How to Draw Cute Cartoon Characters

Learn the secrets to drawing cartoons quickly and easily
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  • Lectures 25
  • Length 3.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 10/2013 English

Course Description

Hey there aspiring artist, my name is Ben. I've been sketching cute little characters for as long as I can remember - and I absolutely love it. During many countless years of trial and error, I uncovered many secrets of what it takes to draw a cute cartoon character. Now I use those secrets to proudly help 1000's of students discover their own love of drawing.


  • Have you always wanted to draw cute/kawaii styled cartoons?
  • Are you a coder or game designer wanting to create your own characters?
  • Would you like to learn the simple techniques I use everyday?
  • Are you a digital graphic artist wanting to get back to basics?
  • Are you a traditional artist wanting to expand your knowledge?
  • Are you simply wanting to impress your family or 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 have it. 

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

  1. Practice 
  2. Someone to help start you off on the right track!

My goal is to show you exactly what it takes to draw your own cartoons. 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 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 giving art to my almost 2 year old daughter. 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 I take to breathing life into a new character. 


What are the requirements?

  • Eagerness to learn through observation and viewing digital demonstrations
  • Passion for learning new techniques
  • Paper & Pencil | OR | Digital Setup - eg. iPad with Stylus / Drawing Tablet

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

What is the target audience?

  • Suitable for all ages
  • Newbie / Beginner friendly
  • Perfect for those wanting to expand their knowledge of cartoon drawing
  • Coders/Game designers who want to create artwork for their own apps/games.
  • Lessons are recorded digitally using a drawing tablet and may not suit those wanting paper demonstrations only

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Getting Started

Hi! I'm Ben and welcome to the 'Beginners Guide to Drawing Cute Cartoon Characters' course.

In this lecture I'll quickly run through the bare minumum you will need to complete the course. Although 90% of this course is created on a Wacom pen display, owning one is not necessary to complete the course - however I believe they are a great tool!

** Side Note: I understand that the way I pronounce the word 'Wacom' is different to how many others say it. Apparently the correct way is 'Wah - com", whereas I say 'Way - com'. Heck, I'm an Australian and we say everything a bit strange, so try not to hate on me **

Please find the study sheets that accompany the lectures for you to print out and draw along with me.

My equipment

iMac 27" i7, 16GB Memory
Wacom Cintiq 13HD pen display
Photoshop CS6
Sketchbook Pro


Quick Warm Up
Don't underestimate the benefits of warming up. Sure, your might not 'need' to warm up physically but from a mental and creative point ov view it can be very benefitial. I've included some very basic drawing tasks to run though along with a study sheet.

Section 2: Building Faces

Basic Eyes
Eyes are where I usually start a drawing a character. This isn't a definite rule, but it is where I feel most comfortable starting.


Basic Mouths
Mouths are where a lot of expression stems from when drawing cute and bubbley styled characters. In this lecture I will create a selection of simplistic head shapes and by simply adding mouths, change the whole emotion and feeling of a character.


More Mouths!
There are limitless emotions that can be created using mouths, so in this lecture we'll be running through a selection of 20 different mouths, one by one.


Human Ears

Human ears are very straight forward on cute chracters as they are one of the body parts that don't change shape or move from drawing to drawing.


Animal Ears
Now we're moving onto the fun stuff! Animal ears in contrast to human ears can be a lot more detailed. For example, rabbit ears are long and floppy, so to convey these attributes can be a challenge at times. This lecture demonstrates the process I go through to create rabbit and bear ears on animals.


Hair is a major identifier when it comes to these types of characters. It speaks volumes for personality and attitude. You might find this part to be one of the most enjoyable parts of creating new and exciting characters.

Drawing various hair styles can also help break creative block!

Section 3: Building Bodies
Basic Hands

Legs and shoes are way down the list of favourite things to draw for most artists out there. This is probably because it's the last thing we draw on a character, being all the way down the bottom. We simply don't draw them enough to enjoy them. Here's some of my handy tips..


In this lecture we'll be focusing on drawing a character using simple shapes. Circles, saugages and rounded bubbley objects is all that's needed to create a great character and in this video i'll show you my process.


I bellieve speed sketches are a great way to learn as they show you the pathway in a short amount of time. Combine this with the slower walk through lectures in this course and you are able to pick up some great ideas and tips for improving and building on your own character ideas.


Creating a Cat Character
Cats are one of the most drawn cartoon animals and no cartoon course would be complete without a lecture on how to draw one!

In this lecture we work throuh the whole process of sketching, line building and colouring a new cat character.


For all those dog lovers! Watch and observe the steps for creating a cute lil' puppy. Again, I'll keep it nice and slow so you can follow along. Feel free to experiment and try different shapes for teh eyes, head and mouth.


A Basic Boy Character

In this lecture we work throuh the whole process of sketching, line building and colouring a new boy character - from sauagae arms to big heads and little bodies!


A Basic Girl Character

In this lecture we work throuh the whole process of sketching, line building and colouring a new girl character. Girls have a very similar structure as boys in this cute little world of cartoon characters - big heads, little body and sausage shaped limbs - but when you start adding clothes, accessories and indentifiers that's when you start to develop the character's femininity.

Creating a Bird Character

Congratulations, you're almost done!

This final lecture caps off the course with a real-time sketch of my character "The Baby". This was the first time sketching this little guy and I was really wanting to create a character I could use on a continuous basis. The result was a character I now use a lot!

Thank you

Thank you so much for doing this course, I hope you were able to take something of real value away from it. Feel free to ask any questions you have and if you have any feedback, I'd love to hear it.

If you'd like to keep the conversation going, you can catch me on Instagram and YouTube, so make sure you let me know who you are.



You've been asking questions - here are the answers. Yep, a real response to real questions from students. I'm aiming at covering off a bit of photoshop, some new eye styles to play around with and a couple other loose ends that have been crying out to be tied up throughout the course.

I also wanted to have a section where I can add to over time, as it's needed. As much as this course is Kawaii centric, I want to be able to show variations of that cute style as demand calls.

I hope you enjoy!


It's been asked a dozen times, "what other eyes can you draw?"...the kawaii eye style is simple, but apparently too simple for a small group of you inquisitive creatures.

I've experimented with so many different eyes it's now a bit of a joke, many of them complete failures, some of them bang on. This particular style of eye was the primary style of eyes I drew growing up. It's fun and expressive and well worth exploring more on your own.

A lot of people talk about having one style and sticking to it. This is flawed logic. How will you know "your style" unless you try different styles to work out what you love most?

I hope you like these eyes.


There are gazillions of different settings for brushes, however there's one solid brush I use for light sketching..and often for finishing too. This brush is a staple for me, and it's easy to make.

Throughout this course I have used much more of a solid basic PSD brush, so I thought it was time to push the boat out a bit and show you something a bit more in-depth. This brush is my go-to 3B of choice.

Pencil users will just have to sit back and laugh while holding the real thing in their fingers. :)


Confusion surrounding document sizes has long plagued designers all over. In reality, it's quite simple if you stick to a couple simple steps.

1. Choose the size of output, ie. Paper size.

2. If you're going to print, choose 300PPI min for resolution

3. Do these before you start sketching, otherwise you'll have to stretch your artwork and it won't look pretty! Start bigger and reduce your size if you must, rather than starting smaller and then enlarging.


Learn what a Photoshop Workspace is all about - hopefully this will inspire you to use Workspaces yourself!


I would love to see your work space, the place where you are at your most creative. Your home office, your art room, your happy place. Here's a quick look at what's on my desk currently. Sure, it's not the most exciting thing you'll ever see, but it's functional and works for me. :)


You're all done! Thanks for sticking around and completing the Bonus Lessons. If you'd like to stay in touch, follow me at Instagram.



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Instructor Biography

Ben Colefax, Graphic Artist and Instructor

Hey, I'm Ben. I am a Graphic Artist from Brisbane, Australia.

Over the past twenty years or so I've been passionately sketching, drawing, painting and digitally crafting my own brand of cartooning and kawaii styled characters. 

I love teaching kids and adults to draw. I believe that drawing is a skill for life which brings so much joy to family and friends. I also specialise in business branding and design. This line of work allows me free time to share my cartooning secrets with people like you.

You won't believe the creative freedom that being able to draw offers. Sign up and find out for yourself why so many people are taking and recommending this course. I genuinely believe it's the best cute cartoon drawing course on the market and if you don't agree, I'll happily refund your money. 

Sign up to How to Draw Cute Cartoon Characters and join me in this amazing adventure, today.

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