How to Draw Cute Cartoon Characters
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How to Draw Cute Cartoon Characters

Learn the secrets to drawing cartoons quickly and easily
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4.7 (611 ratings)
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Created by Ben Colefax
Last updated 3/2017
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 15 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I 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, like I have on Instagram @bencolefax, who love your characters
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  • 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


Updated: Late March, 2017 - Printable Practice PDFs
Updated: Late December, 2016 - 20+ New Lectures

Hi 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 many errors, I've slowly uncovered handy secrets that make it easier to draw a cute cartoons. Now, I use those secrets to help 1000's of students discover their love of drawing 'kawaii' cute.


  • Have you always wanted to draw cute/kawaii styled cartoons?
  • Are you a coder or game designer wanting to create your own simple characters?
  • Would you like to learn the 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 (it's OK to say yes to this one!)?

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 three simple things:

  1. Practice 
  2. Someone to help start you off on the right track
  3. Passion for learning

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 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 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. 


Who 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 only paper demonstrations
Compare to Other Cartoon Drawing Courses
Curriculum For This Course
26 Lectures
Getting Started
3 Lectures 13:26

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.

Preview 04:25

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!

Quick Warm-Up

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. 

My Equipment
Basics of Building a Head
6 Lectures 26:54

Learn how to draw simple yet effective kawaii styled mouths. In this lecture we'll be drawing many different mouths with different emotions.

Preview 05:09

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.

Kawaii Styled Eyes

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.

Basic Head Outline

"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. 

Cartoony Styled Eyes

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.

Preview 06:43

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
5 Lectures 27:18
Basic Torsos

Sausage Limbs (Arms & Legs)

Limbs Holding Objects

In this lecture you'll learn how to add "cartoony" styled hands (with fingers!) to your characters in different configurations.

Cartoony Styled Hands

Note: This lecture formed part of the 'Bonus Lessons' from a previous course update. I've included it here again for those wanting to add shoes to more cartoony styled legs.

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. Here's some of my handy tips..

Simple Cartoony Styled Legs and Shoes
Basics of Building a Character
5 Lectures 28:43

Using all of the lectures so far we'll build a full front facing character - hopefully making it easier for you to do the same.

Front View Basics

The 3/4 view is one of the hardest to draw, so we'll break it down chunk by chunk.

3/4 View Basics

The rear of a character is rarely seen, but for applications like game production and comic strips you'll need to know what your character looks like from the rear point of view. This lecture aims to make this process easier.

Rear View Basics

Drawing girls is the harder of the two sexes, which is why most of this course is based on females. In this lecture we'll tackle drawing a boy character.

Boy Character Basics

My favourite part of character design is colouring, it's super fun and allows your character to really pop off the page (or screen)! We'll cover off the basics of colour, shading and using layers to simplify these processes.

Preview 09:18
Drawing Animal Characters
4 Lectures 22:10

Learn the very basics of a front facing Rabbit in super kawaii mode!

Rabbit (Kawaii Style)

Learn the very basics of a front facing Rabbit with "cartoony" style edits to add another flavour to the mix.

Rabbit (Cartoony Style)

Learn the very basics of a front facing Kitty in super kawaii mode!

Cat (Kawaii Style)

Learn the very basics of a front facing Dog in super kawaii mode!
More characters to come over time :)

Dog (Kawaii Style)
Software Settings (Extra Lessons)
3 Lectures 13:19

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

Workspaces in Photoshop CS6 (MAC)

There are gazillions of different settings for brushes, however there's one solid brush I use for light sketching in Photoshop. During this course I've used a Sketchbook Pro, but many users has asked for Photoshop settings.

Create a Custom Brush in Photoshop CS6 (MAC)

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.

New Document Settings in Photoshop CS6 (MAC)
About the Instructor
Ben Colefax
4.7 Average rating
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4,483 Students
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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.