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Kawaii-Style Story Illustration

A course by Sara Gaiaudi
Illustrator. Pisa, Italy.
Joined May 2020
, Illustrator

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 (257)
  • 9121 students

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

Italian with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (257)
  • 9121 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 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.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The Kawaii style
  • U3
    U3. Creating a story: from the idea to the characters
  • U4
    U4. Bring the character to life
  • U5
    U5. How to digitize your Kawaii story with Procreate
  • U6
    U6. How to convert your Kawaii story into gadgets
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start by getting to know your teacher Sara Gaiaudi, better known as TaylorRoss1. She tells you about her professional career and the influences that have inspired her style and the way she views the world.

Go over the materials you need to follow the course and delve into the characteristics of kawaii illustrations. Explore the traits and proportions, typical color schemes, and the concept of cuteness–the backbone of this illustration style.

Next, Sara introduces you to Procreate and shows you some of its basic features and useful shortcuts to help you complete your final project.

Now it’s time to start drawing! Choose the story you want to illustrate and create the first sketch on paper. Divide your page into panels and decide what scenes you want to include in your story. Then, draw your protagonists and secondary characters and learn some tricks from Sara on how to morph them into cats.

Discover how to bring your characters to life by adding different facial expressions. Place them in the scenes you created in your initial sketch and fill it in with details and background elements.

Once you've finished your design, Sara shows you how to digitize your sketch to work on it in Procreate: learn how to choose the right brushes to draw clean lines, what colors to use, and how to add light and shadows to your piece.

Finally, put the finishing touches on your composition and prepare it for export and printing. Sara wraps up the course by sharing several platforms where you can upload your designs and transform them into objects.

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.


9121 Students
257 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

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

    Creating a story: from the idea to the characters

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

    Bring the character to life

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

    How to digitize your Kawaii story with Procreate

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

    How to convert your Kawaii story into gadgets

    • Platforms to turn your drawings into gadgets
    • How to prepare your files
  • 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 (257)
  • 9121 students