Kawaii is Japanese for cute, and anybody familiar with manga
and anime will know what this style looks like. Learn how
to draw your own cute characters and decorate everything with
As a longtime fan of all things Japanese,
this is one title I was looking forward to reviewing and having
a go with. As with all the books in this series, each page
shows how, in several easy stages, you can build up a drawing
from the simplest shapes. For ease of use, the original step
is shown in blue, with each new step adding details in pink.
Ink in the final lines in black, and then add color. I have
found that this system can result in the later stages adding
a bewildering amount of detail suddenly, but with cartoon
styles it is easy to see how you progress from a line drawing
to a colored image. The book opens with a page about the style,
explains how the book works and what you need: basic art materials
are all you require. Images include human figures such as
a schoolgirl, witch, princess and scientist, animals like
a cat, lion, dolphin and seal, plus everyday items like a
donut, kettle, marker pen and car. I found I was drawing with
ease and getting to understand what details and modifications
are needed to make anything look kawaii. This is one of the
best entries in this series in my opinion.
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