Kawaii means “cute” or “shiny” in Japanese. Kawaii faces can be typed out using emoticons but today we’re drawing them!
What you’ll need:
Micador Colour Rush Pencils
STEP 1: DRAW 5 GUIDE LINES
Starting about 6cm from the top of your page draw 5 lines horizontally across your page about 5cm apart. These will be your guidelines on which you will draw your little characters.
STEP 2: DRAW 4 CREATURES PER LINE
Draw 4 upside down U shapes across each of your guidelines. Try to make them all touch and all be almost the same in height and width with a few a little wider, taller or smaller. These are just guides and you will add details like ears and feet etc in the next step.
STEP 3: CREATE YOUR CHARACTERS
Use your U shapes to make different Kawaii Characters - copy the ideas from the tutorial or make your own! The rule is that they eyes generally need to be big and a little lower than half way down the face. The mouth needs to be small and between the eyes or only just under them.
Add ears, paws/hands, hats, bows too if you like.
STEP 4: GO OVER IN FINE LINER
Re-draw your characters in fine liner. Do all of the characters and their kawaii faces first and then draw in the lines underneath to make it look like they are all sitting or leaning on the line.
STEP 5: ERASE YOUR GUIDELINES
STEP 6: GET COLOURING!
Get creative with your colours! We’ve kept ours simple but you can add stripes or dots of shading if you like, it’s up to you. Now you’ve got the technique you have the perfect doodle fodder - draw these little guys whenever you feel like zoning out for 5 minutes!
Click below for a printable version of this tutorial. Feel free to print in black and white!