I enjoyed and really learned a lot from Christopher Hart’s previous cute manga book, Manga for the Beginner Chibi, so I was excited to see his new book about drawing in the kawaii style had come out. In it, he teaches about all the aspects of Kawaii drawing, including how it is differentiated from drawing chibis. Kawaii characters are pretty common now, and Manga for the Beginner Kawaii tells us that it all started with Hello Kitty.
Mr. Hart starts off with the basics, with helpful ideas like proportions, positioning and common errors of the kawaii beginner. After that there are drawing many things in the kawaii style, from girls and boys, to cute sweet snacks and cuddly animals and animorphs. Each lesson has black and white line drawings that walk you through the shapes and then a full color finished drawing is shown, often with variations. Goth and horror kawaii characters are explained, so they can maintain their cuteness without turning creepy. A section on the more complex, but still “kawaii” style of Moe drawing is also included.
I appreciated the chapters at the end of Manga for the Beginner Kawaii that told about how to design scenes for kawaii characters, place them in greeting cards and some tips for starting your own kawaii business.
About the Author
Christopher Hart is the world’s bestselling author of drawing and cartooning books. He is also the author of Manga for the Beginner, Manga for the Beginner Chibis, and Manga for the Beginner Shoujo, and his books have set the standard for art instruction, both nationally and internationally. Hart’s books have sold 3.1 million English-language copies and have been translated into twenty languages. Renowned for up-to-the-minute content, cutting edge art, and easy-to-follow steps, all of Hart’s books have become staples for a new generation of aspiring artists and professionals, and they have been selected by the American Library Association for special notice. He also hosts the TV segment “How to Draw Action Heroes with Chris Hart” for the Comcast TV Network.