Fun and Easy Doodles Anyone Can Do

Are you a doodler? Do you draw animals or faces of people during a boring meeting? Did you know that easy doodles can improve your listening skills, help you remember information, and concentrate better? Something as simple as sketching some doodles can relieve stress and make you more productive. Scribbling easy doodles related to words, numbers, or images also makes it so information is more likely to stick in your mind.

 
Most of us doodle to create simple stick figures or funny faces. And that's fine; these doodles are yours and there's no such thing as a mistake. But what if you could create even better doodles? In this article, we will show you some easy doodles you can draw anytime and ones that you can show off to your friends. Grab your pencil and paper and get ready to create some doodles you can be proud of!

 

What Are Some Easy Doodles Anyone Can Draw?

Doodles can be standalone pieces or the basis of a more complex work of art. Da Vinci and Picasso were famous doodlers and filled notebooks with easy doodles that sometimes became well-known works of art. So if you're a doodler, you're in good company. Here, we will look at some easy doodles you can create quickly. Let's get started.

Doodle Dog

For this, we'll use simple sausage shapes and one small triangle to create a funny doodle dog. Take a piece of paper and a pencil. Draw one long sausage shape, pointing downward in the center of the paper. This will be the nose of the dog. Next, draw a large circle at the top end of the sausage. This will be the dog's head. Then, draw a large sausage that connects to the head. This is the body of the dog. Add a small triangle at the end of the body for the tail.

After this, we'll need four legs. Draw four small (leg-sized) sausage shapes connecting from the bottom of the dog's body. Add a small sausage-shape for the ear; tuck the other ear as a semi-sausage shape behind the dogs head to add perspective. Add eyes, a little detail to the nose, and use lines for the fur. And there you have your doodle dog.

Doodle King

This king is easy to make and you'll only need simple shapes to make a royal doodle. In the center of your paper, draw a large oval with your pencil. Halfway down the oval, draw a straight line from one side to the other. Next, we'll use the versatile sausage shape. At the top of the oval shape, draw a slanting sausage that covers the top, then put three triangles next to one another on top of the sausage, and finally top each triangle with small circles.

You should see the makings of the king's crown. Then add a drooping sausage in the center of the oval for the nose, and add two curved, vertical lines at the top of the nose on either side for the eyes. Beneath the nose add a horizontal oval shape for the mouth. Add detail to the crown, eyes, and mouth and give your king a beard if you'd like.

More Easy Doodles: Doodling Flowers, Vines, and Bushes

Flowers are one of the most popular and simplest doodles you'll see people draw. You may be wondering why this is. Flowers are everywhere, so there's lots of inspiration. Also, flowers are easy to draw using circles, ovals, and lines, so they are naturally a go-to for doodlers. Let's learn how to doodle different types of flowers.

Daisy

Draw a circle shape in the center of your paper, and color it in with a pencil or black marker. Then, radiating out from the circle's outer edge, draw eleven oval shapes; these will be the petals. Color the petals with a yellow marker, and there you have your daisy. Add a stem and put several in a vase, or fill your page with daisy blossoms. Get creative!

Rose

"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Shakespeare immortalized the rose in Romeo and Juliet, and it remains the most popular of flowers today. The rose is a more complex flower to doodle than the daisy, but once you get the hang of it, you'll be creating doodles of roses in no time.

Begin your rose with a small, squiggly swirl. This will be the center of your rose, and then you will build subsequent swirls around this center creating a blooming effect. Make sure to use varying sizes and shapes for your swirls and place them around the center swirl, radiating outwards. You can create large or small rose blossoms using this technique.

Next, add two small, eyelid shapes that connect at the top or bottom of the rose. These are the petals. Add a center line to each and a long stem for more detail, and then you are done with your rose doodle.

Leafy Vine

Vines are simple to draw, but here we will show you how to add detail to make them more realistic. Draw a line and curve it slightly. Next, you'll draw the leaves. Remember the eyelid shapes we used or the rose leaves? We'll use the same concept here. Use this shape with one pointed side touching the stem. Start with larger leaves at the bottom of the vine and make them smaller as you move up.

You can add a line down the middle of each leaf with angled lines radiating from the center. This will give your leaves a vein pattern and add realism to your vine. Experiment with different shapes for your leaves. Leafed vines make great additions to a journal or diary pages as a natural frame for your content.

Spring Blossoms

Spring is a terrific time of the year to get out and look at the many varieties of plants, trees, and flowers in full bloom. With this doodle, we'll create blossoms on a stem.

Let's start with a vertical line. Now, add short branches that angle up from the vertical line. To create the blossoms, draw a small eyelid or teardrop shape on the end of a branch. Next, add two more to the side of each of the first shape you created. Repeat this as you work your way through all the branches. Try differently shaped blossoms or make smaller buds to show where flowers will bloom. Let nature be your guide.

Easy Doodles for a Journal or Day Planner

Today many people are ditching their digital calendars and to do lists in favor of paper or leather bound journals. These folks have discovered something that scientists and designers have known for some time. Namely, doodling has great cognitive benefits. “When you draw an object, the mind becomes deeply, intensely attentive,” says the designer Milton Glaser, an author of Drawing Is Thinking. When you use simple doodles in your journal as a means of expression, you're also helping your brain remember things.

Doodling Is Part of Who We Are

Today the benefits of doodling may be a way to rebel against the digital world that is all around us. People are rediscovering the simple pleasures of putting pen or pencil to paper and creating something they can keep in a hardbound leather journal. There is a timeless quality to that. And we've been doodling to express ideas since we lived in caves, so the need for expression may be hard-wired into us. Doodling is self-expression in its simplest form.

You can add interest to something as mundane as a grocery list by doodling bananas or a carton of milk. Believe it or not, you may not even have to refer back to your list because of the simple act of creating these easy doodles imprints what you need to remember on your brain. A picture is worth a thousand words.

If you keep a journal or diary, try adding some easy doodles. Did you attend a wedding or birthday party recently? These are events that can be memorialized with pictures. Frame your diary entries with some flowers, add a wedding cake, maybe doodle some happy guests. You'll look back fondly on your creation in the years to come, and these simple doodles are sure to bring a smile to your face.

Conclusion

In this article, we've shown the benefits of simple doodling and given you some pointers on how you can create easy doodles and apply them to your diary, journal, or to-do lists. If you come away with nothing else, remember that it's not the quality of your doodling that matters. These are your thoughts and ideas put to paper. Maybe these doodles are meant as a temporary reminder or to express an idea. Yet, think back to how many great ideas have been doodled on the backs of cocktail napkins over the years.

We may not all be artists, but everyone doodles. Doodling is important as it gives us insights and allows us time to think and create even in our most idle moments.

October 29, 2019 — Halie Heindel