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:

  • Sketch Book

  • Sketching Pencil

  • Micador Colour Rush Pencils

  • Eraser

STEP 1: DRAW 5 GUIDE LINES

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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

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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

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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

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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

Your characters will be all be looking awesome with their fineliner on! Make sure you erase ALL of your guidelines before colouring them in.

Your characters will be all be looking awesome with their fineliner on! Make sure you erase ALL of your guidelines before colouring them in.

STEP 6: GET COLOURING!

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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!

NICE WORK!

Click below for a printable version of this tutorial. Feel free to print in black and white!