Cute Japan drawing time!

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April 3, 2017 by readingoutside

Ai Akikusa and Sachiko Umoto’s drawing books combine two of my favourite things: drawing in coloured pencil and adorableness!

Drawing Cute Birds in Coloured Pencil by Ai Akikusa was the first one I read and worked on.  The drawings are simple and sweet.  I like how she shows you what colour pencils you need first, so you can set them aside ahead of time.  It’s clear she has a real love and appreciation for birds.

Here are some of my bird drawings taken from her instructions:


I love drawing birds, but I also love drawing animals in general.  Luckily the author has another book, Drawing Cute Animals in Coloured Pencil.  The only real criteria she has for her animals is that they are cute, which is fine by me.  Naturally I went straight for the bunny drawing attempt:

bunny sketches

There are funny little touches in the book, like drawing animal bums and examples of using animals on greeting cards, which is a great idea.  Here is my fox that I used for an inspiration page in my bullet journal:


Equally adorable is Sachiko Umoto’s Let’s Draw Magical Color.  It is part of her “Illustration School” series.  I haven’t read any of the other ones yet but I would like to!

Let’s Draw Magical Color tells the gentle story of how the world was once black-and-white until one day Mina the Color Wizard used her magic wand to give the world color.  The book then goes on to explore color “feelings” with space for you the artist to play with color.  It also has examples and exercises to practice different moods and styles.  I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet, but it looks very fun and informative.

(Here is a sample from the book):


I can’t wait to start experimenting with the colors!


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