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How to Draw: Cute Kawaii

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Kawaii is a Japanese word meaning ‘super-cute’, and it’s a trend that’s sweeping the globe.

Anything can be drawn in the kawaii style, from animals, people, vegetables and flowers to food, vehicles and household items. Expert comic book and manga artist Yishan Li shows you how to achieve amazingly cute characters in a few simple steps. Do you want to draw a singing cactus, a cheeky camera, a crying onion, or a playful panda? The choice is yours!

How to Draw: Cute Kawaii uses material from the best-selling How to Draw series, plus 32 brand new projects!

There are over 100 projects to choose from, each full of character and charm. Each one is developed in eight easy stages from a rough sketch of the basic shapes through to the finished, coloured drawing, making this book appealing to adults and children of all ages and abilities.

Size: 216x292 mm

Illustrations: 600

Pages: 128

Table of Contents



Schoolgirl with backpack 9, Boy in jeans 10, Roller skater 11, Teacher 12, Café waiter 13, Elf 14, Hip hop boy 15, Girl soldier 16, Boy runner 17, Baker 18, Girl with handbag 19, Firefighter 20, Scientist 21, Office worker 22, Cook 23, Girl in kimono 24, Gardener 25, Girl jogging with dog 26, Schoolboy 27, Girl with bunny ears 28, Footballer 29, Basketball player 30, Witch with wand 31, Witch cuddling cat 32, Artist 33, Girl with sword 34, Butler 35, Nurse 36, Princess 37, Ballerina 38, Maid 39, Detective 40, Fairy 41


Cat 43, Cat and kittens 44, Leaping dog 45, Dog and bone 46, Hamster 47, Bird 48, Rabbit 49, White rabbit 50, Chameleon 51, Parrot 52, Fox 53, Running fox 54, Mouse 55, Frog 56, Horse 57, Sheep 58, Cow 59, Chicken 60, Elephant 61, Bear 62, Lion 63, Tiger 64, Sloth 65, Panda 66, Gorilla 67, Hippo 68, Meerkat 69, Koala 70, Beaver 71, Racoon 72, Shark 73, Whale 74, Seal 75, Turtle 76, Snow leopard 77, Alpaca 78, Penguin 79

Everyday objects

Old TV 81, Vacuum cleaner 82, Camera 83, Electric kettle 84, Lamp 85, Toaster 86, Umbrella 87, Teapot 88, Marker pen 89, Loudspeaker 90, Broom 91, Bucket 92, Cactus 93, Refrigerator 94, Washing machine 95, Hand soap 96, Clock 97, Gloves 98, Cassette player 99, Drum 100, Bowling ball and pins 101, Old phone 102


Car 104, Bus 105, Helicopter 106, Rocket 107, Yellow submarine 108, Flying saucer 109


French loaves 111, Sliced bread 112, Hot dog 113, Hamburger 114, Popsicle 115, Ice cream cone 116, Sandwiches 117, Cupcake 118, Doughnut 119, Macarons 120, Swiss roll 121, Gateau 122, Tomatoes 123, Pumpkins 124, Onion 125, Kiwi fruit 126, Lollipops 127, Rum baba 128

About the Author

Yishan Li is a professional Manga artist who lives in Shanghai. Yishan has been drawing Manga since 1998 when she was in high school and she has subsequently been published internationally including China, North America, France and the UK. Visit her website

Author and artist Li returns with another in the How to Draw in Simple Steps series. More than 100 kawaii (cute) drawings are provided in eight steps each, allowing the reader to sketch along with the book and practice until theyve mastered the item, person, or creature of their choice.

The drawings fall into a few categories: animals, everyday objects, vehicles, food, and chibis (cute, stylized, miniature characters).

Though instructions are not written out in words, the familiar technique readers will learn here is to identify the basic shapes that make up the item one wants to draw, start with a blocky sketch using those shapes, and refine the sketch gradually. As usual, the only instruction for the final step of coloring in is the example, so readers may wish to look to other sources to learn about shading, color choice, and other related aspects. Fun and cute, this will appeal to those wishing to learn how to draw in a kawaii style.



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