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Incredibly Cute Doodles – Animal Doodles Part 1

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Incredibly Cute Doodles | Animal Doodles

You’re going to love drawing these incredibly cute doodles in your sketchbooks and journals. They will instantly up level any surface you put them onto because they’re just that adorable! I’ve taken 15 of our cutest animal doodles and broken them down into simple shapes that you can easily draw step by step. This blog post will illustrate how to draw a puppy, kitten, shark, bunny, sheep, penguin and much more!

(psst…would you like these detailed steps all in one place? Click on the image below and check out our cute animal doodle guide Volume 1.)

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What Materials Do I Need for Doodling?

If you also love creating digital art like me, the Procreate app can be a game changer when it comes to drawing your incredibly cute doodles. I often design new doodles and test out coloring techniques on my iPad, then transfer my designs to my buju.


Most doodles will only require a pencil and paper. However, if you’d like to take your bullet journals and sketchbooks to another level, the following materials will help you create spectacular doodles. Here are a few supplies that we love!

Bullet Journal

This awesome journal is available with dotted pages, blank pages, ruled or squared pages. It’s also available in hardcover in a variety of beautiful colors.

Posca Fine Sparkling Pens

These Posca Fine Sparkling Pens are perfect for giving your doodles a bit of flare. They instantly brighten your journals!

White Gelly Roll Pens

 We love these White Gelly Roll Pens because of their brightness! These are great for adding tiny highlights and details to your easy doodles.

Gelly Roll Moonlight Pens

These Gelly Roll Moonlight Pens have great color density, smooth flowing ink and comes in vibrant colors.

Micron pens

This pack of Micron Pens includes several sizes, which make them perfect for coloring larger sections or adding tiny details to your doodles.

Prismacolor Pencil crayons

This Prismacolor Pencil Crayon pack has beautiful smooth colors, perfect for blending.

Ultra Fine Tip Sharpie Markers

We love the wide array of colors that comes in this Ultra Fine Tip Sharpie Markers pack.

Washi Tape

The uses for washi tape are endless! We like to use them around our doodle frames or to personalize our journals.


It’s no secret that I love to draw and create easy doodle art. From my early years of school all the way up to my certification as a Zentangle teacher, I have always been an avid doodler.  I’ve also seen the benefits of doodling in my classroom and with my own children.

Many people believe that doodles are not art since they are so simple, but I’m here to tell you that it absolutely is art.

Here’s what else I know:

  • Doodling is super fun.
  • Doodling is really easy.
  • Doodling helps you relax.
  • Anyone can doodle.
  • If you’re reading this, you’re amazing 😉

Check out these other blog posts for even more doodling tips and tutorials:

  1. Cute Doodles to Draw – Step by Step
  2. Easy Doodles – Cute and Easy Doodles to Draw
  3. Doodle Art – Easy Doodling
  4. 50+ Simple Doodles – Step by Step

Today, I would love to help you get started with bullet journaling or simply help you improve your drawing abilities, so you can include more detailed illustrations on your pages. By learning how to break down simple pictures into basic shapes, you can take your doodles and journals to another level. 

Did you know that several scientific studies suggest that doodling is an excellent activity for enhancing creativity, improving concentration, and regulating moods in both kids and adults? Keep reading to learn more.

3 Benefits of Doodling

1. Enhanced Creativity

Bringing out the inner doodler can be a great method to spark creativity. Doodling may be a great method to spark your imagination and fuel your escape when you find yourself stuck on a task or assignment. Due to the happy feelings we get when doodling, it can foster creativity because it gives us a chance to approach tasks from a different angle.

2. Better Concentration

The Andrade’s study, which looked at how doodling related to listening, established a connection between doodling and focus. The study discovered that doodling activates the brain’s “executive resources,” which refers to the mental operations that let us multitask, focus, and make plans. In other words, drawing prevents our minds from wandering off to think about our next vacation, during class or a meeting.

3. Mood Regulation

In 2017, Drexel University researchers in Philadelphia looked at participants’ brain activity during three types of creative self-expression – coloring, free hand drawing, and doodling.

Doodling in particular stimulated the reward circuits in the brain, as did the other two types of art-making. According to the researchers, “creating art may be a strategy to control mood [and] addictive behaviors.”

To learn even more benefits of doodling, check out this other blog post.

Are you ready to get started? Jump into this beautiful world of cute animals, follow my simple drawing guidelines, and unleash your creativity. Let’s go!

*Tip – Use a pencil to draw your animal doodles and then outline your drawing with a thin black sharpie or micron pen to make them pop.*

15 Adorable Animal Doodles

1. How to Draw a Cute Dog

How to Draw a Cute Dog

2. How to Draw a Cute Kitten

How to Draw a Cute Kitten

3. How to Draw a Cute Sheep

How to Draw a Cute Sheep

4. How to Draw a Cute Baby Shark

How to Draw a Cute Baby Shark

5. How to Draw a Cute Hippo

How to Draw a Cute Hippo

6. How to Draw a Cute Bee

How to Draw a Cute Bee

7. How to Draw a Cute Penguin

How to Draw a Cute Penguin

8. How to Draw a Cute Bison

How to Draw a Cute Bison

9. How to Draw a Cute Dinosaur

How to Draw a Cute Dinosaur

10. How to Draw a Cute Pig

How to Draw a Cute Pig

11. How to Draw a Cute Snake

How to Draw a Cute Snake

12. How to Draw a Cute Dog with a Bone

How to Draw a Cute Dog with a Bone

13. How to Draw a Cute Walrus

How to Draw a Cute Walrus

14. How to Draw a Cute Octopus

How to Draw a Cute Octopus

15. How to Draw a Cute Rabbit

How to Draw a Cute Rabbit

Final Thoughts

I hope you loved drawing these incredibly cute doodles as much as I did!

Please let me know how your adorable animal doodles turn out. Please upload your images or send a message to [email protected] if you’d like me to add your works to our gallery. Happy Doodling!

If you’re interested  in more super fun art activities, check out these other blog posts:

  1. Kindness Crafts for Kids
  2. 15 Mindfulness Activities
  3. Fairy Glow Jars
  4. Flextangles – Paper Toys

If you’re looking for more activities designed to encourage mindfulness and spark creativity, check out my printable resources below or visit my shop!

Don’t forget to download our free 15 page Mindfulness coloring book to help add a few mindful moments to your child’s day. Just click here or the image below!


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