Learn to Draw Kawaii Animals

By FPL_Lauren

This year I decided to spend more time on my art and wanted to share some simple drawing instructions for others that enjoy drawing kawaii creatures. My personal style includes the darker outline that gives more of a cartoon feel. When you are finishing your drawings, add your own flair!


  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Paper
  • Color Pencils, Crayons, or Markers


  1. Lightly draw a circle.
  2. Add tufts of hair.
  3. Draw two circles for the eyes and a triangle for the beak.
  4. For the body, draw a second circle that overlaps with your owl head. Add wings and feet.
  5. Color in your owl and erase any lines you don’t need.


  1. Lightly draw a circle.
  2. For the eyes, draw two small circles that overlap with your big circle. Draw a third circle for your frog’s belly.
  3. Add two rounded rectangles for your feet. For your eyes, add two small circles that can be colored in, or if you want your frog to wink, you can add > or < as one of the eyes.  Draw a mouth.
  4. Give your frog some style by adding a fancy hat or glasses.
  5. Color in your frog and erase any lines you don’t need.


  1. Lightly draw a circle.
  2. For your cat’s body, draw a candy corn shape. The ears are rounded triangles, and the paws are exaggerated Js.
  3. Add two circles for the eyes, a nose, and a fluffy tail.
  4. Give your cat personality by adding whiskers and accessories.
  5. Color in your cat and erase any lines you don’t need.


  1. Lightly draw a circle.
  2. Draw an oval that overlaps with your circle, this will be your dog’s jowl. Draw a candy corn shape for your dog’s body.
  3. Add a nose, two ears, two paws, and a tail.
  4. Give your dog two eyes and define its jowl.
  5. Add extra details and color in your creation. Erase any lines you don’t need.

Can’t get enough of kawaii drawings?  Check out some of these drawing books that are good for any skill level:

How to Draw Kawaii Animals in Simple Steps, opens a new window

Anime Art Class, opens a new window

Shojo Beat's Manga Artist Academy, opens a new window