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  • Writer's pictureAngie Carel

Personifying the Inanimate Through Art: 15 Drawing Prompts



In the world of art, no subject is too ordinary if you look at it with an eye of curiosity and creativity. It's time we turn our artistic lens towards the inanimate objects around us, infusing them with a breath of life through our drawings.


The practice of personifying inanimate objects is not just a whimsical diversion; it encourages us to perceive the world from unique perspectives, fuels our imagination, and challenges our creative boundaries.


In this blog post, we invite you to engage with 15 distinct drawing prompts, each one urging you to breathe life and personality into everyday objects.


From the confessions of a couch to the secret life of a television, these prompts invite you to weave compelling narratives around ordinary items.


As you take up this challenge, remember that there are no right or wrong interpretations. The goal is to foster creativity, enjoy the process, and most importantly, to see the unseen.


Are you ready to breathe life into the lifeless? Let's get drawing!


1. Tea Kettle's Tale: Draw a tea kettle with a face. What expressions would it have when it's boiling hot and when it's cold?


2. The Life of a Clock: Personify a wall clock. How would it feel about constantly ticking away the time?


3. Chatty Shoes: Imagine a pair of shoes having a conversation. What would they talk about?


4. Book with a Heartbeat: Imagine a book that can feel. How does it react when someone opens it, reads it, or leaves it untouched?


5. The Melancholy Lamp: How would a lamp feel about brightening up everyone's life while standing in a corner all alone?


6. Adventures of a Backpack: What stories would a school backpack tell if it could talk?


7. The Fruit Bowl Gathering: If fruits in a bowl could interact, what discussions would they have? Would they worry about being the next one picked?


8. Musings of a Mirror: Draw a mirror with a face. How does it feel reflecting everyone else but itself?


9. Coffee Mug Mornings: Capture the early morning emotions of a coffee mug.


10. Confessions of a Couch: If a couch could talk, what tales of human behavior would it share?


11. Window Wonders: Give life to a window. What does it see every day, and how does it feel about the changing landscapes?


12. The Brave Umbrella: Capture the emotions of an umbrella protecting people from the rain.


13. The Secret Life of a Television: Imagine a television that could feel. What would it say about the shows it displays?


14. The Thoughtful Toothbrush: Give a toothbrush a personality. What thoughts go through its bristles during each brushing session?


15. Emotions of an Earring: Personify an earring. How does it feel about being adorned and displayed?


Each of these prompts encourages you to inject life and feelings into everyday inanimate objects, providing a fresh perspective on the seemingly mundane. Happy drawing!


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