5 Watercolor Pencil Drawing Ideas to Help You Level-Up Your Skills Now

If you’re looking for some new watercolor pencil drawing ideas, we’ve got your back. I have compiled a list of 5 inspiring watercolor pencil drawing ideas that include natural items such as leaves, still life (flowers, fruits and vegetables) and even food! There are endless possibilities to explore with beautiful colored pencils. Explore them all and find out which one resonates the most with you!

I want you to push your skills and take them to the next level. I don’t want to just offer up 5 mindless watercolor pencil drawing ideas just to keep you busy, I want you to learn and build your skills up.

Remember, drawing is more than a hobby for most people, and it can be frustrating when you are stumped on what to draw. This blog post will give some great ideas for things to draw with watercolor pencils, take a look below. Let’s go!

Round Things

Drawing round things as a watercolor pencil drawing idea may seem like a weird first choice but hear me out. Round things and spheres are one of the most used shapes in art and mastering how to draw these with not only pencils but watercolor pencils is a great skill to master.

Balloons, balls, marbles, or even grapes–round things are such interesting watercolor pencil drawing ideas. These things are also very easy items for beginners to sketch. One thing that makes these objects so interesting is that you have to indicate the way that the light reflects off of a spherical surface.

Watercolor pencils will blend the sketched lines into a solid block of color and help you shade your drawing a bit more subtly. 

Of course, a marble or a balloon will be pretty easy to start with. But, as you build your skills you may want to increase the difficulty. Instead of drawing a bowling ball, you may want to try to draw something with a texture, such as a baseball, tennis ball, or basketball.

To indicate texture with your watercolor drawings, you may want to allow the wet page to dry, and then add details to the final drawing with a finely sharpened pencil.

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Leaves

Leaves provide food for plants, and they can provide inspiration for your watercolor pencil drawings. Leaves are beautiful bits of plant material that are simple subjects for sketching.

The variety of leaves is astonishing, and no matter where you live, it can be simple to find a handful of leaves to draw. 

If you live close to a nature preserve, you may be able to find lots of different kinds of leaves even within the same tree family. Different kinds of oak trees or maple trees have slight variations in their leaves, and when you learn to draw them you can capture all of their distinctions. 

Many think that fall is the best time to capture leaf drawings, but leaves are pretty almost all year. Even when they are tiny in the spring, you can try to capture the soft, bright, spring greenness of the leaves with your colored pencils. Summer leaves are deeper in color, bold, and mature.

Fall leaves have crisp edges, and are beginning to curl up and drop from the tree. Many varieties change from green to red, yellow, bronze, and orange in the fall and are beautiful to draw. 

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Fruits and Vegetables

Artists have been using fruits and vegetables for inspiration for centuries, so why not follow suit? Go to the supermarket, pick up an assortment of various items, and sit down to draw them with your watercolor pencils. Remember that the fruits and vegetables do not have to be perfect.

Part of what is charming about using natural objects is that so few of them are in reality perfect. Capturing the blemishes, the asymmetry, and the imperfections is part of art.

Don’t only capture the reality of whole fruits and veggies. Experiment with displaying them in different ways. You may want to sketch a tray or platter of sliced strawberries or bell peppers. Arrange a sliced apple alongside a selection of whole ones. Take your time as you set up your still life arrangements before you start drawing.

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Flowers

They are beautiful for just a few days before the fragile blossoms fade away. Flowers capture the lavish beauty that adorns our planet, and part of what makes them so lovely is that they are so temporary. You can capture their temporary beauty forever by sketching flowers with watercolor pencils.

As you sketch flowers with your watercolor pencils, experiment with the various angles from which you wish to view the flowers. Of course, everyone enjoys a top-down view, but maybe you should draw them from the side. 

An interesting series of drawings would capture the flower from bud to bloom. You may even want to capture the fading of the blossoms. Simply snip a flower from the outdoors while it is tightly curled into a bud, and sketch it every day, slowly capturing the transition. You don’t have to purchase expensive flowers from the florist.

Simple blooms from the yard are pretty too, even the humble dandelion. Watercolor pencils are the perfect medium for drawing flowers since they can give a dreamy, soft appearance to the drawing.

If you need help learning to draw flowers, I have the perfect post for you – 12 easy to draw flowers for beginners – drawing flowers step by step where I cover how to draw 12 iconic flowers in 3 simple steps for each flower.

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Food

Along with fruits and vegetables, drawing food is another classic option. If you are wondering what should I draw with watercolor pencils for beginners, you can’t go wrong when you choose to draw something delicious. 

You could start with a humble loaf of bread, a stack of pancakes or waffles, or a basket of dinner rolls. Then, you could move on to something a bit more complicated like a hamburger or a doughnut with frosting and sprinkles. To take a walk on the sweet side, a slice of cake or pie might be a delicious addition to your watercolor pencil sketchbook. Brush your drawing with water to make the colors blend well as you draw food items.

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Practice with Drawing a Color Wheel

The color wheel is an essential tool for artists of all levels to use. It not only allows you the ability mix different colors together, it also gives direction on how those paints should be layered based off their hues and tints/shades with each combination having its own unique meaning when applied in various media such as watercolor pencils or gouache paint which can then get even more complex by adding other mediums like ink – think about what this means!

I actually have a post that covers drawing a color wheel in a bit more detail here.

Watercolor Pencil Drawing Ideas – Wrap up!

We hope you found some inspiration in this post for your next watercolor pencil drawing. Let us know which of these ideas appeals to you most or if there is anything else we can help with! If you’re looking for more creative ways to use colored pencils, check out our blog “What to Draw with Colored Pencils – 5 Ideas to get you inspired” where we explore more ideas for you to draw.

Remember that the possibilities are endless when it comes to beautiful art made with colorful, easy-to-use materials like watercolor pencils! What’s your favorite? Share on Instagram with me so others can see too!

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