Do you love Studio Ghibli characters? Me too!

Totoro is one of the favorites in our house. So today I want to share with you this easy drawing tutorial to draw a kawaii Totoro and paint him with watercolor.

You can watch the video tutorial above (I streamed it LIVE), and find the step-by-step image tutorial below.

How to Draw Kawaii Totoro Step-by-step with Tatyana Deniz

This drawing might look complicated, but I promise you that if you follow the simple steps in this tutorial – you will be able to draw it. ๐Ÿ™‚ And it might even come out better than you expect!

Step-by-step Drawing Tutorial

Follow these 4 simple steps to create your own version of this kawaii Totoro. And remember to take it one step at at time!

It’s going to come out great!! I am so excited to see it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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How to Draw Kawaii Totoro Step-by-step with Tatyana Deniz

CLICK HERE to Pin This Tutorial

Drawing Tips for This Kawaii Totoro

  • Think of the main body shape as an egg that is slightly wider at the bottom. This will help you add the other features onto the main shape.
  • Draw the big shapes first (like the body), and then add details (like the ears, face, and decorations).
  • Use the middle line as a guide to help you keep the character symmetrical.
  • You can give this kawaii Totoro different facial expressions to change the story of the drawing. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • You can also have your Totoro hold other objects, not just a leaf!

Materials I Used

To color the drawing you see above, I used watercolors and a black felt-tip pen for the outlines.

When the painting was dry, I added white accents using white gouache paint. You can also use a white Posca pen, or white Uniball Signo pen to do this.

Another drawing tip (especially if you are using paints) is to erase your pencil sketch before adding color, so you can only see a light outline and you know where to add the paints. This way the pencil lines will NOT show through your finished drawing.

I show this process in the video tutorial at the top. Check it out!

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Want more tutorials, and a group of kawaii lovers to support you?

We have an amazing kawaii drawing community in our private Facebook Group, where thousands of people just like you are drawing kawaii and sharing their work.

Join our private Facebook Group, and share your version of this kawaii Totoro drawing. Thousands of people will get to see it and enjoy it, and you might even find new friends on this drawing journey. ๐Ÿ™‚

I also pop in LIVE in the group to give you drawing tips, answer your questions, and comment on your art.

So, I will see you there!

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With love,
Tatyana Deniz

Tatyana Deniz