Sweet Drawing

Learn to draw more than 150 adorable things

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Pub Date 24 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 12 Oct 2023

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Learn to draw cute stuff with Sweet Drawing! Filled with projects, prompts, and techniques, this is the perfect beginner’s guide to illustration in the kawaii style.

Olga Ortiz, a Spanish illustrator and graphic designer with popular social-media channels @olguioo, offers more than 150 easy drawing projects. The step-by-step projects include all the drawing tips and techniques you’ll need to create a variety of subjects, including:
  • Animals
  • Kitchen items & food
  • Things seen in a classroom
  • Plants & flowers
  • And more!

All of the artwork consists of simple lines and shapes and can be done in pencil, pen, marker, or any drawing tool of your choice. Tips for how to add color, creating shapes and lines, selecting tools, and more round out the book for a complete guide to learning to draw.

Olga Ortiz’s artwork appeals to artists of all ages and styles for its cuteness and simplicity. Inspired by the kawaii style of illustration and the joy that drawing brings her, Olga seeks to educate, entertain, and inspire.

Line, line, circle...done! Create great motifs and get started on your drawing adventure with Sweet Drawing!
Learn to draw cute stuff with Sweet Drawing! Filled with projects, prompts, and techniques, this is the perfect beginner’s guide to illustration in the kawaii style.

Olga Ortiz, a Spanish illustrator...

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Thanks to Netgalley and Quarto publishing group for access to this Arc in exchange for my honest review.

All these little drawings are so cute !! I love how the steps are simplified for those who are not born with artistic talents 🤣 (like me). I've tried a few and the result was not bad at all!!

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Oh my goodness! This book is too cute!! I love Olga’s Instagram account so I knew I would adore her book too! I am no artist but I feel like the instruction is fairly clear though there were a few that seemed to jump a step. I wish there was more information about shading and colouring but you can use the illustrations for ideas of course. I especially loved the Cute Animals chapter (squirrels, platypus and koalas being the standouts for me!). I also loved the Bakery section especially the marshmallow with the adorable little face and the strawberry jam. I can’t wait to try more of the cute designs. Definitely a book I will sit down and play around with mores it’s super relaxing to sketch these cute little illustrations.

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To preface this review: I am not an artist. By any means. I usually can’t even draw convincing stick figures.

But, I love cute food and items art and was hopeful that this book could help. And it definitely did!

The art style is absolutely adorable and the step by step instructions are easy to follow and definitely are doable by people of all ability levels. The book showcases a variety of little things to draw - from animals to foods to school supplies!

I definitely recommend this for anyone looking to practise drawing!

Thanks very much to the publisher and to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for my honest review!

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This book starts by focusing on the tools and techniques recommended by the author. This is with regards to physical drawing as opposed to digital drawing however I imagine the sketching skills would easily transfer.

The book is in the style of kawaii with cute colourful sketches. There’s a number of chapters including the kitchen (and food), bakery/cafe (and baked goods), Japanese themed items, garden, cute animals, school, seasons,

This is one of the most comprehensive drawing books I’ve seen with a huge variety of items to try

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"Sweet Drawing" is a fabulous little book. It is filled with lovely, adorable drawings that are a joy to create. The step-by-step instructions are incredibly easy to follow, making it a perfect guide for beginners to learn to draw in the kawaii style. With plenty of content to explore, this book is a fantastic resource for anyone looking to bring a touch of cuteness to their artwork, "Sweet Drawing" is an excellent choice that will have you doodling with joy. I will be adding some of these endearing illustrations into my bullet journal.

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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). The art style is absolutely adorable, and Olga Ortiz does a beautiful job at teaching!

The instructions are clear, and I love that there are step-by-step pictures to follow so that I can look at the imagery even when I think a step may have been missed. I especially loved that there was a wide variety of things to draw. Sweet Drawing is a guide I will definitely come back to and sit down with and use as a resource as I try to learn how to draw.

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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 favourite is the ‘In The Bakery’ chapter - 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.

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Absolutely charming! I loved this one, the illustrations and instructions are clear and approachable. There is a greater level of detail in the authro/illustrator's style than is present in many similar books, which tend toward minimalism. Super fun and something I look forward to incorporating into my own art projects as well as sharing with my very creative daughter.

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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 :)

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i absolutely loved this guide to drawing! the illustrations were all so adorable. i’ve recently challenged myself to learning how to draw and i think i’ve learned so many wonderful tips from this book. my favorite sections were the bakery and the garden. the illustrations are easy to follow, my only wish was that there was a bit more guidance once we got to the coloring part, but all in all it is a great place for beginners to start!

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I’m such a beginner drawer but this made it so cute and easy to follow! I can’t wait to keep practicing these adorable little pieces so I can crest my own!

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This book was so adorable!

I could not wait to dive in and try my hand at some of these adorable illustrations.

The instructions were fun and easy to follow. I really the variety of images to draw from food to the seasons.

Thank you to NetGalley and Walter Foster Publishing for an eARC in exchange for my honest review.

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Gah! I about jumped out of my chair when I saw this on Netgalley, so thank you so much for allowing me to preview this advanced copy of this book, Quarto Publishing.

I have had the German version of Olga Ortiz’s book as long as it’s been released and it is literally always in my bag. Olga’s steps are so visually easy to follow that I adore even a version I can’t read. I have used Google translate when I want to see what insights she has, but it is a pain. I always told her on Instagram, when she releases an English version it’s an instant buy.

I had no idea she was releasing a print English version, but Quarto - you are seriously my hero publishing house! I immediately requested the NetGalley version so I could peruse it AND put in my request for the English version.

I recommend the version book to my English speaking friends all the time and can’t wait to shove this in hands as swiftly as possible. It will be in many gift baskets.

Thank you for this amazing book!!

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My daughter is 8 and loves to draw. So, I downloaded this book for her. She absolutely LOVES it! The instructions are so quick and easy to follow. This book is helping her build her confidence with her artwork. Thank you!

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This book is so cute! I have absolutely zero drawing skill but this guided me through in a way that made it easy and accessible- and left me drawing super adorable muffins and sushi. A great intro to someone who is interested in sweet illustration while also learning some fundamental drawing skills.

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“Sweet Drawing” by Olga Ortiz is a five-star instructional gem that’s perfect for artists of all levels. Ortiz’s intricate illustrations breathe life into every page, making it easy for beginners and advanced artists to follow along with her clear, enjoyable directions.

What makes this book truly special is its ability to inspire creativity. It doesn’t just teach you how to draw cute things; it invites you to explore and infuse your unique style into your creations. With comprehensive guidance and Ortiz’s artistic expertise, “Sweet Drawing” is a must-have addition to any artist’s collection, promising a delightful journey into the world of adorable drawings.

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Olga Ortiz has been one of my favorite Instagram artists for years and I was so excited to find out she has new art book out! This teaching guide is full of easy to follow instructions for creating simple, cute illustrations of a wide variety of animals and items. The basic nature of the drawing leaves plenty of room for the reader/artist to add their own style and inspiration to their drawings.

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Sweet Drawing : Learn to draw more than 150 adorable things is a drawing tutorial book in the cutest style for beginners and children. The steps are so simple and easy to follow, and all the drawings are a bit of fun. A variety of topics are included from food to animals, all in the most adorably cute style. A great rainy day book.

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So many cute ideas with step instructs step by us to make drawing approachable. I've attempted a few of the drawings and they were cute and easy though no where near perfect but a lot of fun t0 do.

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I really love the artist's style, especially the lighter outlines that match the colouring.

There are a ton of examples in here on how to draw cute things with markers or digitally in procreate or other drawing programs.

I'd say this is for beginners who know how to draw and see shapes well already and who have experience with color matching and shading.

Very cool book! Definitely check this out if you like spot drawings. This could help you a lot if you do sticker design.

Thank you netgalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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I know my pupils will totally love this as it gives such helpful ideas for doing little drawings. Totally great!

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"Sweet Drawing" by Olga Ortiz was a fantastic and engaging book that deserves a five-star rating. This beginner's guide to illustration in the kawaii style was filled with projects, prompts, and techniques that made learning to draw cute stuff a delightful experience.

Olga Ortiz, a talented Spanish illustrator and graphic designer known for her popular social media channels, offers over 150 easy drawing projects that cater to artists of all ages and skill levels. The step-by-step projects cover a wide range of subjects, including animals, kitchen items, food, classroom items, plants, and more. Each project is designed with simplicity in mind, relying on basic lines and shapes, making it accessible to artists like me who are using pencils, pens and markers.

What sets this book apart is its attention to detail and guidance for beginners. Olga provided comprehensive drawing tips and techniques, ensuring that I had all the necessary knowledge to create adorable kawaii-style illustrations. The book also offers valuable advice on adding color, creating shapes and lines, selecting the right tools, and more, making it a complete guide to learning to draw.

In summary, "Sweet Drawing" is a five-star gem that makes learning to draw cute stuff in the kawaii style an enjoyable and accessible endeavor. Whether you're a beginner or someone looking to embrace the joy of drawing, this book offers a wealth of projects and techniques to kickstart your drawing adventure. Olga Ortiz's charming and educational approach to art makes this book a delightful resource for artists of all ages and styles.

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What a delight this book was! I had the opportunity to share it with my 10yo granddaughter (who loves to draw). She loved it, and she's a hard sell. The drawings are so cute, and I especially love that there were groupings, such as food items, outdoor items, etc. So, if someone wanted to make a whole drawing of various items, they have the tools. I adored this book, and I'm going to preorder.
Thank you to the author, Quarto Publishing, and Net Galley for a digital ARC of this title in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Another cute book by Olga Ortiz! I love the cute drawing style and easy to follow instructions. This may be meant for young drawers but I’m an experienced graphic designer and enjoyed every bit of it. Olga Ortiz walks you through the elements of “cute” such as eye placement, etc. so you can use the principles of these cute, sweet drawings for other work. Highly recommend!

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Sweet Drawings by Olga Ortiz was my first introduction into learning to draw kawaii style. I appreciated the tips at the beginning of the book, the theme-based organization of the illustrations, and the visual step-by-step instructions. It was a lot of fun showing my 4 year old my attempts at the drawings. She thought they were great!

Thank you Netgalley and Quarto Publishing Group- Walter Foster for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Cute, easy to follow directions, something to sketch with on a relaxing afternoon. Would be great for kids, or to draw with kids if you have any.

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An absolutely adorable drawing how-to! Great step by step tutorials that are simple to follow to create the most adorable drawings. From gardening to food to animals, this guide has it all! Fun for all ages!

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This is such an easy and simple how to book. I love it. It gives a great step by step guide on how to draw each thing but it doesn’t just give you one option such as watermelon it shows you how to not just a watermelon but also honeydew melon. My favourite section was on the garden as I’m a big plant person but honestly I sat down with my 8 year old nephew and he was able to understand and follow the steps to draw each thing
Would highly recommend to anyone

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5 stars

Super cute and sweet book. Loved the drawings, the simplicity, how well they are explained.

This was a fun book!!

Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read this fun book!

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My children and I really enjoyed following along with this book.

There are plenty of cute pictures, with easy to follow steps.

The pictures provided are for things like bubble tea and sweet deserts that aren't always in the usual books like this.

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I have started keeping a journal of sorts and wanted to add cute doodles in the margins. Sweet Drawing immediately caught my eye. Olga Ortiz’s has a style that is simple and adorable. Her instructions and tips are easy to follow and recreate. Using colored pencils to draw the outlines was a game changing tip. Grab a copy of this for new artists or your journal kit. Practicing my food drawing right now.

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