Learn how to draw Hello Kitty with this easy step by step tutorial. Dress her up and add a simple background for a very sweet drawing.
Hello Kitty, a fictional character created by a Japanese company over 40 years ago, is actually intended to be a little girl, not a cat. According to her back story, she is forever a 3rd grader who lives outside London.
Hello Kitty has since became a staple in the kawaii market in Japanese pop culture, and is now only second in popularity only to the Pokemon series.
The word kawaii literally means the culture of cuteness in Japan. If you have students that are drawn to this kind of art, it’s a very fun world to explore. The drawing style has a bit more of design to it as there is a kind of a formula for drawing kawaii, but that’s also what makes it very fun for young artists to try out.
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- Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase. Buying the pre-sharpened ones will save busy teachers a lot of time.
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
- Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent marker pens make nice black outlines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
- Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have unless you buy their larger boxes.
- Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.
Time needed: 45 minutes.
How to Draw Hello Kitty
- Draw the circle head.
- Add noses, eyes, ears, whiskers.
- Draw a single bow.
- Erase the lines inside the bow.
- Draw the dress with a bow.
- Add the legs below.
- Draw two arms with sleeves.
- Add a simple background.
- Trace with a marker and color.