Here is a list of my favorite materials and resources for drawing kawaii.

I personally use every single item on this list. That’s why I can recommend it with 100% confidence.

I am also including affiliate links for some of them. It doesn’t cost you anything. 🙂 If you decide to buy something from this list, I appreciate your support by using my links. If not, it’s totally ok!

The main thing is to keep drawing. Use any materials you enjoy and have on hand!

Digital Drawing

Drawing by Hand

  • Sakura Micron felt tip pens
  • Posca markers
  • Prismacolor colored pencils
  • Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils
  • Sharpie markers
  • Kneaded eraser (to rub out pencil before adding color)
  • Medium watercolor paper, 300gsm
  • White Nights watercolor paints set
  • Round brushes, size 4 and 8

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Drawing Models and Aids

  • Pinypon Dolls
  • Plasticine
  • Styrofoam balls

My Favorite Kawaii Books

  • “Manga for the Beginner: Kawaii” by Chris Hart
  • “Kawaii Doodle Class” by PicCandle
  • “How to Draw Cute Stuff” and “How to Draw Cute Animals” by Angela Nguyen
  • “I Heart Kawaii” selected by Charuca
  • Japanese Ballpoint Illustration books (I have about a million, haha)

Video Gear

  • Canon 90D camera
  • Rode Wireless mic (for remote connection)
  • Audio Technical AT2020 USB mic (for wired connection)
  • Neewer LED lights with softbox
  • Manfrotto side art on a tripod (to shoot overhead video)

Programs & Other Tech

  • Adobe Creative Suite (image processing)
  • Kartra (member area hosting)
  • Searchie (video hosting)
  • eCamm Live (broadcasting)