How to Draw Cute Cartoon Characters

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2.5 hours course
Course by Udemy
What will you learn?
Understand what it takes to create a cute cartoon character of your own.
Confidently practice and develop your own style based on clear examples
Define and sketch the many different body parts within the core groups of head, torso and limbs
Replay the lessons you might need more practice with. All clips are recored in HD and have clear audio
Start to grow an audience who are interested in cartoons (Instagram @bencolefax)
About the course


NEW! Updated June 2020 - New Digital Drawing Section!
Previous Update: March 2020 - New Video Lecture! (Male Hair Examples)
Previous Update: Printable Practice PDFs / 20+ New Video Lectures

Hey there, I'm Ben. I've been creating cute little characters for as long as I can remember - and I absolutely love it. Over many years of trial and error, I uncovered a few techniques that make it easier to draw cute cartoons. Now, I'm passing on those secrets to help over 11,000 students discover their love of drawing 'kawaii' (Japanese word for cute) characters of their own!


  • Have you always wanted to draw cute or even kawaii styled cartoons?
  • Would you like to learn some simple techniques that artists use everyday?
  • Are you a graphic artist wanting to get back to basics?
  • Are you a traditional artist wanting to expand your knowledge?
  • Are you a coder or game designer wanting to create your own characters?
  • Do you have kids that you'd like to help teach?
  • Are you simply wanting to wow your family and friends with a new skill?

Most students answer YES to at least one of these questions. For a lot of people, drawing is seen as a life skill they wish they had - and now you can learn it right here.

Whether you believe it or not, everyone has a basic level of artistic ability - I've seen it in every student I've taught. All that separates you from the most popular and skilful artists are these three simple things:

  • Practice (maybe a lot of practice)
  • Someone to help start you off on the right track (and make it fun)
  • Desire to learn (Isn't that why you're here?)
  • My goal is to show you exactly what it takes to draw your own cartoons, as easy as possible. You'll be amazed by how quickly you'll learn.


    For the price of a few cups of coffee you will receive high-definition video lessons showing you in detail how to draw cartoons. At completion you'll receive a Udemy Certification of Completion. Try this course risk free as refunds are accepted,  but very rarely used. Give it a go, I'm sure you'll love it.


    Few things in life are as special as giving a friend or family member a hand drawn card. It's a skill you'll use for your entire life. I have given drawings to my closest friends, parents, sisters, my wife and now I'm happily sharing art with my two young daughters by drawing on their school drink bottles! They think it's hilarious and that feeling is priceless. It's so nice to be able to give something so personal to someone you love.

    Let me show you how to draw cute kawaii eyes, ears, hair, limbs, torsos - and the simple steps to breathing life into a new character. 


    Getting Started
    The Anatomy of 'Cute'
    In this lecture you'll learn all about the "Cute Ratio", which is a simple system I use to keep basic cartoon characters looking cute. By sticking to some simple rules, you too will be able to create kawaii styled cartoons in no time.
    Quick Warm-Up
    Warm-up is one of those things that nobody wants to do, but probably should. It gets you into the creative mood and gets you into the drawing groove. Don't underestimate the benefits of warming up!
    My Equipment
    Dozens of students asked what equipment I use when creating my characters, which is a great question, so I thought it was about time I answered. In this video I talk about my setup, but that doesn't mean you will need the same system or devices.The easiest and cheapest way to start is pencil and paper. This is the bare requirement. If you are wanting to explore the digital world of art creation, I recommend either an iPad with a stylus (because many people already own an iPad) or picking up an Intuos tablet to plug into your computer. 

    This course was 90% created using Sketchbook Pro (ie. The screen you see in bulk of the lessons is Sketchbook Pro), which uses layers and has the ability to change brushes, etc. This is what I would recommend using when starting out. 

    If you have any questions, feel free to ask. 
    Basics of Building a Head
    Confidently draw a cute cartoon character head
    Learn how to draw simple yet effective kawaii styled mouths. In this lecture we'll be drawing many different mouths with different emotions.
    Kawaii Styled Eyes
    Kawaii means "Cute" in Japanese culture. Japan is commonly seen as the birthplace of Kawaii styled characters. In this lecture we'll dive into the various basic eyes types that I regularly use.
    Basic Head Outline
    The best place to start is at the beginning! This lecture is all about the start of the character creation process - the head. You'll learn where to position eyes and mouths too.
    Cartoony Styled Eyes
    "Cartoony" is what I use to refer to cartoons that are more traditional with bubble eyes, more 'over-the-top' expressions and more life-like hands. This lecture covers cartoony eyes in place of the more basic kawaii styled eyes - if you want to change up your character's style altogether. 
    Basic Female Hair
    Girls typically have more hair than boys, which is the main reason why we will learn how to draw female hair styles first. Plenty of different examples to give you a good overall overspending of the process.
    I don't always draw eyelashes, but I thought it worth adding for those who want to add something extra to their characters.
    Basics of Building a Body
    Confidently create a body for your character
    • Eagerness to learn through observation and viewing digital demonstrations
    • Passion for learning new techniques
    • Paper + Pencil | OR | Digital - eg. Wacom Drawing Tablet
    Ben Colefax
    Ben Colefax
    Graphic Artist and Instructor
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