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Kawaii-Style Story Illustration

A course by Sara Gaiaudi , Illustrator

Illustrator. Pisa, Italy.
Joined May 2020

Learn to draw characters by hand in the Japanese style of kawaii and digitize them in Procreate

  • Best seller Italian with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (322)
  • 11142 students

Learn to draw characters by hand in the Japanese style of kawaii and digitize them in Procreate

What does kawaii mean? In Japanese culture it means cute, and cute is the perfect way to describe the characters that make up the imaginary universe of this illustration style: round people and animals with big eyes.

Join illustrator Sara Gaiaudi, better known as TaylorRoss1, and learn how to create digital kawaii-style drawings and illustrate a comic strip with characters from your favorite story. Discover the basics of drawing cute, colorful creatures and how to transform your designs into customized objects.

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What will you learn in this online course?

17 lessons & 25 downloads

Italian with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (322)
  • 11142 students
  • 17 lessons (2h 30m)
  • 25 additional resources (10 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Italian
  • Italian, Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Illustrate a kawaii-style comic strip based on a classic story.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone who wants to learn how to illustrate digitally to create magical worlds and cute, colorful characters.

Requirements and materials

No specific drawing skills are needed for this course.

The only materials you need are an iPad with Procreate, drawing paper, and colored pencils.


11142 Students
322 Reviews
98% Positive ratings

Sara Gaiaudi

A course by Sara Gaiaudi

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Sara Gaiaudi is an Italian illustrator from Turin who now lives in Pisa. Drawing and stories have been her two greatest passions since she was a child. During high school, she became increasingly interested in anime and Japanese culture and started to recreate scenes from manga in the kawaii style.

In 2015, she created a webpage with her boyfriend called Taylor&Ross where they posted their designs for T-shirts. She later created an Instagram profile with the same name where she shares her kawaii-style creations with the world. What started as a passion and turned into a hobby has bloomed into a full-time job as of 2020.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Inspirations
  • U2

    The Kawaii style

    • Tools and materials
    • The illustration is Kawaii style
    • Let's get to know Procreate
  • U3

    Creating a story: from the idea to the characters

    • Choose the idea: let's start from a fairy tale
    • Draw the protagonist of your fairy tale
    • Turn your characters into animals
  • U4

    Bring the character to life

    • How to create expressions
    • How to insert characters into scenes
    • How to create the details of the environment
  • U5

    How to digitize your Kawaii story with Procreate

    • Refine the draft digitally
    • The colors and the contour line
    • The spreading of the flat color
    • How to create shadows and highlights
  • U6

    How to convert your Kawaii story into gadgets

    • How to prepare your files
    • Platforms to turn your drawings into gadgets
  • FP

    Final project

    • Kawaii illustration fo children´s books

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Kawaii-Style Story Illustration. Illustration course by Sara Gaiaudi Best seller

Kawaii-Style Story Illustration

A course by Sara Gaiaudi
Illustrator. Pisa, Italy.
Joined May 2020
  • 98% positive reviews (322)
  • 11142 students