How to Doodle: 250+ Quick and Easy Drawing Ideas for Beginners

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Last updated Oct. 02, 2020

Do you want to draw doodles for fun? Or Do you want to be a full-time doodle artist?

Drawing school book cover

Either way, checking other illustrators’ portfolio is inspiring.

You can look at Nila Aye’s portfolio full of lovely doodles.

Nila Aye has been an illustrator for more than two decades. These days, she is a professional children’s illustrator in the UK.

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Do you like her drawing style? If the answer is yes.

She teaches how she draws in her book Drawing School. Nila’s book preview is here and you can draw several of her doodles right now for free.

You can grab your pencil, paper and Nila Aye’s book Drawing School full of easy doodling ideas for beginners.

She will guide you step by step on 250+ easy drawing ideas.

“More than 250 animals and objects are broken down into clear and easy-to-follow steps so that aspiring artists of all ages and abilities can learn to draw anything and everything.”

Here’s something really interesting:

The key to her teaching is “the easiest way to learn how to draw is to look for the shapes and lines that make up what you’re trying to draw.”

Nila Aye adds the step by step drawings for beginners that match perfectly what she is teaching.

The cool thing is:

What’s easy to ignore when you are unaware, becomes clear when someone with the knowledge points the way, for example, Nila Aye explains “draw the body of a violin with four half-circles.”

This idea may surprise you but you know more about drawing than you think.

250+ animals and objects are broken down into clear and easy-to-follow steps, so that aspiring artists of all ages and abilities can learn to draw anything.

The Basics

Tools and Materials:

  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • An eraser
  • A ruler
  • Colored pencils, markers, etc., whatever suits your needs and preferences.

I would add a geometric ruler for the curved lines. Nila Ayes suggested trying the curved lines without a ruler.

If you’re interested on digital drawing and have an Ipad, you can use the Procreate App (one payment). Check Procreate system requirements to be sure your Ipad is compatible. 

Also, the Adobe Suite Software is available with a subscription payment. 

On the other hand, you can use free open source apps such as Gimp, Krita and Inkscape. You can donate to help further development.

The Easiest Way to Draw:

1.- Seeing Shapes: circle, square, rectangle, triangle, half-circle, and diamond.

2.- Learning Lines: straight, wavy, spiral, curved, angle, zigzag, squiggly, wavy, spiral, and jagged.

Nila Aye explains drawing doodles through basic shapes and simple lines.


Different scenarios with cute drawing ideas for every event, for example:

Let’s Celebrate is all about a children’s birthday party. So, You’ll learn to doodle a cupcake, a birthday cake, balloons, gift boxes, and a piñata.

More doodles:

  • 16 Pets
  • 13 Sports Stuff
  • 5 Let’s Celebrate
  • 21 On the Farm
  • 18 At the Beach
  • 19 Under the Sea
  • 19 At the Zoo
  • 24 In the Garden
  • 13 At the Circus
  • 16 At the Show
  • 15 In a Fairy Tale
  • 31 Around the House
  • 13 At School
  • 14 Around Town
  • 31 Around the World
  • 5 Beyond Our World
  • 6 In the Past

250+ Doodles to choose from.


Drawing School is full of step by step illustrations with opportune guidelines.

You can check the book preview (Drawing School preview)

Sand Castle Doodle - Quick and Easy Drawing Ideas for Beginners
My draw of the sand castle doodle from Drawing School Book by Nila Aye

Summing Up

Nila Aye provides an easy method to draw cute doodles right away.


With basic shapes and simple lines.

The best part:

We already know how to do the basics!

The instructions are easy to follow because the illustrations are self-explanatory, and with the guidance available, you are good to draw right away.

By the way, if you think you’re too old to learn to doodle, check Judy Clement’s work and her book: Find Your Awesome. She learned to draw in her forties; nowadays, she works as an illustrator.

Drawing School includes step by step easy drawings ideas for kids or adults. If the kids in your life love to draw it could be a nice present or a lovely activity to share with them.

If you choose to learn to draw doodles. Enjoy!

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How to Doodle: Quick and Easy Drawing Ideas for Beginners

Buy Here: Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Powell’s Books | IndieBound

Author Nila Aye (Illustrator)
Drawing School: Learn to draw more than 300 things, step-by-step
Published by Walter Foster Jr (October 1, 2017)
ISBN: 978-1633223790

ARC by Edelweiss

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