Learn to draw more than 100 super cute things
by Becky Castaneda
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Pub Date 24 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 12 Oct 2023
Quarto Publishing Group – Walter Foster, Walter Foster Publishing
Kawaii-style artwork hails from Japan and has become super popular throughout the world. Through her art, Becky Cas (Castaneda) seeks to spread joy and find inspiration in her surroundings. Now you can expand your own creativity and imagination and create cute animals, landscapes, characters, and more in Becky Cas’s signature, adorable style.
Kawaii Drawing has all the tools and information you need to learn to draw your own kawaii-style art:
- An introduction to kawaii, for those unfamiliar with the style
- Step-by-step tutorials that can be done using any drawing tools
- An overview of tools you can use, including pencil, pen, colored pencils, and even digital
- Instruction on illustration techniques
- Suggestions for how to find your own art style
- Tips for selecting a color palette and adding color to black-and-white drawings
Throughout the book you will find helpful tips for finding inspiration and creativity anywhere you like to draw.
Kawaii artwork is fun, joyful, and easy to create. Find your creativity and draw your own fantasy world with Kawaii Drawing!
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Average rating from 93 members
Super super cute! I’m such a novice at drawing but this made things so simple and easy to follow! Now just to work on perfecting my skills so I can make more cute things!
Thanks to Netgalley and Quarto publishing group for access to this Arc in exchange for my honest review.
Those are such cute drawings!!! I don't know if I have talent enough to get to that level but this book seems to give the steps to reach that level ! I specially love the kawaii mermaid 🥰🥰. Pff to the drawing table.
**"Unlocking Kawaii Magic: A Guide to Adorable Artistry"**
I was instantly drawn into the world of Kawaii-style art as I delved into this fantastic guide. What truly stood out to me were the insightful tips provided on the materials required for this creative journey. Additionally, the inclusion of an introduction to digital drawing was a welcome surprise, especially for someone like me who primarily uses an iPad. The added insights into this digital realm added a valuable layer to the book's versatility.
One aspect I genuinely cherished was the brief history and context provided on Kawaii art. It allowed me to appreciate not only the techniques presented in the book but also the cultural significance behind them. Castaneda generously offers guidance on applying Kawaii techniques not only to the book's provided images but also to your own future creations. The section on proportions, in particular, proved to be a treasure trove of knowledge. It has already begun to shape my personal style, making my drawings more authentic and in line with my artistic vision.
While I initially found some of the book's content a bit challenging for my current skill level, Castaneda's ability to break down the instructions with clear, detailed sketch diagrams made all the difference. Surprisingly, my drawings turned out rather well! What set this book apart was the seamless integration of color into the how-to process. Unlike many other drawing books I've encountered recently, this book incorporated color from the very start. This not only simplified the transition from sketch to final project but also provided the flexibility to infuse my own style using personal color palettes.
In conclusion, "Unlocking Kawaii Magic" is a delightful guide that welcomes you into the enchanting world of Kawaii-style art. While some parts may seem intricate, Castaneda's meticulous breakdown and incorporation of color elevate the drawing experience. It's a valuable resource for both beginners and those seeking to enhance their artistic skills, offering a path to unlock the magic of Kawaii artistry. Happy drawing!
The kids absolutely loved drawing the mini kawaii kitties and now they got to try other kawaii cartoons! They really loved it and found it much easier than trying to draw other cartoons or characters they know.
This book is super cute! I loved the overall aesthetic and easy to follow tutorials. Even small children could follow along easily. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for my honest opinion.
My kids and I enjoyed this book.
The book is packed with cute Kawaii drawings.
The illustrations were a little more complex than the books we normally follow which was good.
The 'how to pictures were easy to follow.
We highly recommend this book to budding artists of those who just like to draw.
Super cute (duh, that what Kawaii is) how to draw book. If Kawaii is your thing and you're just starting out learning to draw, this book will help with that.
Absolutely loved this book. Great for teaching both adults and kids how to draw cute kawaii objects. I even started drawing a few myself. Perfect gift for a beginner artist.
This book was so adorable, I loved everything about it, the illustrations were so well done, they suited the book perfectly, the story was amazing as well, even thought is very short I could really connect with the characters. I’m sure the kids are going to be just as enthralled with this amazing book as I was. I will definitely recommend! Thank you netgalley and the publisher for this early copy
Incredibly cute. Whilst it's definitely more for digital drawing, I think with a pen and pencil you can definitely do some cute kawaii doodles too. Great images and lots of steps. Loved it
If there's one thing to know about me, I'm instantly drawn to anything cute. If there's another thing, I've been trying (unsuccessfully) to learn how to draw and create art. So naturally, this book is everything I love (and need). This guide covers everything from proportions to movement and even certified cute (by me) expressions. It goes over people, food, and animals, covering all areas regarding making something "kawaii." I especially love how it delves into the history and the "fundamentals of cuteness," it's all very interesting and good to know. I highly recommend it to all learners interested in this art style!
Thank you, NetGalley and Becky Castaneda, for the e-arc in exchange for an honest review.
This book is adorable. The whole layout and the drawings are so cute (as the title says) and I love the way it's designed and the colours and how the drawings are explained step by step. If you like to draw and you like to draw cute little things, this book is definitely for you.
This is adorable! The sketching instructions and illustrations are clear, simple, and easy to follow - perfect for a total beginner for me. Each one has a step by step to follow, adding more detail each time. This is a lovely book to help you bring all sorts of animals, food items, and objects to life in your sketchbook. My favourites are the cute cakes and cute snacks - cute and delicious!
Would definitely recommend.
Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group – Walter Foster and Netgalley for an eARC of this book to read and review.
I am a sucker for all things kawaii'ish! I wanted to spend a little time with this book, and let my kids spend some time with this book alongside me, to see how they enjoyed it, before reviewing it, and we all thoroughly enjoyed it! The drawings were fun, absolutely adorable, and achievable but not so easy that it wasn't fun to try to achieve. I love drawings that I know I can do (I'm not the most artistic person in the world), but that still present some challenge to me so that I feel a sense of accomplishment when I'm done. This provided that for me, and provided the cute factor that my kids so desperately NEED from me and from all things at this stage in their childhood!
Wonderful guide for kawaii drawing. I’m an artist and have wanted to expand my skills to this area, and I’ve found this really helpful :)
This book is a great art reference book! I follow beckycas online and I have been waiting impatiently for this one to come out.
I won’t lie, I’ve been checking Netgalley consistently to see if it would be available and lo and behold, it arrived. So thank you NetGalley and Quarto for an advanced ecopy of this book so I can dive in before my preorder arrives.
I seriously love these Quarto published cartoon books. So much thought and work on the artist’s side goes into them and this one is no different.
There are a plethora of different Kawaii drawing projects along with meticulous step by steps on how to draw them from beginning to end.
Highly recommend for anyone who is into cute drawings or just want a good gift.
This book is so fun!
I am at a beginner level at drawing but the instructions were easy to follow and very detailed which I really liked.
The illustrations alone are so cute to look at throughout this book.
Mermaid Girl and Party Bear were my favorites!
Thank you to NetGalley and Walter Foster Publishing for an eARC in exchange for my honest review.
I had so much fun learning how to draw cute Kawaii characters from this adorable book! I am definitely a beginner and I felt confident to try my hand at it with the simple step by step instructions provided. I was able to create some very cute illustrations fairly quickly and was so happy with the results! I find it super relaxing too to sit down and work on a new project and am looking forward to trying more out soon.
The book itself is just fun to look through with the adorable illustrations but is also filled for all the information you need to get started with some discussion on materials both for digital or by hand. I appreciated this as I don’t really have any art supplies around and it helped to know what would it wouldn’t work thanks to the authors experience. She also goes over the elements of Kawaii like proportion and expression and shading to bring more detail and depth to your drawings. I really appreciated this section since I’m so new to drawing and need all the information I can get for when I move past the projects in the book and into creating my own characters or drawings.
Overall, a wonderful book to learn some new skills in drawing cute Kawaii illustrations. I would highly recommend it to anyone that wants to try but has no idea where to start.
I received an advanced digital copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
This is a book that I’m going to have to buy in physical format, it’s so cute and cozy, super easy to follow and I found the tips about the use of iPads and apps to draw on really helpful, Iv not known where to start with ipad drawing apps for what feels like forever and now I have some great directions.
I love that the author shares all their recommendation for brands of pens and papers to use, it feels like you’re getting all the trade secrets!
The art projects are super cute, easy to follow step by step and will make anyone feel like an artist!
Definitely one il be buying as gifts this Christmas and something that could be used time and time again.
This book is beautiful!
It will be a great addition to every young aspiring artist’s collection, there are easy step-by-step tutorials to create your own kawaii drawings. There are suggestions and ideas on how to make it unique, and how to add your own twists and personality to what you draw.
Kawaii Drawing : Learn to draw more than 100 super cute things is an adorable step by step guide for drawing super cute kawaii style and for adding this style to more basic drawings. It will appeal to children as well as beginners and is so easy to follow that absolutely anyone could have a go. The book is full of colour and great ideas for drawing all sorts of things from food to animals to household objects. Great for a rainy day.
I loved all of the ideas and the stepby instructions that were easy to follow along with. The different tutorials with The proportions use for kawaii drawing make it easy to get creative as well.
Great details and instructions. I also loved how the author had photos of her favorite materials and programs she used in the beginning along with if they tended to have a free trial or not. I also enjoyed the layout of this book a lot it flowed very easily. Very easy to follow and draw your own cute characters! Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a step by step introduction for Kawaii style drawings.
Fantastic ideas, that make it so accessible for people with limited artistic abilites! I will defintiely be recommending this to my pupils
"Kawaii Drawing" by Becky Castaneda was a delightful and informative book that deserves a solid five-star rating. This book is a treasure trove of creativity and inspiration for artists who want to explore the charming world of kawaii-style art.
Becky Castaneda, known for her signature adorable style, presents over 100 drawing tutorials that cover a wide range of subjects, from cute animals and landscapes to endearing characters and more. Her step-by-step instructions are accessible and enjoyable, making them suitable for artists of all levels.
One of the standout features of this book was the comprehensive approach to teaching kawaii-style art. It began with an introduction to kawaii for those unfamiliar with the style, allowing me to understand its unique characteristics and charm. The book also covers various drawing tools, including pencils, pens, colored pencils, and digital options, allowing me to choose the medium that suited me best.
In addition to the tutorials, "Kawaii Drawing" offered valuable instruction on illustration techniques and provided tips for finding my own art style. The book emphasized the importance of creativity and encouraged me to draw inspiration from my surroundings.
The section on selecting a color palette and adding color to black-and-white drawings was particularly useful for me while I was looking to enhance my artwork with vibrant hues.
In summary, "Kawaii Drawing" is a five-star gem that unlocks the world of kawaii-style art for artists of all levels. Becky Castaneda's expertise, accessible tutorials, and valuable insights make this book a valuable addition to any artist's collection. Whether you're new to kawaii art or a seasoned enthusiast, this book is a joyful resource for expanding your creativity and creating your own adorable fantasy world.
I was interested in this book as I want o learn to draw and this book is amazing! I love how it breaks everything down and makes such cute little drawings!
OMG how much cuteness is this?! This book is for anyone — not just young people who want to draw cute things! I’m an old-timer, graphic designer, and this is not my style but one I’d love to learn how to do for fun. The layout of this is so engaging, and, who doesn’t need more cuteness in their life? I love the sushi section. I will definitely spend some time going through these tutorials on my iPad. Thanks to the author for sharing such cute drawings step by step. I’ll be looking up the other books in this series or by this author.
As a chronic doodler I really enjoyed looking through this and trying new styles of drawing. I will be dipping in and out of this in the future.
I really enjoyed Kawaii Drawing! The tutorials were really helpful, especially in drawing cute kawaii people. I enjoyed practicing with the book and the tips on shading, depth, and perspective. I want to add it to my collection when it publishes for sure!
In Castaneda's Kawaii Drawing, we are offered a variety of super cute how to draws. I find that with a lot of kawaii how to draw books, the items feel repetitive, but in this book, all the drawings feel fresh and new. So an original set of drawings for even a seasoned kawaii drawer.
The steps are clear and easy to follow also.
I have always loved Kawaii-style artwork and this book is a great drawing guide for anyone wanting to try out the technique for themselves. The illustrations are fun and colorful and the steps are easy to follow. Kids and adults could use this book and create tons of fun masterpieces to share. Highly recommended drawing book!
Super cute, step-by-step drawing tutorials. Easy to follow and practice improving your drawing skills. Included are tips on supplies needed and tips to make yourself a better artist. Colorful and adorable, this book would make a fun gift for all ages. Love it so much!!
I don't know anything about drawing. I don't have much artistic talent. However, I do love doing little scribbles every once in a while. I've had some good drawings but I really need to see what I want to draw and have some guidance. I picked this up to help with my scribbling. I have to say this is awesome! The author takes you through her favorite materials and just really goes into detail on the different types of drawing you can do. I do love too that she shows you how to draw different things. You can learn how to draw people, animals, and food. There really is so many descriptions. If you're an inspiring artist or just want to draw for fun, I highly recommend checking this book out.
*Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the free copy in exchange for my honest opinion.*
I absolutely loved this book! The step by step instructions are incredibly helpful with breaking down the building blocks for drawing in this style.
The front has wonderful references for proportions and even facial expressions. Everything is explained simply and with a hint of the artist/author’s personality.
This is definitely an art tool that I would keep on hand to reference!
This is such a cute book! The author takes her time showing you step by step in how to draw your favorite characters. She even goes over what materials are best in all the different ways!
The pictures in this book are adorable!
My kids have had so much fun learning how to draw all of these cute things.
It was easy enough for my 7, 10, and 12 year old children to follow and learn to draw.
A sweet book that contains step by step instructions on how to draw the cuteness that is Kawaii.
Instructions are visual as well as written with multiple steps helping to create ultimate cuteness.
The food and plants were definitely my favourite. A great gift for someone looking to create Kawaii!
Thanks to Net Galley and Quatro Publishing for the advanced copy.
Easy for my 9 and 7 year-olds to follow, this book is full of adorable designs to copy and try recreating. Favourites from my 9 year-old include Cute Sushi, Cute Little Frog, Kitty Girl and Frog Girl. My 7 year-old loves recreating the Cute Facial Expressions. My youngest tends to get impatient when drawing does not go her way but not with this book. It’s a gorgeous pastel theme with pages clearly laid out and easy to follow. There are some top tips on materials to use at the start of the book. All in all a wonderful, adorable book.