Ever since Marceline posted about kawaii drawing books I’ve been wanting to give them a try. So when the Dutch edition of ‘Kawaii! How to Draw Really Cute Stuff’ appeared at my local bookshop, I just had to buy it. I’d like to share my opinions on this cute book from Angela Nguyen (AKA pikarar) with you.
The book offers about 128 pages of drawing tips and examples. It starts with basic tips, followed by chapters on how to draw kawaii people, animals and various objects.
The chapter on kawaii people begins by showing how to draw postures, expressions and clothes. I think that these pages offer a good reference. It is followed by ‘how to draw’ steps on various people, such as a kawaii astronaut, farmer and witch.
Each chapter opens with a nice cover featuring subjects that you’ll learn to draw yourself.
Throughout the book Angela show in 2-3 steps how to draw something. This is enough to get me going. If you’ve got a little experience with drawing, I think that you don’t need more steps. Because of this approach the book can offer about 200 drawing projects in total! So there are plenty of kawaii characters to choose from.
Most of the images are so simple (which is a basic of the kawaii style) that you could also use them as doodles. I’m thinking about recreating the images in my bullet journal.
Each last step gives you an idea about the shading and colours. I enjoy using the images and colours as a guidance. You don’t have to exactly copy Angela’s pictures and can throw in some ideas of your own.
At many shops ‘Kawaii! How to Draw Really Cute Stuff’ is currently on sale, starting at $4 – and you can also pre-order Angela’s next book, How to Draw Cute Animals which will be published in September. I can really recommend getting a copy if you enjoy drawing. They’re available at bookstores such as Amazon (UK / USA) and Librero (Dutch version).
Natasja‘s love for kawaii things was sparked by Sanrio characters and Candy Candy in her youth. Natasja lives in the Netherlands with her husband and works as a freelance web designer. She likes to spend her free time browsing for cute stuff, blogging and reading.