150 Cool Summer Drawing Ideas For All Ages (Free Download)

Discover 150 easy summer drawing ideas perfect for beginners and kids to stay creatively engaged this summer break.

Explore themes from summer travel to nature doodles, perfect for those long summer days.

Make a splash with our beach theme doodles or dive into our sea creature doodles, complete with seashells drawing ideas.

Beat the heat with our ice cream doodles and cool flamingos too. These camping drawing ideas are perfect for your next camping trip.

You will find our awesome list of art supplies, handy drawing tips, and even a cool free printable to grab these cool summer drawing ideas!

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Before jumping into some fun and easy drawing ideas, let’s cover some beginner basics.

I’ll go over my personal favorite art supplies for sketching and some helpful beginner sketching tips to bring your summer theme creations to life!

My Favorite Art Supplies

Here are the art supplies I always keep handy:

  • Pencils: Use pencils with various lead hardness (HB, 2B, 4B) for sketching and shading.
  • Erasers: An eraser is essential for correcting mistakes and making changes to your drawings.
  • Ink Pens: Add precision and contrast to your work with professional ink pens, great for details and line work.
  • Charcoal Pencils: Charcoal can be a fun and expressive medium for more dramatic summer scenes, offering a wide tonal range.
  • Markers: Use markers with different tip sizes (fine, medium, broad) for bold and vibrant colors.
  • Colored pencils: These are perfect for adding details and shading in your drawings.
  • Watercolor paints: Add some color to your drawings and create beautiful washes of color or blend them together to create unique shades.
  • Acrylic paints: These paints are perfect for creating bold and vibrant colors on paper or canvas.
  • Paintbrushes: Use different sizes of paintbrushes to add details, create texture, and blend colors.
  • Sketchbook or drawing paper: Choose a sketchbook with thick, acid-free paper that can withstand various mediums or use individual sheets of high-quality drawing paper.

Now that we have our supplies ready, here are some tips that can help you make the most out of your summer drawing adventures.

Drawing Tips for Beginners

Drawing is an inclusive activity, and there’s no better time to start than now. Here’s how to get going:

  • Focus on Shapes: Break down complex objects into simple shapes — circles, ovals, squares — to make drawing them less intimidating.
  • Explore Composition: Don’t place your subject at the center of the page. Experiment with the Rule of Thirds or leading lines to add interest to your composition.
  • Play with Shading: Shading adds dimension. Practice casting shadows and observing where light hits your subject to make it look three-dimensional.
  • Experiment with Color: Summer time is all about vibrant colors. Don’t shy away from using bold, bright hues in your sketches.
  • Enjoy the Process: Don’t focus solely on the result; enjoy the process of creating. Each stroke is a step in your artistic growth.

Now that you’re equipped with some helpful drawing tips and tools, it’s time to explore my list of 150 summer drawing ideas that’s perfect for the lazy days of summer!

150 Summer Drawing Ideas

camping theme doodles

Camping Doodles

Over ten easy camping doodles to help kick start your imagination. From an easy camping under the stars scene to cooking a meal over a campfire.

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Beach Theme Doodles

Let’s go to the beach! With these beach themed doodles, you can stay cool while creating. Draw a beach ball, palm trees or even a pair of flip flops with your favorite summer colors.

sea creature drawing ideas

Sea Creature Drawing Ideas

Take a deep dive into our sea creature doodles and draw some of the most amazing animals in the ocean. From cute dolphins to fascinating jellyfish, there’s no limit to what you can create.

summer fruit doodles

Summer Fruit Doodles

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy some juicy fruits like pineapple, watermelon, and strawberries. Why not draw them too? Add some fun patterns or designs to make them even more unique.

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Summer Blooms

Summer is full of beautiful flowers, from blooming sunflowers to tropical hibiscus. Get inspired by nature and create your own floral masterpiece.

father's day doodles

Father’s day Drawing Ideas

Make dad something special for Father’s Day this year. Here are some fun ideas to draw a special handmade card or even paint it on a stone as a gift!

ice cream doodles

Ice Cream Doodles

Nothing screams summer like a sweet treat! Draw different types of ice cream, from classic cones to even a sweet ice cream truck. Don’t forget the sprinkles!

flamingo drawing ideas

Flamingo Drawing Ideas

These pink birds are a symbol of summer and tropical getaways. Draw them in their natural habitat or add some extra flair as pink neon sign idea or a cool pug lounging in a flamingo raft.

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Summer Travel Doodles

Going on a road trip or flying to your favorite vacation spot? Draw some travel-themed doodles like a suitcase, plane, or even a map of your journey.

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Seashell Drawing Ideas

This list of fun summer drawing ideas wouldn’t be complete without beach sea shells. Get inspired by the textures and shapes of different shells and create your own unique designs.

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Summer Gnomes Drawing IDeas

These gnomes are having a blast this summer! Draw them lounging on a pool float, enjoying some watermelon, or even celebrating 4th of July.

4th of july doodles

4th of July Drawing Ideas

These cool party animals are having a blast this summer! Draw them having a pool party, surfing, or even skateboarding.

ocean waves doodles

Ocean Wave Doodles

Capture the beauty and power of ocean waves with these doodle ideas. Draw them crashing against rocks or create a serene sunset backdrop.

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Summertime Fun Doodles

Spend your summer doing what you love and draw some of your favorite hobbies. From reading books to playing sports, there’s no limit to the things you can create.

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Summer Sunset Drawing ideas

Capture the beauty of summer sunsets and beach scenes with these drawing ideas. From vibrant skies to peaceful beach scenes, let your imagination run wild.

Download These Summer Drawing Ideas

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Download these simple drawing ideas for a quick reference guide. For more fun printables, shop our Printable Shop for free and paid coloring pages and printables!

Fun Summer Craft Ideas

I hope you enjoy this list of 150 Summer drawing ideas. Why not keep the fun going?

Summer is the best time to explore more enjoyable craft projects. From making cool art for Father’s Day to creating fun 4th of July crafts, the possibilities are endless.

So go ahead, have fun and be creativity this summer! Stay tuned for more exciting ideas from our the Rock Painting Guide. Happy drawing!