Index
Palettes
Random Poses/Faces Game
Art Memes
Jojo/Squad Poses
Redrawing
Shrimp Method
Gesture/Life Drawing
Effects
Clothes
Bending
Generators
Petsites
Pokemon-related
Peach Fashion
Other Help/Reosurces

Palettes


Do some painting or regular pictures with a limited palette. It can be wonderful for forcing you to learn color usage.

Search Deviantart or even just check out this Folder of Palettes I've saved (mostly sourced to deviantart).

These other sites might help too:

Palettes @ Deviantart
love-palette @ tumblr
colourpod.com
palette-time @ tumblr
search for color palettes on tumblr
search for palettes on deviantart



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Random Poses/Face Game


Pictures directly below in this category are excerpts from this book, which is super good; I recommend it.

Here's one of my more recent and favorite games to play; I roll something off of this table of contents and draw it. You can use both if you want, or just one. I usually just roll the expressions.




Don't got an die? No problem! Go here for an dice-roller!




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Art Memes


This one is pretty simple. Just browse Deviantart (or even tumblr or twitter) for art memes to do.

A lot will be sillier, but some can actually be pretty legit fun to do. Some of my favorites:

Draw your Friends' OCS in your style

Swap Around Meme (do with 2 other people)

Draw This Again!

Favorite Pokemon Meme - Every Gen

PMD Expression meme




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JoJo/Squad Poses


Let's be real, "Squad" and Jojo poses are both wild. So draw a character of your friend's or yours in one of them! "but where do I get them"

I got your back, buddy. Here's an link to an collection of jojo posts (my dropbox), Another jojo collection, and Some squad stuff! (Pininterest which is unfortunate, but it seems to be sourced) as well as Another Squad, but an tumblr.


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Redrawing


This one is touched very briefly in the memes section, but there's actually two categories here that I'm gonna talk about.

Monkey See, Monkey Do


In this one, you will find an comic page of something you like, like marvel or DC or dark horse comics, or an webcomic, and redraw it in your style. Even just panels work too!

Once oyu find it, you'll try and draw it in your style, and it can be a pretty good look into how they do things as well as figuring out how you do things!

*Actiony pages are the most fun for this since you get to figure out posing and effects.

Mirror Match


In this one, you... find an old drawing you were proud of (that is at least a year old, but six months also works fine), and redraw it. I do this a lot; you can find quite a few of them in my archives.




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Shrimp Method


So hey! Here's one of my favorite methods, and one I need to do more. It's really useful when you need to practice/remember anatomy.

Shrimp Method: The Whole Guide

The short of it, should you not want to click through (it's to Deviantart, and ahs a nice, sweet, short-ish tutorial), is:

Draw an animal or thing how you think it looks. No reference. Just draw it, and once you think you're done, shove it away. Save it later.

With this done, surf the internet and save or keep pictures up. Look at them and, if digitally, try and use layers to trace over it and figure out the anatomy. Let your muscles get used to it.

If physically, try and copy it as best as you can, drawing down notes.

When you think you've got an grasp on htem and your muscle memory has gotten used to it, try drawing the thing without an reference. After you're done with that, pull up the picture you drew at the beginning and compare it to your latest drawing. See the improvement!

Gesture/Life Drawing


Similiar to above, Shrimping Method, but a lot more broad-- you'll look at an entire list of poses or watch an video of like, animals moving, and try and observe them, doing simple sketches and things to figure out their anatomy and stuff.

"But Princessss where do I find these videos and images?"

You're asking me? Great! because I do know! Here you go:

Line-Of-Action.com




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Effects


Don't know what to draw? but kind of want to practice drawing pretty sparkly effects? Boy howdy have I got you handled. Here's a list of what you could practice drawing:

-Thunder/Electricity/Zap
-"Water"
-Ice
-Fire
-Earthly (Rocks and such)
-Sound-based
-Plantlike
-Nonspecific (Think Disney-style)
-"Holy"
-"Dark"
-Glitchy
-WHAM! POW!
-Debris
-Acid
-Poison
-Ghostly



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Draw your clothes


want to practice clothes? But no idea what or who even to draw? Well boy-howdy have I got an solution for you! ( wow I've sure been saying boy-howdy a lot this article.)

Draw your fursona (or persona or any character of yours) wearing any of the following:

-Your favorite clothes to wear,
-What you're wearing now,
-What you wear to bed,
-Your favorite fandom character's clothes,
-In an kigurumi or costume of your favorite character,
-A character you hate's but clothes/design you like,
-An outfit fit for exploring in in your opinion,
-A cute princess's outfit,
-In an suit of armor

If you've more ideas to tack onto this list (or any other here), feel free to contact me!


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Bending things!


Bend things... In a reality-bending way! Specieswap things! Put things into AUs!

that cool character or your favorite OC? what if they were in a different setting? Imagine that!

Your fursona? What if they were a different species? What if your werewolf character was a different kind of were-beast? What if your dragon was actually a different kind of horrifying demon?

What if your dwarf character was actually an elf?

Things like this! Imagine that! It can be a lot of fun!


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Generators


Here is an simple one; you just use generators and draw from it. Monsterboy/cursed/cryptids are the best. Here's an list of some you can look at:

This list isn't exhaustive at all, and it's already long, there's a LOT of generators out there.

Search for some here if you want

List of generators: character details

Anthro generator

Monster Characters

Demons

Aesethetic

Fursonas

Monster person generator

More monsterpeople

MONSTEEEERS

Cryptids

Horror creature/crytpids

Random Animals

More Monsters

Scenario generator

Magical Knights

GEneral Character

Brief Chars

Wild characters

List of beings generators

Characters generators

Random NPCS

Character generator (needs unity)

Generators on itch.io




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Petsites


This one is a little more complicated to explain, but here we go:

Why petsites?

So, as people may or may not know, the popular petsite, Neopets, has "paint brush colors".Back in the heyday before thy did their customizing, they were very unique (and even now, they're still unique). There are an load of other petsites out there with their own unique things too; Neopes is just the de facto example here.

The meat

This task here is to draw something- a pokemon, your OC, an random animal etc -as one of their paint brush colors, or, in the case of other petsites with special colors, one of their colors.

Here are some resources for helping this along:

For Neopets (including old colors!),

For Subeta




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Pokemon-related


So there's an whole section devoted to "Pokemon" stuff because boooooy hooooowdy there's a lot of stuff in it that give ideas.

Variants/Breeds


People often use this for both "the pokemon actually looks like it's both parents in one," as well as "bulbasaur but with different plants that aren't pokemon-related", thusly they're both here. I call them "Variants" and "Breeds".

-Variants:
Often more based off of real-life counterparts rather than in-universe counterparts. Includes things like "albino," vitilgo, real plants on an bulbasaur's back, boa morphs, etc.

-Breeds:
Often based off of both parents of the offspring (Ex: Litwick + Reinculus). Based on in-universe, not real-life things.

Both overlap a lot when you search them, so i've included all possiblities of search results here on tumblr and deviantart; if I missed one let me know!

Examples & Ideas: "Variant" on tumblr
Examples & Ideas: "Breed" on tumblr
Examples & Ideas: "Subspecies" on tumblr
Examples & Ideas: "Variant" on deviantart
Examples & Ideas: "Breed" on deviantart
Examples & Ideas: "subspecies" on Deviantart



Regional Variants


This one often overlaps with "retypes" and "variants". You take an pkemon and imagine it as another region's; it's basically retype so refer to "retyping" for examples & such.


Retypes


You just re-type an pokemon. I.e. make it look like a different type.
Examples & Ideas: retype on tumblr
Examples & ideas: Retype on deviantart
Examples & Ideas: Regional on tumblr
Examples & ideas: regional on deviantart



Devamps


Often sprite-related; you take an pokemon past generation GSC and devamp it to GSC or RBY standards (again; very sprite-related). You can also do this on an design basis, however!


(Source unknown. I can't find it, despite searching all over; I can only find it posted on imageboards and articles, with no source or "hey I did this". Art is manipulated Ken Sugimori art.)

Devamps on tumblr
Devamps on Deviantart


Imagine a Pokemon as a Digimon... or vice-versa


It can be a lot of fun to imagine things like this! Digimon designs are somewhat infamous for being "clunky" and "overdesigned" (even if I personally disagree with the brunt of this), but it can still be a lot of fun to reimagine them.

Digimon Pokemon meme on deviantart; check people's made groups for even more
Digimonified Project



Fusions


Fusions are a pretty common thing that took off a few years ago, and tehy can be a lot of fun, especially if you try to put thought into how they'd look properly with both pokemon incorporated! Or even more pokemon!

You could try fusing some yourself, or you could fan-art one of the many sprite fusion artists' fusions they've done!

Fusion Tools:
-Alexonsager's, the first one
-Pokefusion, with up to gen 4... and victini for some reason
-Random Pokemon, if you want to mix up without it being an head pasted on another body


Ideas & Examples: Fusions on deviantart
Ideas & Examples: Fusions on tumblr






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Peach Fashion


"Why is this named Peach Fashion??"

Because she's cute and I'm gay for her, that's all.

Your task here will be to draw an character( yours, an fursona, persona, fanart, etc) in the different Mario Party 2 outfits.


(Source here)
-Cowboy
-Astronaut
-Pirate
-Explorer
-Witch/Wizard
-Usual


Alternatively you can try finding all peach's different outfits and drawing something similar to them (like all of her Odyssey and sports outfits) or even all the mario powerups (of which there are a LOT).


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Other Help/Resources


Fantasy Genesis: A Creativity Game for Fantasy Artists

Fantasy Genesis Characters: A creativity game for drawing original people and creatures

Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad

"Art Block Banisher" @ deviantart

"How to Snap Out Of Art Block" @ deviantart

How To Kill An Art Block @ deviantart

Enormous amount of art tips & advice @ deviantart




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