Drawing Ideas List – keep your creative juices flowing

Stuck for a topic or perhaps have a topic but not the right angle? My drawing ideas list might give you the sparke that you need.  Sometimes it is random subjects and words that get your brain fired up and searching for that idea.  Try this out and see what you can come up with.

The list has three random topics/ words on each line. you need to connect the words and imagine a scenario…

Drawing ideas list example:

  • Dog – Trumpet – Rules

I used this example to create the following cartoon which was published in Brass band World Magazine.  I imagined a blind persons dog playing the trumpet at a competition and the organisers frantically looking through the rule book.

ideas drawing list to create great cartoons drawings and sketches

Here is another Drawing ideas list example:

  • Percussion – woodpecker – Egor

This idea for a cartoon originated from a day when I was doing my best to think of a great idea and was constantly interrupted by a painter and decorator that arrived at the house (see the whole sorry story here)

The cartoon was to be about percussion for Brass Band World Magazine – and I imagined the perfect brain for a percussionist!  This is the result which was published:

drawing ideas list example of combining three random topics

Combining three random words/ scenario’s  (or one given theme plus two random choices) will give you ideas.  here are some ‘trios’ you might wish to try.

  • Cat – Fishing – Christmas
  • Stagecoach – Astronaut – knitting
  • Knee Operation – Butterfly – Beer
  • Weekend – Banana – Sun tan oil
  • Yard sale – Candyfloss – Garlic press
  • Typing – Football – Rainbow
  • Religious leader – Paper – Crow
  • Coffee grinder – Beard – Smells
  • Fish course – Snow – Uncle Sam
  • Fishing boat – Cork screw – Flock of sheep
  • Rockies – Seaplane – 4th July
  • Submarine – Shocking – Versatile
  • Swearing – Flying – Shells
  • Sweating – Socks – Sardines
  • Golf buggy – Mistake – Worm
  • Shoes too big – Migrane – Storm
  • Piccolo Trumpet – Octopus – Pepper
  • Abraham lincoln – Mobile phone – Garden gate
  • Auspicious occasion – Grandma – Fight
  • Boiling liquid – sawdust – Scream
  • Cabbage – Surf board – Glass bottle
  • Chefs hat – Pack of cards – $50 bill
  • Drill Sergeant – ballet dancer – Loose trousers
  • Leanardo Da Vinci – Coleslaw – Penguin
  • Cotton picking – Snoring – Itchy feet
  • Medals – roadrunner – feeling depressed
  • Snowman – Birthday cake – Fast car

Why a drawing ideas list gets your brain in motion

You will probably find that you only need to link two together to find a cartoon that works.  I use this technique all the time and it works.  The brain will look at the drawing ideas list and automatically sets itself up for the challenge.  Your mind loves a puzzle and will be amazed at the results you can achieve through this method.

I have also taken this a stage further and crate a word mind map with the topic in the middle and random words set around the topic.  This is how I came up with the dog cartoon above.

My mind map for cartoon creation

If you want to try out this advanced method see my article for generating art ideas here…