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Kawaii Illustration: Create Charming Characters

A course by Ilaria Ranauro
Illustrator. Berlin, Germany.
Joined April 2020
, Illustrator

Design joyful illustrations inspired by Japanese kawaii and turn them into stickers by combining digital and analog techniques

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  • 100% positive reviews (607)
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  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Design joyful illustrations inspired by Japanese kawaii and turn them into stickers by combining digital and analog techniques



  • 100% positive reviews (607)
  • 15179 students
  • 16 lessons (2h 49m)
  • 14 additional resources (8 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever


Delve into the world of Japanese kawaii and create lovable characters with their own personalities. Illustrator Ilaria Ranauro aims to tell stories through the images and characters she illustrates. She sells her stickers, prints, washi tape, and more via her online Etsy shop and creates children’s illustrations for clients around the world including Penguin Random House Mexico.

In this course, she teaches you about kawaii culture and how to illustrate unique characters of your own ready to be printed and shared with the world in sticker form. Create a unique character that sparks joy and leaves people with a smile on their face.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. What Is Kawaii and How to Draw a Kawaii Character
  • U3
    U3. Creating Your Own Kawaii Character
  • U4
    U4. Preparing the Stickers with a Cutting Machine
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin by getting to know Ilaria, your teacher for this course. She talks through her journey to becoming an illustrator as well as the influences which have inspired her style.

Explore what kawaii is, its history, and how the culture is linked to illustration. Then, delve into how to develop your own unique style by creating mood boards and taking part in drawing challenges. Discover the tools and materials needed for this course and see which ones Ilaria uses on a daily basis as part of her illustration process. Then, learn the basics of kawaii illustration, from facial expressions to body proportions, and practice your drawing with these elements in mind.

Time to create your kawaii character. Develop your character by creating its backstory and building a board on Pinterest. Then sketch it according to the personality you’ve created. Learn how to digitize your sketches with Procreate before experimenting with color palettes, outlines, and more. Finalize and arrange your digitized sketches on your sticker sheet using Photoshop.

Learn to print and cut your stickers with the cutting machine. To finish the course, Ilaria shares her advice on starting a kawaii sticker business, from sharing your work on social media, to creating packaging that is appealing to customers.

What is this course's project?

Design and illustrate your own kawaii character and learn how to turn them into printable stickers.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone who is interested in kawaii art or illustrating their own character from scratch.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience is necessary.

You will need drawing utensils such as paper and pencils as well as the software Procreate and Adobe Photoshop for digitizing your illustrations. You will also need sticker paper, a printer, and a sticker-cutting machine.


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Ilaria Ranauro

A course by Ilaria Ranauro

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Berlin-based illustrator Ilaria Ranauro has loved painting and drawing since she was a child. She would spend her afternoons illustrating characters from magazines and mangas and later went on to study Graphic Design professionally. She worked as a graphic designer in Rome and Berlin for eleven years whilst continuing to draw characters in her spare time. She eventually set up her own brand of homemade toys and completed a master’s degree in toy design in Milan. In 2017, Ilaria turned her childhood love of illustration into a career, opening an Etsy shop where she sells stickers, washi tapes, prints, and other accessories.

Alongside her online shop, Ilaria works as a children’s book illustrator for clients around the world including Penguin Random House Mexico.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    What Is Kawaii and How to Draw a Kawaii Character

    • What Is Kawaii Art?
    • How to Find Your Style
    • Materials
    • Faces and Body Proportions
    • Friends and Animal Objects
  • U3

    Creating Your Own Kawaii Character

    • Developing Your Kawaii Character
    • Time to Draw Your Kawaii Character 1
    • Time to Draw Your Kawaii Character 2
    • Digitise and Outline Your Kawaii Character
    • Coloring Your Kawaii Character
    • Final Composition of Your Sticker Sheet
  • U4

    Preparing the Stickers with a Cutting Machine

    • Print and Cut with the Cutting Machine
    • How to Start Your Own Kawaii Sticker Business
    • Packaging for Kawaii Stickers
  • FP

    Final project

    • Kawaii Illustration: Create Charming Characters

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Kawaii Illustration: Create Charming Characters. Illustration course by Ilaria Ranauro Best seller

Kawaii Illustration: Create Charming Characters

A course by Ilaria Ranauro
Illustrator. Berlin, Germany.
Joined April 2020
  • 100% positive reviews (607)
  • 15179 students