How to Draw a Super Cute Cupcake: Step-by-Step Drawing Tutorial
Let’s draw a cute cupcake!
This cupcake design is so versatile. You can use it for your craft projects, greeting cards, notebook doodles, and messages cards. I did a little craft project myself using this design (I will share a photo at the end of this post).
Or you can just draw it and colour it in. 😋
Cupcakes are a classic kawaii character. I mean… who doesn’t like cupcakes?!!
Here is the step-by-step tutorial:
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- First, draw a rough outline of the cupcake shape. Then add a more detailed outline with the swirls. It’s really hard to get the overall shape right, while trying to draw the swirls at the same time.
- Make the cupcake swirls (the yellow part) big. And I mean BIG. And make the cupcake “body” small. Smaller than you would expect. That will make the drawing super kawaii.
- Also make the cupcake “body” short. If you compare the height of the body with the height of the top, the body is only half the height.
- Add small details, like the bow and the sprinkles, at the very end. This will make them sit comfortably on the cupcake in their right places.
I used watercolour pencils to colour this drawing. This is a new technique for me, and I am still learning.
Let me share what I’ve worked out so far.
- Use good paper that can handle lots of water without warping or breaking. I used smooth watercolour paper I bought as a pad (but I tear out the pages, hehe).
- Work in layers, and let each layer dry in-between.
- Start with a light colour. Then add darker colours, colour variations, and increase colour intensity (to use a technical term, increase colour saturation).
- At the very end, use a brush to pick up the colour straight from the pencil lead (rather than drawing with a dry pencil, and re-wetting it later). This produces a very strong and bright colour that is perfect for the finishing touches.
- Expect that the colours will get lighter as they dry (at least that’s true for Derwent Inktense pencils I used). So make the colour slightly darker to start.
I wanted to use a minimum number of colours, so the drawing looks consistent and balanced. I started with 5 different colours, but in the end I used only red, blue, and golden yellow. 🙂
Here is a full list of materials with colour names.
Materials I Used
- Winsor & Newton watercolour paper
- Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils
- Poppy Red 0400
- Iris Blue 0900
- Sienna Gold 0240
- Pencil and eraser
- Uni-Ball Signo white pen for highlights
My DIY Birthday Card Project
Here is the craft project I did using this cupcake design. It was fun to “paint with paper” and do something different.
My daughter just turned one year old. This is her birthday card!
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